The Canadian Cookbook: History, Folklore & Recipes With a Twist
Lone Pine, 2006 (2006)
Reviewed by Martina Bexte
n the introduction to
The Canadian Cookbook
, chef and author Jennifer Ogle says that the Canadian kitchen is '
defined by its diversity. It is recognition of a geography that is as diverse as its people ... Canadian food is a celebration of Old World foods and methods colliding with New World ingredients. It is seeing how these recipes have been passed on through the generations. It is reacquainting ourselves with Native cuisine that fell out of flavour with the rise of the fast food empire
he begins with a list of
. Then it's on to the actual recipes - 75 in all, and guaranteed to be easy to prepare. Each recipe is accompanied by history, folklore and regional information on both preparation and ingredients, as well as a vibrant, full-page color photo showing the finished dish. Contents are divided into five sections:
Soups & Appetizers
Brunch & Condiments
ere are a few examples:
Bison Carpaccio Salad
celebrates the buffalo that once roamed in vast herds across North America. Try
, a refreshing salad introduced by Lebanese immigrants. The Atlantic Provinces are well known for their seafood:
Guinness and Maple Prince Edward Island Mussels
follows its roots back to Ireland. Pierogi, introduced by Polish immigrants, have long been a Canadian tradition.
may well become your new favorite since you won't need an '
army of nimble fingered babkas
' to whip them up.
rctic Char have long been a part of the Inuit diet.
Arctic Char with Zucchini Noodles and Avocado Mousse
should help you appreciate this fish's unique flavour. Early settlers relied on the humble bean as a necessity and baked beans remain popular.
Molasses and Rum-Baked Beans
is an easy and unique way to present the humble bean. Saskatoon berries grow in profusion in British Columbia and the Prairies and are delicious treat in the
recipe presented here.
he Canadian Cookbook
puts a wonderfully unique spin on traditional Canadian cuisine and would make a great addition to anyone's recipe book library. Sturdily bound and compact in size, you'll refer to it any time you want to whip up something a little different for family and friends. And with the holidays just around the corner, the gourmand on your list will love discovering a copy of
The Canadian Cookbook
in their stocking.
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