What Did You Get for Christmas?

Posted by Nads on January 4, 2012

Book Review: Market Chronicles, Stories and Recipes From Montreal’s Marché Jean-Talon

A popular topic of conversation these days is the subject of Christmas gifts.  As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve recently moved back to Toronto from Montreal and I found the perfect memento of my time there under the tree this year.  One of my favorite destinations was the Jean-Talon Market and I have to say I spent more time there than anywhere else in the city.

Market Chronicles is a delightful synopsis of the Jean-Talon Market experience and for anyone who has had the good fortune to visit, it is truly an experience.  The intro describes the author’s relationship with the market as a “love story” and it was at that point (1st page!) that I fell in love with this book and all that it reminded me of.

“…there is no more sensual place in all of Montreal than Marché Jean-Talon, the sprawling labyrinth of farmers’ stands, butcher stalls, bakeries, spice shops and fish stores tucked in among Little Italy’s espresso bars and triplexes.  Boisterous and unbound,…It is a window on a city that loves to eat, a sample of who we are and how we live.”  Intro, Market Chronicles, Stories and Recipes from Montreal’s Marché Jean-Talon

Susan Semenak does a wonderful job of capturing the markets’ wonders and charms.  Anecdotes, rich photos, profiles of farmers and vendors and of course, authentic recipes make this a fabulous compendium that really brings the market to life.

A great read for any foodie, this book is a must have for anyone who has visited this world renown market.  It is the perfect blend of food and Montreal personality and captures the essence of the market as it changes throughout the seasons.  Look for it at your local Chapters.  Available in both English and French, it is a great addition to your foodie library.



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