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May 30 2000 Cooking (Raincoast)
Chef, restaurateur, bestselling cookbook author, and vivacious bonne vivante, Diane Clement has lived a life immersed in the culinary culture of Canada's West Coast. But she hasn't been confined to the kitchen. Along with her husband, Doug Clement, a noted authority on sports medicine and an enthusiastic dining companion, she has travelled the world, sampling the fare each country has to offer and meeting fascinating people from all walks of life. In this combination cookbook and memoir, she looks back on five decades of favourite recipes and fond, food-related memories and presents them all with infectious exuberance. Each of the more than 150 recipes reflects its era, from inspired variations on tried-and-true standards such as meatloaf and tuna casserole from the fifties, through the fusion dishes of the nineties. A sampling of recipes from other food authorities such as John Bishop and Bonnie Stern completes this sparkling retrospective of mouthwatering delights from one of western Canada's best-loved food authorities.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Raincoast Books (May 30 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1551922924
  • ISBN-13: 978-1551922928
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 19 x 3.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 771 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #449,154 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Diane welcomes us into her life through her delicious memories. We're embraced by her passion for food, travel and life, and delighted by her sense of humour (and the banana bread is fantastic!)." -- Bonnie Stern

"Leafing through this book, I was struck by how it gathers all that Diane is committed to and holds dear: family, friends, food and adventure. It's a walk down memory lane with restaurants on both sides. Zest for Life is a true reflection of her philosophy of living and enjoying life." -- Umberto Menghi

"My culinary life changed radically when I met Diane Clement 971 trip, ran the Grenfell flying doctor service in Labrador before settling in Whitehorse. His love of adventure and physical vigour, of relationships between fellow travellers, is evident in this appreciative account of one of the north's great spirits." -- The Globe and Mail

"Peter Steele's account of those eight full decades is informed by his own travels in the North. These imbue this saga with an immediacy other, more sedentary wriers would have missed.

The exhaustive - but unobtrusive - library research is just as impressive, as is the humane insight of a physician who has spent most of his adult life serving in the North. The Man Who Mapped the Arctic will likely become an outstanding classic on the crowded shelves of books about Arctic exploration.

It's a major accomplishment for the author - and the Yukon. Steele has set the literary bar significantly higher for all of us." -- The Yukon News

"The stuff of myth comes from a book like this.

I was most fascinated by the cumulative effect of the enormous quotidian detail author Peter Steele has brought to his subject. His wide-ranging research gives us a thorough sampling not only of Back's journals but of others' writing at the same time, and informative and appealing conjecture on 'what it must have been like,' the dark, cold forts, the starving natives camped outside, the fearsome ice, the intense hope aroused by a single first ray of spring sunshine. I was grateful for the generous excerpts from both Back's and others' journals that Steele includes in his account. Back's energy and buoyancy, his open appreciation of nature and women along the way, his sometimes tight-lipped, sometimes defiant descriptions of personalities unlike his own reveal him as a charming, optimistic, utterly intrepid, difficult and hot-blooded character.

Author Peter Steele is a doctor and the mountaineer who wrote Doctor on Everest on the ill-fated 1971 trip. He ran the Grenfell flying doctor service in Labrador before settling in Whitehorse. His love of adventure and physical vigour, of rough tripping and the psychological relationships between fellow travellers, is evident in this appreciative and finely researched account of the life of George Back, one of the north's great spirits. -- The Globe and Mail --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Diane Clement is formerly the owner and operator of the Tomato Fresh Food Cafe in Vancouver. In addition to writing cookbooks, she appears regularly on television and radio, and as guest chef at West Coast cooking schools. She studied at La Varenne, Paris --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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