How cooking World War II recipes can help us understand the pandemic
Culinary historian Samantha George discusses the Toronto Star's WWII recipes
In times of strife, food has been a catalyst to bring communities together.
During the current pandemic, people across the globe have found solace in cooking. Similarly, and in spite of limited resources, food was vital during World War II to getting families through unprecedented times.
This sense of community is adding a new dimension to a project at the Parkwood Estate Museum in Oshawa, Ont. Volunteers with War In The Kitchen have been cooking their way through recipes published in the Toronto Star from 1939 to 1945 since last year, in an effort to better understand wartime Canada.
"It's the fact that someone's making them for you. Thinking about you. Packing them up and sending them. So even though you're thousands of miles apart, you're still in someone's heart," she says.
George spoke to The Sunday Magazine's Piya Chattopadhyay about the project and shared some recipes. Chattopadhyay even tried out a recipe at home.
Interview produced by Sarah-Joyce Battersby