The 2017 J.K. Farm

Summer Dinner Series

The 2017 J.K. Farm

Summer Dinner Series

Evidence of Transformation

I see evidence of transformation in many places. An intricately patterned caterpillar inching its way towards the ideal location to spin its cocoon and then to emerge, a graceful butterfly leaving the torn remnant of its former life behind. A lobster, its flesh pushing outwards beyond the capacity of its rigid carapace. It molts, shedding its shell and begins the next chapter of its life anew. Its new exoskeleton is vulnerable in the early going, growing harder and more protective in time. I think of these creatures in nature and wonder how people show outward signs of transformation.

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Evidence of Transformation

I see evidence of transformation in many places. An intricately patterned caterpillar inching its...

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Watching the Weathervane

I thought of Mary Poppins looking at the weathervane and seeing the arrow pointing to a new direction. In the movie this was her cue to pack her magical carpet bag and umbrella and move to a new place. I thought of this as I closed the shutters on the loafing barn windows this past Saturday night. I had never thought of doing this all summer as the weather had been warm and stable. Now I was feeling a change. A change of season from summer to fall. In Toronto, this feeling has for years coincided with the labour day weekend and the air show at the CNE. Here in Hillier it is more about the wind picking up and the clouds moving quickly across the night sky, obscuring and then revealing the waxing crescent moon.

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Watching the Weathervane

I thought of Mary Poppins looking at the weathervane and seeing the arrow pointing to a new direc...

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A Late-Ripening Summer

If I have the luxury of time, I always opt to take the train. A few years ago my mother gave me a triptych of photographs she had taken from her Viarail seat en route to Montreal from Belleville. It was autumn and the changing colours on the trees were at their dazzling best. In the images one can’t make out the trees though. Rather, the pictures convey a beautiful abstract colour field all blurred together through the motion of the train. I love this triptych and I love taking the train for the feeling the photographs evoke. 

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A Late-Ripening Summer

If I have the luxury of time, I always opt to take the train. A few years ago my mother gave me a...

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Ruth's Cheddar by Land and by Sea

As we moved into the open water it was clear Champ did not enjoy being on the boat. All that pitching and yawing in the swell of Lake Ontario upset his equilibrium and his delicate stomach. He looked at me with these plaintive eyes I had never seen before as if to say “You have to take me back to shore”. Our very considerate host and captain agreed to turn his worthy craft about and we made for Wellington harbour and terra firma for Champ. Safely ensconced in the back seat of the car under the shade of the basswood trees Champ flashed a smile at me as if to say “thanks doggie daddy. Now you run along. I’ll be fine here”.

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Ruth's Cheddar by Land and by Sea

As we moved into the open water it was clear Champ did not enjoy being on the boat. All that pitc...

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Terroir Harmonies

As I surveyed the people gathered in the dining room last Saturday evening, I spied Peter and Alice Mennacher. Each Saturday I convey the message that we are exploring the relationships between foods and wines grown in a specific place. It is exciting to me to discover the natural harmonies that exist and to share those harmonies with my guests.

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Terroir Harmonies

As I surveyed the people gathered in the dining room last Saturday evening, I spied Peter and Ali...

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J.K. The Jamie Kennedy Cookbook

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J.K. The Jamie Kennedy Cookbook

$39.99

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Shippable stock coming soon; books ARE available for purchase at the farm if you are attending an event there.

By ordering through us, you receive a copy signed by Chef Kennedy.

J.K. The Jamie Kennedy Cookbook
by Jamie Kennedy with Ivy Knight; photography by Jo Dickins
Harpercollins Canada, 2014

This reprint of the first edition features a new front and back cover.


Canada's most celebrated chef reveals his food and his story.

No chef in Canada is more respected for his devotion to local, seasonal, sustainable gastronomy, and his relentless pursuit to define and celebrate Canada's unique regional culinary character, than Jamie Kennedy. Kennedy has been at the forefront of Canada's farm-to-table, slow food and local food movements. In this journey, he has helped to nurture and strengthen the community of like-minded producers, chefs and consumers. Moreover, he has inspired others to join him in following this traditional yet revolutionary philosophy. Throughout his illustrious and sometimes challenging career, JK has always held the same truths to be fundamental to his food. With JK: The Jamie Kennedy Cookbook, he offers everyone a taste of his extraordinary cooking. From his early days cooking at The Three Small Rooms in Toronto to Scaramouche and on to his own restaurants, the Palmerston, the ROM, JK Wine Bar and Gilead, among others, his food has evolved, but his outlook has never wavered. From French fries to Cornish hen galantines, from rhubarb jellies to pickled ramps, JK's philosophy of simplicity and pleasure shines through. In this celebration of Canadian food, Jamie Kennedy also reveals much about his life's work, his challenges and successes, and his engagement in a culinary and cultural revolution. Soupstock, Empty Bowls and Local Food Movement dinners, all essential events on the foodie calendar, are part of Jamie's signature "food fight" for food security, supporting local producers and feeding the underserved.

Jamie Kennedy, in his food and his life's work, is a quietly radical, deeply committed activist. His passions are evident in this extraordinary cookbook. Written with Canada's cutting edge culinary writer Ivy Knight, and featuring the stunning photography of Jo Dickins, J.K.: The Jamie Kennedy Cookbook will turn heads, open minds and have readers running to their kitchens to start cooking magnificent food.

Shipping cost will be added on in the checkout area, at $10 for shipping within Canada and $20 for shipping within the U.S.A. You will receive an email with Canada Post shipping information after your order is received.

Books are also available for sale at the Summer Dinner Series events.







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