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Read this brave little reprint and realize what Canadian gastronomy sprang from. The 1967 edition of The All New Purity Cookbook was the latest of a sequence of competent promotional texts sponsored by the same company that began publishing them in 1917 and continued to do so through several editions until it amalgamated itself out of existence in 1961. From first page to last, the reader of this book is in a time warp. The recipes come from kitchens of a more homogeneously WASPy Canada, with instructions (despite the subtitle's claim of completeness) for only six pages of vegetable dishes and preparations with such names as "Barbecued Supper Surprises" (chicken in foil steamed over coals, with veggies), "Cheese Dreams" (broiled, crustless bread fingers topped with cheese), or the politically incorrect "Chinese Chews" (date-nut bars rolled in confectioner's sugar). Oh yum yummy.
As Elizabeth Driver points out in her introductory note, some successful recipes and other hints have been carried down through the years, notably the methods for baking bread and biscuits. She's right, of course. These haven't changed much since 1967, or since the first edition of this text for that matter. Given the overwhelming amount of information about baking that is available today, beginners would be wise to choose this simple little book instead of the huge, glossy, expensive volumes that cram bookstore shelves. Some cooking fashions change for the better, however. We know more now about how other cultures feed themselves--and some of them really do eat more healthily and interestingly than Canadians did 40 to 80 years ago. Use The All New Purity Cookbook for retro parties and for having fun and imagining life in Granny's day; you'll be wise to stick to the baked and roasted items: the breads, biscuits, cookies, cakes, and the big cuts of meat and fish. --Ted Whittaker
The Purity Cookbook is a Canadian classic, part of the cooking tradition that I grew up with. (Jean Pare)See all Product Description
Nice book! I have the original book from my Mom and it is pretty beat up now. This new one is a nice addition. (Sentimental, can't toss the old one!). Read morePublished 11 days ago by DONNA
really happy to get all the recipes...wish pictures were in colour
everything else very good
I had purchased The all New Purity Cook Book back in 1967 and used it excessively until it fell apart. This one had the same identical recipes in it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Marlene Moore
This was one of my first cookbooks and I have always loved it - it really taught me to cook when I got married 49 years ago - I recently have purchased 2 of them one for each of my... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Phyllis Kramer
this was bought as a gift, and it isn't as good as the old one but it is good.Published 4 months ago by bonnie Cameron