Recipe Cards


The "Hints" section on page 45 contains a dozen or so know-hows applicable to the kitchen and home life. There were general rules for storing yeast, preserving beef, and collecting fats, which demonstrated to the reader the importance of thrift when managing a household. The collected fats can also be used to make soap at home, suggesting the linkages between food, domestic science, and home economics. Other instructions, such as "do not use too much white flour" and "do not use the frying pan every day" showcase how North Americans had accepted new ideas around healthy eating and were starting to understand how fried foods may affect their bodies. Some of the equations listed were rather interesting; specifically, how different amounts of oatmeal, eggs, beans, potatoes, and cheese had the same dietary value as a certain amount of beef. Though contemporary nutritionists may disagree with these calculations, these hints provide some insight into popular beliefs of the time, especially how beef was valued as a source of protein. Furthermore, ideas about nutrition were shifting as more Canadians learned that protein can come in many forms and alternative proteins may be better for one's overall health.



The "Real Food Reform" section foreshadows the publication of Canada’s Food Guide, first released as a set of "rules" in 1942. In this section, the author stresses the importance of eating raw green-leaf vegetables and tomatoes, and cooked pot-herbs and fruits every day for vitamins and fibre. The same went for dairy products, water, cereals (e.g. oatmeal), "meat or fish," "bread and butter," "eggs and potatoes," and "other good foods." What seems like standard practice today when assembling a meal may have seemed revolutionary at the time this book was released. This notion of having balanced food groups and sources of nutrition was a prototype for future food guides that helped Canadians understand that eating a healthy diet, staying hydrated, and reducing their salt and sugar intake is important for maintaining good health. 


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