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dee Hobsbawn-Smith is an award-winning Canadian poet, essayist, novelist, short story writer, chef, and runner. 

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dee Hobsbawn-Smith’s award-winning poetry, novels, short stories, and essays are sometimes influenced by her background as a chef and local foods advocate. She lives and works west of Saskatoon, where she served as the Saskatoon Public Library’s 35th Writer in Residence, and earned her MFA in Writing and MA in English.  

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dee Hobsbawn-Smith is equally at home writing essays, poetry, novels, short fiction, and journalism. Her award-winning writing is at times influenced by her earlier career in the food industry as a Red Seal chef, educator, Slow Food member and locavore advocate, editor, and mentor. Her work has appeared in literary journals, newspapers, magazines, websites, on the airwaves, and in numerous anthologies in Canada, the USA, and Scotland. Her literary books include Wildness Rushing in: poems; What Can’t Be Undone: stories; a chapbook, Jeanne Dark comes of age on the prairie; Bread & Water: essays (winner of the SK Book Awards Nonfiction Award); Danceland Diary: a novel; and Among the Untamed: poems (coming in 2023). dee’s culinary books include Skinny Feasts; The Quick Gourmet; The Curious Cook at Home; Shop Talk; and Foodshed: An Edible Alberta Alphabet (winner of the 2013 Gourmand World Cookbooks Awards; Best Culinary Book, 2013 High Plains Book Awards; and 3rd prize, 2014 Les Dames D’Escoffier M.F.K. Fisher Award for Excellence in Culinary Writing). 

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dee Hobsbawn-Smith is equally at home writing essays, poetry, novels, short fiction, and journalism. Her award-winning writing is at times influenced by her earlier career in the food industry as a Red Seal chef, educator, Slow Food member and locavore advocate, editor, and mentor. Her work has appeared in literary journals, newspapers, magazines, websites, on the airwaves, and in numerous anthologies in Canada, the USA, and Scotland. Her literary books include Wildness Rushing in: poems; What Can’t Be Undone: stories; a chapbook, Jeanne Dark comes of age on the prairie; Bread & Water: essays (winner of the SK Book Awards Nonfiction Award); Danceland Diary: a novel; and Among the Untamed: poems (coming in 2023). dee’s culinary books include Skinny Feasts; The Quick Gourmet; The Curious Cook at Home; Shop Talk; and Foodshed: An Edible Alberta Alphabet (winner of the 2013 Gourmand World Cookbooks Awards; Best Culinary Book, 2013 High Plains Book Awards; and 3rd prize, 2014 Les Dames D’Escoffier M.F.K. Fisher Award for Excellence in Culinary Writing). She has edited five books by other writers. She also edited and produced a hand-bound-bound and hand-stitched limited-edition poetry chapbook designed as a fundraiser for Slow Food. She has contributed to a Canadian culinary textbook and numerous culinary recipe anthologies.  

A lifelong athlete, dee runs half-marathons, walks, swims, and has a daily yoga practice. For fun, she turns to quilting and sewing, cooking, painting, growing orchids and vegetables, and betting on the ponies at the track. She loves dancing, crossword puzzles, good coffee, better wine, mysteries and period movies, books and reading, folk music, R&B and bluegrass, her kids, dog, partner, family, friends, and the natural world. She is the proud mother of two adult sons who are fabulous cooks. dee Hobsbawn-Smith and her husband, the poet and writer Dave Margoshes, live rurally west of Saskatoon, in Treaty Six Territory, home of the Cree, Lakoda, Dakota, Nakoda, and Dene People, and the traditional home of the Métis Nation. 

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Among the Untamed

TBA (2023, Frontenac House)

Luka and her sister Connie are the inheritors of a secretive and disturbing family history going back three generations to the disappearance of their great-grandfather. Set in the seductive beauty of rural Saskatchewan with a backdrop of the drug-fueled Downtown Eastside of Vancouver and the horrific pig farm murders, Luka’s quest for her mother, and for peace and love, is a disquieting, moving, and thoroughly engaging examination of intergenerational trauma, family ties, and forgiveness.

