When the season of giving is upon us, shoppers hungry to pick up something for the food lover on their list might need a nudge in the right direction. One kind of gift that keeps on giving long after the last bite is a cookbook or a guide that your favourite food can thumb fondly for weeks, months, and perhaps years to come.
With a focus on all things local, here are five B.C. food guides and cookbooks perfect for holiday gift giving.
Jennifer Schell’s The Butcher, the Baker, the Wine and Cheese Maker By the Sea offers an exploration of British Columbia’s diverse food scene, from downtown Vancouver’s fine dining restaurants to post-ski eats off the slopes of Whistler. This sequel to Schell’s Okanagan cookbook boasts recipes, stories, and the wisdom of local food experts. Retail price $29.95
Butter is one of our favourite bakeries in Vancouver, where the atmosphere is darling and sweet, and the treats are utterly delicious. Owner Rosie Daykin follows up her first cookbook, Butter Baked Goods, with a new primer on getting in the kitchen when it’s time to mark all sorts of holidays and special occasions. Butter Celebrates is packed with a year’s worth of recipes for all manner of celebrations, from Halloween to a new baby’s arrival. Retail price: $35.
Wine lovers on a budget will love this stocking-stuffer size gem aimed at helping select affordable wines available in B.C. This decidedly unpretentious compendium of 100 great bottles offers global and regional selections of reds, whites, rosés, sparkling and others. Had a Glass will cost you less than $20, too! Retail price: $19.95.
“The Ocean Wise Cookbook 2 features 40 kinds of seafood, from oysters to octopus and from pink salmon to sturgeon, and even a few seaweed recipes (kelp is the new kale),” editor Jane Mundy told Vancity Buzz when this follow-up volume hit shelves earlier this year. Featuring recipes from renowned chefs across Canada, the book also offers tips for cooking an alternative (and responsible) catch. Retail price: $34.95.
Residents of Vancouver’s North Shore (and its frequent visitors) will love this beautiful, robust volume of stories and recipes from the area’s most beloved restaurants, butchers, bakeries, cafés and more. The North Shore Foodie includes over 100 recipes culled from Bowen Island to Deep Cove, and was compiled by North Shore resident Brad Hill. Retail price: $44.95.