The Canadian Mennonite Cookbook Formerly Called Altona Women's Institute Cookbook focuses on embracing and preserving Mennonite culture and heritage through the cooking, sharing, and eating of a variety of dishes. The 11th edition of the cookbook was published in 1965 in Altona, Manitoba, and totals 157 pages with a variety of dishes that were made from ingredients widely available during the 1960s, as well as foods commonly found in the Altona region. From breads, rolls, and cakes to pies, puddings, meats, and casseroles, The Canadian Mennonite Cookbook was your biblical reference book in the kitchen, and for some, still is. While this version may be the 11th edition, it certainly was not the last.
This cookbook provides a glimpse of what Mennonites cooked and ate during the 1960s, especially their creativity and use of various devices in the kitchen, and their love for effectively planning properly presented dishes.