ingredients from local markets
Originally published in 1968, Edna Staebler's bestselling cookbook features timeless recipes from Ontario's Old Order Mennonite culture.Get it on iTunes
take notes and add photos
Experiment with your own ingredients to make each meal your own, take notes and photos, then share them with the Schmecks community.Get it on iTunes
a cookbook with history
Many of the recipes have stories about their creators and where they come from. Impress your dinner guests with a side of local lore.Get it on iTunes
Wonderful! A perfect blend of old tradition and modern technology.Dora Dashes, June 9, 2012.
My cookbook collection is always growing, but Edna Staebler's classic becomes more splattered and dog-eared every year.Mary Blott, June 23, 2012.
It's timeless -- a reliable source of good recipes and a delight to read.Janice McDougall, June 10, 2012.
"One of the best-loved, quirkiest cookbooks ever published in Canada ... Its charm hasn't stale-dated; the recipes are homey and local (long before urban sophisticates considered that a virtue), featuring such timeless dishes as Schnippled Bean Salad and Shoo-fly Pie. As much a snapshot of a way of life as a book of recipes, Food That Really Schmecks is infused with Staebler's keen observations, anecdotes and a frank, no-nonsense approach."
- Sasha Chapman, The Globe 100
Originally published in 1968, Edna Staebler's Food That Really Schmecks went on to sell tens of thousands of copies and earned its author national acclaim. Recipes and stories from the Old Older Menonite family which Staebler moved in with blend together to create not just a cookbook, but what Edith Fowke described as folklore literature. The "origin stories" of the recipes will entertain, while the timelessness of their composition will no doubt satisfy.
Edna Staebler (1906–2006) was an award-winning journalist and prominent Canadian figure. She regularly contributed to newspapers and magazines such as Maclean’s, Saturday Night, The Toronto Star, and Chatelaine. She was also the author of Cape Breton Harbour, Places I’ve been and People I’ve Known, and, of course, the classic Schmecks cookbook series. Must Write: Edna Staebler’s Diaries, edited by Christl Verduyn, was published by WLU Press in 2005.