Okanagan cookbook author signs with Random House

Jennifer Schell will release a hard-cover cookbook that focuses on winery families and traditions

If you have an interest in Okanagan food or wine, you’ve likely heard of Jennifer Schell.

Born and raised in a Kelowna farming family, Schell was always tuned in to the agricultural offerings of the valley. When she focused her attention and camera lens on the creative men and women who work behind the scenes at local restaurants and wineries, she cooked up something special.

Schell is the author of the Butcher, Baker, Wine and Cheese Maker series of cookbooks. They’ve won international awards and the kudos of just about every high profile foodie in B.C.

Now she’s on to something new and has the backing of Random House, the biggest publisher in the world.

“I’ve completed the writing and have a couple more photos to do, but I’m excited,” she said. “I’ve been sent the table of contents, and we’re calling it the BC Wine Lovers’ Cookbook. It’s cute. I’m really excited about this angle.”

Schell explained that this time around she’s not doing a chef-centric cookbook, she’s taking a closer look at the cultural ties that bind this valley’s winemakers together.

READ MORE: GARIGISTE WINE MAKERS BROUGHT TOGETHER

“I’ve used recipes from people, reflecting culture and food. It paints a unique portrait of the industry in B.C. and there’s a huge range of (cultural influence,)” she said. “It’s such a Canadian story… We have recipes from Israel, Spain, Italy France. Everyone has shared family-friendly recipes and some came on photographed recipe cards, with grandma writing — I love it. It’s a celebration of these men and women who shared these recipes.”

As such, some of the recipes are named in the honour of the family member who originally passed down the recipe.

She’s also asked the participants in this most recent book to offer some insight

“ I’ve asked people what’s the story behind the recipe,” she said, adding that some are embedded in the traditions of harvest while others are family classics.

“I love the idea that these dishes are traditions … I am excited to present a deeper picture of the people and their stories and their. It’s such a wonderful, passion-filled group of people.”

The cookbook will be a hardcover and available next spring.

To report a typo, email:
newstips@kelownacapnews.com
.


@KelownaNewsKat
kmichaels@kelownacapnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Cuteness overload: duckling thinks dog is its mom

Photographer Fiona Hook shot a cute video after noticing one of her ducklings had taken a special liking to her dog.

Fire near Vernon airport “not a concern”

Vernon firefighters attended the scene and found a resident performing a controlled burn

Keep an eye on this up-and-coming Vernon director

15-year-old Bowen O’Brien celebrates filmmaking successes.

Visiting author gets personal

Keri Lefave will be reading from her book, Unfinished, at the Vernon Public Library on Saturday, April 27th at 11 a.m.

Vernon poet launches new book

Kerry Gilbert’s new work, a cautionary tale through the guise of little red riding hood, will launch at the Caetani Cultural Centre’s Studio Gallery April 26 at 7 p.m.

Update: Fire destroys Peachland home on Somerset Avenue

Crews are still on scene pumping water onto the blaze

Sons of Anarchy’s Kim Coates stops by Okanagan café

Coates was spotted in West Bank’s Kekuli Café on April 20

B.C. women make 2,200 cabbage rolls for charity

The money raised was donated to former NHL player Aaron Volpatti, who is raising funds for ALS

Deck collapses in Langley during celebration, 35 people injured

Emergency responders rushed to the Langley home

B.C. mom wages battle to get back four kids taken from her in Egypt

Sara Lessing of Mission has help from Abbotsford law firm

B.C. mountain biker sent home from hospital twice, despite broken vertebrae

Released in Maple Ridge to go home with three fractured vertebrae

Seven tips to travel safely this Easter long weekend

An average of three people are killed, and hundreds more injured, each Easter long weekend in B.C.

Seattle’s 4-20 ‘protestival’ enjoys tolerance, some support – and B.C. could do the same

Seattle’s Hempfest a large-scale occasions with vendors, prominent musical acts and thousands of attendees

Parents say Austrian climber missing in Banff National Park ‘lived his dream’

David Lama, Hansjorg Auer and American climber Jess Roskelley have been missing since Wednesday

Most Read