Ann Thurlow will launch My PEI Cabbage Cookbook in October. Compiled and written by Thurlow, the book is an ode to the author’s love for the underrated vegetable.
“I started out to do a straight-ahead cookbook,” Thurlow said. “But a friend convinced me to make it a little more personal, so that’s what I’ve done.”
The idea for the cookbook came in the spring of 2020. Cabbage farmers Greg and Tania MacKenzie were worried about selling their large cabbage crop because so many restaurants were closed and no one was making cole slaw. Thurlow is an avid cabbage cook and knew there was a lot more to cabbage than slaw and cabbage rolls. She started a Facebook page to share her favourite recipes and then others started sharing too.
As well as Thurlow’s story of her love affair with cabbage, the book includes short profiles of three farms that grow cabbage, essays by others about great cabbage experiences, illustrations by Rebecca Ford and, of course, lots of recipes.
“It particularly pleases me to see recipes from so many countries and to know they were contributed by people who live right here on PEI,” shares Thurlow. “I think people are going to be really surprised by what they see.”
The cookbook is a fundraiser for the Little Free Pantry in Charlottetown which provides snacks and personal care items to people who need them. Warm socks (not tube socks) will be collected at the launch on October 16 from 11 am–2 pm at the McKenzie’s roadside stand (10971 TCH) in Stratford. Cabbage chocolate cake will be sold while it lasts as well as cabbage earrings. And of course, lots of fresh cabbage will be for sale so everyone can make the recipes.