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Giveaway! Win a Copy of Ina Garten’s New Cookbook

In a grand romantic gesture, The Barefoot Contessa cements her love for her husband with a brand new cookbook titled, Cooking for Jeffrey.

Ina’s most personal cookbook yet is filled with the recipes her husband loves the most, as well as charming stories from Ina and Jeffrey’s 48 years together. Some of Jeffrey’s favourite home-cooked meals include oven roasted chicken,  mac and cheese, and, of course, chocolate cake. Flip through any of the 256 pages and you will find plenty of inspiration for your next family meal.

To celebrate Ina’s new culinary endeavour, we’re giving away 10 signed copies of Cooking for Jeffrey.

Giveaway Details:

You could win one of ten (10) signed cookbooks each valued at $45 CDN. If you are a Canadian resident (excl. Québec) and are the age of majority or older, comment below and share your favourite Ina Garten recipe by 12:00 pm on December 1 for a chance to win. Odds of being selected depend on number of eligible entries received. Winners will be randomly selected and notified by email no later than 12:00 pm December 2.

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Giveaway! Win a Copy of Bobby Flay’s New Cookbook

With a spatula in one hand and a cocktail in the other, Bobby Flay goes from sweet to salty to savory, in his new daytime show Brunch @ Bobby’s,  premiering Saturday, September 10th at 10 am E/P.

Drawing inspiration from around the globe, viewers are invited to sit down and enjoy the best part of the weekend: brunch!

With the launch of this appetizing new show, we’re giving away three copies of his cookbook Brunch @ Bobby’s which features 140 recipes from sandwiches to eggs to sweet spreads, each full of his signature bold ingredients.



Giveaway Details:

For a chance to win a copy, tell us your favourite Bobby Flay recipe found on our website! It can be anything from Bobby’s Fish Tacos to his Oatmeal Pancakes with Maple-Glazed Roasted Apples. Please email us the recipe link to giveaways@foodnetwork.ca with the subject line “Brunch @ Bobby’s″.

This giveaway closes on Wednesday, August 31 at 9am E/P.

Read full rules and regulations here.

Good luck!

3 Great New Cookbooks to Try this Month

Whether it’s weekday Mexican from a celebrity chef or veg-centric dishes by an Iron Chef champ, these new cookbooks will take your kitchen game back to school.

By Eric Velland

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Make Ahead Meals by Michael Smith (Penguin Canada, $32)

As a father of three, Food Network Canada star Michael Smith is no stranger to the pressures of putting out wholesome, delicious meals for your family day after day. With over 100 drool-worthy recipes, the celebrity chef focuses on strategic planning and cooking ahead so dinner is just a quick, stress-free assembly. Dive into this family-friendly book and watch your kids go wild for homey dishes like El Paso’s Shepherd’s Pie and Chipotle Chicken Enchiladas.

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A Girl and Her Greens by April Bloomfield with JJ Goode (Ecco, $43.50)

New York City–based Iron Chef America champion April Bloomfield rose to fame on her carnivorous cooking and nose-to-tail ethos. She does, however, get equally excited about vegetables, and shares her passion in this terrific new tome. Gorgeously shot and illustrated, the book showcases Bloomfield’s talent for robust flavours and unique combinations like Roasted and Raw Fennel Salad with Blood Orange and Bottarga. There are also some excellent root-to-leaf recipes like a revelatory Carrot Top Pesto.

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More Mexican Everyday by Rick Bayless with Deann Groen Bayless (WW Norton, $42)

While Mexican cuisine can intimidate with its complex mole sauces and labour-intensive tamales, Chicago chef and Mexican food authority Rick Bayless makes a good case for cooking it every day. Recipes are stripped down, convenience foods are used, and make-ahead condiments like the smoky-sweet salsa negra keep the flames burning. No tortilla is left unturned, there’s even a chapter for slow cookers with dishes like a classic Red Chile Pozole with Pork.

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4 Amazing New Cookbooks On Our Shelf

From inspired vegetarian by a nutritionist blogger to quick dinner ideas from a handsome bloke, these titles will make you spring into the kitchen.

