Wednesday, February 27

Just in Time for Maple Syrup Season, This Cookbook Puts Canada on the Global Map While Boosting Canadian Pride

Location: Trenanthia Cottage located in Muskoka, Ontario, Canada (90 min north of Toronto)

Did you hear about the Canadian cookbook containing only maple syrup recipes which took top honours in the Cookbook of the Year?

Chef and author Martin Picard, author of Cabane a Sucre Au Pied de Cochon,
with the book that took an international cookbook competition by storm 

Well, it's true. Martin Picard's Cabane à Sucre Au Pied de Cochon pummelled the competition at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards in Paris.

Picard, who owns and presides over the kitchen at Au Pied de Cochon in Montreal, penned Au Pied de Cochon Sugar Shack (the title's English version) a nearly 400-page celebration of Canada's national food that has as much to offer to connoisseurs as it does to the curious. The book is a delightful hybrid - part recipes, part artful photos, and part culinary encyclopaedia as one reviewer put it - that pays tribute to Canada´s rare commodity, reminding readers that maple syrup is as unusual and sought-after as truffles or caviar.

Along with hockey and snow sports, maple syrup ranks fairly high on the list of Things of Which Canadians are Most Proud :)

As Canadians ourselves, we have to say we reacted to news of Picard's award with considerable pride.  The whole Trenanthia Cottage family is so tickled by the honour that we're planning to purchase a few cases of maple syrup from local producers and share them with our guests this maple syrup season

What's your favourite maple syrup recipe?

Share, share, share, as your mother used to say.