Danceland Diary

(Radiant Press, 2022)

Luka and her sister Connie are the inheritors of a secretive and disturbing family history going back three generations to the disappearance of their great-grandfather. Set in the seductive beauty of rural Saskatchewan with a backdrop of the drug-fueled Downtown Eastside of Vancouver and the horrific pig farm murders, Luka’s quest for her mother, and for peace and love, is a disquieting, moving, and thoroughly engaging examination of intergenerational trauma, family ties, and forgiveness.
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Gold Medal, Culinary Narratives category, 2022 Taste Canada Book Awards

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2nd prize, 2014 John V. Hicks Long Manuscript Award

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Winner, 2022 Saskatchewan Book Awards, University of Saskatchewan President’s Office Nonfiction Award

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Finalist, 2022 Saskatchewan Book Awards, City of Saskatoon Award

Bread & Water

Essays

(U of R Press, 2021)

When chef and writer dee Hobsbawn-Smith left the city for rural life on a farm in Saskatchewan, she planned to replace cooking and teaching with poetry and prose, but—as begin the best stories—her next adventure didn’t quite work that way. These luscious essays use food to explore the hungers of the human soul: wilder hungers that loiter beyond cravings for love.

the Jurors, 2022 Sask Book Awards University of Saskatchewan President’s Office Nonfiction Award

Bread & Water is an emotionally arresting, beautifully written series of essays that tell of a woman’s journey of ambition and exploration. Interwoven throughout is the consideration of food as a concept that connects and grounds us while so much else, be it youth, beauty, love, and even a lake, are fleeting.

~ the Jurors, 2022 Sask Book Awards University of Saskatchewan President’s Office Nonfiction Award 

the Jurors, 2022 Sask Book Awards City of Saskatoon Award

Bread & Water is a mesmerizing collection of essays and meditations. From the first essay to the last, I learned to bake with the author, suffered her losses with her, and drew strength from her words. Bread & Water is soul food.

~ the Jurors, 2022 Sask Book Awards City of Saskatoon Award 

Sarah Ramsey, Quill & Quire

Hobsbawn-Smith seamlessly weaves together memories of her hunger – for food, for love, for connection, for justice – in a voice reminiscent of the later writer Laurie Colwin (and a little of Nigel Slater)…Food is a wonderful agent for storytelling – each ingredient tells a story, each dish is a living history, each eater shares the act of eating with passion – and Bread & Water demonstrates this brilliantly: Hobsbawn-Smith’s writing is generous, loving, and nostalgic without being saccharine. Most importantly, she shows that food is more than what we eat. This beautiful collection evokes the words of Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin from The Physiology of Taste: Or Meditations on Trandscendental Gastronomy (1825): “Tell me what you eat, and I shall tell you what you are.”

~ Sarah Ramsey, Quill & Quire, starred review.  

Shelley Leedahl, SaskBooks

I know this dexterous writer, and expected a great read... The text behind the gorgeously apropos cover photograph—a chunk of homemade bread and a glass of water—is wide-ranging, provocative, and, like that heel of bread, hearty. What I didn’t expect was how much I’d admire these lyrical essays… And yes, these essays concern food, food culture, the restaurant industry, locavorism, gardens, farmers’ markets, preserving, and even the import of using appropriate knives, but I’d argue they give equal space to Hobsbawn-Smith’s observance of and appreciation for the wondrous natural world… Here’s wisdom: “Food and cooking are complicated snapshots of our culture.” The author demonstrates this… I’ll tell you what’s irresistible—this delicious book.