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Quick, Modern: Good Food, Good Life by Curtis Stone (Appetite by Random House, $35)
While many celebrity chefs are known for the quantity of their books more than the quality, the Australian Curtis Stone isn’t one of them. His latest is excellent and filled with food photographed so gorgeously, you’ll want to eat off the page. Now settled in Los Angeles and running his own restaurant, the celebrated Maude, Stone betrays distinct American influences in dishes like Chicken Chili Verde. If that doesn’t sell you, there’s always Stone’s sex appeal, exploited via copious photos of him hanging in the kitchen with his young son.

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New Veg: My New Roots by Sarah Britton (Appetite by Random House, $30)
A holistic nutritionist, Toronto native Britton rose to culinary stardom via her hugely popular blog, My New Roots. Preferring the term “plant-based whole foods” to “vegetarian,” her meat-free dishes blend the same flavour-building principles and aesthetic appeal as famed Israeli chef Yotam Ottolenghi, but with 40 percent less ingredients and work, making them perfect recipes for the weekday cook. You’re going to want to try her Sprouted Wild Rice Salad with Spring Vegetables, and her Four Corners Lentil Soup is an instant classic.

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Kid-friendly: Brown Eggs and Jam Jars by Aimée Wimbush-Bourque (Penguin Canada, $32)
Raised in the Yukon, Wimbush-Borque was determined to bring her three kids up with the same homesteading principles she was—but in an urban environment just outside of Montreal. The much-loved blogger at Simple Bites focused her recipes here on whole- some and delicious family food, such as Slow-Cooker Cider Ham and Whole- Wheat Chocolate Chunk Cookies. Plus, at the end of each chapter there are tips on involving kids in every stage of the food cycle, from tending a garden to packing their lunch.

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Vegetables, y’all: Root to Leaf by Stephen Satterfield (HarperWave, $56)
No thanks to Paula Deen, Southern cuisine has become synonymous with porcine platters and calorie-bomb desserts. The American South, however, has a long tradition of veggie-based cuisine – their growing season is 12 months long, after all – and Atlanta chef Satterfield celebrates Dixie in this stunning tome. Divided by seasons and vegetable, there are handy growing tips for the budding gardener, and particularly strong recipes for preserves like Pickled Ramps.

Story: Eric Vellend. Check out The Kit’s Grill Guide!

Ina Garten’s Make It Ahead: Review and Giveaway

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Ina Garten is my spirit animal. Ask me which celebrity chef I’d want to break bread with and the answer is hands-down, don’t-miss-a-beat, always and forever, Ina. I’d kill for a tour of that glorious herb garden in the Hamptons, or a seat at one of her beachside picnics or butter tastings, and I’ve often pictured myself in the passenger seat as me and the Barefoot Contessa sail through California wine country a Mini Cooper; matching scarves fluttering in the wind.

In her ninth cookbook, Make It Ahead, I get the next best thing: 150 of Ina’s tweaks and secrets for preparing all sorts of meals in advance. From weeknight dinners to special occasion menus and even a step-by-step game plan for a completely made-ahead Thanksgiving (Or Christmas) dinner, you can guarantee I’m digging in for these time-saving, stress-busting Ina-hacks.

Herbed Pork Tenderloin with Apple Chutney

From a succulent Slow-Roasted Spiced Pork to a lump-free Make-Ahead Turkey Gravy to a truly Decadent Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake; she’s pinpointed the exact bits and pieces of a meal you can do in advance; without sacrificing taste or quality. These are the types of recipes you need if instead of hovering over the stove while your guests sip cocktails, you want to break away from babysitting duty, pull up a seat and join them.

Make It Ahead is a must-have for every home cook who has ever tried to choreograph a multi-course meal and thought: “What can I make ahead?” And with holiday feasts on the horizon, this is the cookbook you’ll want to have on hand to coordinate a knock-out meal that’s effortlessly chic.

