Foodways & Fisticuffs: The Larger-Than-Life Personalities Who Shaped Quebec Cuisine

Assorted Quebec food books and magaines

Julian Armstrong, Montreal Gazette & Nathalie Cooke, McGill University

May 23, 2018 - 18:30 to 20:00

140 St. George St. Bissell Building, Room 728 University of Toronto Toronto, ON M5S 3G6

Why have bagels and smoked meats become de facto Montreal food icons? Why did tourtière and pouding chômeur spark impassioned brawls? How did Joe Beef’s social advocacy support the working-class community in the 19th century? Why do our latest food trends remind us of bygone days? From world-class restaurants to popular and affordable foodstuffs, food has been an iconic part of Quebec identity across and through cultural, religious and linguistic shifts. Montreal Gazette food writer Julian Armstrong and culinary historian and McGill professor Nathalie Cooke will explore how French Canadian passion and iconic personalities have shaped Quebec’s distinctive culinary traditions. They will also delve into the way food tastes change over time, and introduce a toolkit for cooking with historical recipes.


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