Two Cooks in the Kitchen: A Cookbook with a Maritime Flavour


96 pages
Contains Illustrations, Index
ISBN 0-919001-59-9
DDC 641.59716






Reviewed by Janet Arnett

Janet Arnett is the former campus manager of adult education at Ontario’s Georgian College. She is the author of Antiques and Collectibles: Starting Small, The Grange at Knock, and 673 Ways to Save Money.



This is a deceptively simple little book. Its low-key unpretentious tone
and appearance mask a well-chosen selection of recipes destined to
become family classics. The focus is on quality, everyday food that the
average homemaker can prepare and the average family will enjoy. A
Maritime slant gives the collection extra appeal to anyone who can
relate to “down home” goodies such as Oatie Rounds, beer bread,
molasses gems, or she-crab soup. These Nova Scotian classics are less
than half the collection; most of the recipes would be quite at home in
any province.

The recipes are grouped by meal (breakfast, lunch, tea, and dinner),
which would be inconvenient if not for the complete, alphabetical index.
Measurements are given in both metric and imperial systems, and the
instructions are exceptionally clear and concise. All ingredients are
readily available from any large supermarket.

Interesting quotations form historic sources; chatty, informal notes on
the authors’ lives; and delicate line drawings all add interest and
enhance the comfortable, approachable impression the work conveys.


Bell, Janet., “Two Cooks in the Kitchen: A Cookbook with a Maritime Flavour,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed July 24, 2024,