Written by the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 322 Ladies Auxiliary in Ajax, Ontario, Favourite Recipes and Housekeeping Tips and Tricks features a wide variety of recipes and valuable miscellaneous recommendations. The cookbook consists of ninety-six pages; the recipes are confined to pages one through twenty-six. The housekeeping tips are indexed from A through Z and are alphabetically ordered to ensure the information remains organized and easy to find. The book’s first section is divided into seven categories: Salads, Soups and Vegetables; Meat, Fish, and Poultry; Breads, Rolls, and Cookies; Cake and Pastry; Desserts; Candy, Jelly, and Preserves; and Miscellaneous. At the beginning of every section, a helpful chart includes a vegetable timetable that displays a list of commonly used vegetables and preparation methods, including boiling, steaming, and ideal bake times.
Favourite Recipes and Housekeeping Tips and Tricks was published in 1950, marking a critical time in the postwar era when Canadian society was experienced unprecedented affluence. However, it also marks a time when many women left the workforce in order to take care of their homes and families full-time. During the Second World War, many Canadian women took up paid employment to fill the spots left by male workers who joined the Canadian army. After the war, women were encouraged to return to the domestic sphere in an effort to reinstill pre-war ideas about gender roles and responsibilities. For many women in Canada in the 1950s, their lives revolved around caring for children, tidying the house while husbands were at work, and preparing every meal for the entire household each day.