Culinary Saga of New Iceland
is written by Kristin Olafson-Jenkyns who is of Icelandic ancestry and
lives in Dundas, Ontario, has been released in Canada, and the book features
recipes that Icelanders brought with them to Canada in 1875 and their
evolution among Canadians of Icelandic descent until the present.
Kristin Olafson-Jenkyns says that she garnered her enthusiasm for food
preparation from her mother, grandmothers, and aunts who deserved to be
for their recipes
and culinary expertise in this book, which is dedicated to them. "This
was something that I had to do," she says, but in the foreword indicates
that the original intention had been to collect together favourite recipes
for her children and family."It took many years to write the book, because
I had to collect the recipes, listen to the stories about them and answer
questions before I could put the material together."
Kristin says that the Icelanders found it necessary to adapt the recipes
that they brought with them from Iceland due to changes in environment,
different ingredients and spices, notwithstanding how technical progress
had affected the storage of foodstuffs. Nevertheless, the women maintained
the customs and the book is a link to preserve and keep this knowledge.
The book is in a large format240 pages with many illustrations.
Instructions are given for well over 200 recipes, with accompanying comments
about them by people from here and there. Kristin, who is the daughter
of Lois and Irvin Olafson, enterprising folk from Gimli, designed the
cover and her son mackenzie kristjˇn designed the book otherwise. "I imagined
how I wanted the final presentation, but my son had the last word," she
says. Writing about the dishes is very constructive so Kristin sent the
recipes to people and requested reactions. Her letter said that ethnic
dishes would be included but that no one would be asked to prepare 'svi'
because it was thought that this delicacy would probably not appeal to
large numbers of people! "Even though it has not been long since the book
was published, I have received very positive comments which have encouraged
me towards further achievements, I was concerned that the book do justice
to the traditions but I felt better after one of the older women in the
community wrote me and praised the book up to the skies."
┴strÝur Thorarensen says, among other things on the back cover "that
food preparation and food tradition are a large part of cultural heritage
and get less attention than they deserve. The book should be welcomed
by people of Icelandic descent on both sides of the Atlantic." Kristin
said that the reaction indicates that this completed work has been much
needed. For many years she had heard from far and wide that this kind
of book was necessary but that she should not let anyone's view influence
how she developed the book.
Coastline Publishing in Guelph,Ontario, are handling the book and it may
be ordered on the Internet at www.coastline-publishing.com where you may
obtain further information.