Along with Montreal’s famous year-round public markets, which have a strong tradition of supporting local products, the city is producing a record number of chefs-turned-cookbook authors and TV stars unknown in English Canada.
"When I published my first cookbook in French in 2007, I was one of four local authors," said Stefano Faita, whose third book recently was released in English to mark the debut of his daily cooking show on the national CBC network.
"Now we have 12 to 13 cookbooks out every fall," Faita said.
Faita’s Italian grandparents sold flowers and fresh vegetables at Montreal’s Jean-Talon Market, where he shops daily for dinner and finds inspiration for his recipes.
"The market hasn’t changed that much," he said. "It’s still multicultural, like a big melting pot.
"That’s what Montreal is."