To Experience Wonder: Edna Staebler: A Life

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Dundurn, Oct 1, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 328 pages

Canada’s foremost cookbook author began her career, not as a cook, but as a journalist writing for Canadian magazines. She was 60 when she turned her attention to food. Food That Really Schmecks immediately became a best-seller, and continues to sell 35 years later. It’s more than a book of wonderful recipes - it also describes the Mennonite way of life. The success of that book led to two more Schmecks books and many other cookbooks. Edna has received the Order of Canada among many other awards.

Over the years, Edna developed longstanding friendships with many of Canada’s greatest writers, including Margaret Laurence, W.O. Mitchell, Sheila Burnford, and Pierre Berton. In 1991 she established The Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-fiction to recognize the first or second book of a Canadian writer.

To Experience Wonder is the first book to explore behind the scenes of this successful writer’s life. At the age of 97, Edna leads an active life at her cottage on Sunfish Lake, where she writes, reads, and welcomes the many aspiring writers who come to visit.

 

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Contents

A Berlin Childhood
30
University and Beyond
47
Early Marriage
59
Part Two
70
All Hell Broke Loose
72
Neils Harbour The Beginning of Everything
90
More at Home in the Harbour than Elsewhere
104
Publication
115
Cape Breton Harbour At Last
209
More Food That Really Schmecks
227
Maggie
232
Dr Edna Staebler
245
The Cookie War
252
A Wonderful Inspiration of What You Can Do With a Life
259
The Good Things Just Kept Happening
268
Order of Canada
278

She Knew She Was a Writer
126
Bursting to Write
142
Europe
154
The Last Years as Mrs Keith Staebler
169
Divorce
179
Part Three
190
It Became a Wonderful Life
192
There Is No Ending
283
Afterword
298
Notes
300
Selected Bibliography
311
Acknowledgements
314
Index
318
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Veronica Ross lives in Kitchener, Ontario with her husband, Richard O'Brien. She is the author of Hannah B., Order in the Universe, the popular Carolyn Archer mystery series, and other books. Her short stories have appeared in many magazines. She is currently working on a book about Russian history.

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