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This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations Shaelynn Turman. You’ve won a copy a of Ina Garten’s Make It Ahead

For a chance to win a copy of Make It Ahead, send us an email at giveaways@shawmedia.ca with “Make It Ahead Giveaway” in the subject line.

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Upon completion of the Giveaway, a Shaw representative shall review the submissions from each entrant and choose a random entrant to win the giveaway. From the entrants that correctly completed the Giveaway guidelines, Shaw will randomly select the prize winner (“Winner”) and provide the prize to the winner. For the purposes of this Giveaway and the awarding of prize, these Rules shall govern in all respects and the decision of any Shaw representatives shall be final.

RULE 3. PRIZE
There is one prize available to be won, which consists of (“Prize”).

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By participating in this Giveaway, you agree to abide by these Rules and the decisions of Shaw in awarding the Prize, which decisions shall be final and binding upon all entrants. Entrants who have not complied with these Rules are subject to disqualification. Shaw reserves the right to modify the Rules, before or during the Giveaway, in its sole discretion, in any way at any time it deems necessary or appropriate without materially affecting the terms and conditions of this Giveaway. Interpretation of these Giveaway rules by Shaw shall be final.

Personal information collected during the course of this Giveaway shall be used by Shaw and its authorized representatives solely for the purposes of conducting the Giveaway and awarding prizes, and will not be used or disclosed for any other purpose unless required by law.

The Prize is not transferable and not redeemable for cash, will not be extended under any circumstances and must be accepted as offered without substitution. Employees of Shaw and its affiliates, subsidiaries, related companies, advertising and promotional agencies and the house-hold members of any of the above, are not eligible to participate in this Giveaway.

By participating in this Giveaway, the Winner agrees that his/her name may be used in any and all forms of media, without any further compensation by Shaw and waives all rights (including moral rights) with respect to printed, broadcast and other forms of publicity.

In the event of a dispute as to who submitted an electronic entry, the entry will be deemed to have been submitted by the authorized account holder of the e-mail address submitted at the time of entry. “Authorized account holder” is defined as the natural person who is assigned to an e-mail address by anInternet access provider, on-line service provider or other organization (e.g., business, educational institution, etc.) that is responsible for assigning e-mail addresses for the domain associated with the submitted e-mail address.

Notwithstanding the defined Contest Period, Shaw reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to terminate the Giveaway, in whole or part, and/or modify, amend or suspend the Giveaway, and/or these Rules in any way, at any time, for any reason without prior notice. Interpretation of these Giveaway Rules by Shaw shall be final.

The Giveaway is subject to all applicable laws of the province of Ontario and the laws of Canada applicable therein.

BonnieMo Bonnie Mo is a Toronto-based editor and the face behind Food Network Canada’s Food Fetish column. She’s also a contributing editor over at slice.ca.

Topics: Giveaways, Cookbooks, Restaurants

Yotam Ottolenghi’s Plenty More: Review, Recipes and Giveaway

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In Plenty More, Yotam Ottolenghi comes out swinging roasted courgettes and candy beets in his hotly anticipated sequel to the cult hit, Plenty.

Once upon a time, food coming out of Britain was notoriously dreadful; a sad, beige diet of tinned beans, stodgy porridge and limp fish and chips. Then, the British food revolution championed by the likes of celebrity chefs with household names—Jamie, Nigella and Gordon—blasted away old stereotypes, and the country’s hottest export since the Beatles was born.

It’s time to get used to the name Yotam Ottolenghi (in case you’ve been living under a rock) because with the release of Plenty More, the sequel to 2010’s wildly-successful Plenty, the chef and restauranteur has cemented his title as the leading authority on cooking plant-based cuisine.

His delicious new cookbook is a gorgeous tome that embraces flavours from Thailand, the Caribbean, India and Japan and is cleverly arranged by cooking techniques such as tossed, grilled, roasted, braised, steamed.

Butternut Squash with Buckwheat Polenta and Tempura Lemon

Plenty More is filled with inspiring twists and turns on food we recognize as being average, humble vegetables that is in the hands of a talented chef, are transformed into greatness thanks to a focus on bold spices, unique flavours and scrumptious textures.

