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Out of Old Nova Scotia Kitchens, 1971, First Edition



Out of Old Nova Scotia Kitchens, 1971, First Edition: Cookbook with the subtitle, A collection of traditional recipes of Nova Scotia and the stories of the people who cooked them. Written by Marie Nightingale and published by Charles Scribner’s Sons, New York, in 1971. This copy of the book is a first edition, presumed first printing. Hard cover with dust jacket. 212 pages. Both book and dust jacket in mint condition. Definitely gift quality.

The illustrations for this book are delightful, as well, but I can’t find any attribution for them.

The first part of the book is a history of the groups that populated Nova Scotia, the Indians, the French, the English, the Germans, the New Englanders, the Irish, the Scots, and the Negroes. Then, Nightingale supplies their recipes, along with colorful bits of history and stories about the cooks. The recipes include soups and chowders, fish, meats, breakfast and supper dishes, vegetables, breads, scones, buns and doughnuts, pies, desserts, sauces, cakes, cookies and little cakes, jams and pickles, beverages, candies, and cures and tonics.

At we try to provide you with your mother’s cookbook! I know lots of current recipe bloggers write proudly that their recipes are “not from your mother’s cookbook.” We think the recipes in your mother’s cookbook provided food that was nutritious and warm and colorful and just plain yummy! We know that just looking at the cover of your mother’s Woman’s Home Companion Cook Book makes you feel good. Holding her Betty Crocker Cookbook, or her Better Homes and Gardens, or Good Housekeeping Cookbook in your hands is better than nostalgic. And cooking some of those dishes for your children will pass on a great tradition.


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