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Three Meals A Day is Born

Three Meals A Day is Born

Toronto's thirst for cooking methods and recipes drew increasingly larger crowds at the Consumers' Gas Company Cooking School.  The weekly radio show audience also growing was not being unnoticed.  Who was this Jessie Read and why do women love to hear what she has to say?

Making Good Basic Coffee

Making Good Basic Coffee

There once was a day when the convenience options Nespresso and Keurig sitting on the counter available for your choice of coffee did not exist. Coffee today has taken on a whole new level of a revered status that has lead multi-billion dollar businesses. In years past coffee was a simple beverage, with good and bad cups in many households. Jessie Read shares her thoughts on how to make coffee in the 1930s below.
Kitchen Talks Preview

Kitchen Talks Preview

On June 9th, 1936 the first public preview of the new film Kitchen Talks was held at the Concert Hall of the Royal York Hotel in Toronto, Canada.

Kitchen Talks - 1930s Cooking School Film

Kitchen Talks - 1930s Cooking School Film

Today millions watch the Food Network and surf the web looking for recipes but where did you turn to in the 1930s? Realizing the engaging personality and popularity of Toronto's Jessie Read it appeared time for her to reach tens of thousands more in a talking picture.  The first cooking school of its kind would be created and seen in hundreds of theatres across Ontario.

Roasting Meats 1930s

Roasting Meats 1930s

Have you ever wondered how to roast your meats? Well in the 1930's many were wondering about a method of roasting called the cold oven method.  In this historical article by Jessie Read she shares her research on this method.

Mama's Night Out

Mama's Night Out

Was Jessie Read a pioneer to the term "Girls Night Out"?  In a win-win situation she created an escape for homemakers in the 1930's to get a night out while learning how to improve their cooking.  How could a husband not see that as a benefit to the household?

First Radio Cooking School Broadcast

First Radio Cooking School Broadcast

A pioneering radio broadcast on CKCL Toronto, Canada launched cooking classes across the air waves May, 25 1925 which could have been the Food Network of today on radio.  Miss Jessie Read, home service director for Consumer Gas launched broadcast No. 1 with a Strawberry Floating Island and Strawberry Mound recipe.

Historic Canadian Cooking School on Air

Historic Canadian Cooking School on Air

Jessie Read brought cooking to the air waves of Canada and parts of the USA on CKCL radio in Toronto Canada.  In 1931 her show was featured on the cover of a trade booklet "Radio Trade-Builder" that was "For every store that sells radio in Canada."