Only in Saskatchewan: Recipes & Stories from the Province's
Naomi Hansen's first book, Only in Saskatchewan: Recipes & Stories from the Province's
Best-Loved Eateries was published in spring 2022 by TouchWood Editions.
Garrett Kendel / King Rose Visuals
About the Book
In this celebration of Saskatchewan cuisine, Naomi Hansen pairs recipes from the province's best-loved restaurants with profiles of the chefs and families behind those recipes. Only in Saskatchewan captures the mix of culinary influences—Ukrainian, Indigenous, Italian, Vietnamese, Indian, Persian, Dutch, Mexican, and more—that come together in the land of the living skies.
Featuring the north, centre, and south of the province (with dedicated chapters for Saskatoon and Regina), Naomi showcases historic restaurants like the Yvette Moore Gallery Cafe in Moose Jaw, Baba's Homestyle Perogies in Saskatoon, and Italian Star Deli in Regina, as well as newer favourites like The Dam Smokehouse in Nipawin, Free Bird in Lumsden, and Ayden Kitchen & Bar in Saskatoon.
The recipes range from ambitious desserts like Mable Hill's Bourbon Brown Butter Cake with Sour Cherry Topping and Hot Sour Cream Glaze, and Golden Grain Bakery's Bismarks, to everyday staples like The Rolling Pin's Borscht and Houston Pizza's All Dressed Pizza, to simpler pleasures like Wolf Willow's Smokey Stovetop Popcorn and Harvest Eatery's Whole Lotta Rosie Cocktail, each one a reflection of the generosity of spirit Saskatchewanians are known for. With food and landscape photography by Garrett Kendel, and a handy sourcing guide to Saskatchewan suppliers, the book is at once a beautiful tribute and valuable resource for exploring the province's culinary scope.
"I'm not sure what I love more—the recipes, the histories, or the beautiful photographs. But why choose? I love Only in Saskatchewan as a cookbook, a road trip, and a culinary love story all in one."
—Amy Jo Ehman, author of Thelma: A Life in Pictures
"Naomi shines a spotlight on two pillars in Saskatchewan's diverse culinary landscape: the province's freshest ingredients and those who know how to prepare them best—its people. This book is a must-have for discovering a slice of the province I call home."
—Ashlyn George, award-winning travel writer and blogger behind The Lost
Girl's Guide to Finding the World
"You won't know what to do first, start your car for a road trip, or turn your oven on and cook."
—Andrew Hiltz, Saskatchewanderer
"Naomi's engaging, nostalgic read is equal parts dining guide and cookbook to recreate that only-in-Saskatchewan restaurant experience at home."
—Jenn Sharp, author of Flat Out Delicious and host of the Flat Out Food docuseries
What People Are Saying
Toronto Star: Insider's Guide to Saskatoon
The John Gormley Show
Canadian Living: 10 Tricks, Tips & Ideas We Love This Month
Awards & Honours
Number One Best-Selling Book of 2022 at McNally Robinson Bookstore in Saskatoon, SK
Shortlisted for the 2023 Taste Canada Awards in the Regional / Cultural Cookbook category (awards held in October 2023).