Lillian Carefoot Collection

The Lillian Carefoot Collection of cookbooks (435) and booklet/pamphlets (1487) is found in Special Collections, VIU Library, Nanaimo Campus. The digitized images represent a fraction of the collection, which has been catalogued and is available for research.

Lillian Carefoot has had a long association with school libraries as a teacher-librarian, district coordinator of school library programs, and editor of School Libraries in Canada, retiring as Principal of Rock City Elementary School, SD 68, in 2012. The bulk of the collection was acquired in Saskatchewan and travelled to Nanaimo when Lillian arrived in 1990; it was donated in 2014.

As a teenager, Lillian had an interest in cooking and would copy recipes. Her family, first-generation Canadians (Ukrainian), encouraged this curiosity of culinary traditions. If something new, food-wise, appeared on the grocery store shelves, they-would try it. Media advertising made them aware of the latest food trend, as did marketing in the form of cookbooks and booklets or pamphlets, some which came with the newest innovation (e.g., Canadian Westinghouse Co, Wear-Ever Aluminum) or could be acquired on request (e.g., Pillsbury, Magic Baking Powder). Her interest in antiques led to the purchase of some of the older booklet/pamphlets found in the collection.

With immigrant parents, Lillian was interested in ‘real’ Canadian food so sought out local cookbooks, recipes compiled by women’s hospital auxiliary, church, and other community groups. This led to exploring ethnic cookery. As Lillian noted, the more she acquired, the greater her interest became as she could then compare design, artwork, styling, and trends through time--these cookery publications reflected the societal values of the time (see: https://www.marthastewart.com/368631/collecting-vintage-baking-pamphlets

Recent Submissions

  • Gold medal Canadian cuisine [title page] 

    Alberta Culinary Arts Foundation (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 1986)
    Gold medal Canadian cuisine: a collection of recipes.
  • Round table recipes [title page] 

    Greystone Heights School (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 1984)
    Appetizers & beverages, salads & dressings soups & sauces, main dishes, breads, desserts.
  • Queensboro cook book [title page] 

    Queensboro United Church Women (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 1984)
    Queensboro cook book.
  • Our best to you [title page] 

    York United Church Women (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 1982)
    Our best to you recipes. Foreword, common cooking terms, basic mix and recipes, beverages and candy, bread rolls and muffins, cakes and frostings, casseroles, cookies, desserts, jams jellies and pickles, meat fish and ...
  • Folkfest recipe book [title page] 

    Saskatoon Folkfest Inc. (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 1981)
    Arabian recipes, Caribbean recipes, Chilean recipes, chines recipes, Doukhobor recipes, Dutch recipes, Filipino recipes, German recipes, Greek recipes, recipes of India, Indian and Metis recipes, Indonesian recipe, Irish ...
  • The Polynesian cookbook [title page] 

    Mills, Steve (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 1980)
    Aloha, soups and salads, entrees, breads and pancakes, desserts, drinks, Polynesian luau buffet, subject and recipe index.
  • A collage of Canadian cooking [title page] 

    Canadian Home Economics Association (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 1979)
    A collage of Canadian cooking.
  • Recipe favorites [title page] 

    Redeemer Lutheran Church. (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 1977)
    Recipe favorites.
  • The Borowski cookbook [title page] 

    Borowski, Joe P. (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 1977)
    The Borowski cookbook.
  • Pleasant Valley cook book [title page] 

    Pleasant Valley Community Club (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 1977)
    Main meal dishes, Chinese food, breads loaves muffins buns biscuits, salads, slices and squares, cakes, cookies, desserts, tarts pies and pastry, candy, canning preserves and pickles, miscellaneous and household hints.
  • Alaska sourdough cookin' [title page] 

    Walker, Herb (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 1976)
    Salads sauces appetizers, fish, main dishes, sourdough, desserts, breads stuffings.
  • Canadian colonial cooking [title page] 

    Finnigan, Joan (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 1976)
    Canadian colonial cooking.
  • Our kitchen treasures! [title page] 

    Hudson Bay Park Baptist Womens' Missionary Society (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 1974)
    Kitchen hints, weights measurements & substitutions, beverages, breads & buns, supper dishes, meat dishes & casseroles, Oriental dishes, salads & vegetables, cakes, squares, cookies frosting & candy, preserves.
  • Quota gourmettes [title page] 

    Quota Club of Ottawa (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 1973)
    Foreward by international president Dorothy, Quota collect, Quota quotes, favourite recipes of Ottawa Quotarians, favourite recipes from international board of Quota, favourite recipe of home page editor Ottawa Citizen, ...
  • Recettes de cuisine [title page] 

    Saints Martyrs Canadiens (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 1973)
    Recettes de cuisine.
  • Wilderness cooking [title page] 

    Berglund, Berndt; Bolsby, Clare E. (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 1973)
    Preface, a history of wilderness cooking, hunting and fishing, field dressing of game and fish, butchering of big game, curing of game and fish, wilderness cooking Indian ways, wilderness cooking buckskin ways, wilderness ...
  • Sportsman's gourmet guide [title page] 

    Goplen, Henrietta (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 1972)
    Sportsman's gourmet guide.
  • A genuine first wilderness kingdom new cookbook [title page] 

    Unknown author (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 1972)
    Miscellaneous, stuffings & sauces, fish, upland game birds, ducks & geese, rabbit, muskrat, beaver, skunk ; big game, jams & jellies, smoking & curing wild meats.
  • Memorable meals in British Columbia: a centennial cook book [title page] 

    Pearlman, Margaret S.; British Columbia Centennial '71 Committee (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 1971)
    Dining in the grand tradition, dining in the family tradition, dining in our native and foreign tradition.
  • Island cooking: favorite Hawaiian islands recipes [title page] 

    Tuell, Bonnie (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 1971)
    Island cooking: favorite Hawaiian islands recipes.

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