Seared chanterelles with black glutinous rice is described as nutty, chewy and soft while crushed carrots with harissa and pistachios is served as a chunky, spicy spread alongside warm pitas. And in dishes like globe artichoke and mozzarella with candied lemon, and roasted figs with pomegranate molasses and orange zest, it’s easy to see why Ottolenghi garnered a cult following and sparked an international vegetable cooking craze.

It’s a book that you’ll reach for again and again when you need a lightening bolt of inspiration and a recipe for adventure.

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Win a Copy of Yotam Ottolenghi’s Plenty More

For a chance to win a copy of Plenty More, simply send us an email at giveaways@shawmedia.ca with “Plenty More Giveaway” in the subject line.

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Upon completion of the Giveaway, a Shaw representative shall review the submissions from each entrant and choose a random entrant to win the giveaway. From the entrants that correctly completed the Giveaway guidelines, Shaw will randomly select the prize winner (“Winner”) and provide the prize to the winner. For the purposes of this Giveaway and the awarding of prize, these Rules shall govern in all respects and the decision of any Shaw representatives shall be final.

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By participating in this Giveaway, you agree to abide by these Rules and the decisions of Shaw in awarding the Prize, which decisions shall be final and binding upon all entrants. Entrants who have not complied with these Rules are subject to disqualification. Shaw reserves the right to modify the Rules, before or during the Giveaway, in its sole discretion, in any way at any time it deems necessary or appropriate without materially affecting the terms and conditions of this Giveaway. Interpretation of these Giveaway rules by Shaw shall be final.

Personal information collected during the course of this Giveaway shall be used by Shaw and its authorized representatives solely for the purposes of conducting the Giveaway and awarding prizes, and will not be used or disclosed for any other purpose unless required by law.

The Prize is not transferable and not redeemable for cash, will not be extended under any cir-cumstances and must be accepted as offered without substitution. Employees of Shaw and its affiliates, subsidiaries, related companies, advertising and promotional agencies and the house-hold members of any of the above, are not eligible to participate in this Giveaway.

By participating in this Giveaway, the Winner agrees that his/her name may be used in any and all forms of media, without any further compensation by Shaw and waives all rights (including moral rights) with respect to printed, broadcast and other forms of publicity.

In the event of a dispute as to who submitted an electronic entry, the entry will be deemed to have been submitted by the authorized account holder of the e-mail address submitted at the time of entry. “Authorized account holder” is defined as the natural person who is assigned to an e-mail address by anInternet access provider, on-line service provider or other organization (e.g., business, educational institution, etc.) that is responsible for assigning e-mail addresses for the domain associated with the submitted e-mail address.

Notwithstanding the defined Contest Period, Shaw reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to terminate the Giveaway, in whole or part, and/or modify, amend or suspend the Giveaway, and/or these Rules in any way, at any time, for any reason without prior notice. Interpretation of these Giveaway Rules by Shaw shall be final.

The Giveaway is subject to all applicable laws of the province of Ontario and the laws of Canada applicable therein.

BonnieMo Bonnie Mo is a Toronto-based editor and the face behind Food Network Canada’s Food Fetish column. She’s also a contributing editor over at slice.ca.

Topics: Giveaways, Cookbooks, Restaurants

Amy Rosen’s Toronto Cooks: Review and Giveaway

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Dear Amy Rosen: How did you pull it off?

How did you rally every major chef leading the culinary charge in Toronto’s sizzling hot food renaissance and compile them into one deliciously gorgeous cookbook? How did you convince these guys to give up the goods? However you managed to finagle it, we love you for it. So much.

Diving into Amy Rosen’s hotly-anticipated cookbook, Toronto Cooks: 100 Signature Recipes from The City’s Best Restaurants feels a bit like you’ve been handed the secrets to the hottest menu items at the city’s buzziest restaurants and that you’d better snap up a copy before they all realize what’s happened and take them back.

