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Michele Genest Brings 'The Boreal Feast' to the Prairies!

Posted: Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 3:03pm

Catch Yukon-based author Michele Genest as she tours the prairies with her wildly popular northern cookbook, The Boreal Feast: A Culinary Journey through the North.

Michele will be participating in the following events in the coming weeks:


Thursday, October 16 - "Circling the North" event at Wordfest, 6pm to 7:30pm, Festival Hall – 1215 10 ave SE: Michele joins conservationists Jennifer Kingsley, James Raffan and Kathleen Winter as they reflect on the beauty, vulnerability and often-invisible presence of the arctic. Hosted by Jamie Clarke. Tickets are $35. Northern Nibblies included. To purchase tickets or for more info, go to

Friday, October 17 - "Food and Culture" event at Wordfest, noon to 1pm, Theatre Junction Grand: Featuring Michele Genest and Kim Thúy. Tickets are $15, or $13 for seniors, students and Friends of CJSW. To purchase tickets and for more information, go to


Saturday, October 18 - "Savour the Words with Michele Genest" event at Litfest, 9am to 11am, Stanley A. Milner Library: A two-hour workshop in which Michele will discuss ways to clarify and articulate a personal taste and approach to food. Hosted by Theresa Agnew. Tickets are $25 for adults, $10 for students. For more info or to purchase tickets, visit

Saturday, October 18 - "Boreal Feast” event at Edmonton Litfest, 1:30pm to 3:30pm, Strathcona County Library: Michele will take listeners on a journey through Norway, Finland, and Sweden to discover what northern peoples around the world do with the same wild ingredients that live and grow in the North American boreal forest. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students, and group discounts available for group of 10 or more. For more info, and to purchase tickets, visit

Saturday, October 18 - "Food Matters" event at Edmonton Litfest, 5pm to 9pm, Glasshouse Bistro, Enjoy Centre: Also featuring Chef Shane Chartrand and Eliza Reid, "Food Matters 2014" mines the hottest food trend right now — northern Canadian and Nordic cuisine — with discussions and tastings with these three food mavens, moderated by Liane Faulder, food writer at The Edmonton Journal. Tickets for "Food Matters" are $25 for adults and $10 for students. Please note: Following "Food Matters" stay for a special multi-course table d’hôte dinner at The Glasshouse Bistro (separate reservations required; table d’hôte meal not included in Food Matters ticket), inspired by the North. To reserve, call 780-651-7361. For more info, go to


Saturday, October 25 - Book signing at McNally Robinson Winnipeg, 1pm to 3pm, 1120 Grant Avenue: Join Michele as she signs copies of The Boreal Feast. Free. For more info, contact the bookstore at 204-475-0483.


Sunday, October 26 - Book signing at McNally Robinson Saskatoon, 2pm to 4pm, 3130-8th Street East: Join Michele as she signs copies of The Boreal Feast. Free. For more info, contact the bookstore at 306-955-3599.

Monday, October 27 - Demonstration class at Saskatoon Farmers' Market, 6pm to 8:30pm: Michele shares the techniques, culinary secrets and signature flavours behind some of her most popular dishes from her new book. Recipe handouts will be provided. Tickets: $55.00 plus GST. Limited seating. Tickets available only at the Farmers' Market office. For more info, go to

The Boreal Feast is the follow-up to Michele Genest’s bestselling cookbook The Boreal Gourmet, which received silver in Taste Canada’s Food Writing Awards in 2011. With the same sense of adventure and commitment to using the wild and cultivated foods of the boreal forest, Genest’s new book focuses on seasonal feasts. She explores how cultures across the North, from the Yukon to Scandinavia, use boreal ingredients like lingonberries, wild mushrooms, herbs, flowers, game and fish in traditional and contemporary feasts and celebrations.

Genest’s gorgeously illustrated book provides recipes for all kinds of different feasts—from the elaborate Feast for the Family Reunion for ten to a small Forage Party in the bush—alongside the stories and experiences that inspired her to include each one. She relates eye-opening moments from her recent journey to Sweden, Norway and Finland, as well as memorable tales from twenty years of life in the Yukon. The result is a beautifully layered cookbook that not only provides recipes for celebrating the beloved Swedish tradition of fika (an afternoon coffee break), but also tells the story of fikas enjoyed across the North, from a mushroom-picking expedition near Umeå, Sweden, to a construction site in Whitehorse.

Michele Genest has lived in Whitehorse since 1994, where she moved from her hometown of Toronto in search of winter. She has written about food and culture for the past twenty-five years, and cooked ever since she can remember. Her past experience includes a four-year stint as dining editor of enRoute Magazine, and another as chief dishwasher and fish-gutter in a restaurant on a small Greek island. She writes a regular cooking column for Yukon, North of Ordinary Magazine, and her print credits include the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, the Montreal Gazette, Up Here, enRoute, Flare and Geist.