The Butcher, The Baker, The Wine & Cheese Maker in the Okanagan

Nestled amidst the picturesque vineyards and sun-kissed orchards of the Okanagan Valley lies a culinary haven waiting to be explored. Offering an authentic journey into the heart of British Columbia’s rich food and wine culture, The Butcher, The Baker, The Wine & Cheese Maker in the Okanagan by Jennifer Schell serves as an enchanting guide for both locals and travelers seeking to indulge in the region’s culinary delights. As an avid food enthusiast, I was eager to delve into this gastronomic odyssey and explore the stories behind the people who shape the Okanagan’s thriving food scene.

Jennifer Schell, a prominent food writer with a deep passion for the Okanagan Valley, has meticulously crafted this book to celebrate the region’s culinary treasures. With its visually captivating layout and engaging prose, The Butcher, The Baker, The Wine & Cheese Maker invites readers on an immersive journey to meet the talented artisans responsible for crafting the Okanagan’s delectable offerings.

The book is thoughtfully divided into sections, each focusing on a different aspect of the region’s gastronomic scene. From charming bakeries that scent the air with the aroma of freshly baked bread to the artisanal wineries that grace the valley, each chapter provides a window into the diverse world of Okanagan cuisine.

What truly sets this book apart is Schell’s ability to bring the stories of the people behind the culinary magic to life. Through heartfelt interviews and captivating anecdotes, readers are introduced to the passionate individuals who have dedicated their lives to perfecting their craft. Whether it’s the warm-hearted butcher who takes pride in sourcing locally raised, sustainable meats or the innovative cheese maker blending tradition with modernity, each personality featured in the book leaves a lasting impression.

Beyond the kitchen and vineyards, Schell also explores the importance of community and sustainability in the Okanagan’s food industry. This emphasis on conscious consumption makes The Butcher, The Baker, The Wine & Cheese Maker a book not just about delicious food but also about the values that underpin it.

No culinary journey would be complete without a taste of the delicacies themselves. The book delivers generously, presenting a delightful selection of recipes that reflect the region’s culinary diversity. From sumptuous artisanal cheese platters to succulent wine-infused dishes, the recipes inspire readers to recreate the Okanagan’s flavors in their own kitchens. The easy-to-follow instructions and beautiful accompanying photographs make it a pleasure to experiment with these recipes. You’ll want to try the Parmesan & Panko-Crusted Eggplant with Fresh Tomato Basil Sauce in our Recipe section. A delectable dish to use up some of your garden’s abundant eggplant and tomato yield.

Whether you’re planning a trip to the Okanagan or simply seeking to expand your culinary horizons, The Butcher, The Baker, The Wine & Cheese Maker is an enchanting guide that will leave you inspired and eager to savor the flavors of this bountiful region. Jennifer Schell’s ode to the Okanagan is a must-have for any food lover’s collection. Purchase a copy at or head to our Giveaway section to win this inspiring book!

Contents and images used with permission by Jennifer Schell and TouchWood Editions.