Friday, December 31, 2010

2010 Top Ten

McNally Robinson Booksellers in Saskatoon has published its list of 100 bestselling books of 2010... with Prairie Feast in 9th place! Wow!! Thanks to everyone who purchased my book -- for a gift or for themselves -- I hope you're enjoying it.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

CHAB radio "Heartland at Noon"

I grew up listening to CHAB and now I'm thrilled to be on the radio myself. I had a great chat with Rob Carnie, host of Heartland at Noon, which will air over the noon hour on Wednesday, December 8. Rob and I talked about my recent book award
and the motivation for Prairie Feast. I'll be heading to Moose Jaw next summer for the Festival of Words. See you then! 

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Terra Madre in Birch Hills

Join the world-wide celebration of local, traditional flavours on December 10, international Terra Madre Day.

I'll be joining the fun at New Ground Cafe in Birch Hills -- also an opportunity to present Prairie Feast and sign copies that might be destined as Christmas gifts (for yourself or a special someone!). According to Jenni, the menu includes scalloped potatoes, honey baked lentils and meatloaf with rhubarb pie for dessert.

When: Friday, December 10, noon-2 pm
Where: New Ground Cafe, Birch Hills

For more information or to reserve a seat, call Jenni at 306-749-2529.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Prairie Feast for Christmas

I may be biased, but I think Prairie Feast makes a wonderful gift for anyone who lives on the prairies or is new to the prairies or who loves the flavours of local food. Pick up a copy on Saturday, December 4, and I'll be happy to sign it for that special someone on your list.

Saskatoon Farmers' Market - 10-noon-ish
McNally Robinson Booksellers - 3-5 pm

Come take a look at the book and say Hello!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Saskatchewan Book Awards Winner!

Prairie Feast was honoured with the award for Best First Book at the Saskatchewan Book Awards gala on Saturday evening. It was so amazing to be chosen from among all the wonderful first-time authors in Saskatchewan over the past year.

Many thanks to my publisher, Coteau Books of Regina, and to my editor Roberta Coulter. And of course to John, my faithful dinner partner.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

"Loved It"

It's a wonderful book! Loved it from beginning to end. And the clafoutis recipe is our new favourite.

Darcie Friesen Hossack
Mennonites Don't Dance (Thistledown Press)

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

"A Reader's Feast"

Prairie Feast is more than just a book about eating close to home. It’s a reader’s feast, as well. A cookbook that reads like a memoir.
Darcie Hossack

Friday, October 29, 2010

"Cultural Tour de Force"

“Prairie Feast: A Writer’s Journey Home for Dinner” is a literary, culinary, and, dare I say a cultural tour de force.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

"An Excellent Read"

Ehman's book is an excellent read, and not just because of its Little House on the Prairie ethos. More than a diary of what went into her mouth, the book shows Ehman's commitment to the people who created the food.

Tracking them down was an experience she found as nourishing as the chanterelles, the wild blueberries and the trout she discovered
along the way.

Liane Faulder

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Edmonton LitFest

What a great time at the Edmonton at LitFest this past weekend! Here I am at the final event, a Brunch of Writers. That's me on the left with host Janice Williamson, author Candace Savage, cartoonist/author Sarah Leavitt and poet Alice Major.

Friday evening was a wonderful event called Savouries, for which Chef Gail Osbeck and her team of underprivileged youth at Kids in the Hall Bistro cooked up some recipes from Prairie Feast while I got to wax on poetically about the local bounty.

Saturday's event, Get Real, was a real experience for me, sitting on stage between two "big" thinkers, Dan Gardner and Andrew Potter. The topic: "what's authentic and true in our quest for meaningful and fulfilling lives." I won't even try to sum up the context of their comments, but mine was simple: good food, with a story to tell, prepared with love and served with pride - that's fulfilling in more ways than one!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Saskatchewan Book Awards Brunch

Prairie Feast has been nominated for two Saskatchewan Book Awards. The awards ceremony is Sat., November 27, in Regina.

