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Foodways & Fisticuffs: The Larger-Than-Life Personalities Who Shaped Quebec...

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140 St. George St.

Bissell Building, Room 728

University of Toronto

Toronto, ON M5S 3G6

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Co-Sponsored by: Faculty of Information, University of Toronto; Culinaria Research Centre, University of Toronto Scarborough;

Why have bagels and smoked meats become de facto Montreal food icons? Why did tourtière and pouding chômeur spark impassioned brawls? How did Joe Beef’s social advocacy support the working-class community in the 19th century? Why do our latest food trends remind us of bygone days? From world-class restaurants to popular and affordable foodstuffs, food has been an iconic part of Quebec identity across and through cultural, religious and linguistic shifts. Montreal Gazette food writer Julian Armstrong and culinary historian and McGill professor Nathalie Cooke will explore how French Canadian passion and iconic personalities have shaped Quebec’s distinctive culinary traditions. They will also delve into the way food tastes change over time, and introduce a toolkit for cooking with historical recipes.

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Julian Armstrong has been reporting on food for newspapers for the better part of five decades and has covered everything from gastronomy and food prices to nutrition and food safety. She was food editor of the Montreal Star and then of the Montreal Gazette, for which she now writes Six O’Clock Solution, which provides a quick review of a new cookbook and a simple dinner dish from the book. She is the author of Made In Quebec: A Culinary Journey (HarperCollins, 2014) and A Taste of Quebec (Macmillan, 1990, updated in 2001).She is a founding member of the Association of Food Journalists and of the Cuisine Canada culinary alliance (now known as Taste Canada) and she has judged countless chefs' contests. Most recently she was a judge at the Gold Medal Plates competition, which raises money for Canada’s Olympic athletes.

Nathalie Cooke is associate dean of McGill Library (rare and special collections) and professor of English at McGill University in Montreal. Her publications focus on the shaping of culinary and literary taste, and she teaches courses in Canadian literature and Canadian food history. She is founding editor of CuiZine: The Journal of Canadian Food Cultures: Revue des cultures culinaires au Canada (2009-), and editor of What's to Eat? Entrées in Canadian Food History (2009). Most recently, she is co-editor of Mrs. Johnson's Receipt Book: A Treasury of Cookery and Medicinal Receipts, 1741-1848 (2015); and of Catharine Parr Traill’s The Female Emigrant’s Guide, Cooking with a Canadian Classic (2017), which includes resource materials to make this publication a toolkit for those exploring historical cookery.

Refreshments will be served – coffee, tea, and Julian’s Maple Pie baked by historic cooks of the Culinary Historians of Canada.

Open to the public at no charge, but attendees must be registered prior to May 23.

For more information, please contact Professor Irina D. Mihalache at irina.mihalache@utoronto.ca or Culinary Historians of Canada at sylvia@culinaryhistorians.ca

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