About Us

THE BIG SHIFT

The Field Guide appreciates local Okanagan culinary and wellness culture through several mediums: We have published our online Journal at thefieldguide.ca as well as our Top 100 Map of the Okanagan's best food, wine, beer, spirits, hotel stays and craft and artisanal products.  And of course with "Okanagan" Wine Books, I&II, we have thoroughly celebrated the Okanagan.

These days, things are shifting here at The Field Guide. The site is undergoing a transformation that will launch June 2021 :) In the meantime we have paired down the site content. Founder Tarynn is bringing her decades-long spiritual practice and journey into activity with The Field Guide to share a deeper experience of living.  After The Market Cook project (ask Tarynn about this! or read below) plus some years simmering with that experience, the rivers of her experience join at this one-year anniversary of the Covid crisis commencing, and the time has never called more loudly for a different look at how we practice and enjoy the art of living.

What we enjoy and why we enjoy said 'things'... this theme is posing a great crisis and a much needed awakening for many at this time. We can all use a dose of freedom from old expectations by taking a new perspective on what makes us feel joy, feel we are accomplishing our goals and enjoying rewards, feel at peace that we are living a life meaningful to ourselves, on our own terms... And, all the while navigating the tender Earth's urgent needs. Let's save each other, and let's save our beautiful home, this gorgeous blue sphere of wonder in the cosmos. The time is NOW. 

As an artist, Tarynn will share her works for purchase as prints or originals on the newly launched The Field Guide (learn about Tarynn's artistic practice here), with 10% of proceeds going to seasonally changing charities from ocean and forest health, to human and animal rights and the advancement of the consciousness sciences in order to heal humanity.

Alongside the customary and anticipated TFG sharing of culinary experiences, Tarynn is beginning to share yoga and meditation opportunities, forest runs, walks, foraging trips and other art of living practices to bring more light into your life. Some of these activities and experiences will be led by Tarynn, and many by her friends and mentors.

For inquiries please email Tarynn Liv Parker at info@thefieldguide.ca

Our History

Tarynn Liv Parker established The Field Guide in 2012, with its first major launch of thefieldguide.ca and the first TFG Top 100 Map in the Spring of 2013. Since, the pages of thefieldguide.ca have multiplied  as Tarynn and visiting contributors explore and share the delicious findings of the region.  

In 2015, The Field Guide published a 168 page hardcover book entitled 'OKANAGAN, A Celebration of The Canadian Wine Region' which has already found a home on 1000's of coffee tables and bookshelves that were sold through several of the 40 wineries who are featured in the book as well as many other gift and book shops province wide.  In 2017, "OKANAGAN II, Celebrating The Terroir of the Canadian Wine and Culinary Region"was released . In addition to 40+ wineries we expanded the book to include some of the great culinary talents who express terroir on a plate; chefs, hunters, and home cooks plus cideries, distilleries and breweries.

In 2016 Tarynn produced "The Spirit Of The El", a luxury coffee table book for the Okanagan heritage property, Hotel Eldorado, which features a colourful history of the storied hotel, with lifestyle tips and recipes offered in the spirit of The El, for today's guests and frequenters.

In 2017 and 2018 Founder, Tarynn Liv Parker,  engaged in a new project, The Market Cook, where she aimed to discover "what she is made of", by way of eating only from farmers' markets, farms and local makers for a year, which began in April of 2017 and finished in May of 2018.  As both a culinary and spiritual journey for Tarynn, she discovered her connections and also her disconnections with food and the world's food systems. The journey was a healing revelation and painful eye opener. Find the blog here in The Field Guide pages or on instagram @themarketcook. She has hopes to finish her book of recipes and reflection, when the time is right :)