The Boreal Feast

The Boreal Feast

A Culinary Journey Through the North

Book - 2014
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From the author of The Boreal Gourmet comes another irresistible tribute to foods of the North, and this time she devotes special attention to feasts. Michele Genest's feasts cover the whole spectrum--for small groups or large, extensively planned or spontaneous, as elaborate as a 12-course tasting menu or as simple and satisfying as a pot of Labrador tea and a piece of bannock on a hillside during a berry-picking expedition.
Publisher: Madeira Park, BC : Lost Moose, an imprint of Harbour Publishing Co. Ltd., ©2014.
ISBN: 9781550176278
Characteristics: 248 pages :,color illustrations ;,26 cm


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Feb 06, 2016

Incredibly impractical for culinary purposes. Interesting otherwise.

ksoles Sep 04, 2014

Canadian cuisine has always defied definition; each diverse province boasts its own specialty from B.C. salmon to Alberta beef to Quebec maple syrup. In "The Boreal Feast," Yukon resident Michele Genest introduces readers to the tastes of a much lesser known region: the North.

This lush cookbook spans a whole year and includes a feast menu for each season. As well as presenting homey, thoughtful recipes, Genest shares many stories from her surroundings and imparts the significance of Canada's boreal forest on our environment. She notes that the boreal forest is the largest biome on earth and includes a mantle of 12 million square kilometres in Canada, Alaska, Siberia, parts of Asia, Russia and Scandinavia. No wonder such varied, earthy dishes come out of the area.

Thankfully, recipes do not require extreme foraging; instead, dishes such as morel-crusted bison short ribs and sunflower seed soup prove easy to source. Any slightly obscure ingredient, such as wild Saskatoon berries, has an easy substitution (B.C. blueberries). Finally, Genest offers a helpful chapter on the boreal pantry, which includes spruce tip jelly. If there was ever a paragon of Canadian flavour, Genest may have found it.

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