Wartime Recipes

Remembrance Day is this week, and we will be honouring all the people who fought for our freedoms throughout the ages and the contribution of the people who supported those efforts on the home front. In the world of cookbooks, some shine a spotlight on the latest food trends, while others transport us to different eras, allowing us to experience the past through the flavors and aromas of a bygone time. Wartime Recipes from the Maritimes 1939-1945 by Devonna Edwards is one such culinary time machine. This book takes us on a journey back to the Canadian Maritimes during World War II, where rations and creativity went hand in hand, resulting in a unique and intriguing culinary history. 

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The Maritimes played a crucial role during World War II. The proximity to Europe and the North Atlantic made it an essential hub for troop deployment and the transportation of goods. This brought forth a challenging period of rationing, making creativity in the kitchen an absolute necessity. Wartime Recipes skillfully captures this era by compiling a wide range of recipes, as well as historical anecdotes and insights into how people coped with limited resources. The historical photographs capture the essence of the time and shows us a visual of the marketing behind the war effort at home.

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Devonna Edwards has done a remarkable job in not only collecting recipes from the wartime period but also in presenting them in a structured and engaging manner. The book is divided into sections that cover breakfast, lunch, dinner, desserts, and preserving techniques of the time. Each section opens with historical context, shedding light on the significance of the recipes within that category. For those interested in the history of the Maritimes during World War II, these sections provide a fascinating glimpse into daily life.

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The recipes themselves are clear, concise, and easy to follow. Each one is accompanied by a modern adaptation, which makes it accessible to contemporary cooks. The ingredients used are simple and reflect the scarcity of the times, but the end results are surprisingly flavorful and satisfying. It’s heartwarming to see how individuals during that period turned basic ingredients into delicious, comforting meals. One such dish was the iconic Glazed Ham that you may want to try this holiday season. Go to our Recipe section and enjoy some nostalgia around your dinner table.

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One might question the relevance of a cookbook with recipes from the 1940s in today’s fast-paced, convenience-focused culinary landscape. However, Wartime Recipes successfully bridges the gap between past and present. The modern adaptations make it easy for home cooks to recreate these historic dishes while using readily available ingredients. It also encourages a deeper appreciation for the resourcefulness of those who lived through those challenging times. Check out the author’s other book, The Little Dutch Village for a deeper historical look into this era.

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Devonna Edwards’ Wartime Recipes from the Maritimes 1939-1945 is a beautifully crafted cookbook that offers readers a unique journey through time, touching on both the history and cuisine of a pivotal era. It is a testament to the resilience and adaptability of individuals during wartime, showcasing the power of creativity in the kitchen. Whether you’re a history buff, a food enthusiast, or both, this cookbook is a delightful addition to your collection. It reminds us of the enduring power of food to connect us with the past, and the delicious flavors of a bygone era are sure to satisfy the modern palate. Get your copy at https://nimbus.ca/store/wartime-recipes.html or go to our Giveaway section to win the book and step back in time.

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