Kale is a vegetable that can be grown year-round throughout North America, helping families save hundreds of dollars a year on grocery bills. Sharon Hanna's The Book of Kale: The Easy-to-Grow Superfood, 80+ Recipes (Harbour 2012), is a garden-to-kitchen guide about growing this super-sustainable crop organically-as edible landscaping, on balconies and boulevards, and even indoors.

Known as a kale-evangelist, Sharon Hanna of Vancouver received the Mayor's Prize for Environmental Excellence in 2006 for her inner-city children's gardening program. Hanna contributes regularly to GardenWise magazine and was West Coast correspondent for Gardening Life.

In November of 2013, The Food Writing Awards celebrated the vibrancy and diversity of Canadian culinary publishing with an award ceremony and gala reception at the Arcadian Court in Toronto where Sharon Hanna was honoured as the winner in the single-subject cookbooks category for The Book of Kale: The Easy-to-Grow Superfood. The jury said the writing "has real personality and charm"; and that the book "has integrity, heart and pure deliciousness.";

In January of 2015, Sharon Hanna and Carol Pope's The Book of Kale and Friends: 14 Easy-to-Grow Superfoods with 130+ Recipes (Douglas & McIntyre, $26.95 ) was selected as the winner of the 2014 Gourmand World Cookbook Awards' competition for Canada's Best Single Subject Cookbook in English.

It went on to compete against the winners in other countries in the same category to be named the Best Single Subject Cookbook in the World. The results for that competition would be announced at an award ceremony in Yantai, China on Tuesday June 9, 2015.

Kale is the supergreen that everybody seems to love these days. It's nutrient-dense and bursting with antioxidents and phytonutrients. It's also easy to grow organically-it thrives in winter, sweetens in the cold and self seeds-and it has an important role supporting bees and other beneficial insects.

But The Book of Kale & Friends does not only focus on kale; it also features fourteen other plants that would qualify as garden superheroes.

The Book of Kale & Friends is a follow up to the national bestseller, The Book of Kale: The Easy-to-Grow Superfood, put out by Harbour Publishing in 2012. It contains gardening tips that will help you feel like a master gardener with almost no effort at all. It also contains nutritional fast facts, and a wealth of all-new recipes, including creative and delectable ideas for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks-and even cocktails! The recipes are easy to follow and are accompanied by stunning and inspiring photography.

Throughout the book, Sharon and Carol empower readers to grow their own edibles, an act that not only has a positive impact on one's health and enjoyment of food, but also on communities and ecosystems. Although the authors' writing is lighthearted (and sometimes a little cheeky), their convictions come through loud and clear: it can be so simple, yet so fulfilling, to adopt more sustainable food practices.


The Book of Kale: The Easy-to-Grow Superfood, 80+ Recipes (Harbour 2012) $26.95 978-1-55017-576-9

The Book of Kale and Friends: 14 Easy-To-Grow Superfoods with 130+ Recipes (Douglas & McIntyre 2014) $26.95 978-1-77162-014-7 (with Carol Pope) also available as an ebook.

[BCBW 2014]