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Canadian Eh? Canadian Cookbooks to Celebrate Canada Day

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Dining Out With History: At Atlantic Canada’s Historic Sites by Jan Feduck

Canada Day celebrations across the country include parades, barbeques, picnics, and fireworks displays. Here are some fabulous books and recipes to inspire you to make a Canadian-inspired recipe such as Baked Beans, Nanaimo Bars or Salted Chocolate Pecan Tarts (a new takes on Canada’s famous butter tarts).

Before we delve into some incredible Canadian cookbooks let’s explore the origins of Canada Day. What year did Canada become a country? Which members of the Royal Family have attended Canada Day celebrations in Ottawa?

Canada Day History

On July 1st, 1867, The British American Act (known today as the Constitution Act of 1867) proclaimed Canada as a country. Just a year later, on June 20th, 1868, Governor General Lord Monck signed a proclamation that requested that all Her Majesty Queen Victoria’s subjects in Canada celebrate July 1st. By 1879, a law declared July 1st as a national holiday known as Dominion Day. The federal law proclaiming July 1st as a statutory holiday was passed to celebrate the ‘anniversary of Confederation.’ On October 27, 1982, the holiday was officially renamed as Canada Day.

The 100th anniversary or Centennial of Confederation, on July 1st, 1967, was celebrated in with a high-profile ceremony on Parliament Hill, attended by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, who also attended the festivities in 2010 with His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh to mark Canada’s 143rd anniversary.  In 2011, their Royal Highnesses Prince William and Catherine along with The Duke and Dutchess of Cambridge attended the 144th Canada Day celebrations. The 150th anniversary celebrations were a grand affair, with The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall in attendance.

Canada Day has been held celebrated on Parliament Hill in Ottawa every year since its inception with the exception of 2020 and 2021, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year, Canada Day is getting a new logo inspired by the National Flag of Canada and its history. The maple leaf is featured in a magnificent display of warm colours. Within the logo, the veins create images such as fresh buds emerging to signify renewed life.  “The paths they travel and the points where they connect shape our vision for a greater future,”  as stated on the Canada Day website. Source: https://www.canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/campaigns/canada-day/about.html

Now that you know about the origins of Canada Day, here are some fabulous Canadian books and recipes to inspire you to make a Canadian-inspired dish to celebrate Canada. Here we have selected three Canadian cookbooks worth their salt: Dining Out with History: At Atlantic Canada’s Historic Sites, written by Jan Feduck, The Farmer’s Daughter Bakes Cakes, Pies, Crisps and More for Everyday Fruit on the Farm by Kelsey Siemens, and Best of Bridge Everyday Celebrations by Sylvia Kong and Emily Richards.

Dining Out With History book cover
Dining Out with History: At Atlantic Canada’s Historic Sites, written by Jan Feduck, Photography supplied by Fitzhenry and Whiteside Publishing. Published by Fitzhenry and Whiteside Publishing, Copyright ©March 2024. Excerpted with Publisher permission. All rights apply.

Some great old-school recipes with big servings of history on the side. As the book synopsis reads: “Travels, tales and tastes of Atlantic Canada are woven into the words in this book.”

From Four-Cents Bread to Baked Beans to Mock Cherry Pie to Jailhouse Biscuits, meet characters who recreated the past to create these dishes while showcasing the historic sites where they were cooked.

This book allows you to ‘visit’ 20 living history sites that offer a taste of the past in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador. Not only will you likely be inspired to go and visit some of these historic sites, but you will also likely want to make a few old-time recipes like Balmoral Oatcakes from the Balmoral Grist Mill in Nova Scotia or Blueberry Grunt from Africville, Nova Scotia or Gingerbread from King’s Landing Historical Settlement in New Brunswick. This book offers a glimpse of how people lived, worked, dined and cooked when life moved at a slower pace and ‘the microwave’ was unheard of.

Blueberry Grunt In the Africville Kitchen, the Comforts of Home As submitted by Olive Cassidy. Recipe available in: Dining Out with History: At Atlantic Canada’s Historic Sites, written by Jan Feduck, Photography supplied by Fitzhenry and Whiteside Publishing. Published by Fitzhenry and Whiteside Publishing, Copyright ©March 2024. Excerpted with Publisher permission. All rights apply.

Dining Out with History: At Atlantic Canada’s Historic Sites, written by Jan Feduck, Photography supplied by Fitzhenry and Whiteside Publishing. Published by Fitzhenry and Whiteside Publishing, Copyright ©March 2024. Excerpted with Publisher permission. All rights apply.

The Farmer’s Daughter Bakes by Kelsey Siemens

The Farmer’s Daughter Bakes Cakes, Pies, Crisps and More for Everyday Fruit on the Farm, Reprinted with permission from The Farmer’s Daughter Bakes by Kelsey Siemens. Page Street Publishing Co. ©2020. Photo credit: Kelsey Siemens. All rights apply.

