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A Taste of Canada by Rose Murray
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Jul 25, 2011

really liked it
Read in July, 2011

Canada is a vast expanse between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, the Arctic Ocean and the United States. The diversity of terroir accounts for the seafood of British Columbia and the Maritime Provinces, and the baked goods, birds and game of the Prairie. There is also much greater ethnic diversity in Canada than merely the English and French who first explored and settled. To those culinary traditions, Russian, German, Italian, Asian, Eastern European and Caribbean immigrations brought other dishes, ingredients and techniques. Murray attempts to address the cookery of Canada on a regional basis rather than as an imagined unitary whole. The recipes for phad Thai, curry, lamb koftas and spaghetti puttanesca seen oddly placed, but warranted. The recipes using maple syrup, wild rice, pheasant, cranberries, cod, apple and plum feel more essentially Canadian. This book is gorgeously illustrated with colour photographs of the country as well as the food. But it weighs too much to read in bed; for that one would need a Kindle or Nook version.

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