Nathalie M Cooke

Contact Information
(514) 398-4400 Ext. 094445
Email address: 
nathalie.cooke [at]



Faculty Members
Professor and Associate Dean, McGill Library (Archives & Rare Collections)

B.A. (Queen's, Kingston); M.A. (Cornell); B.Ed., M.A., Ph.D. (University of Toronto), Professor. 

Canadian Literature
Cookery Literature
History of the Book
Teaching areas: 
  • Shaping of Taste in Canada, 1850-2000; Canadian Foodways; Canadian Women's Writing; Canadian Cultural & Social History
  • Canadian literature; literary and cultural celebrity; women’s writing, and specifically life writing; literary genres and their rhetorical strategies
Awards, honours, and fellowships: 
  • McGill Popular Teacher (Macleans, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000)
  • Carrie Derrick Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching, McGill (2002)
  • Louis Dudek Award for Teaching Excellence in the English Department, McGill (1996)
Selected publications: 


Selected papers available on SSRN:

Canadian Culinary Cultures:

  • Founding editor of CuiZine: the Journal of Canadian Food Cultures, an online, born digital peer-reviewed and fully indexed journal. CuiZine has published two issues per year since 2009, and since 2014 has an annual readership of over 12,000 in 114 countries.  See

Food History:

  •  Co-editor with Fiona Lucas, Catharine Parr Traill’s The Female Emigrant’s Guide, Cooking with a Canadian Classic. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s Press, June 2017. 556pp.
  • "Lessons from Generations Past: Timely and Timeless Communication Strategies of Some Canadian Cooks of Note," Food and Communication, Proceedings of the Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery 2015. Ed. Mark McWilliams. London: Prospect Books, July 2016. 131-142.
  • "Canadian Food Radio: Conjuring Nourishment for Canadians Out of Thin Air." How Canadians Communicate. Ed, Charlene Elliott. University of Athabasca Press, February 2016. 107-128.
  • Co-editor with University of Guelph Archivist, Kathryn Harvey (who provided high-res scans of the original manuscript), an annotated facsimile edition: The Family Treasury: A Collection of Household and Medicinal Receipts, 1741-1848. Toronto, ON: Rocks Mills Press, October 2015. See:
  • “Spreading Controversy: The Story of Margarine in Quebec.” Edible Histories: A Canadian Food History Anthology. Editors Marlene Epp, Valerie Korinek, Franca Iacovetta. U of T Press, November 2012. 249-268.
  • “Canada's Food History Through Cookbooks.” Critical Perspectives in Food Studies. Editors Mustafa Koc, Jennifer Sumner, and Tony Winson. Don Mills, ON: Oxford University Press, August 2012. 33-48.
  • Editor. What’s to Eat? Entrées in Canadian Food History. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, September 2009.

Canadian Literary Criticism:

  • Biography of Margaret Atwood (1998), critical monograph on her work (2004); articles on works by Atwood, Crozier, di Michele, Lane, Musgrave, Richler and Thomas; edited volumes of poetry (MQUP).
  • Co-launched (with Suzanne Morton) an initiative of re-editions at McGill Queen’s University Press. Republished Phyllis Brett Young’s 1960 novel The Torontonians (2007) and 1959 novel Psyche (2008)
Current research: 
  • Riddles in the 1800s: dinner conversation, entertainment, and literary genre
  • Co-investigator, SSHRC Insight Grant (PI, Jason Camlot, Concordia), "The Richler Library Project: Historicizing, Processing, Developing and Theorizing the Author’s Personal Library as Collection.” 2017-2021.
  • Co-investigator, SSHRC Insight Development Grant (PI, Lindsay Holmgren). Scripting Futures: A Narratological Investigation of How International Organizations Shape National Realities. 2016-18.
Graduate supervision: 

Canadian literature, Canadian culinary and cultural history, food history.