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'The Boreal Feast' book signing at Rainbow Foods Aug. 23

Posted: August 13, 2014 - 11:03pm

Yukon-based author and cook Michele Genest will be hosting events in connection to her new cookbook that celebrates the food and feasts of the north. The book is titled, “The Boreal Feast: A Culinary Journey through the North.”

A local event will be held Saturday, Aug. 23 at Rainbow Foods at 1p.m. It will include a talk and book signing. Attendance is free. Call 586-6476 for more information.

The Boreal Forest spans the upper third of the globe, over Canada, Alaska, Siberia, parts of Asia, Russia and Scandinavia. The Boreal Feast is an illustrated cookbook of seasonal feasts and celebrations that incorporates wild and cultivated ingredients from this vast landscape. The book explores how cultures across the North use boreal ingredients like lingonberries, wild mushrooms, herbs, flowers, game and fish in their local feasts, both traditional and contemporary.

The book also doubles as a travelogue, providing the stories and experiences that inspired Genest to include each feast. She relates eye-opening moments from her recent journey to Sweden, Norway and Finland alongside memorable tales from twenty years of life in the Yukon Territory.

Genest has lived in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory since 1994, where she moved from her hometown of Toronto in search of winter. She has written about food and culture for the past 25 years, and cooked ever since she can remember. Her previous book, The Boreal Gourmet, was a national bestseller in Canada and received silver in Taste Canada’s Food Writing Awards in 2011.

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