|Edna Staebler, CM|
|Born||Cora Margaret Cress
January 15, 1906
|Died||September 12, 2006
|Genres||Non-fiction, historical non-fiction, creative non-fiction essay, literary criticism, Mennonite cooking|
|Notable work(s)||Food That Really Schmecks cookbook series, Namesake for the Edna Staebler Award|
Edna Staebler, CM (January 15, 1906 – September 12, 2006) was a Canadian author and award-winning literary journalist, best known for her series of cookbooks, Food That Really Schmecks, based on Mennonite home cooking as practiced in the Waterloo Region.
She was born in Berlin, Ontario (later Kitchener) in 1906 and grew up there. Staebler received a BA from the University of Toronto and a teacher's certificate from the Ontario College of Education. Staebler married in 1933 but divorced in 1962. She wrote articles for Maclean's, Chatelaine, Saturday Night, Reader's Digest, Star Weekly and other newspapers and magazines; she has also written non-fiction with Canadian themes. In 1991, she established an award for creative non-fiction, awarded annually by Wilfrid Laurier University. Staebler was awarded membership to the Order of Canada in 1996.
Edna's birth certificate shows she was originally named Cora Margaret Cress but her name was changed after registration by letter to Edna Louise Cress. She was the daughter of John Gerp Cress (7 Apr 1875 - 23 Oct 1932) (machinist) and Louise Sattler (24 Jan 1881 - 8 March 1972) who were married 15 Jul 1903.
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