Zucchini Mock Ravioli. Photo by Vince Kehn, who gave a lot of volunteer time to photograph the recipes.


Island Cookery III: A Taste of Life on Quadra Island is a full-colour cookbook produced on Quadra last year as a fundraiser for the Quadra Island Children’s Centre.

With over 1,000 copies sold since its release in December 2021, it is proof of how much can be accomplished in community.

A stone tray with a partially sliced fish slab is in the center of the image with writing on the side.

The book’s cover features a photo of the Black-Sesame Crusted Albacore Tuna. Photo taken by Vince Kehn.


“During the summer of 2021, more than 75 Quadra Island residents came together to taste test over 350 home-cooked recipes created by over 100 professional and amateur cooks, with the goal of publishing the very best recipes Quadra has to offer in a new cookbook,” reads an article on Rural Islands Economic Partnership about the book’s conception.

Dre Hagen, a Quadra Island resident and one of the many people who worked on the book, spoke with CKTZ News about how the book celebrates “local” from cover to cover in its ingredients, images and stories.

The book can be purchased directly from the website or participating retailers, including Marnie’s Books on Cortes Island. All proceeds are donated to the Children’s Centre on Quadra Island, which will support improvements such as building maintenance.

All three Island Cookery books were created to raise funds for the centre, with the first two published in 1981 and 1991, respectively.

A dessert square with flowers decorating its top sits on a white plate alongside a fork.

Blackberry Pie Bars. Photo by Jeanette Taylor, who headed the project.

Listen below to the CKTZ News interview with Dre Hagen:


This program was funded by a grant from the Community Radio Fund of Canada and the Government of Canada’s Local Journalism Initiative.