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Book Signing Event with Author Fiona Lucas
On Saturday December 2nd 2017, author Fiona Lucas of Catharine Parr Traill’s The Female Emigrant’s Guide will be in the Hamilton Farmers’ Market. In a distinctive and witty voice expressing her can-do attitude, Catharine Parr Traill’s The Female Emigrant’s Guide unlocks a wealth of information on historical foodways and culinary exploration. Fiona will be set up inside the Market beside the elevator on the lower level of the Market from 11:00am to 2:00pm.

During this event you can purchase a signed copy of the book for a special market price of $30.00 (regularly priced at $39.99). Fiona Lucas is a Hamilton local from Dundas, Ontario.  Fiona states her excitement about returning to the Hamilton Farmers’ Market, “I used to know the Hamilton Farmers’ Market well since Dundas is my home town and my mother shopped at the Market regularly throughout the 1960s, 70s and 80s. Little did I know that I’d return one day! I’m excited about bringing the story and 19th-century recipes of Catharine Parr Traill to the market goers.”


More information about the novel:

This guidebook for women immigrants to nineteenth-century Canada in a deluxe edition that shows why it is still relevant today What did you eat for dinner today? Did you make your own cheese? Butcher your own pig? Collect your own eggs? Drink your own home-brewed beer? Shanty bread leavened with hops-yeast, venison and wild rice stew, gingerbread cake with maple sauce, and dandelion coffee - this was an ordinary backwoods meal in Victorian-era Canada. Originally published in 1855, Catharine Parr Traill’s classic The Female Emigrant’s Guide, with its admirable recipes, candid advice, and astute observations about local food sourcing, offers an intimate glimpse into the daily domestic and seasonal routines of settler life. 

This toolkit for historical cookery, redesigned and annotated in an edition for use in contemporary kitchens, provides readers with the resources to actively use and experiment with recipes from the original Guide. Containing modernized recipes, a measurement conversion chart, and an extensive glossary, this volume also includes discussions of cooking conventions, terms, techniques, and ingredients that contextualize the social attitudes, expectations, and challenges of Traill’s world and the emigrant experience.


Don’t miss out on meeting author Fiona Lucas in the Hamilton Farmers’ Market. One hour of FREE parking across the road at the York Bld. Parkade. The Market is open Saturday at 7:00am to 5:00pm.  
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