Marie Nightingale, one of Nova Scotia’s most prolific and well-known culinary writers, died on March 15 at the age of 85.
For those who grew up in the province, Nightingale’s 1970 cookbook, Out of Old Nova Scotia Kitchens, is a familiar sight. Published by Nimbus Publishing, it has sold more copies than any other Nova Scotian cookbook.
A 40th edition of the cookbook was released in 2010 with no updates to the original recipes. In a 2012 interview with Q&Q, Nimbus managing editor Patrick Murphy said, “Marie has been around a long time and the book has sold over 100,000 copies, so I’m simply not going to change it.”
In addition to writing books, Nightingale was a long-time newspaper columnist for the Chronicle Herald and founding food editor for Saltscapes magazine. Her 2003 title, Cooking with Friends, was nominated for a food-writing award from Cuisine Canada (now known as Taste Canada.) Cuisine Canada also awarded her the 1994 Edna Award for promoting regional cuisine, and, in 2011, named her to the Canadian Culinary Landmarks Hall of Fame.
The University of Guelph’s culinary collection has an archive of Nightingale’s books, articles, and promotional and research materials.