About The Canadian Cabin
Whether you’re an expat needing a little recipe from home or a lover of maple syrup and bacon (you have good taste), welcome to The Canadian Cabin.
Here you’ll find ‘traditional’ Canadian recipes (keeping in mind we’re a mush of cultures) and recipes inspired by Canada and her ingredients.
About Canadian Cuisine
So, what is Canadian food? And do we have a national dish? If you were to look at our country historically, our first cuisine would be from the First Nations. But Canada before it became Canada is an old country, with New France transitioning Canadian cuisine in the 15th century. From there we’ve seen the immigration of British, Scottish and Irish, and more recently cultures from all over the globe, which has led Canadian cuisine to be an ever-morphing smorgasbord.
Do we look at our cuisine based on ingredients? Many recipes that immigrated across were adjusted, not because of ingredients, but rather the lack of. In the end, what we deem to be traditional Canadian cuisine will be dictated by a particular period and region that we decide to look at.
The must-have Canadian cookbook bibliography
If you’re looking into vintage Canadian cookbooks, quite quickly you’ll come across Jehane Benoît. Her cookbooks are what inspired me to try exploring our Canadian cuisine history– you’ll likely want her whopper Encyclopedia of Canadian Cuisine, The Art of Canadian Cooking and Canadiana Cookbook.
Culinary Landmarks: A Bibliography of Canadian Cookbooks, 1825-1949 by Elizabeth Driver will help guide you through your Canadian cookbook journey.
About Bryton Taylor
Having moved when I was 10, holding on and rediscovering Canada through holidays, literature and recipes