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tawâw
Progressive Indigenous Cuisine
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tawâw [pronounced ta-WOW]:
Come in, you're welcome, there's room.

Acclaimed chef Shane M. Chartrand's debut cookbook explores the reawakening of Indigenous cuisine and what it means to cook, eat, and share food in our homes and communities.

Born to Cree parents and raised by a Métis father and Mi'kmaw-Irish mother, Shane M. Chartrand has spent the past ten years learning about his history, visiting with other First Nations peoples, gathering and sharing knowledge and stories, and creating dishes that combine his interests and express his personality. The result is tawâw: Progressive Indigenous Cuisine, a book that traces Chartrand's culinary journey from his childhood in Central Alberta, where he learned to raise livestock, hunt, and fish on his family's acreage, to his current position as executive chef at the acclaimed SC Restaurant in the River Cree Resort &Casino in Enoch, Alberta, on Treaty 6 Territory.

Containing over seventy-five recipes — including Chartrand's award-winning dish "War Paint" — along with personal stories, culinary influences, and interviews with family members, tawâw is part cookbook, part exploration of ingredients and techniques, and part chef's personal journal.

tawâw [pronounced ta-WOW]:
Come in, you're welcome, there's room.

Acclaimed chef Shane M. Chartrand's debut cookbook explores the reawakening of Indigenous cuisine and what it means to cook, eat, and share food in our homes and communities.

Born to Cree parents and raised by a Métis father and Mi'kmaw-Irish mother, Shane M. Chartrand has spent the past ten years learning about his history, visiting with other First Nations peoples, gathering and sharing knowledge and stories, and creating dishes that combine his interests and express his personality. The result is tawâw: Progressive Indigenous Cuisine, a book that traces Chartrand's culinary journey from his childhood in Central Alberta, where he learned to raise livestock, hunt, and fish on his family's acreage, to his current position as executive chef at the acclaimed SC Restaurant in the River Cree Resort &Casino in Enoch, Alberta, on Treaty 6 Territory.

Containing over seventy-five recipes — including Chartrand's award-winning dish "War Paint" — along with personal stories, culinary influences, and interviews with family members, tawâw is part cookbook, part exploration of ingredients and techniques, and part chef's personal journal.

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  • SHANE M. CHARTRAND, of the Enoch Cree Nation, is at the forefront of the re-emergence of Indigenous cuisine in North America. Raised in Central Alberta, where he learned to respect food through raising livestock, hunting, and fishing on his family's acreage, Chartrand relocated to Edmonton as a young man to pursue culinary training. In 2015, Chartrand was invited to participate in the prestigious international chef contingent of Cook It Raw, and has since competed on Food Network Canada's Iron Chef Canada and Chopped Canada. Currently, Chartrand is the executive chef at the acclaimed SC Restaurant at the River Cree Resort & Casino in Enoch, Alberta, where he transforms his diverse influences and experiences into culinary art.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    October 21, 2019
    Cree author Chartrand, executive chef for the River Cree Resort and Casino in Enoch, Alberta, weaves indigenous cuisine with Asian and European riffs in this unique collection of 75 recipes. His deep knowledge of indigenous culture is on display, evidenced by such dishes as salmon pemmican (“the original survival food,” in which ground salmon is cured, dehydrated, ground, and pressed into patties). Other recipes include light, briny Kusshi oysters with grilled onion cream, and braised venison shanks with mossberry black garlic glaze and herbed wheat berries. A number of the dishes are more complex: leek-ash-coated Artic char with black mushrooms and squash purée, as well as Chartrand’s popular War Paint, in which wheat berries and quail eggs cooked in duck fat are placed on top of a handprint made of red pepper reduction. Throughout, Chartrand discusses local ingredients, such as Saskatoon berries and soapberries; various aspects of indigenous culture such as the pow wow; and other local chefs and their contributions. Many of the dishes are beyond the skills of home cooks, but those interested in learning more about the possibilities of indigenous cuisine are sure to find this illuminating and inspiring.

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