Spicing Up the Cariboo (Paperback)

Characters, Cultures & Cuisine of the Cariboo Chilcotin

By Margaret Anne Enders, Marilyn Livingston, Bettina Schoen, Tom Salley, Sage Birchwater (Introduction by), Christian Petersen (Introduction by)

Caitlin Press Inc., 9781927575109, 192pp.

Publication Date: April 1, 2013

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Throughout the world, food provides the essence of connection to traditions, culture, family and community. It offers comfort in times of trial, sustenance in lean times and richness in times of celebration. Whether it be harvesting or preserving, preparing or sharing, food provides a vital connection to homeland and heritage, nourishing bodies and relationships alike.

Spicing Up the Cariboo provides a glimpse into the rich ethnic diversity of the Cariboo Chilcotin and the connections between community and kitchen. In this unique collection of recipes and stories, Manola Khounviseth, who endured a harrowing escape from Laos, shares tales of her homeland and her old family recipes; First Nations cook Andrea Thomas honours the ways of her ancestors by preparing traditional food and sharing stories of hunting and gathering; and Brian Barcellos from Brazil describes following his sweetheart to the Cariboo, while offering up a favourite family recipe.

More than forty-five Cariboo Chilcotin residents of various cultural backgrounds interweave their tales of hardship, celebration, love and resilience with traditional family recipes. Be inspired by over 100 dishes from foreign lands as well as your own backyard.

From the highlands of Peru to rural Bangladesh, from the American west to the Ulkatcho territory, these stories and recipes take you on a journey that will delight your taste buds, pique your curiosity about your own roots, and instill a sense of appreciation for the diversity in our midst.

About the Author

Sage Birchwater is the author of CHIWID and WILLIAMS LAKE: GATEWAY TO THE CARIBOO CHILCOTIN, and co-author of CORKY WILLIAMS: COWBOY POET OF THE CARIBOO CHILCOTIN and THE LEGENDARY BETTY FRANK. He is the editor of GUMPTION AND GRIT: EXTRAORDINARY WOMEN OF THE CARIBOO CHILCOTIN. Sage was a staff writer for the Williams Lake Tribune until 2009, and he still lives in Williams Lake, BC, continuing to write about the Chilcotin. Christian Petersen has lived in Williams Lake, BC, for most of the past twenty years. He grew up in Quesnel, and the Cariboo-Chilcotin is the landscape of his fiction. His first collection of stories, Let The Day Perish, was published in 1999 by Beach Holme Publishing and his novel, Outside The Line, was published in 2009 by Dundurn Press. He holds a BA in Writing from the University of Victoria, and a Master's in Education from the University of New Brunswick.