Not to be confused with the Canadian pop singer from Toronto, Carol Pope is a gardening writer living in Garden Bay, BC. She was editor of GardenWise magazine and Her specialty was organic gardening in B.C. Carol was a contributing editor to The Zero-Mile Diet and The Book of Kale. With Sharon Hanna, she wrote The Book of Kale and Friends: 14 Easy-to-Grow Superfoods with 130+ Recipes (Douglas & McIntyre 2014) $26.95

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.


[BCBW 2015]