Books & Publications


ONTARIO PICNICS: A CENTURY OF DINING OUTDOORS, MacIntyre Purcell Publishing, April 2021

Ontario Picnics

OUT OF OLD ONTARIO KITCHENS by Lindy Mechefske, MacIntyre Purcell Publishing, September 2018. Winner of the Taste Canada Gold Award for Culinary Narratives, 2019.

SIR JOHN’S TABLE by Lindy Mechefske, Goose Lane Editions, 2015. Winner of the Taste Canada Gold Award for Culinary Narratives, 2016.

A TASTE OF WINTERGREEN by Lindy Mechefske, Wintergreen Studios Press, 2011 


Taste-of-WintergreenSir John's Table cover


Inclusions In Anthologies

“Spotted Dick,” in Body & Soul: Stories for Skeptics and Seekers, edited by Susan Scott, Caitlin Press, Spring 2019

“Food and Ritual” in Emerging Ritual in Secular Societies: A Transdisciplinary Conversation, edited by Jeltje Gordon Lennox, February 2017

“Observations on Resistance,” in Writing at Wintergreen, edited by Helen Humphreys, Wintergreen Studios Press, December 2012

“The Arsonist” in That Not Forgotten, edited by Bruce Kauffman, Hidden Brook Press, June 2012

Body and Soul

emerging ritual in secular societies

Writing at Wintergreen



A Couple of My Favourite Short Pieces:

An Ode to Jan Morris, The Queen’s Quarterly, Spring 2021

Write on the French River: Why Writing Retreats Matter, The New Quarterly, June 2014

The Long Route to Mas Blanc [Isabel Huggan’s Writing Retreat in the South of France], The New Quarterly, April 2013

Women Gone WildKingston Whig-Standard, November 3, 2012 (also featured on Bucket List Publications, November 2012)

 One helluva woman, Queen’s Alumni Review, Issue 3-2011

A foraging dinner at Topsy Farms, Kingston Whig-Standard, October 20, 2018


Recent Articles (N.B. updated sporadically)

Supporting Local Food Stores, Suppliers Vitally Important, Kingston Whig-Standard, July 24, 2021

The Long History of Picnicking Condensed, Kingston Whig-Standard, July 24, 2021

Born in the Pandemic: The Cove Waterfront Grill, Kingston Whig-Standard, July 24, 2021

The Patriarchy and Food: Time for Some New Rules, Kingston Whig-Standard, June 27, 2021

How to Build a Better Cocktail, Grapevine Magazine, Summer 2021

Eat This, Not That: Wild Garlic Mustard vs. Wild Ramps, Kingston Whig-Standard, May 29, 2021

A Recipe is a River, Kingston Whig-Standard, May 1, 2021

An Ode to Jan Morris, Queen’s Quarterly, Spring 2021

The Indoor Kitchen Garden, Grapevine Magazine, p 58-59 Spring 2021

Mary Moore: A Candian Food Writing Legend, Kingston Whig-Standard, March 27, 2021

Serving Up Some Home Cooked Comfort Food, Kingston Whig-Standard, February 20, 2021

A Grow-Op in Your Own Kitchen, Kingston Whig-Standard, January 23, 2021

Food Books for Everyone on Your Gift List, Grapevine Magazine, Winter 2020

A Welsh Tea Cake in Honour of Writer Jan Morris, Kingston Whig-Standard, December 20, 2020.

Food Books for Everyone On Your List, Grapevine Magazine, December 2020

Recipe for a Perfect Holiday Gift, Kingston Whig-Standard, November 23, 2020

Boho Beauty, Kingston Life Interiors, Fall/Winter 2020

Welcome to the New Frontenac Club, Kingston Life Interiors, Fall/Winter 2020

The Underrated Pumpkin, Kingston Whig-Standard, October 23, 2020

How the Garden Can Teach Us a Thing or Two About Grit,  Kingston Whig-Standard, September 26, 2020

