Our Edible Roots: The Japanese Canadian Kitchen Garden

I’m excited to announce thatĀ Our Edible Roots, a book I have spent the past year working on with Tonari Gumi Gardeners, will soon be available!

Our Edible Roots: The Japanese Canadian Kitchen GardenĀ is a cumulation of Japanese Canadian history and culinary identity since before the Second World War until today. This book features interviews, stories, recipes, and growing tips from local Japanese Canadian farmers, gardeners, elders, youth, and other contributors.

This book showcases growing and foraging tips and stories from seasoned gardeners with 40 delicious recipes highlighting these unique Japanese vegetables. Guides to using Japanese ingredients and methods for traditional culinary techniques are also included. As contributor Makiko Suzuki says, “perhaps the most important highlight is the telling of the Japanese Canadian experience through stories and interviews with community elders.”

We invite you to celebrate these stories and pick up a copy of the book for yourself at the following upcoming (and free!) events…

You can also purchase this book online or find copies for sale at the Tonari Gumi gift shop, Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre, West Coast Seeds garden shop, and Gulf of Georgia Cannery. If you would like to inquire about purchasing bulk orders at a reduced price, please email tg.gardeners@gmail.com.

This was an incredible community project driven by the passion and commitment of countless volunteers. All book sales proceeds will support the seniors lunch program at Tonari Gumi Japanese Community Volunteers Association.