Origin: Published by TouchWood Editions in Victoria, BC
Description: This hardcover cookbook is a gift in many ways. It is a gorgeous visual documentation of fresh, home-cooked recipes shared by local farmers, fishers and foragers alike. Stunning photographs of the dishes are interspersed with beautiful pictures and descriptions of local farms and raw ingredients that focus solely on Vancouver Island and its food growing community - a true spotlight on the bounty of the microclimate here.
This cookbook is an excellent choice for anyone interested even remotely in cooking pursuits, for anyone interested in foraging and local food ecosystems, and even just for someone who’d like a nice coffee table book to impress their guests from out of town.
See Page 148 for a truly wonderful treat using Westholme's own Canadian-grown tea.
Quote: “I invite you to join us for a ride as we meander along the Old Island Highway, rest quietly through the storms in Port Renfrew and Tofino, and get lost on the back roads of Sooke, Metchosin, and the Cowichan and Comox Valleys. This Island is vast in flavours, rich in ingredients and culinary innovation - and it’s all right here, just waiting for you to enjoy.” - DL Acken, co-author