Pacific Passions Cookbook: Celebrating the Flavors of the West Coast


224 pages
Contains Illustrations, Index
ISBN 1-55110-380-X
DDC 641.59711





Reviewed by Ann Turner

Ann Turner is the financial and budget manager of the University of
British Columbia Library.


Karen Barnaby’s name is synonymous with fine food of uniquely Pacific
Northwest character. As the chef of the Raintree restaurant, and later
as executive chef of the Fish House in Stanley Park, she has established
a reputation for excellent and imaginative cuisine featuring the best of
local ingredients. “ Celebrating the flavors of the West Coast,”
this gourmet collection of more than 200 recipes is built on the
seasonal seafood and produce of the region. The flavors of east and
southeast Asian cuisines appear frequently, intermingled with Italian
and other special dishes. From appetizers through main courses and
desserts, these are recipes to surprise and delight the palate. The
ingredients are readily available in well-stocked markets. Measures are
given in both imperial and metric, and the methods are clearly set out.
Most yield four to six servings. Side notes give serving suggestions,
variations, and accompanying dishes. There is a detailed index by recipe
title and principal ingredient.

The binding of this paperback is its only drawback; it does not lie
open naturally, which is an inconvenience in a recipe book that will
undoubtedly see frequent use in the kitchen.


Barnaby, Karen., “Pacific Passions Cookbook: Celebrating the Flavors of the West Coast,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed April 20, 2024,