Schell: Cookbook highlights valley foods

New cookbook looks at the people behind local Okanagan foods and wines.

Exciting news. My cookbook will be delivered this week from the printer.


For the past five months, I have been roaring around the valley interviewing, photographing and visiting the incredible people in our food and wine community.


In their honour, this cookbook is called The Butcher, The Baker, The Wine & Cheese Maker-—An Okanagan Cookbook. More than a cookbook, it is a celebration of the Okanagan Valley’s best chefs, farmers, artisans and winemakers.


As the cover shows, the book not only contains wonderful recipes but stories about the talented people behind the menus, their passions and how their relationships have created a unique Okanagan cuisine.


I am so thrilled to have the opportunity to introduce these talented, passionate people to you and have the chance to tell you their stories.


A farmer’s daughter myself, I am particularly happy to see the renaissance of ideals that has been occurring in our community.


The farmers are the most vital link in the food chain and the community is learning that buying direct from them supports the community as well as their own good health.

With more than120 contributors, including a combination of our celebrated chefs recipes and those from the farm, this book will introduce the reader to the people and traditions of the Okanagan Valley that is quickly establishing itself as a culinary destination.

The book is available on my website or email

I will also be attending many events over the next two months starting with the Fabulous Finds show at Summerhill Winery.

As a fan of this amazing craft show, I am excited to participate this year. There will be various people from the book who will be stopping in and offering samples of their delicious wares and signing the book. The event takes place Friday (Nov. 1) from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday (Nov. 2) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Next week I look forward to presenting the finished cookbook to the Okanagan Chefs Association. The association hasbeen extremely supportive during the creation of this cookbook, sharing its time and many of its chefs’ recipes.

A portion of the proceeds from sales of the book will be donated to the newly created FarmGate Foundation. These funds will be the seed money to launch this latest initiative in cooperation with the Okanagan Chefs Association.

The FarmGate Foundation is focused on feeding our future with community gardens, an initiative for growing food for donation to needy organizations, educational opportunities, cooking demonstrations and building the relationships of the farmers, the community and the land.

I will also be at Ballet Kelowna’s Hot Holiday Homes Nov. 9,10, Mission Hill Winery’s open house Nov. 10, Summerland’s Light Up The Vines (at Silk Scarf Winery) Dec. 1, Naramata’s Christmas Craft Show Dec. 2 and Big Reds at Big White Dec. 7, 8.


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