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Media Advisory - Unique, rare cookbooks on display as part of Canadian history project

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

KINGSTON – Queen’s University history professor Steven Maynard has cooked up a unique exhibit that examines the social history of Canada. Using cookbooks found in the Jordan Rare Books and Special Collections in Douglas Library, a group of Professor Maynard’s students brought history to life using the rare tomes.

What

From vintage Jello cookbooks popular in the 1920s to Jewish and Mennonite recipe books from the mid-20th century to the oldest cookbook in Canada published in Kingston in 1831, The Taste of the Library is a new exhibit researched and curated by students.

The idea behind the project was to explore interesting themes in regards to food and what stories cookbooks tell.  Themes include cooking on a budget, preparing meals before there were grocery stores and food trends through the decades.

Who

Students in Queen’s University Professor Steven Maynard’s History 312 class

When

Thursday, March 30. The exhibit opens at 3 pm, journalists are invited to a media opportunity at the library at 2:30 pm.

Where

Jordan Rare Books and Special Collections, second floor, Douglas Library, 93 University Avenue.

Contact:

Anne Craig, Media Relations Officer
613-533-2877 or anne.craig@queensu.ca

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