For those of you in the Saskatoon area, you might enjoy the Book Awards Brunch.

What: Book Awards Brunch
When: Sun., November 21, 11 am
Where: Delta Bessborough Hotel

I'll be reading from Prairie Feast as part of the program. Brunch tickets are $25 and can be purchased at McNally Robinson, U of S Bookstore, White Cat Books, Mendel Gallery Gift Shop and Turning the Tide. See you there!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Prairie Feast in Prince Albert

I'm heading to Prince Albert for a book event at the public library - Everyone welcome! I'll bring copies of my book, so if you haven't had a chance to see it yet in Prince Albert, you can browse through the pages and pick up a copy if you like.

When: Thurs., November 4, 7:00 pm
Where: JMC Public Library, 125 - 12th St. E

Before the event, I've been invited to dine at the New Ground Cafe in Birch Hills. Jenni's creative twist on Saskatchewan ingredients is sure to put me in a good mood for the rest of the evening.

The event is sponsored by the JMC Pubic Library and the local chapter of The Council of Canadians. Thank you! 

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Heading north with Prairie Feast

A few years ago, my husband and I set off for a weekend of camping in Meadow Lake, but my car had transmission trouble outside the Battlefords and we had to turn back. So, finally, my first visit to Meadow Lake!

I was invited to read from Prairie Feast at two events on one day. First, the afternoon in  North Battleford for a book event at the public library. It was great to have the kids from Bready School in the audience asking all the right questions.

In Meadow Lake, the library organized a dessert evening at the seniors' centre, including a display of local-produced foods. Every dessert was made with a locally grown item, such as zucchini chocolate cake, baklava (dripping in honey) and pumpkin pie. I picked up a squeeze bottle of honey from the Parkland Honey Farm and a sack of potatoes. Thanks to everyone for a wonderful welcome!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

The Mix Art Show

Back in June, I was the opening act at a house concert, and last night, I was the guest artist at a studio art show. My book is really taking me to new heights!

Thanks to Debbie and everyone at The Mix Artist Collective. It was a sweet evening reading from Prairie Feast amid all that great art. The theme was "home grown" and I felt right at home!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

100 Mile Church Potluck

I always say, there's no better meal than a potluck. And that was the case at the 100-mile potluck at the Meewasin Valley United Church in Saskatoon.

Can you believe... wild goose jerky?? That was just one of the many terrific foods on the buffet table.

As the guest of honour, my table went first to the buffet. Being an author does have some privileges! Thanks to Elsie and everyone on the outreach committee for inviting me to an awesome meal.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Thin Air Literary Festival - Winnipeg

What a great time we had in Winnipeg at the Thin Air Writers Festival Sept 23 & 24. There was a good crowd at the Big Ideas series on Eating Locally at the Millennium Library.

The next day, I was invited to Brandon for a presentation at the Manitoba Institute of Culinary Arts. What a delightful place. The culinary school is located in the former nurses' residence of a mental hospital -- but it's a building right out of a movie set in 1900. Here's a picture of the dining room fireplace.

For lunch, the students and their chef instructors spread out a wonderful buffet featuring local products and many jars of preserves they made themselves, from jelly to chutney to pickles made from the bounty of their own gardens. It was a feast! Thanks everyone for the warm welcome in Winnipeg and Brandon.

Friday, September 17, 2010

"Insightful, Personal and Witty"

It's insightful, personal and witty along with being a swift kick to the head (metaphorically of course) many of us need to see what we're missing when we choose to shop at mega-marts.

Brandon Boone
Flavours Magazine

Friday, August 20, 2010

"You Can Eat Locally"

She’s made the leap and can happily tell you that you can eat locally all year round.

Noelle Chorney

Saturday, August 7, 2010

"A Love Song"

Prairie Feast is really a love song to Saskatchewan and its cuisine, imported, original, and improvised.

Bill Robertson

Monday, July 5, 2010

Saskatoon Berrry Festival

I'm a big fan of saskatoon berries (that's me, picking berries with my husband last summer) so it was about time I made it to the Saskatoon Berry Festival in Mortlach. In just three years, the folks from Mortlach have built the festival into a one-day destination of crafts and food.

