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Search Tips

The cookbooks on the What Canada Ate site can be found by searching in the Browse, Search, and Collections tabs available in the orange bar at the top of the site.

Use the Browse Section to peruse the cookbook collection in the following nine categories: 

  • Date of Publication (by decade)
  • Collection (donor)
  • Cuisine
  • Diet
  • Food Brand
  • Ingredients
  • Organization
  • Geographic Region 
  • Cooking Technology

Use the Search Form to find cookbooks by specific components of the book’s publishing information:

  • Title
  • Creator (Author)
  • Publisher
  • Date

     Search by Keyword: 

  • Keyword searches look for words anywhere in any field in a record (e.g. title, creator, date, publisher etc.)
  • Keyword searches can be used as a substitute for a title or author search when you have incomplete information

     Narrow by Specific Fields

  • This search allows one to select a specific field (title, creator, publisher, date, etc.) to search in a record.
  • The search can be further refined by searching a word or phase as follows:
    • Search for fields in records that contain one or more of the words
    • Search for fields in records that do not contain specific words
    • Search for fields in records that match the word or phase exactly
    • Search for fields in records that start with the word or phase

     Other Advice

  • Avoid using definite and indefinite articles at the beginning of a phrase. For example, "Cook not Mad," rather than "The Cook not Mad"
  • When searching for phrases, refining the search by contains works better than refining the search by exactly

Use the Collections Section to search for cookbooks in the following genres:

  • Advertising Cookbooks
  • Commercial Cookbooks
  • Community Cookbooks
  • Domestic Manuals
  • Health & Nutrition
  • Home Economics Textbooks
  • Government Publications
  • Professional Food Boards 
  • Self Published