The Dugald Women’s Institute Cookbook showcases a wide variety of recipes submitted by contributors from the Institute. The cookbook is, therefore, a prime example of recipes that one could expect to find on a rural Canadian family's dinner table in the early- to mid- 1900s. Mixing recipes that require a basic to advanced skill set, and recipes that range from a couple to several ingredients, this cookbook would have been the perfect addition to a housewife's kitchen. Besides recipes, the cookbook also includes helpful tips and tricks for how to make life a bit easier around the home during the era of the Great Depression. The Dugald Women’s Institute Cookbook serves as an informative guide for a housewife and any questions she may have, ranging from how to cook a certain dish to converting measurements. The goal of the cookbook was to be a comprehensive resource for all things in the home, including how to prepare delicious dishes, even when on a tight budget with limited means.