Latest Faculty of Information Events
Feb 23
12:58 am - 12:00 am

Until Aug. 17: Sharing Culinary Culture in Canada

120 Saint George Street
Toronto, ON
M5S 1A5

Mixed Messages: Making and Shaping Culinary Culture in Canada

If you haven’t had a chance to see this exhibit yet, it’s on throughout the summer, providing yet another excuse to stop by the beautiful Thomas Fisher Rare Books Library.

You’ll see a tasty arrangement of rare cookbooks, periodicals (magazines), manuscripts and culinary objects from the 1820s to the 1960s. This exhibition will examine how the culinary culture of Toronto and surrounding areas was made and shaped by those who participated in or were excluded from the making and using of culinary materials. On display will be many scarce items which are part of the Thomas Fisher collections due to the generous donations of Mary Williamson. Objects on display include a copy of the Frugal Housewife’s Manual, the first cookbook written and published in Canada, posters advertising the beloved Canadian Cook Book, and an English curry bottle from the early 1900s (with curry still inside!).


  • Nathalie Cooke, Professor and Associate Dean (Library Rare and Special Collections), McGill University.
  • Irina D. Mihalache, Assistant Professor, Museum Studies, Faculty of Information
  • Elizabeth Ridolfo, Special Collections Projects Librarian, Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library

Curatorial Assistants, MacLean Hunter Gallery:

  • Cassandra Curtis & Sadie MacDonald, Master of Museum Studies Candidates

For more MMSt exhibitions this summer in the city, see this poster/schedule.