Everybody Eats: International cookbook by Carlin Saunders, age: freshly 15 and wise

by Carol Devine on April 18, 2014

What a terrific surprise to receive a copy of Carlin Saunder’s new cookbook, Everybody Eats. Carlin’s mother actor Sarah Stevens sent us a copy. It’s brilliant.

We’re all human beings. We may look different, speak different languages, have different ideas, and live on opposite sides of the planet, but when it comes down to it we’re people, unique but equal people, and it would do us well to always remember that.
There are certain things that draw us together, certain things that happen to everyone no matter where or how they live. We’re all born, we all have family, we all laugh, we all love, we all die, and we all pay taxes some way or another. There’s something else that brings us together, though. Everybody eats.
This cookbook takes foods from all over the globe, and puts all those recipes in a single cookbook. A mere sampling of the planet’s foods, but perhaps enough to get a small taste of everywhere. Perhaps enough to show that we really are not that different, after all. Our food is, though. Carlin Saunders.

by Carlin Saunders

Here’s how the story goes: “Good Morning Carol. The cookbook is for Carlin’s Grade 9 Food and Nutrition course. He has been working on it for many hours over the past two weeks.  It displays his usual humour peppered in his descriptions of the World cuisine. Carlin was intent on curating recipes from each continent, “except Antarctica, of course, as there is no cuisine from there”, he said.  Well, imagine my excitement being able to share with him that we have ties with an author of Antarctic Book of Cooking and Cleaning.  Carlin was very curious as to HOW we know the leader of an Antarctic expedition team…”

Carlin’s recipe global collection includes classic Poutine from Canada and Loso na madesu, a dish of beans and rice from the Congo.

He included a special recipe from The Antarctic Book and Cooking and Cleaning – they’re all special and loving collected, curated, tested and shared by Wendy. I asked Sarah to remind me how old Carlin is, Sarah said it was his fifteenth birthday. Wise, talented young man with a global mind.

And last but not least, his adaptation of Wendy’s Spiced Tea comes as the last page of the book:

From Everybody Eats p 41, Carlin Saunders

Thank you Carlin. We love and share the spirit with which you made this book. Happy 15th and many more.

ps I wonder anyone ever made Poutine in Antarctica. Well, it is genius. Especially late night. Vive poutine et le monde.

Carlin Saunders Everybody Eats, 2014

Authors Festival, Prince Edward County: Antarctic Book of Cooking & Cleaning

by Carol Devine on April 13, 2014

A wonderful 2-days of authors festival in Picton, Ontario at Books & Company on Main Street in picturesque tasty Prince Edward County. Wendy Trusler & Carol Devine read at 11am today in The Lipson Room from The Antarctic Book of Cooking and Cleaning in the non-fiction Festival section alongside Jane Fairburn, author of Along the Shore: Rediscovering Toronto’s Waterfront Heritage.

Amazing questions from the audience:  Will you put the rusty nails [that the volunteers picked up by hand in Antarctica that Wendy brought home] from Bellingshausen in a museum? [one day at the right time, says Wendy, currently touring some of the 'museum' she keeps in her studio].  What about the Arctic, what is at stake? [a lot with major plans to develop it and extract resources with not enough concern about sustainability, health and wellbeing was the answer from Carol.]

Some early impromptu shots. [Oh no Wendy's 75 cinnamon buns, a book recipe, were served and eaten while we were on stage! No pix.]


Wendy's Dancing in a Northern Kitchen pieces

  A highlight was the surprise attendance of former treeplanter Ken Murray who had the fortune of Wendy’s treeplanting cookery back in the days pre-Antarctica. He recalled, “You made mushroom shaped bread and dressed me up as Santa Claus on the hottest day in June.”

Another pleasant Antarctic link was learning Books & Company co-owner Alexandra Bake’s brother has a sailboat named 2041 honouring Sir Robert Swan’s organization 2041 raising awareness on the year the potential renegotiation of The Antarctic Treaty’s environmental protection and obligations. Every bit counts. That was the message at the end of the session!

Thank you David & Barbara Sweet, Alexandra Bake, Tanya, and all Books & Co Festival and Miss Lily’s team.

Thank you too to our gracious hosts, the Taylors.