One Book One Province 2018
The SLA’s One Book, One Province program is back for another year!
In March 2018, SLA invites everyone in the province to read Out of Old Saskatchewan Kitchens, by Amy Jo Ehman, published by MacIntyre Purcell Publishing Inc.
In this book you will be introduced to Saskatchewan’s rich food and cultural history and you may discover a few new recipes as well.
Read together, cook together, get together!
For more information: Anne Pennylegion, Program Coordinator
One Book, One Province aims to increase literacy and to create a reading culture by providing opportunities for residents to become more socially engaged in their community through a shared story.
One Book, One Province encourages Saskatchewan’s social, economic and cultural development while supporting libraries and collaboration.
Read about the 2017 One Book One Province Project – the first in Saskatchewan.
“The One Book, One Province initiative is a fabulous way to connect people across Saskatchewan,” said Lieutenant Governor Vaughn Solomon Schofield. “The 2018 book selection – Amy Jo Ehman’s Out of Old Saskatchewan Kitchens is a beautifully-written, engaging book that tells fascinating stories about our food traditions. As a book that appeals to all ages and people of diverse backgrounds, it is a perfect choice for this exciting program. I am grateful to the Saskatchewan Library Association and their partners for celebrating our multiculturalism and for promoting understanding. I also wish to congratulate and thank the talented Amy Jo Ehman for her delightful and meaningful book.”
Honorable Vaughn Solomon Schofield, Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan, Honorary Patron
One Book, One Province Month Proclamation
Additional content coming shortly.
Community and Local Library Events
SLA can help publicize your local event. We will post messages on Facebook and twitter and list your event in this section of our website. Please register your event here:
Author Tour and Celebration Events
2018 OBOP Reading Tour
Amy Jo Ehman
Please note: Times and Dates are tentative and subject to change
March 1, 2018, 2 p.m.
Saskatoon Public Library
Frances Morrison Central Library
311-23rd St E
Saskatoon, SK S7K 0J6
March 8, 2018, 1:30 p.m.
Duck Lake Public Library
Duck Lake, SK S0K 1J0
March 9, 2018, Noon
The Wheatland Cafe with C.J. Katz
March 9, 2018, 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
The Saskatchewan German Council
Culture in the Kitchen with Amy Jo Ehman
“Apfelkuken Now and Then”
Pre-registration and prepayment required
March 11, 2018, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Fort Qu’appelle Public Library
March 13, evening
Regina Public Library (Albert Branch)
3355 6th Ave.
Regina, SK S4T 3H7
March 15, 2018, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Fort Qu’Appelle Public Library
Reading, food, community stories
148 Company Avenue South
Fort Qu’Appelle, SK S0G 1S0
March 15, 2018
Qu’Appelle Public library
16 Qu’appelle St
Qu’appelle, SK S0G 4A0
March 16, 2018. 1 p.m.
Elbow/Loreburn Public Libraries Joint event
Reading, signing, food, local museum will mount a kitchen related display
Elbow Civic Centre366 Coteau St. WMoose Jaw, SK S6H 5C9
March 26, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
Leader Public Library
Reading, food and stories
Community Hall (Club room)
151 1st St West
Leader, SK S0N 1H0
March 27, 2018, 2 p.m.
Gravelbourg Public Library
133 5th Ave. East
Gravelbourg, SK S0H 1X0
March 29, 2018
McNally Robinson Saskatoon
to be announced.
Project Partners and Sponsors
Sponsorship Information Document Sponsorship_information_2018
Here are some ideas and resources to get you started:
- This book provides the perfect opportunity to host a potluck Book Club meeting. Everyone in your group can bring an item from the book!
- Your book club members could also prepare the food together. Choose a recipe or two and have everyone bring an ingredient.
- Each book club member brings a recipe or a dish from their past and talks about what it means to them and their cultural heritage.
Libraries and Community organizations
- Encourage members of your community to read the book through promotion on social media, posters, web site announcements, etc.
- Host a lecture by a speaker with knowledge/expertise/experience related to the book. It could be an historian, a chef, or a gardener.
- Develop and deliver children’s programming.
- Select children’s books about food.
- Prepare a craft with vegetables as the theme.