How to Buy and Eat Canadian, Kingston Whig-Standard, August 28, 2020

A Perfect Time for a Picnic, Grapevine Magazine, Summer 2020

Using the Bounty from the Pandemic Garden, Kingston Whig-Standard, June 27, 2020

A Perfect Time for a Picnic, Kingston Whig-Standard, July 25, 2020

Asparagus Season at Wiseacres Organic Farm, Kingston Whig-Standard, May 30, 2020

Commit to saving businesses that nourish our community, Kingston Whig-Standard, May 2, 2020

Cooking Your Way Through a Pandemic, Kingston Whig-Standard, April 4, 2020

Potential Pandemic Preparedness in the Kitchen, Kingston Whig-Standard, March 7, 2020

Eat, Drink, and Feel the Love Kingston Whig-Standard, Feb 8, 2020

Miss Bao Restaurant and Cocktail Bar – Kingston’s First Zero Food Waste Restaurant, January 2020

Thinking Outside the Plastic Box of Lettuce  Kingston Whig-Standard, Jan 11, 2020

My Holiday Wish List for Santa Kingston Whig-Standard, December 14, 2019

The Everly: A New Face at the Table,, December 2019

Give Us our Figgy Pudding, Grapevine Magazine, Winter 2019

Food Books for Everyone  Kingston Whig-Standard, November 16, 2019

Lakeside Lifestyle: An Old Cottage Reborn, Kingston Life Interiors, Fall/Winter 2019

Craft Beer Revolution in Full Flight, Kingston Whig-Standard, October 19, 2019

Local Foods Kingston and Beyond, Grapevine Magazine, Autumn 2019

Best Cheaps Eats in Kingston, Kingston Whig-Standard, September 21, 2019

Bellevue House Garden, Then and Now, Kingston Whig-Standard, August 24, 2019

A True Honey-Do ListKingston Whig-Standard, July 27, 2019

The Modern Menu, Grapevine Magazine, Summer 2019

Strawberry Fields Forever, Kingston Whig-Standard, June 29, 2019

Real Food, Grown and Raised Locally, Kingston Whig-Standard, June 1, 2019

About those taxpayer-funded refrigerators, Kingston Whig-Standard, May 4, 2019

Let’s talk about glyphosate, Kingston Whig-Standard, April 6, 2019

In lentils we trust, Kingston Whig-Standard, March 9, 2019

Why boxed meal kits are heating up, Kingston Whig-Standard, February 9, 2019

How to eat in the modern world, Kingston Whig-Standard, January 12, 2019

Watson’s: The little bistro that could, Kingston Whig-Standard, December 15, 2018

Eat your dirty rotten vegetables, Kingston Whig-Standard, December 1, 2018

Farmhouse Restoration, Kingston Life Interiors, Fall/winter 2018

Beautifully Beachy, Kingston Life Interiors, Fall/winter 2018

2018 food book gift guide, Kingston Whig-Standard, November 17, 2018

Eating more vegan-ly, Kingston Whig-Standard, November 3, 2018

A foraging dinner at Topsy Farms, Kingston Whig-Standard, October 20, 2018

On thankfulness: cheesecake, Kingston Whig-Standard, October 06, 2018

Foraging 101: butternutsKingston Whig-Standard, September 22, 2018

Breakfast in the County, Kingston Whig-Standard, September 8, 2018

Foraging 101: ancient elderberry, Kingston Whig-Standard, August 25, 2018

Best cheap eats in Kingston, Kingston Whig-Standard, August 11, 2018

Why buying Canadian matters, Kingston Whig-Standard, July 28, 2018

The high art of salad, Kingston Whig-Standard, July 14, 2018

A table at the farm dinner in the county, Kingston Whig-Standard, June 30, 2018

Feeding her mother, new book by Jann Arden, Kingston Whig-Standard, June 16, 2018

Ian Arthur: Cooking up politics in the kitchen, Kingston Whig-Standard, June 02, 2018

Nellie McClung: famous Canadian found comfort on cooking spree, Kingston Whig-Standard, May 19, 2018

Feast night provides community connection, Kingston Whig-Standard, April 14, 2018

How to eat like a Victorian, Kingston Whig-Standard, March 24, 2018

A real ‘barn burner, Kingston Whig-Standard, February 10, 2018

Vintage cookbook brilliant bit of culinary history, Kingston Whig-Standard, January 27, 2018

