A true northern cookbook featuring Yukon flavours and traditions.
“Bring me moose meat! You will not be sorry!” So says Whitehorse
author and cook Michele Genest to the hunters in her circle. Wild is wonderful
when it comes to Genest’s creative treatments for northern viands, with
exciting ideas such as moose cooked in Yukon-brewed espresso stout and finished
with chocolate, lime and cilantro, Arctic char marinated in grappa and then
hot-smoked, or roasted spruce grouse draped in a sour cream and Madeira sauce.
As much culinary adventure story as cookbook, The Boreal Gourmet combines a
portrait of northern life with an exploration of wild or “country”
foods in gourmet recipes for the home cook. These recipes are inspired by a
diversity of countries, traditions and kitchens, and spring from a love affair
with the indigenous foods that flourish in the boreal forests and river valleys
of the Yukon.
Whitehorse author and chef Michele Genest has recipes for every season supported
with information on such northern plants as Artemisia frigida, or pasture sage,
and its effect on the flavour of the wild Dall sheep that graze on it, the mysteries
of morel mushrooms and tips on where to find them, and advice from Dawson City’s
Uncle Berwyn on the proper use of birch syrup.
Taking us from salmon, spruce tips and gourmet greens to recipes for artisanal
sourdoughs and festive solstice menus, The Boreal Gourmet is an unprecedented
collection to inspire both the serious gourmand (who will want to search out
wild ingredients in his or her own backyard) and anyone with an appreciation
for the culinary delights available north of sixty.
Praise for The Boreal Gourmet
"The Boreal Gourmet highlights northern ingredients cooked with passion,
intelligence and fun. Brava!"
Massimo Capra - Food Network Canada featured host and author
of One Pot Italian Cooking
"More than a book of recipes, this is a loving portrait of a neighbourly
and resourceful community, and a fascinating introduction to the foodways of
James Chatto - co-author of A Matter of Taste
"Hilarious, big-hearted writing about food gathering and cooking adventures
on Canada's boreal frontier. This book is truly Yukon gold."
Margaret Webb - author of Apples to Oysters: A
Food Lover's Tour of Canadian Farms