~ Shelley Leedahl, SaskBooks 

Professor Emerita Kathleen Wall, Blue Duets

“Saskatchewan writer dee Hobsbawn-Smith is proudly descended from off-colony Hutterites. It’s this unique identity that informs her new book, Bread & Water…. an autobiographical culmination of her storied life inside and out of the kitchen… it’s a rare treat to read an eloquent account by a trained chef who knows her subject matter… Hobsbawn-Smith’s love of food is a lifelong commitment and her passionate devotion seeps into every page… Prairie readers will also relate to Hobsbawn-Smith’s decision to return home to the family farm as an adult… poignant as the writer navigates the technical aspects of acreage life during climate change… There’s no snobbery in this collection. Instead, you’ll find an amalgam of love, good food, family and friends. This marvelous collection situates the chef-writer within the lauded tradition of authentic food writing. Hobsbawn-Smith belongs to the same vaulted company as the iconic American food writer, M.F.K. Fisher. Read Bread & Water. Sneak it in your mother’s Christmas stocking. Mail it to your daughter. Add it to your book club list. But don’t lend out your copy: it’s a keeper.” ~ Excerpt from a review by Patricia Dawn Robertson, Winnipeg Free Press 

“Writing about cooking is not always just about food… dee’s book immediately captures us and underscores what is important:  our relationships with others, with pleasure, with the planet.  And, oh, the writing about food!… it’s a sensuous experience; she brings her poet’s eye and ear to everything within her purview… her title could have added that this was a book about family or a book about finding oneself. A book about taking risks – whether it’s jumping with a horse or leaping into a job she wasn’t ready for…cooking and caring for others through the way family and food intertwine… The physical and sensuous experience of making pleasure for someone else… Dee also links cooking with care and gratitude for the planet by writing about her commitment to slow food, a commitment to knowing your local farmers, cheesemakers, and vintners… what goes on in the backrooms of restaurants: the sexism, the physical demands… the essay called “Floodplain” is the occasion of some of dee’s most poetic and insightful writing.”

~  Professor Emerita Kathleen Wall, Blue Duets 

Megan Clark, Alberta Views

“Step aside, oil barons and cowboys, this is the Calgary of little old houses on the Bow River, small restaurants with a lot of gumption, and local produce in a region that some associate only with fields of exported alfalfa and feedlot-fattened beef. 

Hobsbawn-Smith’s short-lived but influential restaurant, Foodsmith, was one of the first in Calgary to feature local producers. In a charming prairie take on the “100-mile diet” Hobsbawn-Smith recalls the reaction of her mother—who had been a dryland farmer in Saskatchewan for decades—to the experiment. She quips, “Don’t those BC writers know that some of us have been eating locally our whole lives?”  

Hobsbawn-Smith inherits some of the straight-talking style of her mother, but hers is infused with a deep love of the art of cooking that includes the language of fine dining (cassoulet, confit) even if the lamb was raised in Olds and she picked the rhubarb herself. In her essays she impressively manages this collision of worlds with a wholesome, approachable style… 

A mouth-watering book… The most memorable scenes always take place in her kitchen with a wood stove roaring and a soup bubbling. She is at her best describing the textures and smells of favourite recipes and walking the reader through the process of cooking. The writing is visceral…Hobsbawn-Smith shares valuable insights about being a woman in the culinary world…she is honest about the trials of the food industry: stress, high demands, sexism…I loved a surprise essay about a meeting with Wiebo Ludwig… this book is rich with memories and insights into the role of cooking in the author’s life and her appreciation of local producers.” ~ Megan Clark, Alberta Views 

What Can’t Be Undone

Stories

(Thistledown Press, 2015)

These exquisitely crafted stories travel across the rolling prairies, unforgiving mountain ranges, and coastal highways of Western Canada, shining a light on the complexities of life. A chef, a former rodeo cowboy, a grieving playwright, a middle-aged man smitten with a young woman and horse-crazy teenage girls catapult into painful realizations of loss and change.

Lee Kvern, Alberta Views

“Hobsbawn-Smith’s diverse, poetically drawn characters engage in acts of faith and failure, hope and resignation, and that murky band of grey that lies in between…  My favourite [story] is “Appetites” because the writer’s knowledge of all things food shines through effortlessly… All of dee Hobsbawn-Smith’s stories are written with a poetic edge. Her descriptions, particularly western landscapes, are often luxurious, lending themselves a kind of nuanced impression, a delicate fingerprint on the reader’s mind.” 

