AN EDIBLE JOURNEY is a pleasure on so many levels. It's a tour of Canada's Caribbean aka Vancouver Island, from the staid villages of oh-so-British Victoria, along the wild south island and up the interior warmland coast to villages of the North, with a side trip to Tofino, Capital of Storm Watching. "Fine Food, Farms, and Vineyards" only begin to define the attractions. Who knew that this cozy enclave made so many world-class wines, meads, and ciders, not only in the Cowichan Valley but including on Saturna and Denman Islands? As well as pointing out fine-dining spots like Sooke's Harbour House and Marcus' Wharfside Restaurant, the book winds through the intriguing narrow lanes of Victoria from Mirage Coffee to Cafe Brio as well as Spinnakers Brew Pub and Planet Organic. Then it's on to delectable Steeples in Shawnigan Lake. Saltspring Island could take a week to explore, beginning with Moonstruck Organic Cheese, the Garlic Festival, and the Monsoon Coast Exotic World Spices. Don't forget the Asparagus Farm, the Mushroom Guy, and the Saskatoon Berry Farm at Cowichan. Courtenay's the place for Hot Chocolates after a meal at Fanny Bay Oysters and Seafood. For the rare and unexpected, stroll the Lavender Farm and then sample the wares of the fabled Seaweed Lady. With over fifty tempting recipes contributed by dream chefs, the book is yours to enjoy over the winter until spring breezes send you on the road again. Whether you live on the island as I do, visit only in the summer, or once in a lifetime, this award-winning book is a keeper, the perfect combination of travel and information both geographical, historical, and gustatorial.