I had a table outside the Hollyhock Market to promote my book -- thanks so much to owners Lois and Jack. Lucky for me, I was also intalled next to the saskatoon berry sausage grill. Yum lunch!

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Saskatchewan Environmetal Society

We were cooking at the Saskatoon Farmers' Market today (yes, it was hot) at the invitation of the Saskatchewan Environmental Society (SES). I did a reading from Prairie Feast. SIAST Chef instructor Moe Mathieu and his student, Lindsay, prepared the lentil salad from Prairie Feast, and I have to say, it never tasted better!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Book Launch in my Hometown

Thanks, Craik! We had a fabulous event last night. My my brother Tom, a singer songwriter, performed some songs from his farming tribute CD, Like Father, Like Son and I read a few stories from my book. Then we visited everyone over nibbles and Saskatchewan wine from the Cypress Hills winery. The event was part of the annual Solar Fair held at the innovative Craik Eco-Centre.

I was introduced by my high school social studies teacher, Glenn Hymers. He was my favourite teacher... well, after Mrs. Cogswell in Grade 3.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Pages Bookstore -- Calgary

Original Non-Fiction Bestseller List:

1. No Culture, No Future - Simon Brault
2. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks - Rebecca Skloot
3. Prairie Feast - Amy Jo Ehman
4. Rock and Roll Will Save Your Life - Steve Almond
5. The Beekeeper's Bible - Collins Publishing
6. Medium Raw - Anthony Bourdain
7. Leonardo's Legacy - Stefan Klein
8. Quantum - Manjit Kumar
9. The Jazz Loft Project - Sam Stephenson
10. Christianity - Diarmaid MacCulloch

Monday, June 14, 2010

Book Launch in Calgary

We had a fabulous book event June 10 in Calgary at  Pages Bookstore on Kensington. Thanks to Sara, the manager, and to everyone who came out, including some friends I hadn't seen in awhile. The cupcakes from Crave were awesome!

Friday, June 4, 2010

Prairie Feast in Swift Current

Thank you to the Southwest Naturalists for a wonderful evening at the Swift Current Museum on Thurs., June 3. I read some stories, signed some books and enjoyed good conversation over nibbles made with Saskatchewan ingredients including potato fritatta, sausages, a rhubarb cake and good hearty homemade bread.

I slept like a baby at the Green Hectares Bed & Breakfast. In the morning I hiked to the petroglyph at dawn then popped into the Dutch Bakery on Main Street. I also found a treasure in the local Goodwill store -- an additon for my collection of "tacky tourist mugs from cities in which I have drunk coffee."

Sunday, May 23, 2010

McNally Robinson Bestseller

Prairie Feast is the best selling book at McNally Robinson in Saskatoon!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Back at my Alma Mater - University of Regina

I'm so honoured to be invited back to my alma mater, the Univeristy of Regina, which launched me onto the world as a journalism graduate all those many years ago.

What: Dessert Reception
When: Thur., June 24, 7:30 pm (AGM from 6:30-7:30)
Where: Language Institute Rotunda,
2nd Floor Language Institute (map)
Tickets: $10
Register by June 18: click here.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Dinner at McNally Robinson

My book and I were guests of honour at a special dinner at McNally Robinson Booksellers last night with a menu dedicated to the foods of Saskatchewan. We started with hand-rolled potato ravioli with a fresh vegetables salsa, moved on to chicken breasts on a bed of chickpeas, winding up with saskatoon berry creme brulée. Thanks to Chef Clint and his team at McNallys for a great performance.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Prairie Feast now in Bookstores

Now it feels real!

My book has landed on the shelves of our local bookstore, McNally Robinson. It's also available at the University of Saskatchewan bookstore and, I believe, Turning the Tide Bookstore in the Broadway neighbouhood.

I hear it's also at Costo in Regina (perhaps Saskatoon, too).

