Food, Culture, Place: Stories, Traditions, and Recipes of Newfoundland


Many homes in Newfoundland still hold well-stocked pantries of bottled moose or rabbit, freezers of corned capelin, and eider ducks at the ready, waiting for a special meal. Food Culture Place celebrates the land these foods come from and encourages everyone to put more traditional foods back on their plates.


Lori McCarthy and Marsha Tulk have been collecting and cooking their way through the wild foods of Newfoundland for decades. This book showcases their experiences and shares the stories they have captured through their work and the people they’ve met. Through it all a runs a deep love of everything that it takes to harvest, hunt and prepare these foods to be enjoyed.

Food Culture Place leads readers through a one-year food journey.


Fish are caught, game hunted, berries and plants foraged. Food is prepared, preserved, and stored. Throughout are recipes for traditional dishes, regional delicacies, and modern preparations written for today’s home cook.


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Author Bio

Lori McCarthy and Marsha Tulk

Lori McCarthy is dedicated to the cultural foods of Newfoundland and Labrador through her company Cod Sounds and the Livyers Cultural Alliance. Her core values embrace locally sourced regional cuisine and wild foods from the land and sea; this is reflected in her food experiences and workshops.  Lori has been listed as a hidden gem in National Geographic and has been written up in Coastal Living as one of the eight great excursions in North America.

Marsha Tulk grew up and married on the west coast of Newfoundland but raised her two boys on the east coast. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Visual) majoring in photography and printmaking and a Bachelor of Education (Secondary) from Memorial University of Newfoundland. Her love of photography started at a young age when she found her grandfather’s darkroom in the attic of the family’s 100-year-old home. In archiving his photographs, she found a window into the traditions of this island. It is her belief that a picture truly does silently speak a thousand words—putting food, culture, and place together has the potential to tell a thousand stories.

“The simple joy and honesty of this book lends a clear and practiced voice to a much-needed conversation—one regarding the global importance of ruralness and the cultures that exist and evolve there.”

Timothy Charles, Chef, The Fogo Island Inn

“I’ve had the pleasure of working with Lori McCarthy for several years now, both for my pod- cast and TV show, WildFed. From the moment I arrived in Newfoundland, she made sure I was immersed in the culture—the people, the places, the colours, textures, sights, smells, and, of course, the flavours. As someone who fishes the waters, hunts the land, foragers the diverse terrain, and accumulates the stories, Lori is uniquely qualified to write about the food, culture, history, and lore of Newfoundland.”

Daniel Vitalis, WildFed

“This book, like its author, is a Newfoundland treasure. Lori is spearheading a rejuvenation by reminding us of the bounties of our land, sea, and soil, and knitting together long-cherished family recipes and traditional knowledge with modern twists. Lori opens our eyes to the food potential that surrounds us, and the mouth-watering ways we can enjoy and appreciate the same resources that have sustained and enriched Newfoundland families for generations.”

Jen Shears, Natural Boutique

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