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Grandma’s cinnamon rolls? Uncle Joe’s potato salad? Dad’s special tomato soup? à la carte, the Ottawa Public Library’s food literacy project, is creating a community cookbook and we want to include your favourite family recipe!

For Canada’s 150th anniversary, OPL is celebrating storytelling in all its forms as a way to connect people and inspire learning about our communities and the many stories we have to share. Recipes are a great way to share stories that involve the food we cook and eat.

The OPL à la carte food literacy project team is looking to collect 150 original recipes for its cookbook. We invite everyone to send us one (or more!) favourite family recipes, along with a little story about why the dish is special.

You can submit your recipe on our food literacy web page: (enter your library card number), or by sending us an email at


I was working on a recipe, Beef Short Ribs with Carmelized onions and I seem to have lost it - it was ready to publish - HELP please

I filled in and completed your online form along wi an attached photo only to have the entire endeavour DISAPPEAR upon submission with a TRY LATER message.
So I have resubmitted the recipe and photo via e-mail.

Please adevise if my 2nd effort was successful.

Elizabeth Shaw Landry

Hello Elizabeth! Unfortunately, we don't see the second submission either! Our technology services are investigating. Is there a way you could just email your recipe and your picture to
Thank you for your interest!