Jennifer on her family's apple orchard in Kelowna, BC.  

Jennifer on her family's apple orchard in Kelowna, BC.


Jennifer Schell

Jennifer Schell is a BC based food and wine writer, columnist, editor of BC Food & Wine Trails Magazine and author of three international best selling cookbooks, The Butcher, The Baker, The Wine & Cheese Maker series (An Okanagan Cookbook, By The Sea, In the Okanagan). Born and raised on an apple orchard in the Okanagan, Jennifer is a passionate supporter of BC’s vibrant farming, food and wine industry and provides a creative lens inside this magical landscape and its people. She comes from a long line of farmers, and was raised to respect nature and the good earth. Her writing and books are a celebration of the people behind the food and drink; the Forklore, stories of the passionate members of a unique culture of craftspeople. For more information on the book go to TouchWood Editions:


Jennifer is an active member of the community and very involved in local charity organizations, including:

-Civic Award for Honour in the Arts in 2015 for her contribution to the community of Kelowna. 

-PR Chair- for Les Dames d’Escoffier’s BC Chapter, a prestigious, philanthropic international organization that fundraises for scholarships offered to women to enter into or further their career in the hospitality, food and wine world.

-Founder/event co-ordinator of two Soup Sisters/Broth Brothers chapters in Kelowna, a national organization that forms groups of volunteers each month to make soup for the Kelowna Women’s Shelter and Overnight Youth Shelter.

- Former committee member for the Kelowna Hospital Foundation Heart of Gold Fundraiser.

- Food & Wine Studies instructor at Okanagan College facilitating cooking classes involving the chefs, farmers and winemakers. She is also on the Program Advisory Committee for the Okanagan College’s culinary school. 


The Butcher, The Baker, The Wine & Cheese Maker - An Okanagan Cookbook - SOLD OUT! (Stay tuned-2nd Edition out in 2016)

Described by Schell as a ‘love letter to all who have created, grown and nurtured our special place on this earth’, the book explores the stories and the relationships between the land, the food, the people and, ultimately the recipes and tastes which reach the table. 

Each recipe is not just tablespoons of this and cups of that, but an intimate story of the history and biography of the people who put the food on our plate. With more than 120 contributions from the region’s best chefs, winemakers and food producers, The book has created a culinary journey through the Okanagan Valley while sharing the stories and camaraderie of the chefs, winemakers and food producers who work together creating a memorable experience. It’s this journey and its stories that are resonating with both book buyers and awards committees. 

BUY NOW! The Butcher, The Baker, The Wine & Cheese Maker - By The Sea -AVAILABLE NOW!

Recipes & Forklore from the Farmers, Artisans, Fishers, Foragers & Chefs of the West Coast. Jennifer Schell’s  ‘The Butcher, The Baker, The Wine & Cheese Maker – By The Sea is a follow-up to her 2012 international award winning, best selling cookbook celebrating the Okanagan Valley's best chefs, farmers and winemakers ‘The Butcher, The Baker, The Wine & Cheese Maker – An Okanagan Cookbook”. 

As the cover shot depicts, this much anticipated West Coast cookbook shares wonderful recipes and forklore of the farmers, artisans, fishers, foragers, and chefs of Canada’s West Coast chefs and the its remarkable mosaic of nature, majesty, culture and bounty of creatures. and the land. The stories of each individual’s passion for their industry and dedication to preserving the health of land and sea emphasize the camaraderie within the food and drink community, and the unique relationships that are shared through a common vision.

With over 150 contributors, this cookbook is an ongoing celebration of the intricate community, network and culture that defines this amazing part of the world and its local table of delicious offerings.


The Butcher, The Baker, The Wine & Cheese Maker-An Okanagan Cookbook (2012)

-WINNER Gourmand World Cookbook Award - Best Local Cuisine Cookbook, CANADA Shortlisted for BEST IN THE WORLD
-GOLD MEDAL IPPY, Best Non-Fiction Western Canada Independent Publisher Award
WINNER Best Cookbook - Paris Book Festival
WINNER Best Cookbook - San Francisco Book Festival
Honourable Mention - Green Book Festival

The Butcher, Th Baker, The Wine & Cheese Maker-By The Sea (2015 TouchWood Editions)

-WINNER Gourmand World Cookbook Award- Best Culinary Travel Book  CANADA, shortlisted for BEST IN THE WORLD

-BRONZE MEDAL IPPY, Independent Publisher Award