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The All New Purity Cook Book [Paperback]

Jean Pare , Elizabeth Driver
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Feb. 1 2001 Classic Canadian Cookbook Series

The Purity Cookbook has long been part of family traditions in many homes, and rare first editions are collector's items. Carefully reproduced from the original 1967 edition, this cookbook contains the recipes for an incredible variety of dishes, as well as tiny gems of kitchen wisdom that have been passed on from generation to generation. Handy charts detail the times for cooking vegetables, roasting turkeys, and cooking meat. With the Purity Cookbook, you can create an era of good, wholesome food just like your grandmother used to make.

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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)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Purity Cookbook for my Collection Feb. 24 2011
I recently bought two of these cookbooks--one as a gift and the other for myself. I remember my mother's Purity Cookbook from when I was a child--it was a red hardcover one which she gave to me when I married. It eventually was in tatters and I typed out a couple of my favourites before discarding it (how I wish that I had kept it, tattered and all). Then one day some five years or so later there was another Purity Cookbook for sale in our local IGA which, of course, I bought. It is my favourite and is getting rather grease spotted and flour coated now.
I went online a few years ago to see if I could get another but found that the Purity Flour Company had gone out of business and did not publish another. But then, I was able to get this reissue from Amazon and I love it. I have several cookbooks but it is the first that I look for. I have always liked the format of the recipes in that the ingredients are listed as they are used rather than ingredients separate from directions. Sure, the some of the recipes aren't the same but I love it anyway.
As an aside, my grandmother passed a few years ago and my dad found amongst her possessions three other Purity Cookbooks--two which were obviously my great-grandmother's--one published in 1917! In the back are coupons to send away for other copies--just send $0.20 (as compared to the $1.00 for it in the 1967 copy). Certainly a cookbook for all Canadians through the years--nearly one hundred!
I hope that these cookbooks continue to be published--they are neat and compact in their delivery of some real down-to-earth cooking.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Purity Cook Book March 20 2014
By Maggie
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I already had one of the old old Purity Cook Books and really just wanted to see if there was much change. It was very interesting to read and I may try some of the new recipes
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I have used versions of the cookbook for more years than I wish to count, this is the best version I have been able to buy as it has returned to an earlier format and included recipes that had been left out of the version I bought in the 1970's.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kitchen Nostalgia June 19 2014
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This cookbook was used in my high school 'Home Economics' classes in the 1960's and the recipes are just as good as they were back then! I had used the Purity cookbook so much over the years that the pages were stained and torn from overuse. I was so happy to discover that a new edition was available after all these years. This cookbook offers a wide variety of meals, including breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, preserves, and even cooking for a crowd. There are basic tips on how to bake bread, pickling, freezing, and so on. I would recommend this cookbook to anyone who is new to cooking as well as to people who have been cooking all their lives. And for us old timers, it also brings a little nostalgia into the kitchen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just like the original. Feb. 28 2014
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Ideal for beginners, a bible for every day cooks. Gives advice and instruction on how to do it. We still use recipes from when we originally bought it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Memory Lane Dec 24 2013
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This was my Mother's go to cookbook when I was growing up. It is wonderful to be able to recreate many of the treats and tastes that bring back such fond memories.
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5.0 out of 5 stars we all love it Nov. 21 2013
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My grandmother had this cookbook and I received it 20 years ago. I have tried many recipes and always had great results. Recently I purchased 4 new books....3 for my friends and a new one for myself because mine was literary falling apart from overuse. The girls love it also. A fantastic cookbook for simple homecooking. I would recommend it to everyone. I was very happy to see it on amazon.
Chris Donnelly
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect retro collector's item, & nostalgic gift. Oct. 18 2013
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Very popular cook book from a bygone era of the 1960s that I grew up seeing my mom use regularly.
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