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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.


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.


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


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


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


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