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Kate Aitken's Canadian Cook Book Paperback – Feb 1 2004

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 292 pages
  • Publisher: Whitecap Books; 1 edition (Feb. 1 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1552855910
  • ISBN-13: 978-1552855911
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 12.7 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 322 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #28,692 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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This is indeed a wonderful cookbook. I also grew up on Kate Aitken; my mother used to listen to her on the radio and many of our meals came from Kate's cookbooks.
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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This is a great book. It reminds me of all the good meals I had growing up. My mom says she relied on this book for many of her recipes. So far each one I have tried has been a success.
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I was given a similiar book many years ago by my Mother as a new bride and as I would be living several miles away. She told me anything simple you will want to cook will be in this book. Well over time, I have basically worn the old one out. The old book was put out by Star Weekly Magazine, so this book is a little different. It doesn't have the provincial recipes or the cooking with your daughter however I am thrilled to have it again. Carol.
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I received my first Kate Aitken cookbook for a shower gift some 50 years ago and have used it ever since. It was in a very tattered state, so when I seen they had done a reprint available through Amazon.ca I couldn't wait to order a new one. I know I will cherish it for the rest of my life. I also bought copies for my daughters and granddaughters. Wonderful book.
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Hi There, When I was a Young child, My Mother used her Kate Aitken cook book all the time for her recipes. When I got Married, The next Christmas my Sisters and I, all received our own paper back copy of Kate's cook book. I've been Married for 42yrs., and it has almost completely fallen apart. I was talking to my Son one day about needing a new Kate Aitken cook book and he suggested that I try googling it on line, so I did and sure enough I found what, I was looking for. I was so Happy to find this book on line and now I hope to get another 42 years out of this copy. My two children have enjoyed all her receipes over the year's and of coarse we have our favorite's. Hopefully when I can no longer use the Kitchen, my son will make her receipes.
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I was given this cookbook as a wedding shower gift in 1971 and it has fallen apart...bound together with elastics and cello tape. I came upon an article in a Canadian magazine that said it had been republished and Amazon was selling it...I immediately ordered it. It's my go to cookbook for basic cooking recipes. Every new cook should have one and I'm giving it to my daughter-in-law to be.
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I was given a copy of this cookbook many years ago when I was first married. Over the years, it has had much use and eventually fell apart. I ordered this copy as a replacement. I was very pleased to see that it was almost a duplicate of the original, with all of the same recipes.
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While reading this cook book was interesting, it was dedicated to a certain period in Canada. Much of the book did not use today's lower sodium, lower fat content. However I am glad I bought this book, and will use it on occasion when seeking an older recipe.
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