Thursday, January 21, 2010

In the Kitchen: Four Chefs One Garden

Four of Vancouver's finest chefs are featured in Vancouver author Evaleen Jaager Roy's cookbook, Four Chefs One Garden. This is Jaager Roy's writing debut; prior to that she was with with Electronic Arts.

As she states on her website, she turned in her Blackberry for real blackberries:
"One year ago, I walked away from the boardroom, overnight flights and Blackberries and walked into my garden. And bit by bit, as spring turned to summer and summer to fall, the world began to slow down. I was left with a few simple joys: the joy of digging in the dirt and watching things grow and the joy of cooking – taking the best of each season and turning it into sustenance and celebration with people I love."

In her lushly photographed book, Jaager Roy reviews a year in her garden, which includes gardening tips from gardeners such as Brian Minter along with recipes from four of Vancouver's finest chefs: Michel Jacob (French), Umberto Menghi (Italian), Hidekazu Tojo (sushi) and Vikram Vij (Indian fusion).

The book is available at Barbara-Jo's Books to Cooks in Vancouver.

Farmer Bob's Garden on Whidbey Island
Photo by Sue Frause