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Collecting Culinaria

Cookbooks and domestic manuals mainly from the Linda Miron Distad Collection

Merrill Distad & Caroline Lieffers

Canadian Studies, Food

Published: January 2015
ISBN: 9781551953243
Pages: 92 Size: 6.5x8

The Linda Miron Distad Culinaria Collection, housed at the University of Alberta Libraries, currently consists of more than 3,000 food-related texts from around the world, spanning several centuries. Collecting Culinaria accompanies an exhibit at the Bruce Peel Special Collections Library featuring cookbooks and household guides from the collection, as well as other selected items from the Library's holdings. The catalogue highlights some of the collection's most intriguing texts and their themes, including manuscript cookbooks, dietetics and health, and celebrity chefs. Collecting Culinaria draws from and celebrates this vast and diverse trove of social, cultural, and gastronomic history.

The late Linda Miron Distad was an avid cook and a noted hostess.

Merrill Distad, now retired, was associate University Librarian for Research and Special Collections Services at the University of Alberta in Edmonton.

Caroline Lieffers is a Reference and Collections Assistant at the University of Alberta’s John W. Scott Health Sciences Library.

...the book functions as a tasting menu, offering readers tantalizing glimpses of the Collection's treasures, whetting appetites for a longer visit and closer scrutiny.... Pages reproduced from the manuscript cookbooks are particularly intriguing...

– Nathalie Cooke, Canadian Literature