Fabulous Food Resolutions, Kingston Whig-Standard, January 13, 2018

Give us this day our daily bread, Kingston Whig-Standard, December 30, 2017

Gifts from the Heart Kingston Whig-Standard, December 16, 2017

Some Serious Booze Food Kingston Whig-Standard, December 2, 2017

Traditional Christmas Pudding Kingston Whig-Standard, November 18, 2017

Luxurious Loft, Kingston Life Interiors, Fall/Winter 2017

So you think you can cook, Kingston Whig-Standard, November 4, 2017

Cheers to the great pumpkinKingston Whig-Standard, October 21, 2017

Thankfulness at ThanksgivingKingston Whig-Standard, October 7, 2017

My mother’s kitchenKingston Whig-Standard, September 23, 2017

Devouring books about food, Kingston Whig-Standard, September 9, 2017

Nothing Wasted DinnerKingston Whig-Standard, August 26, 2017

Waste not, want not, Kingston Whig-Standard, August 12, 2017

In the kitchen at Gino’s, Kingston Whig-Standard, July 29, 2017

Rediscovering Acadian Food, Kingston Whig-Standard, July 15, 2017

Chef Brent McAllister: Living the Happily Ever After,, July 2017

Food as a tool for reconciliationKingston Whig-Standard, June 30, 2017

Chefs Andrew Cholewa and Andrew Smyth: It Takes Two to Tango Nuevo,, June 2017

A Canadian road trip feast, Kingston Whig-Standard, June 17, 2017

Restauranteur Amber Thom: A Food Love Story,, June 2017

An ode to versatile rhubarbKingston Whig-Standard, June 03, 2017

Chef Ian Arthur: Life at the Pig,, May 2017

Chef Clark Day: Up Close and Personal,, May 2017

Two thumbs up for Sally’sKingston Whig-Standard, May 20, 2017

Falling for the Flip, Kingston Life Interiors, Spring/Summer 2017

Wide Open Spaces, Kingston Life Interiors, Spring/Summer 2017

Nostalgic Sweet Treats: A Review of Flapper Pie and Blue Prairie SkyKingston Whig-Standard, May 06, 2017

Living off the Fat of the LandKingston Whig-Standard, April 22, 2017

Time for Lighter FareKingston Whig-Standard, April 6, 2017

Canada’s Dirty Little Food Secrets, Kingston Whig-Standard, March 25, 2017

A Taste of Haida GwaiiKingston Whig-Standard, March 11, 2017

Slow Dining Meets Philanthropy Kingston Whig-Standard, March 4, 2017

Crazy Little Thing Called LoveKingston Whig-Standard, Feb 11, 2017

Eating to save the planet, Kingston Whig-Standard, Jan 28, 2017

Bittersweet Truth about Sugar, Kingston Whig-Standard, Jan 14, 2017

A Visit with a Culinary Genius, Kingston Whig-Standard, Dec 31, 2016

How to Plan a Better HolidayKingston Whig-Standard, Dec 17, 2016

Sweet Glorious Baking, Kingston Whig-Standard, Dec 3, 2016

Falling in love with Spanish food, Kingston Whig-Standard, November 19, 2016

What is it with wheat? Kingston Whig-Standard, November 5, 2016

Turkey with a side of gratitude, KingstonWhig-Standard, October 8, 2016

Without Food, Little Else Matters, Kingston Whig-Standard, September 2016

Walk, Eat, Repeat: Kingston Food Tours, July 2016

An Interview with [Canadian legend!] Susan MusgraveThe New Quarterly, Issue 139, 2016

All Hopped Up: The Rise of Microbreweries,, June 2016

Food stories are our stories, and our history too49th ShelfNovember 6, 2015

Blaming Sir John A., impedes reconciliation process, Kingston Whig-Standard, September 2, 2015