- Serve a healthy local treat.
- Deliver a storytime session at your local Farmer’s Market.
- Develop and share a reading list for community members. Some titles to consider:
- The 100 Mile Diet: a Year of Local Eating by Alisa Smith
- Locavore: From Farmers’ Fields to Rooftop Gardens: How Canadians are Changing the Way we Eat by Sarah Elton
- The Boreal Feast: A Culinary Journey through the North by Michele Genest
- Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: a Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver
- Speaking in Cod Tongues: A Canadian Culinary Journey, by Lenore Newman
- Arab Cooking on a Prairie Homestead: Recipes and Recollections from a Syrian Pioneer, by Habeeb Salloum
- Antarctic Book of Cooking and Cleaning a Polar Bear, by Wendy Trusler
- Baba’s Babushka: A Magical Ukrainian Christmas by Marion Mutala, illustrated by Wendy Siemens
- Canada’s Wheat King: The Life and Times of Seager Wheeler by Jim Shilliday
- Cream Money: Stories of Prairie People, edited by Deana Driver
- The Female Emigrants Guide by Catherine Parr Trail
- Food that Really Schmecks by Edna Staebler
- Letters from Nokomis: Life on a Homestead in Saskatchewan by Julie Feilberg
- Making Beignes with Kokum by Angela Caron and Wilfred Burton
- More Babas, Please! by Marion Mutala, illustrated by Olha Tkachenko
- Mustard Makeovers and More by Linda Braun and Kim Kennet
- Prairie Feast by Amy Jo Ehman
- Season of Plenty by Doreen Bleich
- Secrets of a Hutterite Kitchen: Unveiling The Rituals Traditions And Food Of The Hutterite Culture by Mary Ann Kirkby
- Taste: Seasonal Dishes from a Prairie Table by CJ Katz
- Engage local artists/musicians to respond to the book, or to lead community members in their own creative response.
- Host a Farmer’s Market night or Canning and Preserving night with local food experts.
- Hold public screenings of films relevant to the topics addressed by the book.
- Hold public readings from the book.
Amy Jo Ehman is a well-known Saskatchewan writer and broadcaster. Her books chronicle the history of food and food production in this province. She and her husband John spent a year eating local food and produced the award winning book Prairie Feast: A Writer’s Journey Home for Dinner in 2010. Out of Old Saskatchewan Kitchens was published in 2014. Amy Jo lives and works in Saskatoon.
Learn more about her at this website: http://www.ajehman.com/
Follow her blog: https://homefordinner.blogspot.ca/
Find her on Twitter: @prairiefeast
About the Book and How to Find Copies
This book is organized into two sections: The People and The Food. Ehman traces the history of the province through the food that has been grown, prepared and eaten here. From First Nations and Métis people, to immigrants from Europe, Asia and the United States, the people who lived here used all available ingredients to feed their families. The second section is a listing of recipes, complete with many photos of well-used recipe cards, starting with Bread, Biscuits and Bannock and ending with Pickles and Preserves.
Copies of Out of Old Saskatchewan Kitchens can be borrowed from public libraries in the province. Use the province-wide catalogue to search for a copy: https://www.sasklibraries.ca/members.html
It is also available at bookstores including:
Coles, Chapters, Indigo: https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/
McNally Robinson Booksellers: http://www.mcnallyrobinson.com/home
Also available online at www.amazon.ca
Order from the publisher, MacIntyre Purcell: https://www.nimbus.ca/?s=ehman
- Debbi-Lynn Bateson
- Sarah Bonish (Regina Public Library)
- Cara Bradley (University of Regina)
- Rorie Bruce
- Kimberley Hintz (Provincial Library & Literacy Office)
- Alison Jantz (Saskatoon Theological Union) and SLA VP of Advocacy & Development
- Ann Liang (Marketing and Outreach Librarian
Saskatchewan Polytechnic Library, Moose Jaw Campus)
- Deborah McConkey (Horizon Seminary Library)
- Colleen Murphy (University of Regina) Chair, and SLA Rep to the Multitype Library Board
- Anne Pennylegion (SLA Program Coordinator)
- Dorothea Warren (SLA Executive Director)