Go to a food festival, savour a new cookbook, learn how to save your company

Mountains of Goodies

Run as a charity to benefit the community, Cornucopia, Whistler’s Celebration of Food & Drink is 11 days of culinary workshops, winemaker dinners, food and drink seminars, health and wellness events, parties and presentations. Learn how to cook and eat sustainably, experience a global night market, go to a Warhol Factory Party or enjoy drinks from scotch, gin and vodka to B.C. craft beer and ciders, and wines from around the world, at a Poured Grand Tasting. November 7-17, ticket prices vary

Local Flavour

Burdock & Co: Poetic Recipes Inspired by Ocean, Land & Air is a story about where food comes from and the community of farmers, foragers, providers, cooks and servers represented by the “Co” in the Vancouver restaurant’s name. Owner and chef Andrea Carlson has organized the recipes according to where the main ingredients originate–ocean, island, garden, air, farm, hidden places and city–starting each chapter with insights from the likes of Ocean Wise founding chef partner Rob Clark, Burdock & Co wine director Matt Sherlock and Harvest Community Foods managing partner Gabriella Meyer. Appetite by Random House 366 pages, hardcover, $35


Corporate Saviours

In 2014, after 25 years in HR roles for companies like Microsoft, Nokia and Virgin, Caroline Stokes founded Forward, a Vancouver-based executive headhunting and coaching firm. Now she has written Elephants Before Unicorns: Emotionally Intelligent HR Strategies to Save Your Company. The best defence against an unpredictable future is strong, agile teams of people with advanced EQ and communication skills, Stokes says. She calls them unicorns: magical individuals who will turn a company around or guide it through turmoil. But there are also large, lumbering obstacles: elephants. To help companies deal with them, Stokes examines blocks to progress, from recruiting without empathy to resisting work trends. Entrepreneur Press 220 pages, hardcover, $32.95