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Food Will Win the War
The Politics, Culture, and Science of Food on Canada’s Home Front
By (author): Ian Mosby
9780774827621 Paperback, Trade English Professional/Scholarly : Grade (US) from 17 SOCIAL SCIENCE / Agriculture & Food Jan 31, 2015
$32.95 CAD
Active 6 x 9 x 0.75 in | 420 gr 288 pages 15 illustrations, 2 tables UBC Press
Political History Group Book Prize, Canadian Historical Association 2015, Joint winner
A wide-ranging account of how the state’s unprecedented intervention in the kitchens of the nation transformed everyday life on the home front and redefined the way Canadians think about and consume food.

During the Second World War, as Canada struggled to provide its allies with food, public health officials warned that malnutrition could derail the war effort. Posters admonished Canadians to “Eat Right” because “Canada Needs You Strong” while cookbooks helped housewives become “housoldiers” through food rationing, menu substitutions, and household production. Ian Mosby explores the symbolic and material transformations that food and eating underwent as the Canadian state took unprecedented steps into the kitchens of the nation, changing the way women cooked, what their families ate, and how people thought about food. Canadians, in turn, rallied around food and nutrition to articulate new visions of citizenship for a new peacetime social order.

Ian Mosby is a historian of food, health, and nutrition in Canada and a postdoctoral fellow in the L.R. Wilson Institute for Canadian History at McMaster University.

Equal parts social, political, gender, and intellectual history, Food Will Win the War is an exceptional book that documents the history of WWII through the history of food. It is engaging, beautifully crafted, and convincingly argued. - Lara Campbell, author of Respectable Citizens: Gender and Family in the Great Depression

This significant new work offers readers a taste of life on the home front during the war years by giving us a glimpse into the shopping baskets and a general sense of the day’s routine of Canada’s home food providers – the volunteer home housoldiers. - Nathalie Cooke, founding editor of CuiZine and professor, McGill University

Both books [Mosby’s Food Will Win the War as well as well as A Small Price to Pay: Consumer Culture on the Canadian Home Front by Graham Broad, UBC Press 2013] are much needed additions to the historiography of Canada’s Second World War Experience. Too often have the daily lives of those on the home front been overlooked in favour of the stories of the men and women who marched away in khaki. Those who remained behind – 90 percent of Canadians – also had their worlds fundamentally transformed by war, as these books demonstrate. Specialists will certainly appreciate these works, but both are accessible and appealing to a general audience as well.

- Stacey J. Barker, BC Studies

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