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

  • The M.A.C. cook book [title page] 

    Hiltz, Mary C.; Moxon, Mary C. (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 1929)
    Abbreviations, weights and measures, oven temperatures for baking, sugar temperatures, beverages, fruits, vegetables, canning pickling preserving, cereals, milk and cheese, eggs, soups, meats, poultry, fish and meat sauces, ...
  • Home economics cook book [title page] 

    Hiltz, Mary C.; Moxon, Mary C. (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 1951)
    Abbreviations, weights and measures, oven temperatures for baking, sugar temperatures, beverages, fruits, vegetables, canning, pickling and preserving, cereals, soups and aspic, luncheon supper and entree dishes, salads ...
  • Theory and practice in household science [title page] 

    Unknown author (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 1942)
    Index to theory, index to recipes.
  • The cook o' the north [title page] 

    Forbes, Mabel; Kincardine and West Aberdeenshire Unionist Association (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 1936)
    Foreword, soups, fish, meat, game and poultry, puddings and sweets, savoury and breakfast dishes, bread scones cakes and shortbread, jams jellies and marmalades, beverages, miscellaneous, household hints, advertisement index.
  • Traditional dishes of Britain [title page] 

    Harben, Philip (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 1953)
    Introduction, Cornish pastry, Richmond maids of honour, the most wonderful fish in the sea, bakewell pudding, hindle wakes, Yorkshire pudding, shortbread, Lancashire hotpot, bread, scones, the buns of Britain, simnel cake, ...
  • Round the world cook book [title page] 

    Morrow, Kay (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 1936)
    Biscuits and breads, cakes cookies and pies, desserts and puddings, eggs and souffles, fish, meats, miscellaneous dishes, noodles dumplings, pancakes and fritters, poultry, salads, sauces and relishes, soups, vegetables.
  • Dagmar Freuchen's cookbook of the seven seas, M. Evans and Co., 1968 [title page] 

    Freuchen, Dagmar; Clifford, William (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 1968)
    Preface, the North and Baltic seas, the Mediterranean sea, the Red and Arabian seas, the seas of China and Japan, the South seas, the Caribbean seas, the sea around us, index.
  • 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 ...
  • Radiation cookery book [title page] 

    Radiation (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 1934)
    Distinctive features of "New World" cookers and general hints on their use, hors d'oeuvres, soups, fish, meat, vegetables and salads, puddings, pastry, bread biscuits and cakes, cheese egg and vegetarian dishes, invalid ...
  • The Hawaiian homemaker's favorite island recipes [title page] 

    Tongg Publishing Company (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 1956)
    Meat, fish, poultry, vegetables, fruit, desserts.
  • Zion cook book [title page] 

    Unknown author (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 1925)
    Soups, fish, vegetables, meats, salads, pies, pudding and dessert, lucheon and supper dishes, bread rolls etc., sandwiches, cakes, icings, drop cookies, cakes etc., pickles and preserves, candy, party suggestions.
  • Ogilie's book for a cook [title page] 

    Ogilvie Flour Mills Company (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 1914)
    Ogilvie's book for a cook.
  • A modern kitchen guide [title page] 

    Farmer's advocate (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 1946)
    A modern kitchen guide.
  • Baking book [title page] 

    General Foods Cooking School of the Air (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 1932)
    Baking book.
  • Priscilla cook book [title page] 

    Merritt, Fannie Farmer (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 1913)
    The Priscilla cook book for everyday housekeepers.
  • Purity Flour cook book [title page] 

    Warner, E.; Western Canada Flour Mills (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 1917)
    Appetizing drinks, biscuits, bread fancy bread buns and rolls, cakes, cake fillings and frostings, cookies small cakes wafers etc., cereals, candy, eggs, fish, frozen dishes, gelatine desserts, invalid dishes, lenten dishes, ...
  • The girl's own cook book [title page] 

    C.G.I.T. Girls of Crocus Plain (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 1925)
    The girl's own cook book.
  • Purity Flour cook book [title page] 

    Western Canada Flour Mills (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 1923)
    The new Purity Flour cook book. Appetizing drinks, bread scones and fancy bread, cakes, cake fillings and frostings, candy, cereals, cookies small cakes wafers etc., eggs, fish, fish sauces, gelatine desserts and ices, ...
  • Victory vitamin cook book [title page] 

    Harris, Florence LaGanke (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 1943)
    Victory vitamin cook book for wartime meals. Foreword, to the reader, why foods will help win the war, Now you're in the quartermaster division and doing K.P. as well, war-time problems on the home front, recipes, index.
  • Naomi cook book [title page] 

    Canadian Hadassah Wizo (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 1948)
    Naomi cook book.

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