Although the author devotes early sections to the various ethnic and national groups that settled Nova Scotia, the overriding flavor of the recipes given here is Scots-New England. Old guard fanciers of early Fanny Farmer cookbooks will love it. The meats are often simmered long with winter vegetables; the chowders are pure, milky and dotted with pork fat; and some breads can be achieved in a spider. As in Scots cooking, there are many versions of basic staples. And for chauvinists there's that recipe for Haggis and one for Indian Pudding (in which the author warns lack of skill may produce a ""soggy mess"").