Surely it’s no coincidence that the word “chef” appears smack in the middle of Lindy Mechefeske’s surname. Food is in her blood.

“One of my earliest memories is being in my grandfather’s ancient Yorkshire kitchen and rolling out the pastry for jam tarts,” she explains. “I was three years old. I’ve had an enduring love affair with food and history ever since.”

An accomplished freelance food writer, Lindy regularly serves as chef at Wintergreen Studios north of Kingston, where she delights visitors with her fresh, local creations. She is the author of the cookbook A Taste of Wintergreen, and of Sir John’s Table: The Culinary Life and Times of Canada’s First Prime Minister, a fascinating food-based travelogue through Sir John’s career and fortunes, which won the Taste Canada Gold Medal for Culinary Narrative.

Lindy’s new book, Out of Old Ontario Kitchens, is a compendium and celebration of historical recipes and practical advice from generations of Canadian women. It pays “homage to the great unsung, unpaid, undervalued work of cooking, along with food preservation and preparation, which fell almost entirely to women,” says Lindy, “work every bit as important as agriculture, commerce, mining, politics, and the development of infrastructure.”

Lindy lives in Kingston.

Appearing in: Forgotten Foods of Forest, Field, & Orchard