Takin’ it to the streetsToday MagazineKingston Edition, Summer 2015

Takin’ it to the streets,, Today Magazine, Toronto Edition, Summer 2015

Wilmerdale Antiques, Kingston Interiors, Spring 2015

The Tett Centre, Kingston Interiors, Spring 2015

Anwyn Yarn, Kingston Interiors, Fall 2014

Write on the French River: Why Writing Retreats Matter, The New Quarterly, June 2014

House calls on the front lines, Queen’s Alumni Review, Issue 2, 2014

Finding your identity, Western Alumni Gazette, Spring 2014

Let there be light, Kingston Interiors, Spring 2014

Modern Country LivingKingston Interiors, Spring 2014

In Living Colour, Kingston Interiors, Spring 2014

Woodenheads: Twenty Years StrongKingston This Week, March 13, 2014.

Focusing on Youth: A brand new youth strategy unveiled in KingstonKingston Life, Jan/Feb 2014

A Constant Evolution: Brett Christopher and Theatre KingstonKingston Life, Jan/Feb 2014

Woman About Town: Stephanie EarpKingston Life, Jan/Feb 2014

The Ports – A piece of local history, Kingston This Week, Feb 6, 2014 (also see the full story under the tab Restaurant Reviews on this site).

Beans, bacon, whisky, lard and New Year’s resolutions, Kingston This Week, Jan 2, 2014

On not becoming a food wankerKingston This Week, Dec 5, 2013

“The Indian Medicine Man”, Queen’s Alumni Review, page 58, Issue 4, 2013

An Interview with Helen Humphreys, The New Quarterly, Issue No. 128, 2013.

The intersection of food, love and longingKingston This Week, October 31, 2013

Farm Girl Mobile food Co., Kingston Life Interiors, Fall 2013

Fairy IslandKingston Life Interiors, Fall 2013

Interior MotivesKingston Life Interiors, Fall 2013

A Bright Spot, Kingston Life Interiors, Fall 2013

A Home in FocusKingston Life Interiors, Fall 2013

Rising StarsKingston Life, September/October 2013

Eyes on the Prize, Kingston Life, September/October 2013

A monument to a legendary drinker, Kingston This Week, August 22, 2013

Taking education in new directions, Queen’s Alumni Review Issue 3, 2013

The wisdom of grandmaQueen’s Alumni Review Issue 3, 2013, p. 41

A Mid-Summer Night’s FeastKingston This Week, July 2013

National Treasure: Helen HumphreysKingston Life, July / August 2013

Vicki Keith: Twenty-five years onKingston Life, July / August 2013

Piece of CakeKingston this Week, June 6, 2013

Heated interest in Canada’s Arctic, Queen’s Alumni Review Issue 2, 2013, p. 18

Frontline Flora, Queen’s Alumni Review Issue 2, 2013, p.38

Labour of LoveKingston Life Interiors, May 2013

Old School DesignKingston Life Interiors, May 2013

The Long Route to Mas Blanc [Isabel Huggan’s Writing Retreat in the South of France], The New Quarterly, April 2013

A Taste of FranceKingston this Week, April 2013

A St. Patrick’s Day FeastKingston This Week, 14 March, 2013

Safe Haven, Kingston Life, March/April 2013

Cuing-up a bright ideaQueen’s Alumni Review, Issue 1-2013, p.16

Bringing great ideas to the world, Queen’s Alumni Review, Issue 1-2013, p.20

Proud past, uncertain future, Queen’s Alumni Review, Issue 1-2013, p.15

Winter Nights and Homemade SoupKingston This Week, 21 February, 2013

Queen’s Radio – Long History – Uncertain FutureKingston Whig Standard, 14 February 2013

Spice up your resolution, Kingston This Week, 24 January 2013

A recipe for happiness, Kingston This Week, 20 December 2012

Observations on Resistance included in Writing at Wintergreen: An Anthology Edited by Helen Humphreys, Wintergreen Studios  Press, December 2012

High Flying Dreams, Queen’s Alumni Review, Issue 4-2012

The joy of soup, Kingston This Week, 22 November 2012.

Women Gone WildKingston Whig Standard, November 3, 2012 (also featured on Bucket List Publications, November 2012)

Points of ViewKingston Life Interiors, Fall 2012, p 36.

