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Cooking Canadian

Canada's Favourite Recipes

by (author) Rose Murray & Elizabeth Baird

Whitecap Books
Initial publish date
Oct 2012
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    Publish Date
    Oct 2012
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This evocative hardcover volume will be an essential gift for every Canadian foodie this holiday season!

What is Canadian cuisine? With our country's multicultural population and relatively young age (at 145, Canada's barely hit puberty) it's easy to think that we don't have a cohesive culinary landscape tying Canadians together. Veteran Canadian foodies Rose Murray and Elizabeth Baird are out to change that thinking. Their new book Canada's Favourite Recipes reveals just how distinctive our food is and how our people, climate and land influence it.
Rose and Elizabeth have amassed 160 recipes that represent Canada's rich culture and history. Many of the recipes are contributed by great Canadian cooks, chefs and personalities, including food writer Julian Armstrong, professional home economist Emily Richards and author Wayson Choy.
Rediscover the delights of Canadian cuisine with recipes such as:

  • Cod and Potato Fritters with Spicy Lemon Mayonnaise,
  • Quebec Tourtière,
  • Peameal Bacon Roast,
  • Braised Lamb Stew with Rosemary Dumplings,
  • Maple Carrot Cake with Maple-Butter Icing

An engaging book of taste memories, whose recipes speak clearly about the emotional connection between people and food. I feel I can trust this wonderful collection, and that that all of these carefully curated recipes are authentic and delicious. This is a timely and warm anthology of Canadian chestnuts that I'm sure is destined to become a classic and a staple on kitchen bookshelves across the land.
— Jamie Kennedy, chef, owner and operator of Gilead Café and Jamie Kennedy Kitchens

About the authors

Rose Murray has been a key player in the Canadian food scene for almost three decades. Through authoring 10 cookbooks, writing for a host of magazines and newspapers, teaching cuisine at various colleges and cooking schools, and making many television and radio appearances, Rose has helped shape Canada’s culinary landscape since 1979. Growing up on a self-sustaining mixed farm near Collingwood, Ontario, Rose learned the art of growing your own food, as well as cooking and preserving it, at a very young age. It is no wonder that she has come to be considered a national expert on the agricultural traditions that go into our food. After finishing a degree in English from Trinity College at the University of Toronto, Rose went on to teach high school English. Over the years, food started to become a serious interest for Rose again, which led her to more formal food studies in Paris at renowned cooking schools such as Cordon Bleu, La Varenne and Ecole de Gastronomie Francaise Ritze-Escoffier. Rose also took classes in Costa Rica, Hong Kong and Thailand further developing her knowledge and understanding of international food and culture. Back in Canada, Rose has traveled across the country studying Canada’s culinary landscape. From fishing for salmon off Vancouver Island, B.C. and partaking in fall suppers in Saskatchewan to gathering wild rice in Ontario and digging for clams on Prince Edward Island, Rose has experienced what makes up Canada’s culinary fabric first hand. She has channeled this knowledge into her books A Taste of Canada and Canada's Favourite Recipes (out Fall 2012). Rose has two grown children and two grandchildren and now lives in Cambridge, Ontario with her husband Kent.

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Elizabeth Baird has been helping shape Canada's culinary landscape for more than three decades. It was the cookbook Classic Canadian Cooking, Menus for the Seasons, published in 1974, that started her career in food writing. Elizabeth's column, "Canadian Cookbook" was a weekly feature in the Toronto Star, she was the food editor for Canadian Living magazine for 20 years and she has authored and co-authored many cookbooks, including the popular Whitecap title Canada's Favourite Recipes. Elizabeth continues to write a weekly column, "Baird's Bites", for the Toronto Sun and is a volunteer historic cook at Fort York. Bridget Wranich is one of the founders of the Culinary Historians of Canada and the program officer at Fort York. Her work and contribution to the food scene has been profiled in many newspapers and magazines, including the Toronto Star and the Globe and Mail. She is a feature speaker at almost every historical food event in Toronto and an expert in the cooking processes of the 18th and 19th centuries.

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