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The pages are filled with playful portraits of Toronto’s top chefs and is bursting at the seams with page after page after page of mouth watering recipes and lush food porn pics snapped by acclaimed foodie photographer Ryan Szulc. Seriously if you are hungry, you should go nowhere near this sucker or you may be reduced to holding the book up very close to your nose and inhaling deeply. And that can get awkward.

The braised short ribs from Ruby Watchco? How about the Café Boulud’s Crispy Duck Egg a la Bourguignonne? If that doesn’t whet the palate, why not flip to Momofuku Milk Bar’s infamous Crack Pie or the Tart Fraîcheur from pastry goddess Nadège. From the legendary Part’s & Labour Burger to El Catrin’s Ensalada Destileria to the Spicy Meatballs and Bomba from Libretto, this book is a home run, an apron drop.

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Canadians are notoriously meek. Except when it comes to our food. And the epicentre, the thundering heartbeat of it all, is here in Toronto. The food scene in this city ranks among the best in the world and these recipes are a reflection of our brightest culinary stars and their restaurant’s best hits.

This is a love letter to a city that loves to eat and eat really well. Our city and our bellies thank you.

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Personal information collected during the course of this Giveaway shall be used by Shaw and its authorized representatives solely for the purposes of conducting the Giveaway and awarding prizes, and will not be used or disclosed for any other purpose unless required by law.
The Prize is not transferable and not redeemable for cash, will not be extended under any cir-cumstances and must be accepted as offered without substitution.

Employees of Shaw and its affiliates, subsidiaries, related companies, advertising and promo-tional agencies and the household members of any of the above, are not eligible to participate in this Giveaway.

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The Giveaway is subject to all applicable laws of the province of Ontario and the laws of Canada applicable therein.

BonnieMo Bonnie Mo is a Toronto-based editor and the face behind Food Network Canada’s Food Fetish column. She’s also a contributing editor over at slice.ca.

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A Modern Way to Eat: Review, Recipes & Giveaway

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Here’s a concept: we want it all. We want our food fresh, local, cheap, fast, easy and whenever possible, low in calories, Paleo-friendly and GOOP-approved. Oh, and don’t forget, it has to be delicious. Always, 100 percent, Instagram-worthy, foodgasm hashtag, cook for your future-husband, current bestie, tasty.

Lately, there’s another thing we’re craving: meatless meal ideas that you can actually get excited about.

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With her debut cookbook, A Modern Way to Eat, Anna Jones—who happens to be Jamie Oliver’s protege (he wrote the book’s forward)—is giving foodies in 2014 exactly that. More than 200 ways to leave meat off of our plates (even if only for a day), and do it without ever feeling like we’re missing out.

In the past we’ve been fed two vastly different types of vegetable-led food. It’s either stodgy and loaded with cheese to make up for a lack of imagination, or nutrition-obsessed and not winning any converts in the flavour department. With A Modern Way to Eat, Jones’ is trying to bridge that gap.

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She succeeds with beautiful recipes that you’ll come back to again and again; it’s a gold mine of drool-worthy vegetarian fare designed to appeal beyond those who are strictly veg. It’s for people looking for fresh ways to weave meatless meals into their everyday lives.

Buy the book here: A Modern Way To Eat

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Win a Copy of Anna Jone’s A Modern Way To Eat

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The Prize is not transferable and not redeemable for cash, will not be extended under any circumstances and must be accepted as offered without substitution.
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BonnieMo Bonnie Mo is a Toronto-based editor and the face behind Food Network Canada’s Food Fetish column. She’s also a contributing editor over at slice.ca.

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Chuck’s Day Off: Review, Recipes & Giveaway

Here’s the thing: Chuck Hughes never actually gets a day off.

If you’ve ever seen his Food Network show, Chuck’s Day Off is a peek into the after-hour cooking magic that happens when the bills have been settled, the plates have been cleared and the last customers have left his bustling Montreal-based restaurant, Garde Manger.

That’s when the staff, family, friends and regulars gather ‘round and watch as he veers off the scripted menu grid to create meals based on what his inner circle really wants to eat. It’s spontaneous and organic and bursting with the sense that the man is simply crazy passionate about food.

