Strong and Free Cuisine

True North Cookbook Cover

What It Is: The culinary world is finally paying attention to what’s happening here in Canada – and for good reason. Upstart chefs with bold vision and an interest in taking advantage of Canada’s natural bounty of ingredients has led to many a celebrated restaurant and star chef – like Montreal’s Derek Dammann, the main force behind this Canadiana collection of recipes. It’s divided up by our nation’s vast wilderness – for example, in the Pacific section you’ll see recipes for Chinook on the Beach Haida Gwaii Style – for a unique take on ‘living from the land’. It also features an approach I (and celeb chefs worldwide) advocate for – nose to tail eating, meaning all parts of the animal are considered for consumption, out of respect for taking a creature’s life. No matter how you slice it, this is a cool foodie gift idea that’s proudly Canadian.

Who It’s For: The hostess. The chef-in-training. The extreme foodie.

What It Costs: $40 retail.

Where It’s At: Fine booksellers across Canada or

BONUS entry into my new Samuel’s Hats giveaway – tell me in the comments below; would you buy this cookbook as a gift? For who?

34 Responses to “Strong and Free Cuisine”
  1. Shelley N says:

    I would buy it for myself. sadly most of my friends/family are not into cooking

  2. My brother who is doing the whole low carb thing

  3. redlizzy1 says:

    I LOVE cookbooks. I sometimes read them like I am reading a novel. Plus I love to cook and try new recipes. This book sounds unique and it might just get added to my birthday wish list. Thank you for sharing.

  4. Aimre says:

    If buy this for my brother in law, he loves to fish. I am a subscriber.

  5. Heather Swanson says:

    my son-in-law would like this book

  6. nicolthepickle says:

    My brothers would like this book.

  7. Joan G. says:

    I’m always looking for new recipes and this one sounds like one I would use for myself.

  8. Norma D says:

    I would definitely buy this for myself. I am addicted to cookbooks. This looks like one I will have to purchase.

  9. Anne Derkat says:

    This would be a great gift for my daughter in law who is a very good cook.

  10. pinksuzanne says:

    I would not buy it for myself as I would probably order from library if I wanted to read. I really get all my recipes online that I use in my daily cooking.

  11. corkrose says:

    I would buy this and gift it to my foodie friend Catherine – great chef & so loves creating local food. I help her in her garden & we get to enjoy the produce all Summer long. She teaches me all the time 🙂 Great idea

  12. Erin W says:

    I would buy this for my husband, he would love it!

  13. mcmc says:

    I would buy it for a friend as a gift but probably not for myself.

  14. cookie3 says:

    This would be a great gift for my son who loves to cook.

  15. dabrowne says:

    I would gift myself with this book, I love my vegie garden!

  16. Grace says:

    Just purchased this cookbook for my Mom. If anyone is interested, it is on sale right now for $30.57 on Looks like a great cookbook! Thanks for the heads up Brittany!!

  17. Kim K says:

    I would gift this to my hubby because we love to cook and our good friends too.

  18. Susan says:

    I don’t think I would buy this book because most of my friends use google to find recipes.

  19. Gigi says:

    I would buy this since it is Canadian based it would most likely be easy to get the ingredients!

  20. katydidit21 says:

    I love the idea, but I probably wouldn’t buy this for anyone I know.

  21. Lindsey says:

    I would love this!

  22. intensev5 says:

    My husband loves cooking – a great gift for him!

  23. beewbedard says:

    I might buy it for my girlfriend that loves to cook

  24. AliKira says:

    I’m sure I could find people who would appreciate this as a gift.

  25. Alison K says:

    Samuel’s Hats bonus entry: I would buy this cookbook as a gift for my French coworkers as a lovely introductions to their new home country.

  26. Jennifer Kelsie says:

    I would buy two! One for me and one for my brother. I love Jamie Oliver!!!

  27. Linda R. says:

    I would buy this for myself!

  28. Susan T. says:

    I would buy this for my friend who grew up here in Canada but recently moved to England. It would be nice for her to cook a bit of home!

  29. diane says:

    I would buy this for a friend on mine who is a great cook.

  30. Rachel C. says:

    I would actually buy this for myself and my boyfriend, to improve our household cooking!

  31. Victoria Ess says:

    I’d buy it for myself! Love cookbooks!

  32. janicour says:

    I would buy this as a gift. I have many friends who would love this!!

  33. Kelly H says:

    i would love to receive this as a gift to myself, I like trying new cookbooks

  34. I’d keep one for me, and can think of lots of friends and relatives who’d like it, too. This is gift I’ll keep in mind.

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