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Fraiche Food, Full Hearts

A cookbook by Jillian Harris & Tori Wesszer.

Jillian Harris & Tori Wesszer

Living a stone's throw from each other, cousins Jillian and Tori grew up in a tight-knit family and were brought up like sisters. Fraiche Food, Full Hearts offers a peek into their lives and the recipes that have fed their families through the years. Instilled with a love of cooking at an early age by their granny, the kitchen is a place of fond memories and everyday home cooked meals. Like most families, their celebrations revolve around food — from birthdays, Valentine's Day, and Mother's Day to Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Eve.

Fraiche Food, Full Hearts includes over 100 heart-warming recipes — from breakfasts, soups, salads, veggies, sides and mains to snacks, appetizers, drinks and desserts — for everyday meals, along with celebration menus and ideas for casual gatherings with family and friends. Gorgeously designed with dreamy full-colour photography throughout, the recipes also incorporate vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options. You'll find dishes like West Coast Eggs Benny, Vanilla Cherry Scones, Harvest Kale Salad, Squash Risotto with Fried Sage, Granny's Beet Rolls, Cedar-Plank Salmon Burgers, Veggie Stew with Dumplings, Cherry Sweetheart Slab Pie and Naked Coconut Cake. (From Penguin Canada)

From the book

Most people think we are sisters, but the truth is we are cousins — our moms are sisters. We grew up spending every possible moment together, going on any crazy adventure we could, and forever trying to match each other, from coordinated socks to matching yellow bikinis.

Our childhood was awesome. We were both very responsible kids and mature for our age, so we were given a lot of liberty. It was a bit crazy! Once, when Tori was 16 (the ink on her driver's licence was still wet) and Jillian was 14, we went camping by ourselves in Tori's mom's mini van. Leaving from a family reunion in northern ALberta, we spent a week camping our way through the Rockies with a tent. Of course, that was long before cell phones, and we were too young for credit cards, so we relied on a bit of cash and a few pay phones to call home here and there to let everyone know we were still alive. We were nearly eaten by a bear in Banff, and Tori saved Jillian from choking on a tomato during a giggling fit (good thing for the Heimlich manoeuvre!), but we had so much fun.


From Fraiche Food, Full Hearts by Jillian Harris & Tori Wesszer ©2019. Published by Penguin Canada.

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