Ontario Garlic

Overview

The taste of Ontario garlic is as rich and varied as its history. Used mainly for medicinal purposes in the nineteenth century, people turned up their noses at the aromatic bulb as it became associated with new immigrants. The once acceptable ingredient became undesirable in church and school--kids who smelled of garlic were sent home. Pioneering chefs, farmers and a wave of cultural diversity have brought the zesty allium into the mainstream, making it a gourmands go-to spice, celebrated at nine festivals across the province. Toronto Garlic Festival founder Peter McClusky serves up garlic's long journey from central Asia to its now-revered place in the hearts and dishes of Ontarians. Growing tips and forty recipes bring Ontario garlic from farm to festival to feast.

Reviews

Peter McClusky has done a fine job in recording a very difficult and multi-facetted research into a single book... [Ontario Garlic] will make a fine addition to every garlic lover's library.

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About the Author

Peter McClusky

Posted by Kendra on January 21, 2015
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Peter McClusky

After working for several years in New York in marketing-related ventures, Peter McClusky moved back to his hometown, Toronto. His work and volunteerism in small-scale agriculture includes interning on an organic farm; fundraising for, starting and managing farmers' markets (Aberfoyle, Regent Park); developing a corporate-sponsored farmers' market buck; and starting the Toronto Garlic Festival.