The Salmon Recipes is not so much a cookbook, although it is an excellent one, as a luscious visual and mental experience. Combining stunningly beautiful photography, a few Susan Musgrave poems, First Nations' reminisces of harvesting and other experiences of the sea, and wonderfully practical recipes, this is not just Cookbook of the Season, but deserves a BC book award.

 

Edited by Luanne Roth and published by the Prince Rupert Environmental Society, The Salmon Recipes is subtitled Stories of Our Endangered North Coast Cuisine. An added bonus is that there are not only a multitude of salmon recipes but a cornucopia of seafood recipes from the many different cultures that cling to the coast as a sustainable way of way. The recipes, although exotic, are mostly simple to prepare, and come with explicit instructions, great for those of us who are somehow unhandy in the kitchen.

You can join in the celebration and enjoy this refreshing experience by ordering at www.saveourskeenasalmon.org. $19.95 including shipping, or ask your bookstore to order it through Heritage Group Distribution. This book is totally perfect for gifting this season. As the publisher says, for British Columbians it tells "the story of all we will lose if the Enbridge project invades our North Coast." It is the story of a deep love affair with this coast.