My Pet Recipes was compiled in 1900 by the predominantly Scottish women of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Quebec City. Revenues from the book’s publication were directed towards the purchase of new carpeting for the church. Today, members of the church still compile cookbooks of family recipes and sell them to help support the women’s guild. My Pet Recipes contains the favourite, or “pet” recipes of the contributors, offering tips and tricks for both the new and experienced housewife. Most of the recipes, organized into types of food, are simple and ensure success every time. The book is heavily influenced by Scottish cuisine, as well as ingredients found locally in Quebec, such as fish from the St. Lawrence River. Amongst the recipes are numerous business advertisements (another source of revenue), their references to clothing and kitchen equipment clearly directed at the female reader and consumer.
My Pet Recipes: Tried and True. St. Andrew's Church (Quebec) Quebec: Daily Telegraph Printing House, 1900. Gift of Una Abrahamson. Archival & Special Collections, University of Guelph Library