This reproduction of Dora’s Cook Book was transcribed from one of six copies of the book that are known to exist by one of our wonderful volunteers, Jean Hudacin. The Fairfield Gutzeit Society is fortunate to be in possession of one of these copies. Proceeds from the sale of this book will go to the costs of restoring that copy.
Dora Estelle Fairfield wrote the cook book in 1888 at the age of 26 while she lived in Bath, not far from the house which her great great grandfather, William Fairfield had built in 1796. Her mother, Sarah Minerva Davy died the following year. Her father was Charles Fairfield.
Although she was known as Dora (or sometimes Dolly), she was christened Mary Ham Fairfield. For this reason she had direct ancestors of three of the prominent families in Bath at the time, the Davys, the Hams and of course the Fairfields. For this reason this book is a significant artifact in the history of the Village of Bath and specifically the house now known as the Fairfield Gutzeit House.
This book has been listed in the Bibliography of Cookbooks 1825 – 1950 written by Elizabeth Driver in 2008. It depicts what would have been the cuisine at the time. Its recipes for Squirrel Pie may not be of use today, but the puddings, pies, cakes and custards bearing the local names are fascinating to read. Names like Bay of Quinte Cake, Sir John A. MacDonald pie, Mrs. General Sherman’s Claret Punch, Bath Cake, Ontario Cake remind us of close link Dora and her peers had with the area.
FGS volunteer Jean Hudacin selling Dora's Cookbook at the annual FGS Christmas open house.
Original Dora's Cookbook before restoration.
Original Dora's Cookbook after restoration.
Dora's Cookbook can be purchased by emailing:
or by visiting the following businesses:
156 Princess St., Kingston, Ontario
384 Main Street, Bath, Ontario
376 Main Street, Bath, Ontario