This new cookbook by Dawn Postnikoff and Joanne Sasvari is a beautiful book that features a collection of more than 70 signature recipes from the Okanagan Valley’s best chefs, restaurants, cafes, bakeries and wineries. Published by Figure One Publishing.
I have been to several of the Okanagan wineries and restaurants over the years and met some of the amazing chefs and vintners, but this book highlights more of the best from the area and features many more wineries, people and it’s food.
The Okanagan, Similkameen and Thompson Valleys in British Columbia are known to produce some of the most outstanding wines in the world. But the region is also emerging as an exciting culinary scene. Inspired by the Interior’s organic farming and sustainable agriculture, the region’s chefs are quietly bringing world-class techniques to the table, taking the golden beets, tomatillos, wild mushrooms, haskap berries and everything that grows so abundantly in every micro-season and transforming it into the kind of meals that would tickle a food critic’s palate.
Okanagan Eats is a deep dive into this dynamic food region where locality is the name of the game. From a summer heirloom gazpacho to wine-braised short ribs, an orchard salad to a decadent brownie trifle, there is something delicious to suit every taste. While the recipes are chef-driven, they are intended for home cooks and designed to be uncomplicated and fuss-free.
Each recipe includes a suggested drink pairing, reflecting the spirit of collaboration championed by the community. Baked Brie with Haskap-Jalapeno Jam pairs beautifully with Fitzpatrick Family Vineyard’s Fitz Cremant sparkling wine. Duck and Waffles for Sunday brunch is made more decadent accompanied by Hillside Winery’s Syrah. And for the Big Ole Yorkie Bowl, Crannog Ales’s Back Hand of God Stout is the only way to go.
Okanagan Eats aims to bring the culinary traditions of this flourishing scene to greater prominence – where food is fresh and delicious, and wine is bountiful.
The books are now available in bookstores coast to coast as well as bookstores online.
By: Richard Wolak