Mother's Mince Meat from May Irwin's Home Cooking, 1904

May Irwin, Author
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This is a recipe for mince meat from May Irwin's Home Cooking.
May Irwin's Home Cooking was published in 1904 by Frederick A. Stokes Company in New York. May Irwin was known for her love of cooking and baking and she put together this cookbook with recipes contributed by chefs, waiters, and friends.

May Irwin was a Canadian singer, songwriter, and comic performer who enjoyed popularity and prestige on the American stage from the late 1890s until the end of the 1910s. Key to Irwin’s popularity was her role as a “coon-shouter” and a performer of “coon songs,” deeply racist forms that emerge from minstrel musical traditions and blackface performances. Irwin’s considerable success was achieved via her reproduction of hate speech—speech which contributed to the oppression and death of many black persons in North America. For more information on Irwin’s life and her hate speech, see the following link:

Archives at Whitby Public Library maintains a collection of Irwin’s sheet music and associated ephemera. The sheet music in this archive is hate speech. The sheet music represents some of the most popular music of Irwin’s time, and as such constitutes important evidence of the anti-black racist and white supremacist ideologies that impacted and continue to influence Canada and America today. These ideologies are not condoned by Archives at Whitby Public Library, but the Archives has preserved such records in the hopes that, by encountering them, people will begin to think critically about and challenge historical and current racism.

Frederick A. Stokes Company
Place of Publication:
New York
Date of Original:
Personal Name(s):
Irwin, May
Whitby Online Historic Photographs Collection
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Copyright Statement:
Public domain: Copyright has expired according to Canadian copyright law. No restrictions on use.
Recommended Citation:
Irwin, May. May Irwin's Home Cooking. New York: Frederick A. Stokes Company, 1904.
Reproduction Notes:
Scanned from original. Page 197.
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Mother's Mince Meat from May Irwin's Home Cooking, 1904

This is a recipe for mince meat from May Irwin's Home Cooking.