Ontario Garlic: The Story from Farm to Festival by Peter McCluskyOntario Garlic: The Story from Farm to Festival by Peter McClusky

Ontario Garlic: The Story from Farm to Festival

byPeter McClusky

Paperback | June 29, 2015

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The taste of Ontario garlic is as rich and varied as its history. Used mainly for medicinal purposes in the nineteenth century, people turned up their noses at the aromatic bulb as it became associated with new immigrants. The once acceptable ingredient became undesirable in church and school--kids who smelled of garlic were sent home. Pioneering chefs, farmers and a wave of cultural diversity have brought the zesty allium into the mainstream, making it a gourmands go-to spice, celebrated at nine festivals across the province. Toronto Garlic Festival founder Peter McClusky serves up garlic's long journey from central Asia to its now-revered place in the hearts and dishes of Ontarians. Growing tips and forty recipes bring Ontario garlic from farm to festival to feast.
Peter McClusky is the founder and director of the Toronto Garlic Festival. Peter worked in business, marketing and consulting in Canada and New York City until 2010, when he spent nine months interning on Whole Circle Farm in Acton. He serves on the board of the Aberfoyle Farmers' Market Association.
Title:Ontario Garlic: The Story from Farm to FestivalFormat:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.31 inPublished:June 29, 2015Publisher:Arcadia PublishingLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1626199205

ISBN - 13:9781626199200


Rated 5 out of 5 by from great read full of conversation starters! A book about garlic interested me even though up until a few years ago, I was only familiar with garlic powder, garlic salt and imported garlic. I have since tasted fresh local garlic and have been a faithful convert ever since. Local Ontario garlic tastes so good it piques my curiosity in its origins and why so many people have such strong opinions about its taste, smell, health benefits…This book explains all of that and more through smart, informed and even intimate cultural storytelling. Take the interesting scientific facts combine with garlic-laden legends, practical growing advice and deliciously exciting recipes and you have ingredients for a fun dinner party conversation. This book is a culinary keeper.
Date published: 2015-07-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Escape with Garlic Garlic breath? This won't help, but you will learn a wealth of information about garlic you didn't know existed. I started at the back of the book ... doesn't matter which way you approach it, you can take a garlic e-scape.
Date published: 2015-07-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Charming Read This book is a treasure. It is an engaging, ecclectic and entertaining treatise that braids the history, science, medicine, health, cooking, farming and folklore of garlic into a charming read with stories and anecdotes planted throughout. It also offers some insight into human behaviour. Using the historic prejudice against "garlic eaters" as an example, the author discusses how prejudices are created and nurtured and, in the case of garlic, ulimately exposed as silly. The chapter on planting garlic, with beautiful illustrtations, make it easy for the novice gardener to follow. And, there is a bonus: wonderfully interesting must-try recipes that alone, make the book a worthwhile puchase. Enjoy!
Date published: 2015-07-09

Editorial Reviews

Peter McClusky has done a fine job in recording a very difficult and multi-facetted research into a single book... [Ontario Garlic] will make a fine addition to every garlic lover's library. - Ontario Garlic News