Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Cookbooks for Holiday Giving

We all know it’s better to give than to receive. But if you give a cookbook to your favourite cook, you’re likely to receive something good to eat in return. You might say it’s having your cake and eating it, too. Here's list of current cookbooks by Saskatchewan and prairie authors (including mine!) that celebrate the local bounty.

Taste: Seasonal Dishes from a Prairie Table, CJ Katz, Regina. This is a beautiful kitchen companion with plenty of yummy photographs and stories about some of the farmers who produce the ingredients in her recipes, from honey to bison to prairie cherries.

Breast Wishes for the Men in our Lives, Breast of Friends, Foam Lake. The fifth cookbook from the women at Breast of Friends. Their previous cookbooks raised funds for breast cancer. This one, written for the men who cook, turns attention on prostate cancer, with a forward by entrepreneur Brett Wilson, a prostate cancer survivor.

Foodshed: An Edible Alberta Alphabet, Dee Hobsbawn-Smith, Langham. A tribute to the farmers and gardeners who produce food on a small and independent scale -- their struggles and joys from the farm to our fork. With recipes. Dee was a chef and writer in Calgary before moving back to her family farm in Saskatchewan two years ago.

From Baba with Love, members of the Hanka Romanchych Branch of the Ukrainian Women's Association of Canada, Saskatoon. A rich compendium for those who celebrate holidays in the Ukrainian tradition -- or just love the food. Treasured family recipes with detailed descriptions of the spiritual and cultural significance of food in Ukrainian celebrations year round.

Cooking with Cherries From the Prairies, University of Saskatchewan fruit breeding program, Saskatoon.  The new prairie cherry (developed at the U of S) is very versatile in the kitchen, challenging us to think “outside the pie” in dishes such as cherry spareribs, cherry biryani and Hungarian sour cherry soup. Plus cherry folklore from around the world.

The Prairie Fruit Cookbook, Getty Stewart, Winnipeg. Features eleven prairie fruits from apples to grapes with information on picking, preserving and preparing creative recipes such as plum pizza, saskatoon berry salsa and apple soup. Getty started a fruit picking program in Winnipeg. Her cookbook makes the most of all that "free" fruit that needn't go to waste.
Prairie Feast: A Writer's Journey Home for Dinner, Amy Jo Ehman, Saskatoon. A celebration of the food and foodways that flavour our life on the prairies, told with humour and an eye on locally-grown ingredients. Twelve heart-warming stories with accompanying recipes.

All cookbooks are available at McNally Robinson Booksellers in Saskatoon. Missing cookbooks from this list? Let me know by email.

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