Plenty of people talk about farm-to-table dining these days. But on Vancouver Island and the surrounding Gulf Islands, its truly a way of life. And why not, when there is so much abundance to choose from? From the Comox Valley to the Cowichan to Salt Spring Island, youll find everything from truffles to tea, passionfruit to Pinot Noir, water buffalo to the most delicately briny oysters. Island Eats is a tribute to the vibrant food culture of Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands and the celebration of a passionate culinary community built on the edge of a continent. Whether theyre shucking oysters and rolling pasta just for you, pouring you a glass of local wine, telling you about the best surf beach or hiking trail or the cool new craft brewery in town, the chefs, mixologists, and food artisans profiled in this cookbook have contributed to the heartfelt food traditions of a rare culinary destination. Featuring more than 80 signature dishes, from a classic salmon chowder to island-foraged chantarelle risotto, apple pie waffles to bannock ice-cream sandwich, this inspired collection boasts locally-minded, soul-satisfying dishes that readers will want to make again and again.
About the authors
As co-founder of Edible Vancouver Island, Dawn Postnikoff shares her passion for coastal living and the local food and beverage culture with the Edible community. Having left the corporate business world to become an entrepreneur several years ago, she now has multiple projects on the go, most of which focus on promoting culinary tourism throughout the region. Dawn is mom to five "mostly grown-up" children and loves spending time outdoors when she isn't playing in her kitchen or sipping wine with friends. She lives in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island.
Joanne Sasvari grew up on Vancouver Island, and in her heart, never left. She is the editor of Vitis, The Alchemist and Westcoast Homes & Design magazines, and writes about food, drink and travel for Edible Vancouver Island, Destination BC's "Hello BC" website, Vancouver Sun and other Postmedia brands and various other publications, including Food & Wine magazine. She is also the author of the IACP-shortlisted Wickaninnish Cookbook, Vancouver Eats, Frommer's EasyGuide to Vancouver & Victoria, and Paprika. She lives in North Vancouver and is planning her next trip back to Vancouver Island