Cedar and Salt
Vancouver Island Recipes from Forest, Farm, Field, and Sea
About the Book
A Globe and Mail Top 100 Book that Shaped 2019
Winner of a 2020 Gourmand World Cookbook Award in Canada
Shortlisted for a 2020 BC Yukon Book Prize
Homegrown, modern recipes that feature the most treasured local ingredients from Vancouver Island’s forests, fields, farms and sea.
Off the shore of Canada’s west coast lies a food lover’s island paradise. Vancouver Island’s temperate climate nurtures a bounty of wild foods, heritage grains, organic produce, sustainable meats and artisan-crafted edible delights. This thoughtfully curated, beautifully photographed cookbook brings Vancouver Island’s abundant food scene into the kitchens of home cooks everywhere.
While celebrating such treasures such as fresh blackberries, foraged chanterelles and fiddleheads, freshly harvested spot prawns or oysters, line-caught spring salmon, grass-fed beef, and cultivated foods like heritage red fife wheat, the book’s recipes highlight the most sought-after ingredients on the island and honour the producers and artisans dedicated to sustainable and ethical producing and harvesting.
Try recipes like Craft Beer–Braised Island Beef Brisket, Nettle and Chèvre Ravioli, and Beetroot and Black Walnut Cake featuring Denman Island Chocolate. Divided into four sections—forest, field, farm, and sea—Cedar and Salt puts the taste of Vancouver Island on a pedestal, and then brings it to your plate.
“Acken and Lycopolus divide (into forest, field, farm and sea) and conquer with a stunningly beautiful yet very usable cookbook. With a farm-to-kitchen-table flavour, there are jams, simple cakes and pot pies, watercolour illustrations of the island’s edible mushrooms for those who like to forage, and even simple instructions on how to make your own salt out of seawater (all you need is a pot).” —Globe and Mail
“Acken and Lycopolus are persuasive ambassadors for their beloved Island. Cedar and Salt’s visual food tour, complete with lists of local farmers markets and farm-to-table restaurants, makes it hard to resist a trip to Vancouver Island for a real-life food tour.” —Foreword Reviews
“It’s easy to be inspired by the terroir on and around Vancouver Island, but Salt Spring Island and Victoria food writers D.L. Acken and Emily Lycopolus do a spectacular job of gathering it all up and putting it on a pedestal . . . unpretentious and completely approachable.” —Julie Van Rosendaal, Globe and Mail
“Lush and eloquent . . . Cedar and Salt is among a new breed of regional Canadian explorations. Inextricable from its location, it’s a snapshot of a specific food culture with expansive appeal all the same . . . The choice to structure the book by geography coupled with Acken’s atmospheric photography gives readers a deeper sense of place.” —Laura Brehaut, National Post
“As lovers of food and photography, we can’t think of a more inviting activity this season than to hunker down in the kitchen with the newly published, hyper-local Vancouver Island cookbook, Cedar and Salt. (Equally so, ogling and drooling over its pages while cozied up on a comfy chair.)” —The Islandist
“This is a thoughtful cookbook—one for our time, when the food we eat is not just about achieving the best flavour and long-lasting sustenance (though of course those considerations remain a constant), but also when the ingredients we reach for and the food businesses we support are a reflection of how we value our community and how we treat the planet. It offers a quiet call to action and reminds us of the importance of supporting our local food economy. We all have something to gain by strengthening food security . . . and this beautiful book demonstrates that this is certainly not a hardship.” —EAT Magazine
“A terrific success. . . ” —Sheryl Mackay, CBC’s North by Northwest
“Vancouver Island, off the western coast of Canada, is home to a unique food scene all its own, and the artisan goods, heritage grains, and wild foods prevalent in the local cuisine make this island home to a paradise of delicious foods. Readers both familiar and unfamiliar with the area will love this gorgeous cookbook that is packed full of one-of-a-kind recipes that utilize the foods this area is known for while still honoring the local culture and the producers who work to sustainably produce these ingredients. Beautiful photographs and sumptuous dishes are guaranteed to make food lovers hungry.” —San Francisco Book Review