100 Years of Canadian Railway Recipes

All aboard for an historic dining experience!

This 200 page cookbook  (available both in French and in English) contains 90 recipes collected from three major Canadian railways: CN, Canadian Pacific and VIA Rail Canada.

This cookbook is a unique treasure of railway heritage. Grouped under several mouth-watering themes, the recipes also feature superb archival photographs of artefacts, anecdotes from workers and historical information on life aboard dining cars and in the kitchens. A century of culinary expertise is highlighted to satisfy the most discriminating palate!

Click HERE to read an excerpt from the book

Where to purchase this cookbook?

4,000 copies are available (2,000 in French and 2,000 in English) and are priced at $9.99 (+ GST, postage and handling).  

You can buy it at Exporail’s Gift shop.

For telephone orders, call : 450 638-1522 extension 244

The Cookbook is available in the following places:

Appetite for Books (Westmount) 514-369-2002
Librairies Boyer (Valleyfield, Châteauguay, Vaudreuil-Dorion) 450-373-6211
Le Panier (Pointe-Claire) 514-695-7038
Hobby Junction (Dorval) 514-631-3504
Hobby Vermont & Essex (Montréal) 514-723-4666
George’s Trains (Markham / ON) 905-470-6200
Kelly’s Kaboose (Kamloops / BC) 250-377-8510
Credit Valley Railway Company (Mississauga) 905-826-1306
Trains & Lattes (Jasper / AB) 750 852-7444
Heritage Park Historical Village (Calgary / AB) 403 268-8513
Seashore Trolley Museum (Kennebunkport / ME / USA) 207-967-2800
Timmins Museum : National Exhibition Centre (Timmins / ON) 705-360-2600
Atlantic News (Halifax / NS) 
Ron’s Books (Danbury / CT) 914-967-7541
Tourisme Montérégie (Brossard / QC) 450-766-1510

A team of Specialists

The cookbook was compiled by two Exporail authors : the preface was written by Jean-Paul Viaud, curator, and Marie-Paule Partikian, museologist, did the historical and iconographic research. History buffs will appreciate the details in this work.  

Artistic direction of the culinary aspects of the book was done by the team at  Prima Vidéo, under Line Pomerleau. Also, the 90 recipes taken from the CN, Canadian Pacific and VIA Rail Canada archives were tested by Culinary Stylist Josée Robitaille, who has worked with several well-known chefs. Some of the recipes were adapted to today’s tastes to make them easier to prepare. Christian Desjardins’ photographs add a contemporary and refined touch to this unique  cookbook.

Our Partners

This project was made possible by our main financial partner, the ministère de la Culture et des Communications du Québec and also, la Conférence régionale des élus (CRÉ) de la Vallée-du-Haut-Saint-Laurent. Many other partners contributed to the success of this project, particularly Martin Gemme, chef and sommelier at VIA Rail Canada, who introduced the more recent culinary heritage and, of course, the CN and Canadian Pacific, who continually support Exporail’s activities.

Fundraising Campaign

Exporail wishes to thank everyone who donated generously to our on-line « crowdfunding » event on the Indiegogo.com website which took place last Spring and was led by Christian Bougie, in charge of philantropy, sponsors and parterships at Exporail.

All profits from the cookbook sales will be used for the preservation, conservation, research, exhibitions, education and dissemination of Canada’s railway heritage.