Canadian Literary Fare
Published by: McGill-Queen's University Press
Imprint: McGill-Queen's University Press
Sales Date: 2023-05-15
Published: May 2023
232 Pages, 152.00 x 229.00 x 0.75 in, 18 illustrations
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In Canadian Literary Fare Nathalie Cooke and Shelley Boyd explore food voices in a wide range of Canadian fiction, drama, and poetry, drawing from their formational blog series with Alexia Moyer. Thirteen short vignettes delve into metaphorical taste sensations, telling of how single ingredients such as garlic or ginger, or food items such as butter tarts or bannock, can pack a hefty symbolic punch in literary contexts. A chapter on Canada’s public markets finds literary food voices sounding a largely positive note, just as Canadian journalists trumpet Canada’s bountiful and diverse foodways. But in chapters on literary representations of bison and Kraft Dinner, Cooke and Boyd bear witness to narratives of hunger, food scarcity, and social inequality with poignancy and insistence.
Canadian Literary Fare pays heed to food voices in the works of Tomson Highway, Rabindranath Maharaj, Alice Munro, M. NourbeSe Philip, Eden Robinson, Fred Wah, and more, inviting readers to listen for stories of foodways in the literatures of Canada and beyond.
“A charming collection about Canadian foodstuffs. The authors invite the reader in with entertaining information and stories, while presenting research that is riveting in detail.” Lynette Hunter, University of California, Davis
"Canadian Literary Fare explores "food voices." Food speaks. It tells of memories, relationships, cultural histories and personal life histories differing dramatically from Canadian cookbooks, food texts or visitor information pamphlets, which speak of celebration, bounty and inclusion. In contrast, food voices speak of food scarcity, social inequality, and exclusion. Food in literature is always symbolic, … .” Culinary Historians of Canada newsletter