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Michele Genest in Vancouver!

Posted: Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 12:32pm

Join Yukon-based author Michele Genest as she celebrates her cookbook about the food and feasts of the North, The Boreal Feast: A Culinary Journey through the North with two delectable events in Vancouver!

On Saturday, September 27 at 2pm Michele will be giving a reception, talk and cooking demonstration at Barbara-Jo’s Books to Cooks (1740 West 2nd Avenue). She’ll be making Finnish Pulla Bread with Blueberry Filling. Tea and cookies will be served. Tickets are $30 and include a copy of the book. Pre-registration is required: 604-688-6755.

On Tuesday, September 29 at 5:30pm Michele will be giving a talk and book signing at Book Warehouse on Broadway (632 W Broadway). Admission is free. For more information, contact Book Warehouse at 604-872-5711.

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.

Genest’s gorgeously illustrated book provides recipes for all kinds of different feasts—from the elaborate Summer Solstice Feast for eight to a small Forage Party in the bush—alongside the stories and experiences that inspired her to include each one. She relates eye-opening moments from her recent journey to Sweden, Norway and Finland, as well as memorable tales from twenty years of life in the Yukon. The result is a beautifully layered cookbook that not only provides recipes for celebrating 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.