Where People Feast: An Indigenous People’s Cookbook

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As proprietors of the Lilget Feast House, the only First Nations fine dining establishment of its kind, Dolly Watts and her daughter Annie specialize in indigenous cuisine that is both traditional and modern.

Available in paperback only.  Where People Feast: An Indigenous People’s Cookbook, by Dolly and Annie Watts.  2007, 192 pages

The food traditions of North America’s indigenous peoples are centuries-old and endure to this day. Feasts that include a bounty of land and sea are the focal point of celebrations and ceremonies; for many, food is what connects family, community and the afterlife. Where People Feast, one of the few indigenous cookbooks available, focuses on Native cuisine of the Pacific Northwest, which takes advantage of the area’s abundant seafood, game, fruits and vegetables—with ingrediaents both exotic (oolichan, venison, grouse) and common (salmon, crab, berries). As proprietors of the Lilget Feast House, the only First Nations fine dining establishment of its kind, Dolly Watts and her daughter Annie specialize in indigenous cuisine that is both traditional and modern; many recipes are steeped in Native history, while other are contemporary takes that acknowledge other cuisines both near and far.
 
The book includes 16 full-color photographs, and over 150 delectable dishes that can be easily replicated by chefs at home; the authors also offer plenty of handy suggestions and substitution ideas. Recipes include Smoked Salmon Mousses, Crab & Corn Soup, Indian Tacos, Venison Meatballs, Alder-Grilled Breast of Pheasant, Butter Pecan Scallops, Blackberry-Glazed Beets, Wild Rice Pancakes, Seaweed and Salmon Roe Soup, and Wild Berry Crisp.
 
For twelve years, Dolly Watts (Gitk’san First Nation) and her daughter Annie (Gitk’san and Nuu-chah-nulth) ran the Liliget Feast House in Vancouver, the only First Nations fine dining establishment of its kind which received rave reviews, including a four-star rating from the New York Times.
 
Robette says, “Liliget Feast House was my favorite restaurant on the whole planet—it was one of a kind. I was so bummed when I heard it had closed. Cooking from these recipes is like a rendezvous with a beloved friend.”

Publisher: Arsenal Pulp Press
Culture group: Pacific North Coast of Canada