Evaleen Jaager Roy had a vision. Take one glorious west coast garden described and photographed through the seasons, add four celebrity chefs with seasonal, locally-inspired recipes, and add unique ideas for “living slow” and enjoying each moment in this magical part of the world. The result: the just-released Four Chefs One Garden.
Part cookbook, part gardening primer, Four Chefs One Garden is a love poem to Vancouver, told in flowers and fettuccini. In her unique debut, the Vancouver native traces one year spent in her terraced, ocean view garden and her kitchen. The book weaves together gardening ideas from some of the West Coast’s leading gardeners, including Brian Minter of Minter Gardens and includes seasonal recipes from some of the city’s leading chefs, including Umberto Menghi, Michel Jacob, Tojo and Vikram Vij.
Lush photography shows the march of Vancouver’s changing seasons, both in the garden, where spring rains lead to summer roses, and in the kitchen, where Tuscan salads give way to spicy winter curries. Learn more about Evaleen’s book, the fabulous chefs, guest gardeners and her quest to live slow on Canada’s West Coast.
“One year ago, I walked away from the boardroom, overnight flights and Blackberries and stepped into my garden,” says author, Evaleen Jaager Roy. “And bit by bit, as spring turned to summer and summer to fall, the world began to slow down. I was left with a few simple joys: the joy of digging in the dirt and watching things grow and the joy of cooking – taking the best of each season and turning it into sustenance and celebration with the people I love.”