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Summer Cookbook Selections

Sit back and relax with a cold drink and a good book! This batch of foodie-favourite cookbooks is packed with inspiration, perfect for warm-weather browsing on the porch. Read on to see who we’re cookin’ with this season.

In the French kitchen with kids – Mardi Michels

From the prolific blogger behind eat. live. travel. write comes a new cookbook for parents and children of all ages. Forget the fuss and bring simple, delicious French dishes to your kitchen with Mardi Michels as your guide. In this book, Mardi shows that French food doesn’t have to be complicated. The result is an approachable cookbook featuring recipes tailored for young chefs and their families. With helpful timetables to plan out baking projects, as well as tips on how to get kids involved in the cooking, this book breaks down any preconceived notion that French cuisine is too fancy or too difficult for kids to master. From savoury dishes like Omelettes, Croque-Monsieurs or Steak Frites to sweet treats like Profiteroles, Madeleines or Crème Brûlée, readers will find many French classics here.

Vegan comfort classics – Lauren Toyota

From YouTube sensation Lauren Toyota, Hot for Food, this cookbook is a fun take on vegan comfort food that’s saucy, sweet, sassy, and most definitely deep-fried. Featuring more than 100 recipes Lauren shares her favourite recipes and creative ways to make things like Philly cheesesteak, fried chicken, and mac ‘n’ cheese, all with simple vegan ingredients, all while sharing personal stories and tips in her engaging and hilarious voice. The result is indulgent, crave-worthy food – like Southern Fried Cauliflower, The Best Vegan Ramen, and Raspberry Funfetti Pop Tarts – made for sharing with friends at weeknight dinners, weekend brunches, and beyond.

Feast – Dana VanVeller and Lindsay Anderson

Two friends. Five months. One car. Ten provinces. Three territories. Seven islands. Eight ferries. Two flights. One 48-hour train ride. And only one call to CAA. The result, over 100 incredible Canadian recipes from coast to coast and the Great White North. Lindsay and Dana have brought together stories, photographs and recipes from across Canada with more than 80 contributors —including farmers, grandmothers, First Nations elders, and acclaimed chefs —have shared over 90 regional recipes, with Lindsay and Dana contributing some of their own favourites too. You’ll find recipes for event meal time from Barley Pancakes, Yukon Cinnamon Buns, and Bannock to Spot Prawn Ceviche, Bison Sausage Rolls, Haida Gwaii Halibut and Maritime Lobster Rolls; and also recipes for preserves, pickles and sauces, and a whole chapter devoted to drinks.

Toronto Eats – Amy Rosen

The farms, forests, and lakes that surround Toronto are invaluable resources for local and sustainable ingredients (and a good bit of foraging, too). Following on the heels of the bestselling cookbook, Toronto Cooks, the highly anticipated Toronto Eats is a multicultural book of the city’s countless cultures from Mumbai chili crab to okonomiyaki. Boasting over 100 signature recipes from 50 of the most talented toques, as well as their stories. Best of all, the recipes are designed with the home cook in mind and can be re-created with ease. The world really can appear on a dinner plate.

The First Mess Cookbook: Vibrant Plant-Based Recipes to Eat Well Through the Seasons – Laura Wright

The creator of the award-winning blog The First Mess, Laura shares over 125 seasonal, plant-based, and beautifully prepared healthy recipes. This book presents a visually stunning collection of recipes highlighting the best each season has to offer, and as a whole, demonstrate that plant-based wellness is both accessible and delicious. With recipes for every meal of the day, like Fluffiest Multigrain Pancakes, Meyer Lemon Romanesco Glow Salad, and Eggplant “Bolognese” Pasta, and desserts like Earl Grey Tiramisu, The First Mess Cookbook is a must-have for any home cook looking to prepare nourishing plant-based meals.

Firehouse Chef: Favourite Recipes from Canada’s Firefighters – Patrick Mathieu

The Firehouse Chef is an account of Waterloo firehouse chef Patrick Mathieu’s culinary experience as a Canadian firefighter, preparing meals for his fellow firemen that have kept them well-nourished for over 15 years. With original recipes, as well as contributions by chefs from firehouses stretching from Newfoundland to British Columbia, this is a book that gets what it’s like to prepare meals for households on the go. A team of firemen is just like a family, and The Firehouse Chef is sure to spark some new ideas in your own home with sizzling recipes such as; Old South Classic FireHouse Pulled Pork; Cauliflower Steaks with Salsa Verde; Yukon Elk Chili with Chocolate and Cinnamon; and Thai Drunken Noodles.

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