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In this combination cookbook and homesteading guide, food writer and former chef Wimbush-Bourque celebrates the traditional kitchen arts of home cooking and preserving whole foods in season. She offers expert advice for preparing simple, healthful dishes, and inspires readers to engage the entire family in learning about gardening and sourcing local food.

She begins by listing essential ingredients for a well-stocked pantry along with an inventory of useful kitchen tools and equipment. In the following sections, corresponding to the Canadian seasons, she includes stories, homesteading tips and ideas for involving children in gardening and preparing food. She provides over 100 straightforward recipes featuring ingredients readily available in season. Throughout, she recounts family experiences with food, such as sugaring-off, hosting a backyard harvest meal and preparing classic Sunday dinners.

Seasonal recipes include a wide variety of sweet and savory foods such as maple pecan butter tarts, peach-glazed grilled salmon fillets, summer squash and parmesan galettes, chicken leek shepherd’s pie, Québec tourtière and more.

A heartwarming read that’s sure to inspire budding urban homesteaders and anyone interested in preparing simple, nutritious homemade food.

Softcover, 8" × 10", 308 pages, 2015.

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