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An Edible Alberta Alphabet

by (author) dee Hobsbawn-Smith

TouchWood Editions
Initial publish date
Apr 2012
Western Provinces, General, Customs & Traditions
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Apr 2012
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Winner of Best Food Literature (Canada) at the 2012 Gourmand World Cookbook Awards


In this intimate guide to Alberta's sustainable food scene, writer, poet, professional chef, and food advocate Dee Hobsbawn-Smith profiles more than seventy-five of the province's growers and producers. Learn the A to Z's of each producer, from Asparagus growers to Zizania cultivators, and enjoy the twenty-six original recipes, one for each type of produce.

The book also examines the ground that farmers stand on: government involvement, sustainability and the environment, animal welfare, farm labour, and organizations from Slow Food to the grassroots Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) movement.

An (agri)cultural examination of modern farming that offers a clear look at current government policies and sustainable growers' best practices, Foodshed sets forth some of the issues that modern farmers face, as seen by the growers themselves.

About the author

dee Hobsbawn-Smith's award-winning poetry, essays, and short fiction has appeared in publications in Canada, the USA, Scotland and elsewhere. She earned her MFA in Writing andher MA in English Lit at the University of Saskatchewan. Her debut poetry collection, WildnessRushing In, published in 2014, was a finalist for Book of the Year and Best Poetry Collection at the Saskatchewan Book Awards. What Can't Be Undone: Stories was published in 2015. She's alocal foods advocate, active in Slow Food for more than twenty years, and has written a stack of books about food, including the award-winning Foodshed: An Edible Alberta Alphabet. Sheserved as the 35th Writer in Residence at Saskatoon Public Library in 2015. Bread & Water: Essays, published in 2021, won the Saskatchewan Book Awards' nonfiction prize. A new poetrycollection, Among the Untamed, is forthcoming next spring. dee lives on the remnants of her family's farm west of Saskatoon.

dee Hobsbawn-Smith's profile page

Editorial Reviews

In [Foodshed], along with the main dish of stories aligned with each letter of the alphabet, [Hobsbawn-Smith] has seasoned the offering with 26 original recipes. She also serves up well-researched explanations of current food issues and trends, and still manages to keep the whole meal appetizing enough that we'll want to go out and reap the bounty of her creative A-Z harvest. —Calgary Herald

Foodshed: An Edible Alberta Alphabet by dee Hobsbawn-Smith was voted best Alberta cookbook in CBC Books' Cross-Country Cookbook Shelf.

While the stories are about Alberta growers and producers, their stories are relevant to anyone interested in sustainable eating. Foodshed is sure to take you on a journey beyond your local farmers market and into the heart of local living. —Savour Life Magazine

As an author, an artist, a cook, a thinker . . . dee has created an important treatise on the evolution of culinary Alberta. This is a great book, as free-form and unconventional as the author herself. —Anita Stewart, culinary activist, author, founder of Food Day Canada, and member of the Order of Canada

Dee has known these farmers for a long time. She has nurtured her relationships with them and it shows. Their stories are personal and real . . . But throughout all this, it is the deep connection to the land that stands out. —Culinaire

Foodshed is a rich encyclopedia of facts, farm-gate lore and original recipes. It's also a politically engaging narrative in which Hobsbawn-Smith articulates the challenges and joys faced by small-scale producers in Alberta. —The Globe and Mail

"Foodshed: An Edible Prairie Alphabet recieves third place in the Les Dames d' Escoffier International MFK Fisher Award for Excellence in Culinary Writing."

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