~ Lee Kvern, Alberta Views 

David Carpenter, author of Welcome to Canada

“dee Hobsbawn-Smith’s [What Can’t Be Undone] stories begin when love and comfort have faded, or the fatal accident has happened, the fire has burned the house, loved ones or brutal ones are already in their graves. What is left to write about? I’d say a whole lot. Hobsbawn-Smith’s characters are not life’s victims but life’s bludgeoned survivors. Like their earthy forebears, these modern descendants learn to live with regret, and they keep on keeping on. This kind of gutting it out is the very definition of Western grit, and these fine stories are parables of resiliency.”

~ David Carpenter, author of Welcome to Canada 

Bill Robertson, Saskatoon Star Phoenix

“Stories firmly grounded in Western Canada and all predicated upon a serious loss. Now that something’s become undone, the characters in these stories must pick themselves up, somehow, and move on… As the ancient Greeks long ago figured out, humans are beautiful because of their mortality, their losses. These stories shoulder that beauty well… A strong and vital first collection.” ~ Bill Robertson, Saskatoon Star Phoenix 

Wildness Rushing In

Poems

(Hagios Press, 2014)

In this amazing first collection, a new and original voice sparks with intelligence in its full-tilt explorations of nature, solitude, joy, loss, and love. At once contemplative, compassionate, sensory and packed full of startling insights, Wildness Rushing In is an exciting and accomplished poetic debut.
Don McKay, winner of the Griffin Poetry Prize for Strike/Slip

“It will come as no surprise to readers of wildness rushing in that dee Hobsbawn-Smith is also an accomplished chef. Here is a feast of tastes and flavours arriving from many regions and nooks of existence, served up with a wisdom that knows its wordless “loveliness in loss” equally with its sharp jolts of awe. She’s been there, and brought them to the writing with passion and wit. Savour the lovingly evoked texture of Bennett’s old garage, with its Victory Bond poster and the typewriter ribbon unspooling from a shelf; the cow moose with its “dancer’s drawl”; that painful moment when a lover’s movements undressing flashes back to the father’s arm reaching for a the belt. These finely focussed poems invite us into a sensuous and emotionally rich landscape: o taste and see.

~ Don McKay, winner of the Griffin Poetry Prize for Strike/Slip

 

Jurors citation, SK Book Awards

“dee Hobsbawn-Smith makes art out of her own life in Wildness Rushing In. And a rich life is definitely in the details of each and every poem. The writing is honed and textured, the senses so alive that you can practically taste the language. There are moments of brilliance rare in a first book.”

~ Jurors citation, SK Book Awards

Jurors citation, SK Book Awards

“You’ll want to rush into the wildness of Hobsbawn-Smith’s musical and playful writing, but make sure to slow down and absorb the beauty of her images.”

~ Jurors’ citation, SK Book Awards

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Gold Medal, Best Food Literature Book (Canadian, English-language), 2013 Gourmand World Cookbooks Awards

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Best Culinary Book 2013 High Plains Book Awards

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3rd prize, 2014 Les Dames D’Escoffier M.F.K. Fisher Award for Excellence in Culinary Writing, book category

Foodshed

An Edible Alberta Alphabet

(TouchWood Editions, 2012)

Foodshed puts a face on Alberta’s sustainable food scene with detailed profiles of 76 of Alberta’s leading growers and producers. It is an intimate (agri)cultural examination of the ground that farmers stand on—government involvement and land access, water and the environment, animal welfare and farm labour, and organizations that influence food, from Slow Food to the grassroots Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) movement.
Anita Stewart, Member of the Order of Canada, Culinary Activist, Author, and Founder of Food Day Canada

“As an author, an artist, a cook, a thinker . . . dee has created an important treatise on the evolution of culinary Alberta [with Foodshed]. This is a great book, as free-form and unconventional as the author herself.”

