Interview with Hollyhock Garden to Table author

by Hans Peter Meyer via Bon Vivant on Vacouver Island

This short post gives an overview of our recent visit to Hollyhock on Cortes Island, as well as a video interview with cook and cookbook author Moreka Jolar. You’ll also find a 15% discount coupon code for the July 10-August 1, 2013 period for this best-selling cookbook.

Our visit
One Hollyhock regular summarized the Hollyhock experience as, “Garden, food, big ideas.” That’s Hollyhock. It sits on a warm, south facing beach (and yes, we had a beach front cabin). It plays host to remarkable people from all over North America who are leading and teaching about inspiring change movements – using all kinds of media: music, social investing, internet activism, food, and much more.

I’ve been coming almost annually since a tweet from Joel Solomon about the Media that Matters conference in 2009 brought me there. That experience changed my life. More recently I’ve come to enjoy other other fruits at this Discovery Island paradise: the garden, the kitchen.

I’ll be posting my interview with Nori Fletcher, the “god mother of the garden,” later this month. My focus on this trip was the new Hollyhock cookbook. Like the first cookbook to come out of the Hollyhock kitchen, it’s a BC best-seller. Like the first book, it’s an inspiration to vegetarian cookery. But this new book, as Moreka explains in our conversation, is more about local, about what’s available in season. And the flavours…. As I say in the interview, the recipe for the quinoa chocolate cake is alone worth having the book in my kitchen!

Discount for the cookbook
Starting July 10 through August 1, 2013 readers get a 15% discount on all books from New Society Publishers, including the new Hollyhock cookbook via this link. At the checkout use this code: EAT&DRINK

Cook with our cookbook authors, Moreka Jolar and Heidi Scheifley, Oct 18-23, on Cortes Island. More info here.