His latest cookbook Chuck’s Day Off is a closer glimpse into this process. Here we get a look at the dishes inspired by the very people that make his restaurant tick. The landlords, the fish mongers, the butcher, the wine guy, and the owners of the mom-and-pop sandwich shop around the corner, who inspired him to experiment with kimchi.

In all, Chuck’s Day Off is a bit like a giant recipe-based thank you note. We’re just lucky to get the chance to join the conversation.

Sample recipes inside include: Chinatown Steamed Oysters, Kimchi, Duck-Fat Fries with Homemade Mayonnaise, Dungeness Crab Salad with Crackers, Green Paella, Fried Chicken, Homemade Ketchup, Smoked Barbecue Pork with Watercress Salad, The Simplest Chocolate Chip Cookies with Maldon Sea Salt, Lemon Madeleines.

Get these recipes now:

Lobster Cobb Salad

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Green Paella

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Dirty Leg of Lamb

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Molten Caramel Cake

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Buy the book here: Chuck’s Day Off

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Upon completion of the Giveaway, a Shaw representative shall review the submissions from each entrant and choose a random entrant to win the giveaway. From the entrants that correctly completed the Giveaway guidelines, Shaw will randomly select the prize winner (“Winner”) and provide the prize to the winner. For the purposes of this Giveaway and the awarding of prize, these Rules shall govern in all respects and the decision of any Shaw representatives shall be final.

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There is one prize available to be won, which consists of (“Prize”).

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By participating in this Giveaway, you agree to abide by these Rules and the decisions of Shaw in awarding the Prize, which decisions shall be final and binding upon all entrants. Entrants who have not complied with these Rules are subject to disqualification. Shaw reserves the right to modify the Rules, before or during the Giveaway, in its sole discretion, in any way at any time it deems necessary or appropriate without materially affecting the terms and conditions of this Giveaway. Interpretation of these Giveaway rules by Shaw shall be final.

Personal information collected during the course of this Giveaway shall be used by Shaw and its authorized representatives solely for the purposes of conducting the Giveaway and awarding prizes, and will not be used or disclosed for any other purpose unless required by law.
The Prize is not transferable and not redeemable for cash, will not be extended under any circumstances and must be accepted as offered without substitution.

Employees of Shaw and its affiliates, subsidiaries, related companies, advertising and promotional agencies and the household members of any of the above, are not eligible to participate in this Giveaway.

By participating in this Giveaway, the Winner agrees that his/her name may be used in any and all forms of media, without any further compensation by Shaw and waives all rights (including moral rights) with respect to printed, broadcast and other forms of publicity.

In the event of a dispute as to who submitted an electronic entry, the entry will be deemed to have been submitted by the authorized account holder of the e-mail address submitted at the time of entry. “Authorized account holder” is defined as the natural person who is assigned to an e-mail address by anInternet access provider, on-line service provider or other organization (e.g., business, educational institution, etc.) that is responsible for assigning e-mail addresses for the domain associated with the submitted e-mail address.

Notwithstanding the defined Contest Period, Shaw reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to terminate the Giveaway, in whole or part, and/or modify, amend or suspend the Giveaway, and/or these Rules in any way, at any time, for any reason without prior notice. Interpretation of these Giveaway Rules by Shaw shall be final.

The Giveaway is subject to all applicable laws of the province of Ontario and the laws of Canada applicable therein.

BonnieMo Bonnie Mo is a Toronto-based editor and the face behind Food Network Canada’s Food Fetish column. She’s also a contributing editor over at slice.ca.

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Laura Calder’s Paris Express: Recipes, Review & Giveaway

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Laura Calder will change the way you think about fast food.

Right off the bat in Paris Express, Laura Calder basically gives the concept of zippy, 15-minute meals a giant middle finger—which immediately made me want to give her a big old fist pump. Point blank; there’s no such thing as fast French food. At least not as we know it.

