Sir John’s Table: The Culinary Life and Times of Canada’s First Prime Minister




Sir John’s Table: The Culinary Life and Times of Canada’s First Prime Minister

Mechefske, Lindy

Goose Lane Editions

2016, Culinary Narratives, Gold

Sir John’s Table traverses the colourful life of Canada’s first prime minister, from his passage as a young Scottish boy in the steerage compartment aboard the Earl of Buckinghamshire to his new home in Kingston, Upper Canada. It traces his boyhood years of stealing fish and scarfing down fairy cakes into his adult life as a lawyer, husband, father, and eventual leader of the newly founded dominion of Canada. In Mechefske’s breezy and engaging style, we follow Macdonald’s life through some of the common foods of the day, from mutton, quince, and gooseberries to hare, cow heel, and ox cheek. Along the way, she reveals how to concoct the fried oysters served at the Charlottetown Conference and how a roast duck dinner saved the dominion.

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