French taste subject of new book from CBU Press

Food culture, recipes a “gastronomic history”

Cape Breton University Press will introduce its latest publication at the Cape Breton Farmers’ Market on Saturday, October 6, between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

French Taste in Atlantic Canada 1604-1758: A Gastronomic History / Le goût Français au Canada atlantique 1604-1758 : Une Histoire Gastronomique, by Anne Marie Lane Jonah and Chantal Véchambre, has been published by CBU Press in collaboration with Parks Canada.

Through stories, images and recipes – in English and French – French Taste in Atlantic Canada is a study of early French cuisine in the region.

The book is an exploration of how the first generations of French who settled in the region learned about, reacted to and began to work with local food knowledge and ingredients. Understanding how people used the food around them, how they combined it with imported foods and techniques, and how they adapted and shared that knowledge, opens a door to the everyday world of the French explorers and colonists in what would become Atlantic Canada.

For 21st-century readers, a book about food and culture would be incomplete without the means to experience them; the authors and consultants behind French Taste in Atlantic Canada have studied, recreated and tested dozens of recipes and menus to suit every taste and interest to make this book a treasured addition to historians and food lovers alike.

Anne Marie Lane Jonah has been staff historian for Parks Canada at the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site since 2003. A native of Toulouse, but long-time Parisienne, Chantal Véchambre, is a chef certified in cuisine, pastry and chocolate.

The book is making its way into local stores this week. The authors will be at the Farmers’ Market for book signing and a sampling of historic hot chocolate.

The Cape Breton Farmers’ Market, open 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday, is located at 340 Keltic Drive in Sydney River.