Discover the culinary richness of British Columbia's Fraser Valley, guided by the farmers, producers, and chefs who live there. Featuring more than 70 locally-inspired recipes, this combination cookbook/guidebook is the perfect companion to one of Canada's most celebrated food and wine regions.
Located just east of Vancouver and just north of the United States, the Fraser Valley is a food-lovers' paradise. The region wholeheartedly embraces eating local, celebrating the bounty grown in its own backyard, and supporting the people behind it.
Author Angie Quaale is a Fraser Valley local and the owner of gourmet food store Well Seasoned, one of the region's best-known culinary havens. Open this book and take a road trip with her, from Langley to Abbotsford to Chilliwack, with stops at Surrey, Pitt Meadows, Maple Ridge, and Mission in between. Angie will guide you through the Fraser Valley sharing stories and anecdotes along the way, and help you really get to know the people behind the region's food and drink.
Not sure where to start? With hand-drawn maps, itineraries for day trips, and a guide to the Fraser Valley's seasons, Eating Local in the Fraser Valley gives you a taste of everything the region has to offer, and much, much more.
Even without planning a visit, you can celebrate eating local with the recipes featured in this book--many contributed by the producers themselves. There are more than 70 delicious recipes to choose from--from Slow-Braised Beef Short Ribs, Summer Niçoise Salad, Cheesy Beer Quick Bread, Lobster Mac and Cheese, and Leftover Turkey Tortilla Soup, to Strawberry Shortcake, Bird's Nest Cookies, Truffle-Stuffed Molten Chocolate Cakes, and Bumbleberry Pie--all made with fresh, Fraser Valley ingredients.
Fall in love with the farmers, families and foods of the Fraser Valley, and let them put you in touch with your love for local--wherever your local may be.
About the author
ANGIE QUAALE is a Fraser Valley community champion. She is the owner of Well Seasoned, a gourmet food store and event destination for the area, as well as being an Elected Councilor in the Township of Langley. Angie is also an award-winning BBQ cook. In the past, she has served her community as President of the BC chapter of Les Dames d'Escoffier, Board Member of the Pacific Northwest BBQ Association, President of the Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce, Chair of Tourism Langley, and Chair and founding board member of the Langley Community Farmers Market. She lives in the Township of Langley with her other half, David, and never plans to live anywhere else.
Excerpt: Eating Local in the Fraser Valley: A Food-Lover's Guide, Featuring Over 70 Recipes from Farmers, Producers, and Chefs: A Cookbook (by (author) Angie Quaale)
In southwestern BC, tucked between Vancouver and Hope and just north of the US border, is a gem of an area called the Fraser Valley. The geographical definition of the region is a little fluid—you’ll find that many locals have their own ideas about where the boundaries lie—but “my” Fraser Valley includes the areas of (from west to east) Surrey, Langley, Abbotsford, and Chilliwack, with Mission, Pitt Meadows, and Maple Ridge to the north. Those are not the official boundaries, but that is my definition for the purposes of this book.
The Fraser Valley is an incredibly beautiful, diverse, and constantly changing region—and it’s popular too. It’s one of the most rapidly growing regions in Canada, with about 3 million people currently calling it home. Yet despite the number of residents, there’s a sense of freedom and space. That might be due to the combination of rural and urban areas that exist happily side by side. All I know is that it works.
The very best way to experience the Fraser Valley is in person, often. It’s a place you need to visit, explore, and discover—and the good news is that doing that might be some of the best time you have ever spent. Each season has its own distinct flavor and feel—buzzing bees and the scent of spring flowers signal that winter is finally over; the unmistakable smell of freshly cut grass lingers in the background during lazy days at the lake, afternoon BBQs by the river, and long, warm summer nights; crisp fall breezes nudge you along during trips to the pumpkin patch and to farmers markets to shop for root vegetables; and occasional snowstorms set the scene for snowshoeing trips followed by homemade hot chocolate and a delicious bowl of soup to take off the chill. There are great reasons to visit quite literally every day. The hardest part will be deciding how long you can stay! Take a day trip, spend the weekend, or spend a week—there is always plenty to do.
“Spend a day touring Abbotsford or use the guide book to do a wine or beer crawl. Find your next favourite spot to have a picnic, to buy your produce or get your fish or meats.” --Langley Times