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Q&A: Dawn Postnikoff, co-author of “Island Eats”

How do you normally start your day?

I try to start each day with a strong coffee and a half hour to reflect, write, and plan my day.

What are you reading at the moment?

I am staring at a pile of 8 books beside me at the moment, which I pick and choose from depending on my mood. A combination of business books such as Effortless by Greg McKeown, to Joanne Harris’ Five Quarters of the Orange, and Grazing by Julie Van Rosendaal to get inspiration for weekend snacks.

What’s your favourite go-to ingredient?

Ooohhhh. Tough one. Eggs. Seriously, they are the perfect little packet of nutrition, and can just as easily become breakfast, dinner or dessert!

What food is your guilty pleasure?

Red Wine and anything with Dark Chocolate. Although I don’t really feel guilty about either of those. Chocolate Milkshakes – final answer.

Who has influenced your cooking the most?

I get inspiration for my cooking from a variety of sources – my mother, my extensive cookbook collection, the chefs from my own restaurant at Paradise Valley, and celebrity chefs from around the world. However, it is my husband, my family and friends who have influenced my cooking the most, as they encourage me to be creative, to experiment, and to try new things.

Is there a food you can’t bring yourself to eat? 

I am not a fan of internal organs, but Anthony Bourdain is always whispering in my ear, encouraging me to try anything once. And I have to say, the Chicken Liver Pate in Island Eats is to die for! One of my favourite recipes.

What can readers expect from Island Eats?

Diversity. Diversity in the types of restaurants, businesses and locations we visit. The stories that we share and the recipes themselves. They will find everything from gourmet granola and ice cream to elaborate seafood dishes, homemade pasta and fun cocktails. There really is something in here for every reader, every season and every mood.

The thing I love about Vancouver Island and the Salish Sea is…

Aside from the ocean and island living in general, I love the pride that every farmer, producer, restaurant and chef has for the food they grow and prepare. Everyone is so excited to collaborate and share with others. To create new experiences, and to encourage others to do the same.

Island Eats is available in stores and participating restaurants now.

October 27, 2021
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