Le Grand livre de l'érable: The Go-To Reference for All Things Maple

LONGUEUIL, QC, Feb. 6, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Maple syrup, Quebec's signature product, is known and recognized all over the world as a symbol of Canada and its history. Le Grand livre de l'érable is a new book recently published by Éditions Trécarré and examines maple from every angle. The book is the result of collaboration between the author Philippe Mollé and the Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers, and will quickly become the go-to reference for all things maple.

Leaving no stone unturned, Le Grand livre de l'érable examines maple's legendary history, its production and its products, its use in cooking over the years and presents both traditional recipes and more modern creations conceived by Quebec's Maple Masters. In addition, the book presents maple water in a new light and suggest ways of using it in the kitchen. This has added relevance as maple water will be marketed for the first time in 2013. As a result of research carried out by the Federation and introduction of NAPSI certification, consumers will have the chance to discover pure maple water whose authenticity and quality has been guaranteed.

Philippe Mollé is a strong advocate of producers and artisans, and has introduced Quebec gastronomy to several countries. With this book, he shares his passion for maple, which he considers as among the world's great products: "When the maple trees begin to flow in spring, I feel a great sense of joy every time. This joy is expressed in my book, which celebrates the riches that nature offers us. I'm sure you will relish every page of this book.  I want to thank all the producers who helped me to appreciate maple products better and the amount of work involved."

Serge Beaulieu, President of the Federation, underlined the role of his organization in the making of the book: "Our maple producers are very proud to have contributed. We have been able to share our knowledge and expertise with Mr. Mollé, a wealth of understanding that is the product of investment and many years of research into maple's history, its products and their composition, its potential benefits, production techniques and its cultural heritage. The Federation has been prioritizing research and innovation over the last eight years, and we were delighted to share our expertise for this worthy project."

Geneviève C. Béland, the Federation's Director of Promotions and Market Development, adds: "A major part of this book is the 40 family recipes that came out of the The Best Family Maple Recipes contest organized by the Federation in 2010. The aim of the contest was to pass down a part of Quebec's culinary heritage for future generations. Adding to this heritage is the work of 20 artisans and gastronomy professionals who are members of the Maple Gourmet Road and recognized for their innovative approach to using our products. These Maple Masters add to the history of maple and our country with their passion and expertise."

Le Grand livre de l'érable
Éditions Trécarré
162 pages

In bookstores February 20, 2013

About the Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers

The Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers was founded in 1966 with the mission of defending and promoting the economic, social and moral interests of its 7,400 maple businesses. These men and women are working together to collectively market their products. The quality of their work and their products has made Quebec the producer of close to 80% of today's global maple syrup output.

The Best Family Maple Recipes contest

Bérangère Garneau, Québec
Lucie Poirier, Québec
Guy Houle, Drummondville
Denyse Côté, La Baie
Vicky Fréchette, Princeville
Line Languerand, St-Valérien-de-Milton
Anne-Josée Laquerre, Rigaud
Samuel Gauvin, Granby
Kathleen McGrath, Québec
Jo-Anne Laprise, St-Félicien
Mélanie Pellerin, St-François-Xaver-de-Brompton
Lucille Cloutier, Québec
Yveline Lalande-Borris, Gatineau
Lyse Jubinville, St-Paul de Joliette
Claudia Legault, Mont-Tremblant
Maude Lirette, St-Raymond
Lisette St-James, Sherbrooke
Georges Rodrigue, St-Jean-Chrysostome
Louise Couillard, Sainte-Luce sur mer
Joanne Boileau, Trois-Rivières
Isabelle Lagrange, Saint-Lambert-de-Lauzon
Johanne Fontaine, Longueuil
Chantal Marier, Varennes
Nathalie Labelle, Laval
Marie-Jeanne DeGrâce, Varennes
Yolaine Coulombe, Mont-St-Hilaire
Denis Bélanger, Montréal
Marlyn Bilodeau, Candiac
Lucy Baribeau, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu
Gaëtane Thellab, Longueuil
Francine Jeannotte, St-Bruno-de-Montarville
Ginette Rainville, Laval
Julie Aubé, Montréal
François Messier, Montréal
Brigitte Verdière, Montréal

Image with caption: "Serge Beaulieu president FPAQ, Johanne Guay, vice-president Groupe Librex and Philippe Mollé writer. (CNW Group/FEDERATION OF QUEBEC MAPLE SYRUP PRODUCERS)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130206_C3391_PHOTO_EN_23364.jpg


For further information:

Caroline Cyr
Promotion and Communication Officer
Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers

Information on the Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers and its contribution to developing maple knowledge: 
Micheline Vallée
514 344-9528

Information on the book and the author: 
Marie-Josée Martel, Groupe Librex
514 373-2745

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