A new culinary publication from acclaimed chef and award-winning author Suzanne Barr hit bookshelves across Canada this week, offering up a series of captivating tales about her journey as a chef along with a collection of recipes from throughout her life.
Named after the ackee tree in front of her childhood home, My Ackee Tree: A Chef’s Memoir of Finding Home in the Kitchen tells the story of chef Barr’s culinary trajectory, from family dough rolling sessions as a kid to her time as chef-in-residence at the Gladstone Hotel, to her ongoing battle against the hardships and stereotypes associated with being a Black women chef.
“This book looks back and reaches forward,” chef Barr explains in the My Ackee Tree book trailer. “It celebrates my Jamaican heritage, the flavours of my childhood, and it explores how I still find comfort in the kitchen.”
Chef Suzanne Barr’s My Ackee Tree book is available to purchase online and at bookstores across the country.