Margo Oliver (1923 – 4 June 2010) was a Canadian cookery expert. She was the food editor of Weekend Magazine and wrote a number of cookbooks as well as articles on the subject of cooking.
Early life and education
Oliver was born and grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She worked wrapping parcels at Eaton's department store. She took a business course and for a short time worked as a legal secretary. In 1950 she earned an undergraduate degree in home economics from the University of Manitoba, followed by a year of graduate work at the University of Minnesota.
Oliver worked for General Mills in the Betty Crocker Kitchens in Minneapolis. She became Canada's first "Betty Crocker" after General Mills expanded its operations into Canada. As "Betty Crocker", she spent four years traveling throughout Canada, appearing on radio and television, speaking to groups and giving cooking demonstrations.
She joined the staff of the (now defunct) Montreal Standard newspaper in 1959 as food editor of the weekend newspaper supplement, "Weekend Magazine", and its successor "Today", until 1982 when "Today" ceased publication. At her behest, the Standard built a proper test kitchen for her where she tested recipes for her columns in "Weekend Magazine" and "Today". During her time with Weekend Magazine, she married married Victor Morgan.
Many of Oliver's recipes were reprinted and reviewed in newspapers and magazines. In 1993, she was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Ontario Home Economists in Business (OHEIB).
Writings on Cooking
Many obituaries published immediately after her death incorrectly stated that she wrote seven cookbooks, as does the article in the OHEIB Hall of Fame.
During her time at "Weekend Magazine" and "Today", Margo Oliver published approximately 10,000 recipes in the two, as well as five cookbooks plus several more ephemeral publications. (Many of the recipes originally published in "Weekend Magazine" and "Today" reappeared in these cookbooks.) Later, she published a further three cookbooks.
- Weekend Magazine Cookbook, Montreal Standard Publishing (Montreal), 1967; softcover reprint, Totem (Don Mills, Ontario), 1977, ISBN 978-0-00-211632-9
- Weekend Magazine Menu Cookbook, Montreal Standard Publishing (Montreal), 1972, ISBN 978-0-88890-004-3; softcover reprint, Optimum Publishing (Montreal), 1989, ISBN 978-0-88890-163-7
- Stew and Casserole Cookbook, Optimum Publishing (Montreal), 1975, ISBN 978-0-88890-034-0
- Most Treasured Recipes, Optimum Publishing (Montreal), 1977, OCLC 15829534
- Great Entertainers, Health and Welfare Canada (Ottawa), 1980; reprinted, Alberta Alcohol and Drug Abuse Commission (Edmonton, Alberta), 1991, ISBN 978-1-55006-090-4 and later on line.
- Weekend Magazine Cooking School, Weekend Magazine (Montreal?), 1981; Twenty Lessons About Basic Cooking and Baking Techniques plus Twenty-eight Additional Lessons About Basic Cooking and Baking Techniques
- Cooking for Today, Today Magazine Inc (Toronto), 1982, ISBN 978-0-88923-000-2
- Cookbook for Seniors, International Self-Counsel Press (North Vancouver, BC), 1989, ISBN 978-0-88908-695-1
- Good Food for One, International Self-Counsel Press (North Vancouver, BC), 1990, ISBN 978-0-88908-889-4
- Classical Canadian Recipes, Optimum Publishing (Montreal), 1993, ISBN 978-0-88890-235-1; this was also printed Classical American Recipes, Great Pond Publishing (Stowe, Vermont), 1993, ISBN 978-0-88890-236-8 and The Good Food Cookbook, Tormont Publishing (Montreal), 1993, ISBN 978-2-89429-379-9 (a shortened version)
Several of Margo Oliver's cookbooks also appeared in French:
- Perspectives Les Menus, Montreal Standard Publishing (Montréal), 1972, ISBN 978-0-88890-005-0
- Cuisine Pour Tous Les Jours, Editions Optimum Limitée (Montréal), 1975, ISBN 978-0-88890-038-8
- La Bonne Cuisine, HB & Cie Editeurs (Montréal), 1992, ISBN 978-2-9803258-0-9
- Helen Hatton (18 July 2009). "Margo Oliver Morgan". OHEIB Hall of Fame. Toronto: Ontario Home Economists In Business. Archived from the original on 2008-07-25. Retrieved 16 June 2010.
- Julian Armstrong. "Food editor's recipes appeared nationally". Montreal Gazette 2010-06-09
- "CANADIANS - what is your favourite Margo Oliver recipe?". Georgia Strait | Jan 13, 2013
- Judy Creighton (9 June 2010). "Margo Oliver introduced fine cuisine to Canada". Winnipeg Free Press. Winnipeg, Manitoba.
- "Salmon loaf and patties treasured family favorites". Toronto Star - Toronto, Ont. Holland, Barb. Mar 17, 1993 Page: C.6