What do you get the food lover in your life who already has everything? An amazing, beautiful, drool-worthy cookbook.
This year, dozens of locally focused cookbooks celebrating our chefs, bounty and culinary pizzazz were published. Here are the ones we’ll be asking Santa for this year:
The Everyday Squash Cook:
The Most Versatile & Affordable Superfood
Pumpkin, butternut, acorn, pattypan, zucchini, kabocha, hubbard, spaghetti—the variety of squashes is only surpassed by the number of ways you can enjoy them! Ivy Knight teams up with Kerry Knight and Rob Firing to bring us over 100 of her favorite way of savouring squash.
The Official Norfolk County Cookbook: Celebrating Local Food and Farm Families in Ontario’s Garden
128 pages of colourful photos, recipes and stories submitted by local farmers and chefs– many of whom are Feast ON certified! The stories were written by Lorraine Wark, a resident of Norfolk County.
J.K.: The Jamie Kennedy Cookbook
The book provides not just Feast ON certified Chef Jamie Kennedy’s recipes, but also stories and memories from his four decades as a chef. From those famous french fries to cornish hen galantines, and from rhubarb jellies to pickled ramps, Jamie’s philosophy of simplicity and pleasure shines through.
Toronto Cooks: 100 Signature Recipes From The City’s Best Restaurants
There has never been a more exciting time to eat in Toronto. Amy Rosen captures recipes from some of the city’s hot spots — a moment in time in our ever evolving food scene.
Niagara Food: A Flavourful History Of The Peninsula’s Bounty
The Niagara region has a unique culinary history and tradition. Niagara food writer, advocate, and activist Tiffany Mayer has put together a thoughtful and amazingly well researched collection about Niagara. Did you know that there are 637 farms on the Niagara Peninsula that grow tender and stone fruit? Now you do.
And, for those who haven’t updated their collections in a while, here are some “oldies-but-goodies” for the locavore in your life!
- The Harrow Fair Cookbook: Prize-Winning Recipes Inspired by Canada’s Favourite Country Fair by Moira Sanders
- Earth To Table: Seasonal Recipes from an Organic Farm
by Jeff Crump and Bettina Schorman
- The Craft Beer Cookbook by David Ort
- We Sure Can! How Jams and Pickles Are Reviving the Lure and Lore of Local Food by Sarah B. Hood
- Savour Ottawa Harvest Table Cookbook
And for those looking to expand their culinary horizons — and ogle our Feast ON Program coordinator, Trevor Benson, makin’ bacon… check out Barbados Bu’n Bu’n by Rosemary Parkinson!