~  Anita Stewart, Member of the Order of Canada, Culinary Activist, Author, and Founder of Food Day Canada 

 

P. D. Robertson, The Globe and Mail

[Foodshed is] A rich encyclopedia of facts, farm-gate lore and original recipes… a politically engaging narrative in which Hobsbawn-Smith articulates the challenges and joys faced by small-scale producers… don’ t let the alphabet theme fool you. This is no tame nursery rhyme; it is a locavore call to arms.”

~ P. D. Robertson, The Globe and Mail 

Jenn Sharp, Saskatoon Star Phoenix

“dee is a woman of many talents. Talents that may boggle the mind of the average Joe, being a chef, author, educator, consultant, advocate and poet are just a few of the pursuits with which the mother of two fills her days. A classically trained chef, caterer and baker, she also introduced Calgarians to the city’s first local food restaurant… A vital and vibrant woman, dee is a skilled educator and has been teaching people how to cook since 1987, a talent that shone when we visited her kitchen… it seems effortless for her to chop mushrooms, stir stock, and add dashes of fresh herbs from the pots in her sunroom to the ever-growing pot of stuffing for the chicken ballotine, all the while carrying on an upbeat and informative conversation. She loves to feed people, one of her many talents that had become obvious to us during our afternoon on the farm.”

~ Jenn Sharp, Saskatoon Star Phoenix 

Karen Anderson, Calgary Herald

Foodshed: An Edible Alberta Alphabet is the fifth book for dee, an M.F.K. Fisher Award winner for culinary writing. In it, along with the main dish of stories aligned with each letter of the alphabet, she has seasoned the offering with 26 original recipes. She also serves up well-researched explanations of current food issues and trends, and still manages to keep the whole meal appetizing enough that we’ll want to go out and reap the bounty of her creative A-Z harvest. The work is a synthesis of her 20-year-plus, Alberta-based career as SAIT culinary grad, chef, restaurateur, culinary educator, consultant and advocate.” 

~ Karen Anderson, Calgary Herald 

Kerry Clare, Pickle Me This

“I have been mad about [Foodshed’s] cover design since the first time I saw it, and I LOVE alphabet books, which rarely cater to my reading level and so I had to own this. I was not sorry. It turns out that reading about Alberta’s food culture is the most splendid way to learn about Alberta proper– its demographics, culture, topography, geography, climate, politics, and environment. It was an extraordinary education, and wholly engaging to read.” ~ Kerry Clare, Pickle Me This 

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Jeanne Dark Comes of Age on the Prairie

(Espresso Chapbooks, summer 2019. An edition of 100 numbered copies. 5.5 x 8.5 in., 28 pages, hand sewn and bound, with french flaps)

A linked suite of poems about growing up that is also an intertextual reaching-out to the community of prairie poets. In tough and tender lyrical language, the protagonist explores sexual politics, feminism, gender identity, and how we make meaning.

Shop Talk

The Open-All-Hours Insider’s Guide to Finding Great Ingredients in Calgary, the Bow Valley and Beyond

(Last Impression Publishing, 2008)

This definitive regional sourcebook includes a comprehensive section on local food growers & producers, farmers’ markets and retailers, and a comprehensive glossary.
Sal Howell, proprietor, River Café, Calgary, AB

“I first met dee in her days as a chef and restaurateur; I have come to know her much better as the extraordinary investigative food journalist that she is today. [In Shop talk], dee has chronicled the enormous progress of our city’s culinary resources.”

~ Sal Howell, proprietor, River Café, Calgary, AB 

 

Kathy Richardier, editor & publisher, City Palate: The Flavour of Calgary’s Food Scene

“dee Hobsbawn-Smith is the undisputed queen of all that is local and regional in foodstuffs. She knows more about Alberta growers and producers than anyone else on the planet. And it’s a good thing she can write as well as she does, so we can all know about and appreciate what is going on in our back yard.”

~ Kathy Richardier, editor & publisher, City Palate: The Flavour of Calgary’s Food Scene 

The Curious Cook At Home

Recipes & Secrets From An Adventurous Chef

(Whitecap, 2004)

This collection follows a popular newspaper columnist home into her kitchen, sets its elbows on the counter, and eats with the family.
Joanne Sasvari, The Calgary Herald

 “The Herald’s own Curious Cook takes her culinary expertise home, where she cooks up savoury Sunday Birds, Saturday Soups and Mid- Week Meaty Mains. Hearty fare with a big helping of sophistication.”

