A Globe and Mail Top 100 Book that Shaped 2019
Homegrown, modern recipes that feature the most treasured local ingredients from Vancouver Island's forests, fields, farms and sea.
Off the shore of Canada's west coast lies a food lover's island paradise. Vancouver Island's temperate climate nurtures a bounty of wild foods, heritage grains, organic produce, sustainable meats and artisan-crafted edible delights. This thoughtfully curated, beautifully photographed contemporary cookbook brings Vancouver Island's abundant food scene into the kitchens of home cooks everywhere.
Whether it's fresh blackberries, foraged chanterelles and fiddleheads, freshly harvested spot prawns or oysters, line-caught spring salmon, grass-fed beef, or cultivated foods like heritage red fife wheat, these recipes highlight the most sought-after ingredients on the island while honouring the producers and artisans dedicated to sustainable and ethical producing and harvesting.
Try recipes like Craft Beer-Braised Island Beef Brisket, Nettle and Chèvre Ravioli, and Beetroot and Black Walnut Cake featuring Denman Island Chocolate. Divided into four sections-forest, field, farm, and sea-Cedar and Salt places the most excellent local ingredients on a pedestal-and then onto your plate.
Danielle (DL) Acken is a Canadian-born international food writer and photographer who splits her time between London, UK and her farm studio on Canada's beautiful Salt Spring Island. See her work at dlacken.com.