Leaf is a celebration of edible leaves in all their versatility. Purely in terms of flavour, they offer immense variety—bitterness, pungency, pepper, citrus, sweetness. And visually leaves are a riot of colour and texture—from the palest shades of white and yellow, through to the deepest, darkest greens, via rich purples, reds and pinks. Leaves can be tightly furled torpedoes or bullets, floppy with a peony blowsiness, spiky, crinkly, curly, delicate and feathery. They range from the tiniest of micro herbs to huge elephant ears, a meal in a leaf.
In the 30 years since David Wood first published his classic David Wood Food Book, he has continued his reputation as one of Canada’s great culinary artisans. Former owner of the prestigious David Wood Food Shop in Toronto, David has spent over two decades on the West Coast cultivating acclaim for his cheese-making as well as for his unique understanding of the elemental role food plays in daily life.