About the Author
Elizabeth Driver is an editor and writer who has spent over twenty years researching the culinary history of Canada and Britain. She is fascinated by the history of food and an avid collector of cookbooks and antique kitchenware.
After receiving an M.A. in Art History from the University of London, Elizabeth worked for a London publisher, editing a cookbook. She has written introductions and historical notes to several titles in Whitecaps Classic Canadian Cookbook Series including The Home Cook Book, The All New Purity Cook Book, The Laura Secord Canadian Cook Book, the 1915 Five Roses Cook Book, and Five Roses: A Guide to Good Cooking. In 1989 she compiled a bibliography of British cookery books and her new work, Culinary Landmarks: A Bibliography of Canadian Cookbooks, 18251949 is forthcoming from the University of Toronto Press. Elizabeth has won several prestigious scholarships that have allowed her to pursue her passionate research into Canadas culinary history. She says, I love the way old cookbooks transport one back into the past.
Elizabeth lives with her husband and two children in Toronto, where she is the Foodways Program Officer at Mongomerys Inn museum. She demonstrates such historic techniques as cooking on an open hearth, returning home most days with the smell of wood smoke on her clothes.