The Table Buddhist Women’s Association Cookbook by Molly JF Caldwell

A Japanese cookbook titled Oriental Cuisine was originally published by the Japanese Buddhist Church of Taber (now called the Buddhist Temple of Southern Alberta), a community formed due to the internment of Japanese-Canadians during WWII. 

The artist’s grandmother acquired this cookbook and has used it throughout her life, her copy marked with personal revisions and innovations. Caldwell inherited this cookbook, and in the act of republishing, the artist hopes to bring attention to this forgotten community of women, their families, and their stock of knowledge.

Each book comes wrapped in furoshiki, dyed using the snow around the artist’s studio in Mohkinstsis, with gratitude to this Treaty 7 land that allowed the re-rooting of Japanese-Canadians who were displaced from the coast and forced to restart their lives.

Author and Illustrator

Molly Jesse-Fujiye Caldwell is a yonsei visual artist living and working in Mohkinstsis (“Calgary, AB”). She focuses on textile processes and uses themes of healing and redemption through labour as methodology for navigating generational trauma. Her interests include Marxist feminism, equity work, and Mariah Carey.

Danielle Harumi Jette is a yonsei illustrator and graphic designer who studied at Emily Carr University of Art and Design. Since graduation, she has contributed to projects that explore and document Japanese-Canadian history; and worked with organizations such as the National Association of Japanese­ Canadians, the Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre, as well as research and public history project Landscapes of Injustice.

This project is supported by the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.

Printed in Mohkínstsis/Calgary, 2021/22