As you may have noticed by now, we love food here at Be Well. Our lives revolve around it; not just the around food itself but the ingredients that go into making a good meal, exploring where those ingredients come from, their nutritional values and the people that bring the recipes we make to our tables.
Our food posts are often inspired by recipes and cookbooks from people whose passion for food is admirable. So this month I’ve done a recap of some cookbooks that are tried and true by your Be Well contributors.
1 & 2) Healthy Starts Here and The Vegetarian’s Complete Quinoa Cookbook, Mairlyn Smith
The first two are courtesy of Mairlyn Smith. Mairlyn is a longtime friend of the Canola Growers. She describes her approach to cooking as “healthy cooking seasoned with laughter.” The professional home economist, food writer, and comedian has gained popularity as a TV and media food personality, often appearing on Breakfast Television shows across Canada and on CityLine. We’re excited to have brought her back to Manitoba for the Manitoba Farm Women’s Conference.
Healthy Starts Here is made up of classic foods made healthier and new twists of old favourites.
Mairlyn just launched her latest book The Vegetarian’s Complete Quinoa Cookbook last month and it has been flying off bookstore shelves! Already a best seller. Quinoa continues to gain popularity as a superfood and this book consists of diverse dishes for every meal so you will not get tired of cooking with quinoa anytime soon.
3) Anita Stewart’s CANADA: The Food, The Recipes, The Stories
With numerous food books under her belt, her latest book Anita Stewart’s CANADA: The Food, The Recipes, The Stories is described as “…the definitive cookbook about our country, featuring homegrown ingredients used locally and seasonally in home kitchens” by Amazon.
Our very own Ellen, has had the pleasure of meeting and working with Canada’s Culinary Ambassador. Read Ellen’s post about Anita – Canada’s Culinary Ambassador. Remember when we celebrated great Canadian foods on Food Day Canada this summer? We have Anita to thank for that too.
4) The Prairie Fruit Cookbook, Getty Stewart
We love supporting local, and we just can’t get enough of Getty Stewart’s Prairie Fruit Cookbook. We love her passion and she is such a source of knowledge, always happy to share her wisdom with other local food bloggers. This Be Well guest blogger and founder of Fruit Share Manitoba also spoke at the Manitoba Farm Women’s Conference. Get to know her a little better with in Getty’s Be Well Story and read her latest post Tasty Tomatoes.
5) The Great Tastes of Manitoba Cookbook
Our fifth pick broadens our focus on local a little bit more. Great Tastes of Manitoba is Canada’s longest running show and began its 23rd season earlier this fall with new host Ace Burpee.
The Great Tastes of Manitoba cookbook includes some of the best recipes from the TV show’s first 20 years. Recipes come from the farmer groups that make up Food Manitoba.
I like to think the next best local cookbook will come from one of the members of the Manitoba Food Bloggers group. It is a talented group of cooks, bakers and food lovers, each with their individual specialties that they showcase on their food blogs. Hurray for Manitoba food!
Win a cookbook of your choice
Leave a comment below telling us which cookbook you’d like to win and why – for a chance to win the cookbook of your choice. One entry per person. Full contest rules and eligibility is available here. Contest closes December 16, 2012, winner will be contacted via email and announced in the comment section below.
*Please note – Contest is now CLOSED. Congratulations to our winners who are announced below.