Grandma’s Cookies, Cakes, Pies and Sweets

Grandma’s Cookies, Cakes, Pies and Sweets: The Best of Canada’s East Coast edited by Alice Burdick is a charming culinary journey that encapsulates the heart and flavors of Nova Scotia. With a focus on traditional treats passed down through generations, this cookbook offers a delightful exploration of regional desserts that evoke a sense of nostalgia and warmth. In 1967, A Treasury of Nova Scotia Heirloom Recipes was produced gathering regional and historical dishes from around the province dating back as far as 1877. Inspired by this history, Alice Burdick spun a modernized rendition of those culinary memories. 

Alice Burdick

Burdick’s writing style is inviting and personable, making the recipes feel like cherished family secrets shared between generations. The cookbook is thoughtfully organized, taking readers through a diverse range of sweet offerings, from flaky Maritime pies to rich and indulgent cakes from Nova Scotia. Each recipe is accompanied by personal anecdotes and insights that not only provide context but also connect readers to the cultural significance of these treats.

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The recipes are clear, concise, and easy to follow, ensuring that both novice and experienced bakers can recreate the flavors of the East Coast with confidence. From Ingonish oatcakes to the unique blueberry grunt of Nova Scotia, the book captures the essence of each dessert, incorporating local ingredients and techniques to preserve their authenticity. You’ll want to make the Buttery Shortbread Cookies in our Recipe section – they’ll be a nostalgic treat around the holiday table.

In terms of visuals, Grandma’s Cookies, Cakes, Pies and Sweets is a inspiring. The photography is evocative, showcasing the final products in all their mouthwatering glory. The images capture the rustic charm and simplicity of the East Coast, further enhancing the book’s appeal.

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Alice Burdick’s Grandma’s Cookies, Cakes, Pies and Sweets is a heartwarming and well-crafted homage to the culinary heritage of Canada’s East Coast. It’s a must-have for anyone seeking to explore the traditional sweets that have graced family gatherings and celebrations for generations. To order a copy of this book full of memories and sweets, go to or win it in our Giveaway section!

All images and recipes are published with the express permission from Formac Publishing Limited.