From the Pacific coastline to the cool shores of PEI, Canada's sprawling geography provides terrain for some of the world's most diverse agriculture. In Homegrown, Professional Home Economist Mairlyn Smith proves that Canada can be the key ingredient in any meal, whether you're making a hearty stew from Saskatchewan-farmed lentils, a BC blueberry pie, Nova Scotia scallops or a simple pancake breakfast made from Albertan barley flour (and smothered in Quebec maple syrup, of course).
With over 175 recipes collected from members and students of the Ontario Home Economics Association, Mairlyn celebrates Canadian ingenuity and the delicious things that Canadians grow, produce and manufacture. Food connects people to their roots, and Homegrown is a testament to the farmers and families that have contributed to what's on the table, including a bounty of information on what makes Canadian products unique and why the "Made in Canada" label so often stands as a mark of excellence. Compiled alongside humorous stories and sidebars from Mairlyn and the OHEA members themselves, Homegrown showcases the best of Canada.
Homegrown also includes is a wealth of nutritional information and a carb counter with every recipe, proving that an all-Canadian diet can be more than just delicious, it can also be a boon to your health. Engagingly written with Mairlyn's renowned wit, this is a book that gets to the heart of Canadian food, one hulless oat and slab of back bacon at a time.
is the only professional home economist that is also a Second City alumnus! She is a regular nutrition expert on Cityline, a Canadian national daytime lifestyle program, and makes frequent appearances on morning shows across the country. Mairlyn's policy is if it doesn't taste good, it doesn't matter how healthy it is and strives to make food that is not only good for you but good for your taste buds!
"Homegrown is a must-have cookbook and should sit proudly on every Canadian cook's bookshelf. Not only does it contain seasonal recipes from coast to coast to coast, but it introduces us to the famers and producers who work hard to ensure our population can purchase good quality local food and products. I've realized that I buy imported products that can be found here in Canada and now I will make an effort to buy Canadian. Homegrown is a cookbook that every Canadian should be proud of."
— Food Bloggers of Canada