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Last-minute gift ideas: indie booksellers hand-pick more food & drink books

Every fall, independent booksellers and publishers work together to promote a range of new titles published in Canada and internationally. Books for Everybody is a hand-picked selection of books for all interests, including young readers. Here are some highlights from the catalogues that provide great last-minute ideas for gifts and stocking stuffers.


The Book of Kale & Friends
Sharon Hanna & Carol Pope
(Douglas & McIntyre)

Featuring 14 super-foods that are nutritious, easy-to-grow and beneficial to the environment, this cookbook contains gardening tips and over 130 sensational recipes.
$26.95 pa, colour photos, 224 pp. 978-1-77162-014-7


The Boreal Feast: A Culinary Journey Through the North
Michele Genest
(Harbour Publishing)

This new cookbook from Yukon-based author Michele Genest celebrates the seasonal feasts of the North. Through both stories and recipes, Genest explores how northern cultures from the Yukon to Scandinavia use wild and cultivated ingredients from the boreal forest (like herbs, flowers, game and fish) in their feasts and celebrations.
$28.95 pa, colour photos, 256 pp. 978-1-55017-627-8


Desserts From My Kitchen
Lesley Stowe
(Barlow Book Publishing)

The creator of Raincoast Crisps® presents more than 100 delicious dessert recipes, designed to impress. This is a sumptuous “go-to” cookbook for jaw-dropping dinner finales.
$35.00 cl, colour photos, 312 pp. 978-0-993765-60-5


The Dirty Apron Cookbook
David Robertson
(Figure 1 Publishing)

Unleash your inner chef with this collection of the best tried-and-true recipes from Vancouver’s acclaimed Dirty Apron Cooking School. This book features 80 of the school’s time-tested signature dishes, lavishly illustrated with stunning photographs.
$34.95 cl, colour photos, 208 pp. 978-1-927958-17-9


Tin Fish Gourmet: Great Seafood from Cupboard to Table
Barbara-jo McIntosh
(Arsenal Pulp Press)

Discover how to transform everyday canned seafood into stylish, delicious dishes in this cookbook that features innovative recipes for all manner of fish and shellfish. Elevating simple, inexpensive canned seafood to new and delectable heights, Tin Fish Gourmet proves that there is life after tuna casserole.
$21.95 pa, colour photos, 160 pp. 978-1-55152-546-4


The Sobo Cookbook
Lisa Ahier & Andrew Morrison; Jeremy Koreski, photos
(Appetite by Random House)

“I could eat here every day,” raved the Vancouver Sun. More than 100 of the restaurant’s all-time favourite recipes—recipes that have fed surfers, hungry locals, curious visitors and die-hard foodies alike. With stunning full-color photography, this is a must-have cookbook celebrating the best in West Coast cuisine.
$29.95 pa, colour photos, 288 pp. 978-0-449-01585-8


Whitewater Cooks with PassionShelley Adams(Alicon Holdings/Sandhill)

Whitewater Cooks with Passion
Shelley Adams
(Alicon Holdings/Sandhill)

Whitewater Cooks with Passion is the fourth book in this series of national bestsellers. The focus ranges from sumptuously rich and extravagant recipes to vegetarian and vegan dishes, and all will inspire a passion for food in everyone. As in the other books in the Whitewater Cooksseries, the recipes are simple and rewarding to prepare. You will be delighted with meals you will make again and again and not have to spend all day in the kitchen.
$34.95 cl, colour photos, 200 pp. 978-0-9811424-2-5

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