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‘Reclaiming our culture one bite at a time’ Chef Wolfman releases first cookbook

WOLFMAN-BOOK-1000-X-562Brittany Hobson
Acclaimed Indigenous Chef David Wolfman has been around for a long time.

His career started 40-years-ago in Toronto, Ont.

Since then he has hosted the popular cooking show, Cooking with the Wolfman, and has taught at George Brown College of Applied Arts and Technology in Toronto.

For the first time, he is adding author to his resume.

Wolfman just released his first cookbook called Cooking with the Wolfman: Indigenous Fusion on Oct. 7.


In it, he blends European cooking techniques with Indigenous food traditions.

“Indigenous fusion is respecting our traditional foods. The foods that have been passed down from generations,” Wolfman said at a recent book launch at Neechi Commons in Winnipeg.

“From the styles, the methods of smoking, preserving and fusing in a modern way.”

In the book, Wolfman features traditional staples like bannock, dear meat, and wild berries but with a Western twist.

At Winnipeg’s book launch attendees got a taste of Indigenous fusion with fry bread infused with red pepper flakes and jalapenos, and Metis tourtiere made with deer meat.


Wolfman, who is a member of the Xaxli’p First Nation in B.C., said the book features traditional ingredients from coast to coast including foods from Indigenous nations across the Americas.

“Some of the ingredients that we have in the book are things like the west coast salmon,” he said. “We have caribou, we have venison.

“We have a wonderful moose meat burger made with blue cheese and applesauce.”

Wolfman has been promoting the book across Canada since its release.

He teamed up with Indigenous culinary arts students from Patal International College for the Winnipeg launch.

It was a last minute collaboration said Jade Little, who is a recent graduate from the culinary arts program, one that shocked her classmates.

“I just found out I was coming to be honest,” she said. “I didn’t even know I was coming here and then when I got to school they said I would be participating in this.”

Steve Watson is the culinary arts instructor at Patal College.

He said the introduction to Indigenous fusion gives students a chance to practice something new.

“They know bannock, they know stew, they know those certain things like that [tourtiere],” he said. “So to combine different things, its things they might not have done in the past, so it’s fun for them to be able to do this sort of thing.”

Wolfman says if there’s one message others take from the book he hopes it’s this, “reclaiming our culture. One bite at a time.”

Contact Brittany here: bhobson@aptn.ca

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