THE SECRET IS IN THE SAUCE
The Educational Project
With an aging population and an increasing number of elderly people affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other cognitive difficulties, our collective memory is on the point of disappearing. And this is even more evident among Quebec’s English-speaking seniors, who are fewer in number, less visible and more isolated. The result is the lamentable loss of our cultural heritage, of stories, of recipes, all of which are part of a unifying thread between the generations, weaving the cultural fabric that allows a community to be a community. In 10 or 20 years, who will remember the traditional recipe for Greek baklava, Russian blini, the Irish recipe for ham hock and colcannon, or Italian passata della Nonna? Food that people once ate when they gathered together for family meals, and which nourishes the soul.
No time to visit Grandma at the hospital or at her residence? We will do it for all those young and not-so-young people whose hectic lives prevent them from visiting their aging relatives and who, as a result, will be deprived of a vital cultural heritage.
The Secret Is in the Sauce is a project that relies on Quebecers’ (of all origins and languages) love of food and their innate sense of celebration and festivity to create a project that will bring together and give recognition to anglophone culture among first-generation immigrants and First Nations communities.
In the pursuit of the finer recipes there is in the Quebec English-speaking communities, Monique Polak, author, blogger, moderator and journalist, has crisscrossed Quebec with photographer Monique Dykstra to meet with 20 anglophone seniors. The seniors share family recipes, talk about their lives, feast days, and explain how traditional know-how and culture are passed down through the generations. The 21 recipes have been brought together and printed in a lovely book.
HAVE THE CHANCE TO WIN A FREE COPY OF THE COOKBOOK!
Below are 21 portraits of people you’d love to have dinner with. Monique Polak recorded these interviews for The Secret is in the Sauce. You could win a copy of the cookbook! To participate, share a picture or story from your family’s culinary history, and either post it on our Instagram account, or comment on our Facebook page My Cooking, Our Heritage.Use thehashtag #mycookingourheritage.
Enjoy the interviews, and bon appétit!
READ THE SECRET IS IN THE SAUCE BOOK
READING RECOMMENDATIONS FROM PARAGRAPHE BOOKSTORE (ANGLAIS SEULEMENT)
Paragraphe Bookstore is proud to be a part of The Secret is in the Sauce showcase. Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, when we began to spend more of our free time at home with books about hobbies & crafts that helped occupy our time & tales of other places; when Zoom exploring and cooking took the place of traditional family gatherings, we were once again taught the importance of the written word.
DISCOVER OUR SPECIAL COLLABORATIONS INSPIRED BY THE PROJECT
Mentors, Elders, Traditions, and Me: Chefs and Influences
A collaboration with the Appetite For Books library
Les oreilettes de Madelaine et Laurène
Un texte de Pascale Navarro
MEET THE COLLABORATORS
Monique Polak is the author of 26 books for young people. Her spring 2019 titles are I Am a Feminist: Claiming the F-Word in Turbulent Times, and Princess Angelica, Part-Time Lion Trainer. Monique is a two-time winner of the Quebec Writers’ Federation Prize for Children’s and Young Adult Literature. Monique has been teaching at Marianopolis College for 32 years. She is also a freelance journalist whose stories have appeared in the Montreal Gazette and in Postmedia publications across the country. Monique is a columnist on ICI-Radio Canada’s Plus on est de fous, plus on lit!
Monique Dykstra is professional photographer from Montreal, Canada, and the author of two photography books. She opened Studio Iris Photography in 1994, a busy Montreal studio that specializes in wedding photography, family portraits, corporate events, business portraits, and private photography classes and workshops.
DISCOVER THE BLOGS
The Secret is in the Sauce! is sponsored by Canadian Heritage’s Official Languages Program.