This book evolved from my program Your Food Story, which is part of a larger mission to emphasize the importance of food stories and their whole health benefits. Your Food Story asks: Why do you eat, what, when, where, how and with whom? Where do you feel nourished? Does the food you eat affect your vitality? When do you feel satisfied with what you eat? Do you prefer eating with a group of people or alone? Etc. In other words, it’s not just what we eat that gives us nourishment.
The book project idea was “born” in the shower no less, at the beginning of 2017. At first, I thought it could be a way to salute Canada’s 150th birthday. But soon steered away from that since firstly, Canada is much older than confederation and I didn’t want to make it appear I was a part of the project tied to the Canada 150 recognition.
It was quite the process to curate the stories. What began as a reach to multiple circles and communities I belonged to became a quest for specific connections to parts of Canada that I didn’t have. I did some “cold calling” and to my delight, the response was positive. I just knew I was watching a movement grow.
After 11 months of pursuing, interviewing, and writing I collected 113 stories with 110 accompanying recipes.
What’s your food story?
– Michele Genest, author of The Boreal Gourmet and The Boreal Feast
“Through heartfelt stories and mouthwatering recipes, Friedrich takes us on an intimate journey across Canada in order to remind us of the importance food plays in shaping our identities. Your Canadian Food Story is the conversation we ought to be having about food and a great reminder of what nourishment truly means.”
– Myriam Porrazzo, founder of Mumspiration Food
“Your Canadian Food Story is both a joy to read and an invaluable document. Not only does it capture the specific food stories of those living in Canada, but it also points out the universality of food and the experiences surrounding it. These stories (and the “Table Talk” questions accompanying them) beautifully highlight the resilience of Canadians when it comes to food, as well as the joy it imparts through so much more than just flavour.”
– Lindsay Anderson & Dana VanVeller, authors of FEAST: Recipes & Stories from a Canadian Road Trip
“I highly recommend Your Canadian Food Story, a delicious compilation of recipes, memories, and love that brings consciousness to the most basic of our daily rituals and inspires us to cherish our own food stories.”
– Wendy Gibson, Executive Director, The Canadian Association of Natural Nutritional Practitioners
“There is nothing more important to eating than knowing where your food comes from and cooking with love. Your Canadian Food Story is a reflection of how food brings joy to our lives, culture can allow us to celebrate our identity, and tradition reminds us of our sweet past.”
– Sylvia Cloutier, Producer
“Your Canadian Food Story is the best book to come along in years, as its stories and recipes bring us back to food as our friend, our comfort, our culture. Every theme will have readers telling their food anecdotes. This is a book that celebrates food!”
– Barb Rees, author of RV Canada books
New collection of recipes explore food connections coast-to-coast Sharing recipes and food stories is a time-honoured tradition. Now, one local entrepreneur and holistic nutrition consultant, Loretta Friedrich, has published a book of food stories she has collected...read more
What’s your story? Twyla Campbell of Eat North wrote an enchanting article covering Your Food Story and featuring an interview with author Loretta Friedrich.read more
"Ask and you shall receive" has been the theme of Your Canadian Food Story since the very beginning, and the book launch was no exception! Read on for examples of how this philosophy pulled through, how my unique book launch approach worked for me, and info about the...read more
I'm moved beyond words. Thanks to all of you, we are rising in (multiple) bestsellers lists! While working on this book, I knew it was truly unique among its peers. To see it rise to the #1 Bestseller ranking on Amazon.ca within days of publishing is truly humbling....read more
Please join us in celebrating with Loretta Friedrich at the book release of Your Canadian Food Story: Nourishing Stories and Recipes from Across Canada! Mark your calendars for Sunday, April 29 from 1:30-4:00PM at Rossdale Community Hall. Your Canadian Food Story...read more
I thought I'd share a bit more about my authorial process to show how ideas can happen anytime, anywhere. If I can do it, so can you! It was January 2017 as I was reviewing my New Year goals and actions for the Your Food Story program, when a book idea came to me in...read more
Warning! Puns ahoy! 🙂 Many people have asked me what it's like to author (or in my case, be the creative director for) a book. Having had a couple of children (all grown up now), I realized there's not a lot quite like motherhood... except perhaps that writing a book...read more
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