Sir John's Table: The Culinary Life and Times of Canada's First Prime Minister by Lindy MechefskeSir John's Table: The Culinary Life and Times of Canada's First Prime Minister by Lindy Mechefske

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

byLindy Mechefske

Paperback | September 1, 2015

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Commemorating the two-hundredth anniversary of Sir John A. Macdonald's birth, Sir John's Table is a refreshing look at Canada's first prime minister.

Sir John's Table traverses the colourful life of Macdonald, 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. It was a journey that began with hardtack and suspicious-looking, watered-down stew amidst appallingly unsanitary conditions and culminated in grand dinners held in Macdonald's honour.

In a breezy and engaging style, author Lindy Mechefske traces 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.

Lindy Mechefske is a freelance writer and food columnist. She is the author of the cookbook A Taste of Wintergreen and blogs about her adventures in the kitchen at lindymechefske.com. She spent her early years in England and has lived in the US and Australia but calls beautiful, historic Kingston, Ontario, her home. Lindy's love affai...
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Title:Sir John's Table: The Culinary Life and Times of Canada's First Prime MinisterFormat:PaperbackDimensions:232 pages, 8.02 × 6.03 × 0.58 inPublished:September 1, 2015Publisher:Goose Lane EditionsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0864928815

ISBN - 13:9780864928818

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great read This is Canadian history as it should be written -- at it's liveliest, most entertaining, and spiciest. Sir John's Table really cooks!
Date published: 2015-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great read! When I finish a book, lay it down, am sorry it’s done, I know I’ve enjoyed it. Such is the case with this volume by Lindy Mechefske. It’s a wonderful combination of history, biography, storytelling and culinary intrigue. The mid-nineteenth century was a time of extreme growth for Canada, and this book captures the political manoeuvring and evolutionary process of the country with detail and humour in a most readable form. Sir John A. Macdonald was the mastermind behind much of this growth period, and his love of food and drink played an integral part in the process. Ms. Mechefske presents the historical developments of the period including the gastronomic excesses of the banquets and formal dinners Macdonald used to influence the decision makers, and she peppers the chapters with stories of the life and foods of the period and concludes each with a recipe, many of which challenge the mind to try. This is a must read for anyone wanting to know more about a most important period in Canadian history, learn about the foods and recipes of the times or simply be entertained for a while. This’ll make a great holiday gift as well.
Date published: 2015-10-21

Editorial Reviews

Commemorating the two-hundredth anniversary of Sir John A. Macdonald's birth, Sir John's Table is a refreshing look at Canada's first prime minister. Sir John's Table traverses the colourful life of Macdonald, 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. It was a journey that began with hardtack and suspicious-looking, watered-down stew amidst appallingly unsanitary conditions and culminated in grand dinners held in Macdonald's honour. In a breezy and engaging style, author Lindy Mechefske traces 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."Lindy Mechefske's delightful biography of the irresistible, though sadly flawed, John A. Macdonald is shot through with illluminating nuggets which are, for most of us, surprising and novel. And sprinkled throughout we receive a tasts not just of Macdonald himself but of recipes with which he and his household were familiar." — Patricia Beeson, author of Macdonald Was Late for Dinner: A Slice of Culinary Life in Early Canada