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Wilderness Dweller in Williams Lake

Posted: December 8, 2010

Wilderness dweller Chris Czajkowski has added another stop to her whirlwind BC tour: Williams Lake. Meet Chris at The Open Book (247 Oliver Street) while she signs copies of her latest book A Wilderness Dweller’s Cookbook: The Best Bread in the World & Other Recipes from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm on Monday, December 13th. For more information, please call The Open Book at (250) 392-2665.

From tangy sourdough loaves of freshly ground grain, Nuk Tessli Fruit Bread sweetened with hearty molasses and aromatic spices, to Montreal bagels with an alpine touch, here are inspiring, adventurous recipes that bypass the bread machine. Also included are quick breads and desserts, like a hearty trail mix cake—perfect on a hike—and Nuk Tessli’s enigmatic spotted dick, plus a few indispensable recipes for any wilderness dweller (or frugal urbanite), such as fresh yogurt and sprouts.

A Wilderness Dweller’s Cookbook is not just a collection of recipes; it’s also a fascinating account of how a wilderness dweller—in a non-growing climate 20 km from a road, 60 km from a store, and 250 km from a town large enough to have a supermarket—feeds herself and her guests. Of particular interest to readers with their own wilderness dreams will be Czajkowski’s descriptions of the logistics of getting wholesome, fresh food to the table in this remote and spectacular location.