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The Cookbook Company's Gail Norton recommends 2 titles Calgary foodies have been craving

The Calgary cookbook store owner suggests aspiring foodies check out a book about Alberta cuisine and a book about knives.
The Cookbook Company has been a Calgary fixture for over three decades. (Submitted by Gail Norton)

The Cookbook Company in Calgary has been in business since 1984 and Gail Norton has been there since day one. 

That's more than 30 years of celebrating the best of Albertan cuisine and culinary writing. Today, The Cookbook Company boasts a cooking school, a catering department and more.

With all that expertise in mind, Shelagh Rogers checked in with Norton about some of the titles local foodies have been craving. 

Food Artisans of Alberta by Karen Anderson and Matilde Sanchez-Turri

Karen Anderson and Tilly Sanchez-Turri co-wrote the book, Food Artisans of Alberta, which they're calling a love letter to Alberta producers. (Ellis Choe/CBC)

"It's a really cool book because you can have one at home and one in your car. And if you find yourself anywhere on the byways of Alberta — over 660,000 square kilometres they covered — you'll have a little snapshot of the food scene [there]. Karen and Matilde lay it out in this fun, readable way that makes discovering Alberta and all of its fantastic food producers, retailers, etc. easy in a handbook-form. It's been popular. Everyone is interested in food and wants to know about their local food community and this book fits that bill." 

The Knifenerd Guide to Japanese Knives by Kevin Kent

Kevin Kent is the owner of Knifewear and has a longstanding fascination with handcrafted Japanese knives. (Long Ladder Media)

"I love the title! Kevin Kent, who owns eight stores that specialize in selling knives, started selling knives on the back of his bike — going around to different chefs. One of the best quotes is that his plan was no different than the guy at college who sells weed so he can smoke some for free. He wanted to sell knives so he could have this fantastic knife collection [of his own]. It's a super fun read. It's got full-colour photographs of both the process of knife-making as well as portraits of the knife makers that are in the midst of bashing their knives and doing the hand forging. It's about something that we use practically every day, several times a day." 

Some images of the interior of Gail Norton's store The Cookbook Company in Calgary. (Submitted by Gail Norton)

Gail Norton's comments have been edited for clarity and length.


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