Foodshed: An Edible Alberta Alphabet – dee Hobsbawn-Smith (2012,TouchWood Editions, Canada)
Do you ever think about where your food comes from? Do you know your local farmers, ranchers, beekeepers and cheese-makers? dee Hobsbawn-Smith does, and she’s compiled a comprehensive A to Z guide to 72 of the talented and hard-working people that bring all that delicious food to Alberta tables. (My hubby and I participate in the CSA share program from one of the farms mentioned in the book and it was particularly interesting to read the interviews with the farmers who grow our veggies and cut flowers). Although this guide may be most useful to Alberta residents, anyone who is interested in sustainability, agriculture, and the environment will take important stories out of Foodshed.
As an added bonus, there are some amazing recipes included – everything from the (mouth-watering) mouthful Berry Rhubarb Buckle with Yogourt Cream and Berry Ginger Compote and Apple-Thyme Mousse and Carmelized Winter Fruit with Filo “Sails” to Lemon Ketchup and Cucumber Raita. Food for thought AND food – what more can you ask for?