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1749 – Kitchen Gardens in French Canada

A history about the culinary history of New France, in French. Link to this book here.

Peter Kalm’s Travels into North America

From the earliest days of settlement in North America, town and country Kitchen Gardens were essential to the survival of the new inhabitants. One traveller, the Swedish naturalist Peter Kalm, has written extensively about what he saw during his travels in French Canada in 1749 (Volume 3) and he spends considerable time writing about the plants that were grown and used in people’s gardens.

His three volume Travels into North America : containing its natural history, and a circumstantial account of its plantations and agriculture in general, with the civil, ecclesiastical and commercial state of the country, the manners of the inhabitants, and several curious and important remarks on various subjects is a treasure trove of fascinating history of life in North America 250 years ago.

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