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Setting a Fine Table


ISBN: 978-1-77050-194-2
Dimesions: 6 x 8
Page Count: 152
Binding: Paperback with flaps
Features: 30 recipes; full colour throughout including photographs; index

Setting a Fine Table

Historical Desserts and Drinks from the Officers' Kitchens at Fort York
Edited by Elizabeth Baird
and Bridget Wranich
Research and testing by the Volunteer Historic Cooks at Fort York
Setting a Fine Table is a mouth-watering selection of cakes, cookies, pastries, puddings and drinks from historic Fort York in Toronto.


The recipes are based on ones found in British, American and Canadian cookbooks of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, and are featured favourites in the Historic Foodways Programme at Fort York National Historic Site. The programme recreates the cooking practices and lifestyles of British officers living in a fort in Upper Canada in the early 19th century.


The 30 recipes include the original, historic recipe as well as its modern equivalent. Each recipe is introduced by an explanation of why it was chosen, how it would have been used at the Fort in the past and how it is used at the Fort today.


Some of the tasty treats are:

  • Shrewsbury Cakes
  • Mackeroons
  • A Seed Cake, Very Rich
  • Bread and Butter Pudding
  • Ginger Ice Cream
  • Pears Portuguese Fashion, with Currants
  • Marmalade of Apricots


With beautiful photographs and as well as a bibliography of the historic cookbooks from which the recipes were drawn, this book will appeal to anyone interested in historic cooking and Canadian history.