Turn on the stove and set the table because the cookbook is finally here!
After decades on his mind and over a year in production, ‘The Okanagan Table – The Art of Everyday Home Cooking’ is now available.
The Okanagan Table: The Art of Everyday Home Cooking boasts over 270 pages including 80 recipes and more than 120 photos by local photographer, David McIlvride. The recipes include some favourites from Butters including Oat Crusted Arctic Char, a classic on the menu at RauDZ Regional Table, the addictive Spring Pea Soup that celebrates that season in the valley and even a few cocktails to be enjoyed with appetizers and friends. Many of the dishes also have a suggested Okanagan wine, beer or cocktail pairings, selected by Audrey Surrao, a respected wine competition judge and co-owner of RauDZ Regional Table.
Departing from traditional cookbooks, it’s structured by time of day: Sunrise, Midday, Sunset and Twilight with Twilight featuring tapas and some of the famous ‘field to glass’ cocktails that are favourites of his restaurant guests.
“At its heart, this book is about my passionate relationship to food. I wrote this book, quite simply, for people who love to cook. It’s not intended to blow our minds or turn cooking into a lab experiment. Cooking should be inclusionary, not exclusionary. We gather in the kitchen because it’s comforting, and it harkens back to the happy feelings that a warm, aromatic kitchen instilled in us as kids” explains Butters.
As the name suggests, this cookbook is for the home cook. Butters states “I want you to get this book dirty – dog-ear the pages, write in the margins, stuff your grandmother’s best recipes for Swedish meatballs and zucchini loaf between the pages.”
To bring this long awaited project to life, Chef Butters worked with the publishing team at Figure 1 in Vancouver who are behind the top selling cookbooks in the marketplace producing books such as Araxi – Roots to Shoots, CinCin Wood Fired Cucina, The Dirty Apron Cookbook as well as the various chefs and their home city cookbooks, Montreal Cooks, Edmonton Cooks, Ottawa Cooks, etc.
Writing a cookbook is just the latest project in Butters’ storied career.
Following stints in well-known and respected restaurants from coast to coast and a year-long journey around the world in 2000, Chef Butters returned home to BC to share his culinary experiences and open the AAA 4 Diamond Fresco Restaurant & Lounge in Kelowna. As Chef /Proprietor, Butters has been instrumental in promoting the growth of culinary tourism in the Okanagan.
The cookbooks are available in bookstores and wine shops in the valley, online at Amazon and ChaptersIndigo and you can get your signed copy at any of Chef Butters’ restaurants – RauDZ Regional Table, micro bar & bites and Terrafina at Hester Creek by RauDZ.