~ Joanne Sasvari, The Calgary Herald 

Barbara Balfour, Sudbury Star

“Hobsbawn-Smith is a passionate advocate for supporting local chefs, producers and growers in the collective making of food… because she grew up cooking what they were growing in their own fields, Hobsbawn-Smith has brought that mindset with her and spread it to culinary kitchens everywhere. The common thread running through her cookbooks is who they are intended for: people who appreciate good food, are raising children and leading a busy life, but do not want to have to resort to burgers for dinner every night. Her theme of the curious cook… relates to the idea that your cooking style can only progress if it’s always evolving.”

~ Barbara Balfour, Sudbury Star 

Judy Schultz, The Edmonton Journal

“Hobsbawn-Smith is an Alberta food writer who brings a much- needed local/regional touch to her work. I especially like her chapter on cooking real food and her 12- step program for novice cooks.”

~ Judy Schultz, The Edmonton Journal 

Bruno Petosa, The Montreal Gazette

“It kills the cat, but helps the chef: curiosity… dee Hobsbawn-Smith laments the growing gap between commercialized food and home cooking. Fast food and ready-made dinners have lured many of us – particularly younger generations – away from good homespun cooking. But the three-time cookbook author who turned to food writing 10 years ago says “people still want ‘real’ food in spite of commercial temptations.”  When she cooks at home for her spouse and two teenagers, she keeps things simple, but when time allows, she experiments.”

~ Bruno Petosa, The Montreal Gazette 

John Ash, chef, teacher, and author of John Ash Cooking One on One: Lessons from a Master Teacher

“I’ve long admired dee and her ability to write. It goes without question that her recipes are delicious, but beyond that are her unique observations about cooking and how it relates to life in general. [The Curious Cook at Home] is much more than a book of recipes. It’s like getting together with an old friend to share tales and insights.”

~ John Ash, chef, teacher, and author of John Ash Cooking One on One: Lessons from a Master Teacher

Kathy Richardier, Publisher/Editor of Calgary City Palate

“Well-seasoned cookbook author, dee Hobsbawn-Smith, is much more than a recipe maker and chef extraordinaire. She is also a terrific writer and witty storyteller. In The Curious Cook at Home, you get it all: well-crafted food and engrossing tales from the kitchen.”

~ Kathy Richardier, Publisher/Editor of Calgary City Palate

The Quick Gourmet

(Whitecap, 2000)

Evolving from the food a busy chef and mother feeds two growing sons, this witty collection is en pointe, adventurous and elegant.
Cinda Chavich, Calgary Herald

“Quick Gourmet follows the successful Skinny Feasts and gives you her creative twist on that daily whirlwind we call cooking dinner….flavourful stuff that’s chic enough for easy parties and fast enough for five o’clock. A mom and a great teacher, dee knows what works and offers lots of tips for stocking a pantry and organizing a speedy kitchen.”

~ Cinda Chavich, Calgary Herald 

Daniel Drolet, Ottawa Citizen

“Quick Gourmet is not for people who rarely venture into the kitchen. As the word “gourmet” in its title implies, this book is meant for serious cooks, people who know their gorgonzola from their orechiette and who don’t fret that the children will turn their noses up at, say African Lamb and Pumpkin Soup, or Miso-Marinated Tuna with Pickled Ginger — not to mention the Ahi with Wasabi… interesting recipe combinations in what could probably best be called “fusion” style.”

~ Daniel Drolet, Ottawa Citizen 

Skinny Feasts

(Whitecap, 1997)

Give an adventurous good chef a tiny restaurant without a deep fryer, and be amazed at what transpires: depth of flavour, intelligent choice of cooking methods, delicious food that is inherently healthful.
John Allemang, Quill & Quire

“[Skinny Feasts is] an informative and quirky (if wordy) guide to an eclectic West Coast style of cooking. She has assimilated more scientific knowledge about the workings of the kitchen than most writers, and uses this to advantage in discussing techniques. She is also, in the best grow-your-own tradition, a bit of a produce freak.”

