About This Site

About This Site

Objectives of BC Food History Network

We want to communicate and spread reliable and academically sound research and general information on the history of food, focusing on British Columbia and Western Canada, and expanding to other provinces and jurisdictions where applicable. We take a broad view of food history as encompassing historical accounts of all types of food sources, (indigenous, naturalized, and introduced), food production and food transformation, the associated cultural, economic, environmental, and sociological aspects of food, and individuals and groups who have made a significant historical contribution related to food.

Founding Members of BC Food History Network

Linda Peterat

Linda Peterat completed a Bachelor of Science in Home Economics at the University of Alberta. Through transcribing oral history audiotapes for the public library, she learned about food history in the community of Spruce Grove, Alberta where she later lived. Food history was a part of the food studies classes she taught in junior and senior high schools, and later in teacher education at the University of British Columbia. She holds a Ph. D. in Curriculum Studies from the University of Alberta. Her current interest is in researching and writing about pioneer and early contact foods.




M. Gale Smith is a retired Home Economics teacher and sessional lecturer in the Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy at the University of British Columbia. Her research interests include global issues, action research, home economics and everyday life. Gale holds a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Pedagogy from UBC.







Maryleah de ZwartMary Leah de Zwart is a retired teacher and sessional instructor for the Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy at the University of British Columbia. She became interested in food history through community cookbooks and has researched early pioneers in home economics and women’s work. She holds a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Pedagogy from UBC.


We regularly add new blogs on aspects of food history.  We operate informally.  Please sign up to receive new blogs as they are posted.  Comments are welcome, as are suggestions for new topics.  We also have a Facebook page.

We welcome  guest blog posts with a strong emphasis on food history.

Food History Research

Research papers on a variety of food history topics are welcomed.  Please contact bcfoodhistory (at) gmail.com for more information.