Kate Aitken's Canadian Cook Book Paperback – Feb 1 2004
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About the Author
Born in Beeton, Ontario in 1891, Kate Scott learned the arts of homemaking and business from her parents. A born speaker and educator, she began teaching at only 14 years old. Shortly after her marriage in 1914 to her childhood sweetheart, Henry M. Aitken, Kate began a business canning and preserving the crops from their farm. Soon, residents and restaurants alike were clamouring for her products. As her reputation grew, she was invited by both provincial and federal Departments of Agriculture to lecture across the country. She also became the Director of Women’s Activities for the Canadian National Exhibition, a position she held for 14 years.
Kate Aitken’s journalistic career was wide and varied. She was a beauty editor for a large Canadian weekly, was the women’s editor for the Montreal Standard, and wrote pamphlets for leading food companies. “Mrs. A” was on the radio three times a day, five days a week and audiences loved her no-nonsense recipes and down-to-earth advice.
After retiring from broadcasting in 1957, Aitken by no means slowed down. She devoted her time to working for the United Nations, UNICEF, and as a member of the Board of Directors for the CBC. Her tireless work and seemingly limitless talent has left a legacy for all Canadians.
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. Elizabeth lives with her husband and two children in Toronto, where she is the Foodways Program Officer at Mongomery’s 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.
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Although possibly considered old hat today I often refer to her cookbooks for basic recipes like a white cake or how to cook a roast pork. Like most people I still rely on simple good cooking and save the fancy stuff for parties and times when I want to impress someone. Like the Joy of Cooking Kate Aitken's cookbooks are classics and stand the test of time, unlike many others today which won't be remembered. And I like the fact that she uses Canadian ingredients and measurements.
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bought as a gift and the person who received it was thrilledPublished 13 months ago by Bernice Pinnell
Had an old ragged copy from my mom. Use it all the time so needed a new copy.Published 21 months ago by Kindle Customer
I was raised using Kate Aitkens book. This was another replacement. This book is great for the beginner as well as for the more experienced cook. Read morePublished on June 16 2014 by Donna johnson
This was a gift for a friend who lost her extremely old copy on down-sizing. She was thrilled and enjoyed the historical information at the beginning of it.Published on May 16 2014 by Janet Simms-Baldwin