In Regina, it's at the Book and Briar Patch. You can also order it online from the publisher, Coteau Books.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Regina Farmers Market

What a great way to spend a few hours -- in the sunshine at a farmers market signing books. This morning, I was at the Saskatoon Farmers' Market with Nicole from McNally Robinson Booksellers. It was great to see everyone who dropped by for a book, including Gerry from La Ronge who features in the chapter about mushrooming up north.

At the Regina Farmers' Market with Kayli of Coteau Books.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Prairie Feast on TV

While in Regina this week, I was invited to the set at CTV to tape an episode of the Wheatland Cafe with CJ Katz. We cooked a recipe from the book -- Ricotta Pie. You can't see it in this picture, but the eggs were green!

(If you're interested, I bought them at the Regina Farmers' Market)

Tune in to see the show:
Wed., May 19, between noon and 1 pm, on CTV stations around Saskatchewan.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Book Launch in Saskatoon

Prairie Feast was launched in fine style on Saturday evening with a wine and food evening at Souleio in Saskatoon. It was standing room only! Thank goodness for Sharpie... I signed a ton of books with no wrist fatigue and no smudging! Now I'm off to Regina...

Special thanks to Souleio owners and dear friends, Janis and Remi Cousyn, for a wonderful affair, and to Sue Echlin, the best ever MC with her own prairie fruit winery.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Prairie Feast on the Radio

My book and I are going on the radio. Tune in on:

Fri., May 7, between 12:30 and 1 pm
CBC Radio's Blue Sky (540 am)
Mon., May 10, between 11 and 11:30 am
News Talk Radio's John Gormley Show (650 am Saskatoon/980 am Regina)

Sunday, May 2, 2010

"Bright, Five-Star Salute"

Prairie Feast is a bright, five-star salute to all things Saskatchewan. Chronicling local pickle making, down-home recipes, berry picking adventures, and road trips to Saskatchewan food festivals, this book blends a variety of disparate food subjects into one wholesome volume.

Linda Alberta

Friday, April 30, 2010

Prairie Feast is here!

The months of editing and waiting and editing are over! My first copies of Prairie Feast arrived yesterday. Hubby and I celebrated with a truly local meal - Berkshire pork chops, potatoes fried with onions and green peppers, cucumber salad and, for dessert, chocolates (oops, make that 95% local) and a glass of bubbly wine!

Copies of Prairie Feast should be showing up in local bookstores just as soon as they get them on the shelf, and also available from the publisher Coteau Books.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Prairie Feast for Mother's Day

Prairie Feast and I will be a the Saskatoon Farmers' Market on Saturday, May 8, the day before Mother's Day. The book will be on sale at the Little Market Store and I'll be there to meet customers and sign their copies with that special inscription for Mom. I think it's the perfect gift, and she will too! 

When: Saturday, May 8, 10:00 to noonish
Where: Saskatoon Farmers' Market

Monday, April 12, 2010

Prairie Feast at McNally Robinson

I'll be hanging out with the good folks from McNally Robinson Booksellers at their table at the Saskatoon Farmers' Market on Saturday, May 15. You'll find us under the pavillion in the centre of the market square. I'll be signing books and generally visiting with everyone who drops by.

When: Saturday, May 15, 9-1 pm
Where: McNally Robinson Booksellers
at the Saskatoon Farmers' Market

Saturday, April 10, 2010

"Significant Addition to Canadian Gastronomy..."

...a wise personal narrative lush with some of the most stunningly evocative prose in our recent culinary literature – a significant addition to Canadian gastronomy writing.

Gerry Shikatani
Back cover of Prairie Feast

Monday, April 5, 2010

Prairie Feast at the Saskatoon Farmers' Market

The Saskatoon Farmers' Market is serving up dinner and Prairie Feast. Market vendors are supplying the ingredients for a wonderful Sunday dinner. The book won't be out yet, but I'll give a sneak preview by reading some of my favourite parts. The menu looks yummy:

When: Sunday, May 2, 6 pm
Where: Saskatoon Farmers' Market,
River Landing, 19th St. & Ave. B.
Tickets in advance only: $25 at the market, 306-384-6262, or email

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Opening Act - Elizabeth Shepherd

What a great gig! My book and I will be the "opening act" for Juno-nominee Elizabeth Shepherd at a house concert at The Hayloft in Saskatoon. The Hayloft is the most amazing home and intimate concert venue of singer-songwriter Carrie Catherine and her husband Curtis Olson.

