Tasting Nova Scotia, Cookbook: Atlantic Seafood, Recipes from Chef Michael Howell
The chef behind The Tempest Restaurant in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Michael Howell knows seafood. Growing up in Chester, Nova Scotia, and graduate of the Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago, his travels spanned large chunks of the globe for 20 years, Chef Howell has a particularly beautiful presentation of the fruit of the sea.
I first saw Chef Howell on an episode of “Opening Soon” on Food Network Canada’s watching as he and his wife, and partner, Mary Harwell built The Tempest from the ground up. Many years later, I found myself, a new resident of Nova Scotia, in his restaurant enjoying his food and becoming an even bigger fan of the ease with which he creates.
His first cookbook, Atlantic Seafood showcases 50 recipes, with Howell’s unique approach and attention to detail, all beautifully photographed with easy to follow directions.
Admittedly, some of the recipes are advanced for the armature cook. Which is exactly why I bought it. I like a challenge in the kitchen. I enjoy the process of taking a completely new technique and learning as I go. Sometimes that ends in complete disaster (read: smoke, temper tantrums, tears, take-out) but I will go at something until I get it right and Chef Howell inspires me with Atlantic Seafood —he makes me want to learn.
For my money, the best parts of the book are the little asides profiling each seafood and its unique properties, how Howell likes to approach each one and why. It makes for a more personal read, admission to the kitchen if you will.
A stunningly beautiful cookbook to add to your collection. Atlantic Seafood, Recipes from Chef Michael Howell, from Nimbus Publishing. Available at select bookstores, Amazon.ca, The Tempest Restaurant and The Tempest booth at the Wolfville Farmer’s Market – $24.95 (CAD) Traveling Nova Scotia? Here’s Food Gypsy’s take on The Tempest Restaurant – Wolfville, Nova Scotia. Take your appetite.