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Kale, superfood, book 2

April 21st, 2014

Kale is a vegetable that can be grown year-round throughout North America, sale helping families save hundreds of dollars a year on grocery bills. Recently Sharon Hanna’s The Book of Kale: The Easy-to-Grow Superfood, 80+ Recipes (Harbour 2012) became an overnight national bestseller as a garden-to-kitchen guide about growing this super-sustainable crop organically—in gardens, on balconies and boulevards, and even indoors.

Now kale evangelist Sharon Hanna has teamed with Carol Pope for The Book of Kale & Friends (Douglas & McIntyre $26.95) featuring fourteen superfoods that are nutritious, easy-to-grow and beneficial to the environment. Although their text leans to light-hearted and even cheeky at times, kale is serious business. This time ’round the second book is being sold via the D&M imprint to get even more traction in the rest of Canada via distribution from HarperCollins.

Nutrient-dense and bursting with antioxidents and phytonutrients, kale is relatively easy to grow, even in winter. As gardeners know, kale sweetens in the cold and self seeds—and it has an important role supporting bees and other beneficial insects. The new book provides gardening tips and more than 130, easy-to-follow recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks—and even cocktails.

Sharon Hanna and Carol Pope will be celebrating its launch at a wine and recipe tasting at the Broadway International Wine Shop (2752 West Broadway, Vancouver) on Sunday, May 4 from 3pm to 5pm.

Sharon Hanna

Sharon Hanna

Sharon Hanna of Vancouver received the Mayor’s Prize for Environmental Excellence in 2006 for her inner-city children’s gardening program. Hanna contributes regularly to GardenWise magazine and was West Coast correspondent for Gardening Life.

In November of 2013, The Food Writing Awards celebrated the vibrancy and diversity of Canadian culinary publishing with an award ceremony and gala reception at the Arcadian Court in Toronto where Sharon Hanna was honoured as the winner in the single-subject cookbooks category for The Book of Kale: The Easy-to-Grow Superfood. The jury said the writing “has real personality and charm” and that the book “has integrity, heart and pure deliciousness.”


The Book of Kale: The Easy-to-Grow Superfood, 80+ Recipes (Harbour 2012) $26.95 978-1-55017-576-9

The Book of Kale and Friends: 14 Easy-To-Grow Superfoods with 130+ Recipes (Douglas & McIntyre 2014) $26.95 978-1-77162-014-7 (with Carol Pope) also available as an ebook.

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