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Two friends. Five months. One car. Ten provinces. Three territories. Seven islands. Eight ferries. Two flights. One 48-hour train ride. And only one call to CAA. The result: over 100 incredible Canadian recipes from coast to coast and the Great White North.
In the midst of a camping trip in Squamish, British Columbia, Lindsay Anderson and Dana VanVeller decided that the summer of 2013 might be the right time for an adventure. And they knew what they wanted that adventure to be: a road trip across the entire country, with the purpose of writing about Canada’s food, culture, and wealth of compelling characters and their stories.
37,000 kilometres later, and toting a “Best Culinary Travel Blog” award from Saveur magazine, Lindsay and Dana have brought together stories, photographs and recipes from across Canada in Feast: Recipes and Stories from a Canadian Road Trip. The authors write about their experiences of trying whale blubber in Nunavut, tying a GoPro to a fishing line in Newfoundland to get a shot of the Atlantic Ocean’s “cod highway,” and much more.
More than 80 contributors–including farmers, grandmothers, First Nations elders, and acclaimed chefs–have shared over 90 of their most beloved regional recipes, with Lindsay and Dana contributing some of their own favourites too. You’ll find recipes for all courses from Barley Pancakes, Yukon Cinnamon Buns, and Bannock to Spot Prawn Ceviche, Bison Sausage Rolls, Haida Gwaii Halibut and Maritime Lobster Rolls; and also recipes for preserves, pickles and sauces, and a whole chapter devoted to drinks.
Feast is a stunning representation of the diversity and complexity of Canada through its many favourite foods. The combination of Lindsay and Dana’s capitivating journey with easy-to-follow recipes makes the book just as pleasurable to read as it is to cook from.
Dana hails from Sarnia, Ontario and moved to British Columbia in 2009 as the result of a previous cross-Canada road trip. She holds a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies from St. Stephen’s University, has spent time studying in South East Asia and Europe, and is working towards a Certificate in Food Security from Ryerson University. Prior to the launch of the blog FEAST: An Edible Road Trip, she was a program administrator at an English school for immigrants and refugees and authored the recipe blog, Spoon! While working on the book, FEAST: Recipes and Stories from a Canadian Road Trip, she worked at a vegetarian Mexican brunch place on Vancouver’s Commercial Drive, and is now the Communications Manager for the restaurant. In between book tours and events, she’s a freelance writer and communications consultant.