Today, increasing emphasis is being placed on the integrity of the way the food we eat is grown. We all dream about produce picked on a summer morning, making its way to our plates by noon. Christian Gaudreault, owner of Vancouver’s Tomato Fresh Food Cafe, has spent the last 15 years serving food straight from the farm with delicious results. Christian and his wife Star share their best-loved and most sought-after recipes; at the heart of the book is their simple philosophy: learn how to let farmers’ fields and local markets determine your menus, and cooking at home can be fun and uncomplicated, as well as healthy. The beautiful yet deceptively simple recipes feature ingredients that are farm-fresh but widely available in every part of the country. For Christian and Star, part of the meal-making experience is about acknowledging and knowing where your food comes from. It’s also about the communal experience of eating, particularly at the Tomato, a casual, soul-enriching place where people from all walks of life share the common bond of food.