In 1970 Marie Nightingale authored Out of Old Nova Scotia Kitchens, a recipe collection destined to be a classic. Fast-forward 45 years and Craig Flinn brings us Out of New Nova Scotia Kitchens. As the title promises, we find today’s favourites, reflective of the province and its people.
The book is presented, not by courses or ingredients, but by season, plus year-round recipes – an effective way to encourage us to buy locally and seasonally. Flinn offers typical dishes and ingredients, but presented in his own, fresh way. Seafood Chowder has a puréed soup base, Lobster Rolls have a flavourful sauce, and Strawberry Shortcake has a wine glaze. Flinn’s Mac and Cheese features a combo of artisanal cheeses plus good ol’ Velveeta.
The photos are beautiful, although many have a recipe over top. This is a fun, inspirational, accessible cookbook compelling the reader to immediately head for the kitchen.
Out of New Nova Scotia Kitchens: Best-loved East Coast dishes for today
by Craig Flinn
$24.95, hardcover, 160 pp.
Formac Publishing, September 2015