I'd Rather Be Baking Cookies

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I'd Rather Be Baking Cookies: A Collection of Recipes from Lisa MacLeod and Friends is a cookbook written by Canadian politician Lisa MacLeod, who is the member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario for Nepean—Carleton. The book contains recipes from members of MacLeod's riding and from members of the Canadian federal and provincial conservative political parties.


The cook book contains recipes supplied by members of MacLeod's constituency, of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario (her own party), and of the federal Conservative Party of Canada. The book's recipes include chick pea curry from Jason Kenney (a cabinet minister from Calgary who has the nickname "curry in a hurry"). Minister of National Defence and Member of Parliament from Nova Scotia Peter MacKay supplied a recipe for lobster bisque, while Prime Minister Stephen Harper shared his wife's salsa recipe. The cover features MacLeod dressed like Betty Crocker, holding tray of cookies.[1][2][3]

Background and title[edit]

I thought, 'Why not play off that experience,
make a cookbook and poke fun at the absurdity of it?'

--Lisa MacLeod[2]

During the 2007 Ontario elections Liberal blogger Warren Kinsella published an altered photograph of MacLeod, John Tory, and Scott Reid, listening to Randy Hillier (another Canadian politician) speak. He placed thought bubbles over each of the listeners' heads, with MacLeod's suggesting that she would rather be baking cookies than attending the event.[1][2] MacLeod, however, was visiting her father at that time, who was ill with cancer.[4] Following backlash from other political candidates, Kinsella issued an apology, and noted that the joke did not go over well with his wife.[1]

The resulting media attention led MacLeod to compile the recipes. Proceeds go to her re-election campaign.[2]


  1. ^ a b c "Conservatives, including PM, share recipes for cookbook". CTV News. 11 September 2010. Retrieved 13 September 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d Taylor, Louisa (12 September 2010). "MPP MacLeod cooks up fundraiser". Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved 13 September 2010. 
  3. ^ Chidley, Dave (11 September 2010). "Hail to the chef: Harper and Conservative foodies share recipes in new cookbook". Toronto Star. Retrieved 26 April 2014. 
  4. ^ Taylor, Louisa (10 September 2010). "Lisa MacLeod Bakes". Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved 13 September 2010.