Author Barbara Sheen examines the historical and cultural forces behind Canada's diverse culinary tradition, including contributions from Canada's First Nations, French, and British background. Key ingredients include fish and seafood, meat, bread, hearty soups and chowders. Canada produces 85 percent of the world's maple syrup; how the syrup is gathered from maple trees and prepared in sugar shacks is explored. Feasts for Canadian Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations are explained. Sidebars feature engaging country information as well as a number of recipes with easy-to-follow directions.