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While many of the recipes in the book are indeed quick and easy to make, the end goal isn’t speed in and of itself. Instead, you’re encouraged to take the French approach to food, to practice, “l’art de vivre” (the art of living). A big part of this involves looking at food as an absolute joy; something to be savoured and not just another box to be ticked off on your to-do list. It’s about food that’s not always easy to make, but more importantly, always worth it.

Lemon Sole Goujons with Asianesque Rouille

Recipes like Seared Duck with Plum Compote and Rosemary-Marinated Quail make me nostalgic for cafés and two glasses of wine at lunch. Oh, and scratchy French songs on a record player. Silly? Maybe, but Calder herself insists that the band of ex-pats living in the French capital are who keep the idea of what it’s like to live in Paris alive, and in turn act, drink, cook and eat extra “en français”. So there.

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Rosemary Marinated Quail

Overall Impression: Slow. Down. Now. This is probably the biggest takeaway from Paris Express. You won’t find a super-quick weeknight meal for three kids in here, but you will want to pull it out when you’re looking to entertain, treat yourself to a really good meal or just lapse into a decadent Parisian state of mind.

Salted Caramel Pots de Crème

Sample recipes inside include: Duck Fat Potatoes, Spring Chicken in a Pan, Lemon Sole Goujons with Asianesque Sauce, Speediest of Lamb Chops, Mushrooms en Papillote, Salted Carmel Pos de Crème and Raspberry Clafoutis.

Get these recipes now:

  1. White Peach and Yellow Tomato Salad 
  2. Lemon Sole Goujons with Asianesque Rouille 
  3. Rosemary Marinated Quail 
  4. Salted Caramel Pots de Crème

Buy the book here: Paris Express

GIVEAWAY: We’ve got a copy of Laura Calder’s Paris Express and it could be yours. To win a copy simply follow us on Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #lauracalderparisexpress

Giveaway Rules:

The following are the giveaway rules (“Rules”) for the Laura Calder’s Paris Express Giveaway (the “Giveaway”) being administered by Shaw Media (“Shaw”).

RULE 1. HOW TO ENTER

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. To enter, entrants must follow the Giveaway guidelines above, as determined by a Shaw representative. The Giveaway shall run until August 27, 2014 at 5 pm, after which time no answers will be considered.

RULE 2. SELECTION OF WINNER

Upon completion of the Giveaway, a Shaw representative shall review the submissions from each entrant and choose a random entrant to win the giveaway. From the entrants that correctly completed the Giveaway guidelines, Shaw will randomly select the prize winner (“Winner”) and provide the prize to the winner. For the purposes of this Giveaway and the awarding of prize, these Rules shall govern in all respects and the decision of any Shaw representatives shall be final.

RULE 3. PRIZE

There is one prize available to be won, which consists of (“Prize”).

RULE 4. GENERAL

By participating in this Giveaway, you agree to abide by these Rules and the decisions of Shaw in awarding the Prize, which decisions shall be final and binding upon all entrants. Entrants who have not complied with these Rules are subject to disqualification. Shaw reserves the right to modify the Rules, before or during the Giveaway, in its sole discretion, in any way at any time it deems necessary or appropriate without materially affecting the terms and conditions of this Giveaway. Interpretation of these Giveaway rules by Shaw shall be final.
Personal information collected during the course of this Giveaway shall be used by Shaw and its authorized representatives solely for the purposes of conducting the Giveaway and awarding prizes, and will not be used or disclosed for any other purpose unless required by law.
The Prize is not transferable and not redeemable for cash, will not be extended under any circumstances and must be accepted as offered without substitution.
Employees of Shaw and its affiliates, subsidiaries, related companies, advertising and promotional agencies and the household members of any of the above, are not eligible to participate in this Giveaway.
By participating in this Giveaway, the Winner agrees that his/her name may be used in any and all forms of media, without any further compensation by Shaw and waives all rights (including moral rights) with respect to printed, broadcast and other forms of publicity.
In the event of a dispute as to who submitted an electronic entry, the entry will be deemed to have been submitted by the authorized account holder of the e-mail address submitted at the time of entry. “Authorized account holder” is defined as the natural person who is assigned to an e-mail address by anInternet access provider, on-line service provider or other organization (e.g., business, educational institution, etc.) that is responsible for assigning e-mail addresses for the domain associated with the submitted e-mail address.
Notwithstanding the defined Contest Period, Shaw reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to terminate the Giveaway, in whole or part, and/or modify, amend or suspend the Giveaway, and/or these Rules in any way, at any time, for any reason without prior notice. Interpretation of these Giveaway Rules by Shaw shall be final.

