The history of picnics in Ontario by Lindy Mechefske, two-time Taste Canada gold-award winning author, is a tour de force. With more than a hundred rare, old images, this book is a rich, visual feast as we look back at over a century of photographs and other treasures all celebrating Ontario picnics.
Packed full of charming and enticing surprises, this is a book that belongs on every single Ontarians' bookshelf.
About the author
Lindy Mechefske is one of the most recognized names in food writing in Canada with a large media following, both in traditional media and social media. She is a two-time Gold Medal Winner in the Taste Canada Awards for Out of Old Ontario Kitchens and Sir John's Table, and the author of A Taste of Wintergreen. She is the food columnist for the Kingston Whig-Standard (Canada's oldest daily newspaper). Her work has appeared in various anthologies, literary journals and magazines including The New Quarterly, the Ottawa Citizen, Grapevine Magazine, and Kingston Life.
"If you think 'quaint' when you think picnics, think again. Lindy Mechefske's masterful sweep of dining en plein air in one of Canada's founding provinces links people, place and food in ways that astonish and inform. Prepare to be entertained, enlightened — and transported."
— Susan Scott, editor of Body & Soul.
A MIGHTY FEAST "Lindy Mechefske has prepared a mighty and diverse feast — for the belly, for the eyes, and for the collective memory. To turn the pages and wander back in time is to crave picnic delights, sunshine, and days gone by."
— Kristen Den Hartog, co-author, The Cowkeepers Wish
SAVOUR THIS BOOK "A basket packed with piquant morsels of our past — savour this book, as Mechefske distills the essence of gatherings that have long nourished our sense of community."
— Ann Shortell, author of the multiple award-winning Celtic Knot