October 30, 2020 by Speakers' Spotlight
Anna Olson on Her New Cookbook and Baking in a Pandemic
Speaking with The Globe and Mail following the release of her latest cookbook, Baking Day with Anna Olson, she discussed some of her experiences continuing her work through the coronavirus pandemic. While Anna has a long list of TV credits, most of her on-camera appearances these days happen online on her increasingly popular YouTube channel, Oh Yum with Anna Olson, which now has nearly one million subscribers. She’s continued to make content for the channel throughout the past several months—including a 30-part series that will premier soon, along with a “video podcast” talking about her new cookbook in place of a traditional book tour.
Discussing the trend of increased interest in baking at home since the spring, Anna said she understood the appeal. “It’s soothing, with a productive outcome,” she said, also noting that sharing food items carefully with friends, using contact-less deliveries, seems to be safe.
Meanwhile, Anna herself has been taking a careful and flexible approach to the various shifting restrictions during the pandemic, mentioning an upcoming wedding for her stepdaughter that has already been delayed from the summer.
“My husband’s daughter was supposed to get married in June. That didn’t happen, so she’s having a much smaller version in their backyard. And they’re prepare for things to change – our group of 25 could go down to six. If I get cut, I’ll just drop off the wedding cake and wave as I drive by.”
Anna Olson is Canada’s baking sweetheart, and with her positive and common-sense approach in the kitchen, she has become one of the country’s most recognizable television chefs. Hosting the Food Network’s Bake with Anna Olson, Fresh with Anna Olson, and Sugar, she has earned a loyal following in over 190 countries worldwide. Whether demonstrating and teaching her cooking methods to others, or sharing a keynote on topics such as the importance of eating local, Olson never fails to impress.