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Five Questions for Lindy Mechefske, author of Out of Old Ontario Kitchens

Five Questions for Lindy Mechefske, author of Out of Old Ontario Kitchens

 Lindy Mechefske

What inspires you to write about food?

My love affair with food, and even more specifically, with the combination of food and history, began when I was three years old, rolling out the pastry for jam tarts in my grandfather's ancient Yorkshire kitchen. What I remember is this: food, love, joy.

Food is so often our first (and our last) memory of life. Food is community, culture, love. Food is our most fundamental necessity.

We are part of a global food community and food connects us — all of us — the whole immense global population. And the thing is, food is not just the world's largest industry, but it is also one of the ways in which we make the biggest impact on the planet. The way we eat and the food we choose to buy, grow, and cook, has staggering implications for the future of the world.

It is almost impossible to overstate the importance of food.

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Five questions for Bethany Lindsay, author of British Columbia Burning

Five questions for Bethany Lindsay, author of British Columbia Burning

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What made you want to become a journalist/writer?

I studied Biology in university, and I loved learning something new about the world every single day. I wanted a career where I could keep on doing that and also have the chance to fill people in on all the amazing things I've discovered. I love the fact that any time a question pops into my head, I can just pick up the phone, call an expert, and get an answer — most of the time.

What inspired you to write this book?

I've been a reporter for more than a decade, and I've never experienced anything like the 2017 wildfire season. It was a crisis that felt like it didn't have an end, and every day seemed to bring a new emergency. The stories I heard were heartbreaking and the environmental implications were dire. I wanted to explore how we got to this point, what it meant for people's lives, and where we go from here.

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British Columbia Burning

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 "In British Columbia Burning, author Bethany Lindsay does an in-depth investigation into what happened last summer, also taking a look back at the history of wildfires in B.C. and a peak forward at the possibilities for both preventing and fighting them."

By Tracy Sherlock in The National Observer, Opinion, Politics | May 20th 2018

Click here to read the full article at The National Observer.com

Saskatchewan's One Book, One Province

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Out of Old Saskatchewan Kitchens by Amy Jo Ehman was celebrated during the month of March as Saskatchewan's official One Book, One Province selection for 2018. 

The One Book, One Province selection committee said Out of Old Saskatchewan Kitchens was chosen for its potential to promote an understanding of the province's heritage through its food, while appealing to a broad, diverse, and contemporary audience. Out of Old Saskatchewan Kitchens is the story of the people and the food they prepared. The book is a tantalizing blend of pioneer cuisine and rich culinary heritage dating back to the First Nations and beyond. With dozens of photos, it is a window into life as it was then.

McNally Dinner with Deborah McConkey

Amy Jo is pictured above with Deborah McConkey, a librarian with the Saskatchewan Library Association.                     Photo courtesy of Deborah McConkey.

One Book food

Pictured above: some of the amazing food served at the One Book, One Province celebration held recently at McNally Robinson. All recipes are from Out of Old Saskatchewan Kitchens. Photos courtesy of One Book, One Province.

Launched by the Saskatchewan Library Association in 2017, Saskatchewan's One Book, One Province aim is to engage Saskatchewan residents with their communities through a shared story, while at the same time creating a reading culture and raising the profile of libraries and literacy organizations in the province.

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Pictured above: Amy Jo on the set of Wheatland Cafe, a cooking show on CTV, with the host CJ Katz. Photo courtesy of CTV.

Out of Old Saskatchewan Kitchens has been a perennial bestseller since it was first published in 2014.

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