Figure 1 Publishing

Food + Drink

Canada’s Food Island

A Collection of Stories and Recipes from Prince Edward Island

Farmers and Fishers of Prince Edward Island. Photography by Stephen Harris. Stories and captions by Stuart Hickox

Globe and Mail National Bestseller

Indigo Bestseller

Awarded Gourmand World Cookbook Award in Anglo America category

A sampling of seasonal recipes from Prince Edward Island and stories about the people, places and local ingredients that inspire them.

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“I love everything about this book—the land and the people it celebrates, the food it honours, the stories it tells, and the cause it supports. Beautiful!!”

—Rick Mercer, bestselling author and host of The Rick Mercer Report

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Book Description

Prince Edward Islanders are famous for hosting family and friends in the kitchen. Canada’s Food Island invites you to celebrate the Island’s farm-to-table cooking and meet the farmers, fishers and artisans who make those delicious dishes possible. From preparing the perfect lobster roll in spring and galettes filled with sweet fresh-picked strawberries in summer to making savory potato pizza in fall and roast turkey with an oyster, bacon and wild mushroom stuffing in mid-winter, you’re sure to find a favourite recipe to delight guests and satisfy your own cravings.

Canada’s Food Island combines nearly 100 inspired seasonal recipes with homegrown stories and beautiful photographs to capture the essence of the island’s unique food culture—a blend of people, place and locally sourced fresh natural ingredients. You’ll learn how mussels and oysters are sustainably raised and harvested, why Island beef is so flavourful and what makes wild blueberries so special. Whether you’ve spent time on Prince Edward Island or not, you’ll want to visit these pages again and again to experience a taste of the Island in the comfort of your own kitchen.

Royalties from sales of the book will go to PEI food banks to help support their mission to increase food security for Islanders. For more information about Canada’s Food Island, visit



“PEI’s most delicious season”

Toronto Star

“. . . entice you to book a plane ticket and start your exploratory journey into the food worlds most of us take for granted.”

Canadian Cookbooks

P.E.I. partners with Canada’s Food Island for new Island inspired cookbook


“I can guarantee that there will be copies wrapped in holiday paper and sent to faraway friends later this year.”

SaltWire, Charlottetown Guardian

Lobster Bisque Recipe

Cool Food Dude

New cookbook celebrating P.E.I. food, farmers and fishers ‘flying off the shelves’

CBC, Pipa News

“This book is so beautifully bright and inviting that it’s tough to decide whether it belongs on your coffee table or in your kitchen. Luckily, one doesn’t have to choose.”

Culinary Historians of Canada

Mark DeWolf: Canada’s Food Island cookbook is a love story of PEI


“We enjoy superb mussels, oysters, lobster and potatoes from Prince Edward Island. Now comes a beautiful book telling the story of how these excellent foods are produced and how to cook them to perfection, with nearly 100 recipes and stories.”

Recipe: Grilled Lemon and Prosecco Mussels

Montreal Gazette

Mussels Straight From The Waters Of P.E.I.

Fairview Post

“Much more than a cookbook, this offering comprises dishes, stories, and stunning photography from one of the country’s leading culinary destinations.”

22 Best Cookbooks of 2022

Daily Hive

“It’s the season for comfort food, and that often means potatoes. Canada’s Food Island, a project of P.E.I.’s fishers and farmers, is a handsome book of almost 100 recipes, including this glamorous baked potato dish.”

Montreal Gazette

“This glorious collection would be welcome on your coffee table while also very useful in your kitchen.”

Top Canadian Cookbooks of 2022

VITA Daily

Canada’s Food Island, edited by Kaley Butler, is a collection of more than 100 recipes and stories of the farmers, fishers and artisans who offer recipes such as potato chocolate cake and potato pizza — hail to P.E.I. potatoes.”

Vancouver Sun, O Canada

“This guidebook to all things PEI food-related shines a light on the daily lives of small-scale farms, family-run fisheries, and talented artisans that make the island province such a stellar place to eat.”

Eater Montreal

Top Five Local Sellers From Chapters & Indigo

Atlantic Books

“The pages are packed with seafood, potatoes and everything else you could want from the little island.”

House & Home

Lobster PEI Contest

Global News Halifax

How to Prepare Lobster + 4 Lobster Recipes

Taste and Travel Magazine

National Post

“This is by far one of the most stunning cookbooks to ever be released. There are books that you cook from and then there are books that you pore over, devouring every aspect—this is one of those books.”


“PEI is one of the most breathtaking and scenic places on Earth, with deep-rooted culinary traditions from the land and sea. Whether eating shellfish harvested by its fishermen, picking potatoes with its farmers, sampling local cheese, or sharing a jar of bar clams at a kitchen table with its locals, you’ll always feel a part of the Island family.”

—Chuck Hughes, executive chef and TV personality

“I love everything about this book—the land and the people it celebrates, the food it honours, the stories it tells, and the cause it supports. Beautiful!!”

—Rick Mercer, bestselling author and host of The Rick Mercer Report

“Prince Edward Island is a giant green farm floating in the deep blue sea, fringed by white sandy beaches and stuffed tip-to-tip with authentic food stories. We are a place of flavour. Our cooks and chefs are rooted in the land and buoyed by the sea, and our deep respect for this place is reflected in our world-class cooking. Canada’s Food Island is a celebration of all that we are.”

—Chef Michael Smith, Island innkeeper and author


  • Hardcover
  • 8.5 × 11 inches
  • 336 pages
  • 978-1-77327-196-5
  • $38.95 CAD / $32.95 USD
  • September 2022