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Remembering Edna Staebler


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Remembering Edna Staebler

Ivriniel | | Sep 17, 2006 12:34 PM

From the Globe and Mail:
(In case people are wondering "Schmecks" is Pennsylvania Dutch for "tastes good".)

Cookbooks brought author wide audience

Waterloo, Ont. -- Author Edna Staebler, who celebrated her 100th birthday in January, died yesterday at the nursing home where she had lived since suffering a minor stroke in 2003.

Ms. Staebler suffered another stroke on Saturday, said her longtime friend Judy Creighton, a freelance food writer for the Canadian Press.

Her cookbook Food That Really Schmecks: Mennonite Country Cooking, published in 1968, brought Ms. Staebler distinction and a wide audience. Two other popular books in the Schmecks series were to follow.

In 1996, she was awarded the Order of Canada.

Aside from cookbooks, Ms. Staebler wrote historical non-fiction, including Cape Breton Harbour, published in 1972.

Ms. Staebler was a voracious reader, and established the annual Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction in 1991.

Edna (Cress) Staebler was born Jan. 15, 1906 in what is now known as Kitchener, Ont.; at the time, it was known as Berlin.

She grew up in the Kitchener area before moving on to receive a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Toronto in 1929 and later graduate from teachers college.

Ms. Staebler married in 1933 but the couple divorced in 1962. They had no children.

Funeral arrangements were not announced. CP

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