Tawâw: Progressive Indigenous Cuisine by Shane Chartrand and Jennifer Cockrall-King

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  • mjes on August 31, 2021

    Leek-ash-coated Artic char with black garlic mushrooms and squash puree (pg 164). Pheasant broth and bison bone broth were replaced by chicken broth - to the detriment of flavor I suspect. I skipped the puffed fried rice garnish. It was taken me a while to appreciate the use of ash in cooking but this is an excellent example of where ash is the appropriate counterpoint to the char. Recommended.

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  • ISBN 10 1487005121
  • ISBN 13 9781487005122
  • Published Oct 01 2019
  • Format Hardcover
  • Page Count 304
  • Language English
  • Countries Canada
  • Publisher Ambrosia

Publishers Text

Tawâw [ta-wow; Cree]: "Welcome, there is room."

Indigenous cuisine, like other aspects of Indigenous cultures, is now reawakening with a fresh vitality and creative energy unlike anything we've seen in decades. With Tawâw: Progressive Indigenous Cuisine, acclaimed chef Shane Chartrand hopes to ignite the imagination of a new generation of culinary talent who will create a more inclusive understanding of what it means to cook, eat, and share food in our homes, in our communities, and in our restaurants.

Born to Cree parents and raised by a Métis father and Mi'kmaq/British mother, Chartrand has spent the past fifteen years honing his culinary skills and learning about his history, visiting with other First Nations peoples, gathering and sharing knowledge and stories, and creating dishes that combine his diverse interests and express his unique personality. The result is Tawâw, a gorgeous book that traces Chartrand's culinary journey from his childhood in Central Alberta, where he learned to raise livestock, hunt, and fish on his family's acreage, to his current position as executive chef at the acclaimed SC Restaurant in the River Cree Resort & Casino in Enoch, Alberta, on Treaty 6 Territory.

Containing over seventy-five recipes along with personal stories, interviews with Chartrand's culinary influences and family members, and contemporary and archival photographs of his journey, Tawâw is part cookbook, part exploration of ingredients and techniques, and part chef's personal journal -- a visionary book that will invite readers to leaf through its pages for ideas, education, recipes, and inspiration.

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