Saturday, May 10, 2008

Quebec cookbook from Ile d'Orleans selected as 'Best in the World'

Philip Rae, Chef and Innkeeper at Auberge Le Canard Huppe, tested all the recipes

Ile d'Orléan's Farmers in Chef's Hats has received a Gourmand World Cookbook Award.

The book, authored by Linda Arsenault, was honored as Best in the World in the local growers category during a recent competition in London. More than 6,000 cookbooks and books on wine from 107+ countries were part of the competition.

The 124-page cookbook, in both French and English, includes 50 recipes from local chefs using 50 products from the Ile d'Orleans. They include fruits, vegetables, cheese, poultry, lamb, bison, duck, fish, chocolate, beer, cider and wine. The book also includes an agritourism map of The Farmers' Route, a listing of The Farmers in Chef Hats and their products and more than 100 photographs.

Ile d'Orleans is about15 minutes from Quebec City. Its fertile soil made it one of the first colonies of New France, where nearly 300 founding families took root. The history of the island can be found today in its horticulture, architecture, art and artisans, culture and fine inns and restaurants.