Doctor's Review: Medicine on the Move

March 5, 2021
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British Columbia from Scratch

The recipes in British Columbia from Scratch (Whitecap Books) are completely biased. Born in the Cowichan Valley, the cookbook’s author, Denise Marchessault, admits that the book is a personal collection of the “rustic” foods she’s enjoyed since childhood.

One of BC’s greatest blessings is its water, which includes the Pacific and the salmon-rich Fraser River. Not surprisingly, there are several seafood recipes in the book and we’ve included one here. Naturally, there are also recipes that celebrate fresh, local produce: berries from Westham Island, peaches from the Okanagan Valley, wild mushrooms from ancient forests on Vancouver Island.

The recipes are divided by the seasons with stunning photos by friend Caroline West. Marchessault describes them as simple, but “simple,” she says “is not always synonymous with quick.” We’re sure they’re worth the time.

Recipes and images from British Columbia from Scratch: Recipes for Every Season (Whitecap Books, 2016).

Recipes from the book