Meet the Author

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The Mixing Bowl consists of recipes compiled by a group of churchwomen, rather than being written by a single author. This group of women was known as the Ladies Aid of the Renfrew Presbyterian Church (pictured in the attached image). Limited information is available about this group of women, however, their intentions for compiling this cookbook are found on the inside cover where it is stated that the Ladies Aid aimed to help housekeepers add variety to their home menus and increase their cooking repertoire. An interesting aspect of The Mixing Bowl is the nod to each recipe's contributor. At the end of each recipe, the woman who submitted it is credited. This suggests that the Ladies Aid of the Renfrew Presbyterian Church was quite a large group, given the number of recipes included in the cookbook. It is not stated whether these recipes are family recipes passed down through the generations, or were created for the purpose of contributing to the cookbook. Thus, it is difficult to trace where the recipes originated.


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