Catharine Parr Traill and the Colonial Politics of Food is an event to launch the Carleton Library Series’ new edition of The Female Emigrant’s Guide, first published in 1855 by a writer whose family settled on Michi Saagig Anishnaabe lands near Rice Lake, Ontario. It is also an opportunity to think about Canadian culinary history within a longer history of Indigenous foodways. Food historian Ian Mosby will talk about settler cookbooks and the history of Indigenous dispossession between their lines. The editors of the new, expanded edition of Traill’s guide, Nathalie Cooke (McGill University) and Fiona Lucas (co-founder of the Culinary Historians of Canada), will address their repackaging of the book as a toolkit for historical cookery. Cezin Nottaway (owner of Wawatay Catering) will talk about being an Algonquin chef today and will demonstrate the preparation of several dishes. The event will be catered by Wawatay Catering and is open to all.
Monday, November 20th
4:30 – 6:30
Sponsored by: The Carleton Library Series, the MacOdrum Library, the Office of the Dean of FASS, the Department of English, the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies, the Department of History, the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, and McGill-Queen’s University Press.