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Your mom is more than just “mom.” This holiday season, we encourage you to go beyond the gift guide. If you’re looking for personal gift recommendations for the people in your life, with all their unique quirks and interests and dreams, you should shop at indie bookstores.

This week, we asked three Canadian indie booksellers what gifts they would recommend for the person who throws the best dinner parties.

Each recommendation is as unique as the store that made it. Are you shopping for this person in your life? Use the “Shop Local” button to find this book near you or visit your local indie bookstore for their gift recommendations today! 

From The Book Keeper in Sarnia, ON:

Hearth & Home: Cook, Share, and Celebrate Family-Style

Written by Lynn Crawford and Lora Kirk
Published by Penguin Random House Canada

Chefs Lynn Crawford and Lora Kirk share their favourite family-style recipes for everyday cooking and casual celebrations at home. Creating a family meal: setting the table, sharing dishes passed around the table in large bowls or platters and enjoying it with one another is cooking at its best. Cook together and eat together—it just does not get any better than that. Sitting down and enjoying a meal together is one of the greatest gifts we can give one another.

Lynn Crawford is a highly acclaimed celebrity chef and author of the bestselling cookbook Lynn Crawford's Pitchin' In, a Gourmand World Cookbook Award winner. She is one of the most high-profile chefs in the country and has been invited to cook, speak, and mentor chefs and food lovers across North America.

Lora Kirk is a Canadian chef, restaurateur, consultant, and food activist from Toronto. She is regarded as one of Canada’s leading chefs. Chef Lora has an impressive culinary resume, having worked as a chef internationally for over twenty years.

From McNally Robinson in Winnipeg, MB and Saskatoon, SK:

À Table: Recipes for Cooking and Eating the French Way

Written by Rebekah Peppler
Published by Chronicle Books

In this book, New York Times contributing writer Rebekah Peppler shares 125 elegant, new French recipes that reflect a modern, multicultural French table. With approachable recipes, a conversational tone, and aspirational photography, À Table contains secrets for cooking simple, sophisticated meals and recreating the magic and charm of French life anywhere in the world.

Rebekah Peppler is a Paris-based food writer, stylist, and author. She is the author of the James Beard Award-nominated Aperitif: Cocktail Hour the French Way and Honey, a Short Stack Edition. Her recipes and food writing appear widely, including in Vanity Fair, Bon Appetit, Real Simple, Food Network, and more.

From Western Sky Books in Port Coquitlam, BC:

tawâw: Progressive Indigenous Cuisine
Written by Shane M. Chartrand with Jennifer Cockrall-King
Published by House of Anansi Press

Born to Cree parents and raised by a Métis father and Mi’kmaw-Irish mother, Shane M. Chartrand spent ten years learning about his history, visiting with other First Nations peoples, gathering and sharing knowledge, and creating dishes that combine his interests and express his personality. The result is a book that traces Chartrand’s culinary journey. Containing over seventy-five recipes along with personal stories, culinary influences, and interviews, tawâw is part cookbook, part exploration of ingredients and techniques, and part chef’s personal journal.

Shane M. Chartrand, of the Enoch Cree Nation, is at the forefront of the re-emergence of Indigenous cuisine in North America. Raised in central Alberta, Chartrand relocated to Edmonton as a young man to pursue culinary training. He has since earned several awards and accolades and is now the Executive Chef and GM at the acclaimed SC Restaurant at the River Cree Resort & Casino on Treaty 6 territory in Enoch, AB.

Jennifer Cockrall-King is an award-winning independent food writer, lecturer, and editor. Her previous books include Food and the City: Urban Agriculture and the New Food Revolution and Food Artisans of the Okanagan: Your Guide to the Best Locally Crafted Fare. Her writing has appeared in publications across North America.

Thank you to the booksellers who provided recommendations this time around. We'll be back next week with another edition of Ask the Booksellers!


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