GOODNESS: Recipes & Stories


GOODNESS: Recipes & Stories
by Peter & Chris Neal

Goodness: Recipes & Stories celebrates 37 good food fighters from across Canada—chefs, entrepreneurs, growers, and food activists who believe that good, healthy food should be accessible to all. Each of their stories underlines the simple truth: food has the power to enrich lives and build strong communities. From supporting sustainability to promoting access, outreach, and education, these individuals serve up goodness every day—and here they share some of their favourite recipes too!

  • Top chefs and community food centre champions: Vikram Vij, Carl Heinrich, Todd Perrin, Brad Long, Joshna Maharaj, Lora Kirk, Jamie Kennedy, John Lai, Kim Fox, and Paul Taylor
  • Good food entrepreneurs: Elana Rosenfeld from Kicking Horse Coffee, Mike Fata from Manitoba Hemp Harvest, and Miriam Streiman from Mad Maple Country Inn
  • Good food advocates and activists: Nick Saul from Community Food Centres Canada, Gillian Flies from The New Farm, Sharon Hapton from Soup Sisters/Broth Brothers, and musician Sarah Harmer
  • A highlight from the book, in Vancouver, is the piece by Paul M. Taylor, the executive director of the Gordon Neighbourhood House. Paul is passionate about social justice, community development/activism, and tinkering in the kitchen, and is deeply involved in making Vancouver an engaged, supportive community for all residents.  His story, together with recipes for Roasted Potato Salad and Juicy Chicken Sandwich, courtesy of Chef Peter Nguyen at the Gordon Neighbourhood House, appears on pg. 236.

“We don’t have a playbook on how to conduct our business.  Each and every day we simply try to make decisions that we can feel good about.  During a 2014 national advisory council meeting for the CFCC, members were challenged with raising awareness and funds.  We had a light bulb moment: What if we Neal Brothers could produce a cookbook that shone a light on philanthropy and entrepreneurship to inspire people as well as educate them about CFCC” — From the Introduction by Peter Neal & Chris Neal.

Peter and Chris Neal, of Neal Brothers Foods Inc., are committed to providing consumers with healthier options that contain natural and gluten-free ingredients. They also believe that everyone has the right to have access to good food and to eat well, so much so, that they will be donating 50 percent of the profits from the sale of Goodness to Community Food Centres Canada to help bring people in low-income communities together to grow, cook, share, and advocate for healthy food for all.

330 pages * 7.75” x 9.5” paperback with French flaps * full-colour photography throughout
ISBN 978-0-9948015-0-0 * $29.95 * Pub date: Oct. 15, 2015

Available on line and in good retailers across Canada

by Debby de Groot, MDG & Associates