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


Embark on a fascinating and delicious year-long food journey with 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.

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.


Winner, 2022 Gourmand World Cookbook Award for Food Heritage

Shortlisted for the 2022 Taste Canada Awards – Regional/Cultural Cookbook

Shortlisted for the 2023 APMA Best Atlantic-published Book Award


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Author Bio

Lori McCarthy and Marsha Tulk

***Winners of the 2022 Gourmand World Cookbook Award Best in the Food Heritage Cookbooks Category***

Lori McCarthy identifies fiercely as a Newfoundlander, which means more than just geographical location of birth to her. Her passion for the land is matched only by her passion for food culture. Deeply rooted here, the skilled chef and outdoors-woman is guided by a sense of responsibility to place. The ethics of conservation and sustainability inform her every move, and she is as serious about protecting Newfoundland culture, resources and food ways as she is about sharing them.

To be an innovative chef, forager, hunter, educator , and enthusiastic outdoors-person is less unusual amongst Newfoundlanders than you might think. The provinces culture is based on the values of resourcefulness and working with what the land provides. But Lori has made it her life, becoming a leader and advocate in a back to the land approach where traditional food culture is central. She’s committed to keeping the wild game and foods of this province on our plates for generations to come, and passing on the pride she learned at her own mother’s knee to her own children who will inherit this islands abundant bounty.

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.

Their first book is Food Culture Place: Stories, Traditions and Recipes of Newfoundland. 

Check out their website: FoodCulturePlace


“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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