To the west coast to Abbotsford, British Columbia where Kelsey Siemens, a full-time apple farmer on Willow View Farms, has just released her new cookbook called The Farmer’s Daughter Bakes: Pies, Crisps and More for Everyday Fruit on the Farm.

Siemens is the founder of the popular blog The Farmer’s Daughter. She grew up on a farm in the Fraser Valley in B.C. and states in her new book, “My greatest wish is that this cookbook encourages you to connect with local farmers, pick your own food, when possible, visit fresh markets as often as you can and eat seasonally.”

Apple Crisp Cheesecake The Farmer's Daughter Bakes
Apple Crisp Cheesecake. The Farmer’s Daughter Bakes Cakes, Pies, Crisps and More for Everyday Fruit on the Farm, Reprinted with permission from The Farmer’s Daughter Bakes by Kelsey Siemens. Page Street Publishing Co. ©2020. Photo credit: Kelsey Siemens. All rights apply.

Filled with enticing recipes and mouthwatering photos, you will be running to the local Farmers’ Market to get fresh strawberries to make Strawberry Galette or berries for Bumbleberry Braided Lattice Pie with Rye Crust. And how Canadian is this? The book features a spin on a traditional Canadian recipe for Nanaimo Bars with the addition of mint in the recipe for Fresh Mint Nanaimo Bars. Two other must-try recipes include Raspberry Tart with Chocolate Crust and Ganache and Apple Crisp Cheesecake with Salted Caramel. Both are showstopping, company-worthy recipes sure to get some ‘wows’ from your guests.

The Farmer’s Daughter Bakes Cakes, Pies, Crisps and More for Everyday Fruit on the Farm, Reprinted with permission from The Farmer’s Daughter Bakes by Kelsey Siemens. Page Street Publishing Co. ©2020. Photo credit: Kelsey Siemens. All rights apply.

Best of Bridge – Everyday Celebrations

Best of Bridge Everyday Celebrations, Courtesy of Best of Bridge Everyday Celebrations by Sylvia Kong and Emily Richards © 2022. Published by Robert Rose Publishing, www.robertrose.ca Cover Design: Naomi MacDougall Front cover photograph copyright © 2022 Mollie Pie Interior photographs copyright © 2022 Brilynn Ferguson. Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved. Available where books are sold.

Next year is the 50th anniversary of this iconic Canadian brand started by a group of friends. Best of Bridge Everyday Celebrations was published in 2022 and shortlisted for a Taste Canada Award. The authors are located in Guelph, Ontario as well as Edmonton, Alberta.

It’s likely that you have one or a collection of these books on your shelves—after all the ‘Best of Bridge Ladies’ have published 25 cookbooks including this latest book.

It all began in 1975 when a group of eight friends went away for a girls’ weekend. Since the highlight of their decade-old bridge group was the food they prepared and enjoyed together, the idea came up that perhaps they should write a cookbook. That led to their first book called The Best of Bridge, which went on to become one the most successful brands in Canadian publishing.

The bank manager who approved their first loan warned them they would never remain friends—well they proved him wrong! Today more than 40 years and four million copies later, the ladies remain close friends. While the Ladies of The Best of Bridge are retired, they wanted their legacy to last so they put together a group of food writers, culinary experts, family friends and others who were delighted to become part of the Bridge family. This includes Sally Vaughn-Johnston, Julie Van Rosendaal, Elizabeth Chorney-Booth, Sue Duncan, and the most recent additions, Emily Richards and Sylvia Kong.

In the words of all the Ladies, “Our motto remains: “Simple recipes with gourmet results’ and as our loyal fans have come to expect, the recipes work, ad the one-liners will keep you smiling.”

Pecan Tart recipe from Best of Bridge Everyday Celebrations
Salted Chocolate Pecan Tarts, Best of Bridge Everyday Celebrations, Courtesy of Best of Bridge Everyday Celebrations by Sylvia Kong and Emily Richards © 2022. Published by Robert Rose Publishing, www.robertrose.ca Cover Design: Naomi MacDougall Front cover photograph copyright © 2022 Mollie Pie Interior photographs copyright © 2022 Brilynn Ferguson. Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved. Available where books are sold.

A few Canada Day specific recipes to try include Salted Chocolate Pecan Tarts and Bumbleberry Crumb Cake. You’ll also find dozens of other must-try recipes for Canada Day entertaining.

Best of Bridge Everyday Celebrations, Courtesy of Best of Bridge Everyday Celebrations by Sylvia Kong and Emily Richards © 2022. Published by Robert Rose Publishing, www.robertrose.ca Cover Design: Naomi MacDougall Front cover photograph copyright © 2022 Mollie Pie Interior photographs copyright © 2022 Brilynn Ferguson. Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved. Available where books are sold.

reviews by Laurie Wallace-Lynch

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