~ John Allemang, Quill & Quire 

Cinda Chavich, Calgary Herald

“Anyone who knows Calgary’s dee Hobsbawn-Smith knows she’s a thoughtful and articulate woman with a passion for food that spills out of her like water. She’s also passionate about her kids, her husband, good wine — all of the things that make us passionate about her. Now the local chef and caterer has written down some of her vast knowledge and is sharing it in a new book, Skinny Feasts … creative recipes (all penned with good health and balance in mind), there are lots of nifty little anecdotes about her life behind the stoves of the world and important lessons in cooking techniques.”

~ Cinda Chavich, Calgary Herald 

Bonnie Stern, cookbook writer and educator extraordinaire

“Dee brings to her first book all the enthusiasm she brings to her cooking classes, food writing, catering and life in general. It is a joy to have dee cooking beside you whether she is there in person or not.”

~ Bonnie Stern, cookbook writer and educator extraordinaire

Deborah Madison, chef and author of The Greens Cookbook

“While the title suggests low-fat cooking, more importantly, Skinny Feasts is about good food and how to enjoy it.”

~ Deborah Madison, chef and author of The Greens Cookbook

Kathy Richardier, publisher, City Palate

“If you appreciate intelligence, style and wit in both food and writing, you’ll find much to savour in Skinny Feasts. It’s a culinary adventure.”

~ Kathy Richardier, publisher, City Palate

Marion Kane, Toronto Star

“When it comes to a philosophy of cooking, dee – chef, caterer and cooking teacher – is a woman after my own heart. I had a hunch this was true as I browsed through her super new cookbook Skinny Feasts. I was sure of it after we chatted by phone late last week while she was in town on a busy cross-country media tour. What dee calls her “chef’s perspective on cooking low-fat food” is a godsend for those of us who refuse to sacrifice flavor in order to eat healthy fare.”

~ Marion Kane, Toronto Star 

 

“Bread & Water is an emotionally arresting, beautifully written series of essays.”

~ Jurors’ Citation, Saskatchewan Book Awards, University of Saskatchewan President’s Office Nonfiction Award

“Food is a wonderful agent for storytelling... and Bread & Water demonstrates this brilliantly.”

~ Sarah Ramsey, starred review, Quill & Quire

“[Bread & Water is] An amazing feast... riveting... eloquent.”

~ Patricia D. Robertson, Winnipeg Free Press

“[Bread & Water is a] sensuous experience; she brings her poet’s eye and ear to everything within her purview.”

~ Professor emerita Kathleen Wall, Blue Duets

“A deep love of the art of cooking that includes the language of fine dining (cassoulet, confit) even if the lamb was raised in Olds and she picked the rhubarb herself... she impressively manages this collision of worlds with a wholesome, approachable style.”

~ Megan Clark, Alberta Views

“These finely focussed poems [in Wildness Rushing In] invite us into a sensuous and emotionally rich landscape.”

~ Don McKay, winner of the Griffin Poetry Prize

“The writing [in Wildness Rushing In] is honed and textured, the senses so alive that you can practically taste the language. There are moments of brilliance rare in a first book.”

~ Jurors’ Citation, Saskatchewan Book Awards

“dee Hobsbawn-Smith’s stories [in What Can’t Be Undone] are written with a poetic edge. Her descriptions, particularly western landscapes, are often luxurious, lending themselves a kind of nuanced impression, a delicate fingerprint on the reader’s mind. "

~ Lee Kvern, Alberta Views

“[Foodshed is] A rich encyclopedia of facts, farm-gate lore and original recipes... a politically engaging narrative in which Hobsbawn-Smith articulates the challenges and joys faced by small-scale producers... don’ t let the alphabet theme fool you. This is no tame nursery rhyme; it is a locavore call to arms.”

~ P.D. Robertson, The Globe & Mail

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