The flavours of fall, Kingston This Week, 18 October 2012

Navigating the gender divideKingston Life, September/October 2012

From the closet straight to the basement, Front page of the Ottawa Citizen, 30 July 2012. Also picked up by, the Montreal Gazette, and the Regina Leader Post.

Changing of the GuardFront page of The Ottawa Citizen, July 14, 2012. Also picked up by and the Montreal Gazette. Header: For two years, Michael Hamelin has supervised inmates at Kingston Penitentiary. Starting next week, Michelle Hamelin will take over the job. Same person, different gender. As LINDY MECHEFSKE reports, in a place full of hardened criminals, it’s an exceptionally brave transformation.
Online version at: 

Joining forces for military healthAnavets: Shoulder to Shoulder, September 2012

Discovering the flavours of Wintergreen StudiosKingston This Week, 20 September 2012

For the love of artQueen’s Alumni Review, Issue #3-2012

The taste of summer in a cakeKingston This Week, 23 August, 2012

The ArsonistQueen’s Feminist Review, 2012

Slow Death by DrowningQueen’s Feminist Review, 2012

The Extrication from LoveQueen’s Feminist Review, 2012

A rock star of a very different sortQueen’s Alumni Review, Issue #2, 2012

Personal TouchKingston Life Interiors, Spring 2012

Art AppreciationKingston Life, March/April 2012

When an analyst needs to talkQueen’s Alumni Review, Issue 1, 2012

Joining forces for military healthQueen’s Alumni Review, Issue 1, 2012

The plays are the thing!, Queen’s Alumni Review, Issue 1, 2012

Smithyman saga is also the More sagaQueen’s Alumni Review, Issue 4, 2011

With the help of a healing hand, Queen’s Alumni Review, Issue 4, 2011

The power of friendship: … reclusive Nobel Prize-winning author J.M. Coetzee… Queen’s Alumni Review online edition, November 2011

 One helluva woman, Queen’s Alumni Review, Issue 3-2011

New lessons in old thingsQueen’s Alumni Review, Issue 3-2011

A man with a missionQueen’s Alumni Review, Issue 3-2011

Engineering a good defence, Queen’s Alumni Review, Issue 3-2011

Thousands flock to his Savage ChickensQueen’s Alumni Review, Issue 3-2011

A quest to honour KingstoniansThe Kingston Whig Standard, August 27, 2011

Dressing up an historic collectionQueen’s Alumni Review, Issue 2-2011

Engineering vital leadership skillsQueen’s Alumni Review, Issue 2-2011

To save a masterpieceQueen’s Alumni Review, Issue 1-2011

A literate stylist whose books sell: Poet-novelist Steven Heighton…, Queen’s Alumni Review, Issue 1-2011

In the footsteps of public-minded giantsQueen’s Alumni Review, Issue 1-2011

Smart ideas for not-so-savvy investorsQueen’s Alumni Review, Issue 1-2011

Paradise found in the AdirondacksOttawa Citizen, December 18, 2010 (also picked up by the Montreal Gazette, Vancouver Sun, Windsor Star, Regina Leader Post, Saskatoon Star-Phoenix, Calgary Herald, and Edmonton Journal)

Where green and education mergeQueen’s Alumni Review, Issue 4-2010

A different kind of playbookQueen’s Alumni Review, Issue 4-2011

Success writ large: …Kingston WritersFest…, Queen’s Alumni Review, Issue 4-2011

The story of an inn crowdQueen’s Alumni Review, Issue 3-2010

The doctor is inQueen’s Alumni Review, Issue 3-2010

A poet in search of homeQueen’s Alumni Review, Issue 2-2010

The passion of a poet: Robert Morrison’s new book, The English Opium Eater…, Queen’s Alumni Review, Issue 2-2010

Going the distance for a degreeQueen’s Alumni Review, Issue 1-2010

She sees her future clearlyQueen’s Alumni Review, Issue 4-2009

A home away from homeQueen’s Alumni Review, Issue 3-2009

Thanks for the memoriesQueen’s Alumni Review, Issue 2-2009

Australia’s paradise lostThe Kingston Whig Standard, February 26, 2009


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