Meet the Author
This cookbook is very unique as it was written by Ontario's Women’s Institute Branch and the Home Economics Service. The Women's Institute was founded in 1897 in Stoney Creek, Ontario. The organization was initiated by Adelaide Hunter Hoodless, who hoped that the Women's Institutes would better prepare women for the various duties facing them while living in the country. For Hoodless, an important and overlooked topic was how to properly and safety prepare and serve food. In the attached image, members of a Women's Institute branch pose for a photograph in the early 20th century.
Today, you may recognize it as the Federated Women’s Institutes of Ontario (FWIO). For well over 100 years, members of the FWIO have actively worked together to help support home, family, community, and country. The FWIO was established in 1919 and their objective was to improve women’s homemaking and childcare skills. Members of the organization created several other relevant programs. Arguably, their most notable initiative was creating Reaching Ontario Sharing Education (ROSE). This program helped to increase awareness of and expanded the skill sets of Women's Institute members and others in their communities. ROSE was beneficial in educating Ontarians about social, health, domestic, and environmental issues. Today, in the remaining Women's Institute branches, meetings consist of lectures from guest speakers, crafting, and organizing social and fundraising events.