Flavours of the West Coast

ISBN 9781927129241
Softcover | Publication Date: September 4, 2012
Book Dimensions: 8 in x 8 in
176 Pages

About the Book

Winner of Best Local Cuisine (Canada) at the 2012 Gourmand World Cookbook Awards

The West Coast has an abundance of produce and natural food resources, and some of the most talented and influential chefs in the world. In this colourful cookbook, British Columbia’s top restaurateurs, chefs, and foodies share signature dishes that will inspire cooks everywhere. Meet the province’s well-known and up-and-coming culinary stars as they reveal recipes and stories from their kitchens. Inspired by the popular television program Flavours of the West Coast, the cookbook aims to support the farmers, chefs, and food producers who make the local food scene possible. Divided into sections based on region—River and Sea, Forest and Field, Farm Fresh, and City Cuisine—the pages are filled with photos and recipes by talented foodies who all have one thing in common: a love of fresh, locally inspired cuisine and a desire to share that love with the at-home cook.

With recipes from Chef Vikram Vij, owner of Vij’s Restaurant, Vancouver; Carolyn Herriot, author of The Zero Mile Diet; Executive Chef Matthew Batey, Mission Hill Family Estate, Kelowna; Chef Jared Qwustenuxun Williams, Quwutsu’un Centre, Duncan; Chef John Cantin, John’s Place, Victoria; and many others.

About the Author(s)

In 2003 Karen Davies and her husband, Dai, launched Cedarwood Productions in Victoria. They created the television program Flavours of the West Coast, an entertaining food and travel series hosted by Chefs Steve Walker-Duncan and Ali Ryan, that focuses on local, sustainable, and organic cuisine, and travels around the province to visit BC's top chefs.

Trained under the tutelage of chefs throughout Canada and Europe, award-winning chef Steve Walker-Duncan worked at M. Albert Roux catering to royal and celebrity guests. He has been in the food industry for more than twenty-five years and boasts a string of certifications to his name, including twice being voted Chef of the Year by his peers in the Victoria branch of the Canadian Culinary Federation. Steve brings his trademark bonhomie and good humour, combined with his culinary expertise, to Flavours of the West Coast, a vast tour of the West Coast's hottest food spots.


“A must-see show, Flavours of the West Coast, and the knowledgeable and informative Chef Steve Walker-Duncan, highlights what’s interesting and innovative in West Coast cuisine. This cookbook is a compilation of these culinary adventures and reflects that passion and pride so evident in British Columbia.” —Donald Gyurkovits, president of the Canadian Culinary Federation

Flavours of the West Coast is my favourite cooking show, with its brilliant chef, easy to follow recipes . . . but primarily because it showcases our best local wines, seafood, veggies, and meats. I have been hoping they would put together a cookbook!” —Elizabeth May, leader of the National Green Party of Canada

“A culinary road trip through the local foods landscape of BC.” —EAT Magazine

“A dip into the world of BC food and how easy it is to make wonderful meals with local fresh ingredients.” —Coastal Spectator