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Michele Genest Celebrates New Northern Cookbook with June Events!


Posted: Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 12:25pm

Yukon-based author Michele Genest is celebrating the release of her new cookbook that celebrates the food and feasts of the North - The Boreal Feast: A Culinary Journey through the North - with events in Whitehorse, Toronto and Ottawa this June!

WHITEHORSE - Thursday, June 19: Book launch at The Old Fire Hall (1105 1st Ave.) from 5pm to 7pm. Tasty snacks and refreshments featured in the book will be provided. Admission is free and all are welcome. Books will be available for sale by Mac's Fireweed Books. For more info, call Mac's Fireweed at (867) 668-2434.

TORONTO - Monday, June 23: Talk & book signing at Ben McNally Books (336 Bay St.) from 6pm to 8pm. Tasty snacks and refreshments featured in the book will be provided. Admission is free and all are welcome. For more info, call Ben McNally Books at (416) 361-0032.

OTTAWA - Thursday, June 26: Talk & book signing at the Ottawa Public Library's Main Branch (120 Metcalfe St.) at 7pm. This event is co-hosted by the library, the Canadian Nordic Society, and Perfect Books. Tasty snacks from the book will be provided. Admission is free and all are welcome. For more info, call Perfect Books at (613) 231-6468.

TORONTO - Tuesday, July 8: Talk and book signing at the Toronto Public Library's Riverdale Branch (370 Broadview Ave, Toronto, ON) from 6pm to 8pm. Admission is free and all are welcome. For more info, call the library at (416) 393-7720.

The Boreal Feast is the follow-up to Michele Genest’s bestselling cookbook The Boreal Gourmet, which received silver in Taste Canada’s Food Writing Awards in 2011. With the same sense of adventure and commitment to using the wild and cultivated foods of the boreal forest, Genest’s new book focuses on seasonal feasts. She explores how cultures across the North, from the Yukon to Scandinavia, use boreal ingredients like lingonberries, wild mushrooms, herbs, flowers, game and fish in traditional and contemporary feasts and celebrations.

The Boreal Feast is a gorgeously illustrated book with recipes for all kinds of different feasts, from the elaborate Summer Solstice Feast for eight—complete with Grilled Sockeye Salmon Stuffed with Buckwheat, Berries, Mushrooms and Herbs; Leaf and Flower Salad with Wild Rose Vinaigrette; and Birch Syrup Panna Cotta—to a Forage Party perfect for partying it up in the bush—with hors d’oeuvres such as Goat Sausage, Spruce Tip Focaccia, and Bison Marrow with Smoked Fleur de Sel.

The book also doubles as a travelogue, providing the stories and experiences that inspired each feast. Genest relates eye-opening moments from her recent journey to Sweden, Norway and Finland alongside memorable tales from twenty years of life in the Yukon. The result is a beautifully layered cookbook that not only provides recipes for the beloved Swedish tradition of fika (an afternoon coffee break), but also tells the story of fikas enjoyed across the North, from a mushroom-picking expedition near Umeå, Sweden, to a construction site in Whitehorse.

Michele Genest has lived in Whitehorse since 1994, where she moved from her hometown of Toronto in search of winter. She has written about food and culture for the past twenty-five years, and cooked ever since she can remember. Her past experience includes a four-year stint as dining editor of enRoute Magazine, and another as chief dishwasher and fish-gutter in a restaurant on a small Greek island. She writes a regular cooking column for Yukon, North of Ordinary Magazine, and her print credits include the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, the Montreal Gazette, Up Here, enRoute, Flare and Geist.