In Pantry and Palate, journalist Simon Thibault explores his Acadian roots by scouring old family recipes, ladies’ auxiliary cookbooks, and folk wisdom for 50 of the best-loved recipes of Acadians past and present. Recipes run the gamut, from the art of pickling beets to old-fashioned foodways such as rendering lard and cooking with head cheese, to Acadian staples like Classic French Canadian Tourtière and Seafood Chowder, and a delicious roster of desserts from Rhubarb Custard Pie to Acadian Panna Cotta.
Including essays celebrating the stories behind the recipes, a foreword by bestselling author Naomi Duguid (Taste of Persia), and photos by noted food photographer Noah Fecks (The Up South Cookbook), Pantry and Palate is magnifique from page to plate.
Simon Thibault is a Halifax-based journalist and radio producer whose work focuses on food. His written work has been featured in The Globe and Mail and East Coast Living. He has contributed to CBC Radio, and The Southern Foodways Alliance’s Gravy podcast. He was also a judge for the 2015 James Beard Foundation’s Cookbook Awards. This is his first book.
Noah Fecks is a professional travel, hospitality, and portrait photographer residing in Brooklyn, NY. He has appeared as a guest host with National Geographic Television for the documentary Eat: The Story of Food, and as a featured culinarian on the video series Make Me a Sandwich. Noah recently authored his first book, The Way We Ate, and is currently working on a second title. Noah’s recent clients include The New York Times, Clarkson Potter, Coca-Cola, Rizzoli New York, and Samsung. He enjoys vintage magazines, Seattle, and mismatched silverware.