When: Tuesday, June 1, 7 pm
Where: The Hayloft
Tickets: $20
For info and tickets visit The Hayloft website

By the way, Curtis's aunt and uncle, chefs Anna and Michael Olson, wrote a marvellously touching endoresment for my book. Read it here.

Friday, April 2, 2010

"Funny, Intimate"

A funny, intimate illuminating take on
eating locally.

Gina Mallet
Back cover of Prairie Feast

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Feasting at McNally Robinson Booksellers

McNally Robinson Booksellers is not only a great bookstore, it's a great cafe, and we're combining both for a wonderful local food dinner and book event. Enjoy a three course meal showcasing Saskatchewan food and beverages, with a bit of Prairie Feast for dessert!

When: Wednesday, May 19, 6:30 pm
Where: McNally Robinson Booksellers, Saskatoon
Tickets: Must be purchased in advance, $37.50.

Please note that you needn't partake in the dinner in order to enjoy this event. Seating will be provided for those who wish to attend the reading portion of the evening only.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Potluck and Prairie Feast - Regina

I always say the best meals are potlucks. So what better way to introduce my new book!

The Regina Eco-Network is hosting a community potluck dinner to launch Prairie Feast to the "green" folks of Regina and area.

When: Wed., May 12, 6 pm
Where: Cathedral Neighbourhood Centre, 2900 13th Ave.

Bring plate, cultery and a dish to share.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Book Launch in Toronto

I'm so excited to be having a book launch at Gilead Café in Toronto, where chef Jamie Kennedy is a master at using local Ontario foods in his kitchen. We'll be joined (hopefully) by authors Gina Mallet and Gerry Shikatani, as well as west coast CBC broadcaster Don Genova, all of whom have read advance copies of the book and wrote nice endorsements for the back cover.

The MC for the evening will be my friend Marcia Young, the voice of CBC's The World This Hour.

When: Sunday, May 30, 4-6 pm.
Where: Gilead Café, 4 Gilead Place, Toronto
Bonus: Jamie Kennedy's famous french fries!

Don't you just love all the canned goods in this picture?
Toronto Star image. Read the Star article about Gilead Café.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Book Launch in Regina

If you're in Regina, please come out for an evening of food and wine to launch Prairie Feast.

When: Tuesday, May 11, 7 pm
Where: The Waterford Showhome, Munro Homes in Harbour Landing Subdivision
Tickets: $24 in advance, available at at Body Fuel Organics (1307A Ottawa St.) and at Coteau Books (2517 Victoria Ave.)

We'll be joined by two special guests, CJ Katz of the popular e-zine Savour Life, and Ada Bennett, manager of Regina's farmers market.

Ticket sales for this event are closed.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

"Funny and Heartwarming"

A delightful and charming journey through Saskatchewan’s best foods and food traditions. Funny and heartwarming, and inspiration for anyone who wants to eat ‘real food’.

Don Genova
Back cover of Prairie Feast

Monday, March 1, 2010

"Appetizing Prose"

Amy Jo Ehman presents a refreshing injection of pure prairie logic - with her appetizing prose, Amy coaxes out some of our richest Saskatchewan memories, inspiring us to revisit its new bounty.

Anna and Michael Olson
Back cover of Prairie Feast

Monday, February 22, 2010

"Rediscovering the Roots of a Daily Ritual"

Prairie Feast taps into a universal desire to find ourselves, our community and our history
through the food we eat.

It’s not about miles or greenhouse gasses or
“doing the right thing” (although that is a bonus), but about rediscovering the roots of a daily ritual that nourishes us body, mind and soul.

The Author