The Giveaway is subject to all applicable laws of the province of Ontario and the laws of Canada applicable therein.

BonnieMo Bonnie Mo is a Toronto-based editor and the face behind Food Network Canada’s Food Fetish column. She’s also a contributing editor over at slice.ca.

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Michael Smith’s Family Meals Review & Giveaway

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From Family Meals: 100 Easy Everyday Recipes by Michael Smith. Copyright Michael Smith, 2014. Reprinted by permission of Penguin Canada Books Inc. Photography credit: Ryan Szulc.

Cracking the spine of Michael Smith Family Meals immediately made me ponder one of life’s biggest questions; is it wrong to be jealous of children? Because I’m genuinely envious of the fact that his three kids get to have one of Canada’s most-beloved chefs cook for them every single day, and that it’s completely normal. You know, because he’s their dad. But that’s my issue and I’m prepared to deal with it.

The very next thing I thought was: he gets it. You’re busy. You’re tired. And you want ideas for family meals that you’ll actually make, instead of just posting on your Pinterest and daydreaming about. #nailedit

Michael Smith Family Meals is filled with doable recipes designed to cut the family cook some serious slack. It’s not a snooty book written in hard-to-follow chef-speak; it’s filled with wholesome recipes that busy families can tap into when they find cooking every… single… day, starts to become a little draining. Because anyone who regularly cooks for kids knows, it can. And fast.

Take the Bacon Salad with Crispy Onions and Pizza Soup. Come on. What kid wouldn’t be thrilled to have this on the menu? Meanwhile, Stovetop Chicken With Dumplings is exactly the type of one-pot meal you can cozy up to on a fall day, and his version can be whipped up in a snap thanks to fast-cooking chicken breasts. And for breakfast, his Overnight Oatmeal Jars with Last-Minute Stir-ins is one of those make-ahead, grab-and-go items you can feel really good about.

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Bacon Salad with Crispy Onions

Overall Impression:

The recipes in Michael Smith Family Meals don’t require a ton of ingredients or hard-to-find items with no business in the average family’s pantry (sorry, you won’t find any love for black truffles or Himalayan pink salt here). Divided into easy-to-digest sections like ‘Cook Ahead’, ‘Meatless Mondays’ and ‘Family Meals in Minutes’, almost every recipe has an accompanying glamour shot—which in my humble opinion is an essential factor in any good cookbook.

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Overnight Oatmeal Jars with Last-Minute Stir-ins

What You Can Expect:

  • Classic favourites with a twist
  • Fresh ingredients
  • Fast, doable recipes
  • Lots of pictures
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Gingersnap Tiramisu

Sample Recipes Inside:Bacon Salad with Crispy Onions, Pizza Soup, Stovetop Chicken With Dumplings, Overnight Oatmeal Jars with Last-Minute Stir-ins, Gingersnap Tiramisu, Tortilla Lasagna, Weeknight or Weekend Beef Stew, Rosemary Apple Braised Chicken, Chili Cornmeal Crusted Salmon with Avocado Salsa, Fallen Chocolate Cake Stuffed With Whipped Cream, Ice Cream Sandwiches.

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Tortilla Lasagna

Photo to Recipe Ratio: 1:2

Buy The Book: Family Meals

Photo credits: Ryan Szulc

GIVEAWAY: We’ve got a copy of Michael Smith Family Meals and it could be yours. Simply follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram and send the answer to the following question: Where is Michael Smith from? Don’t forget to use the hashtag #michaelsmithfamilymeals along with your answer!

Giveaway Rules

The following are the giveaway rules (“Rules”) for the Michael Smith’s Family Meals Giveaway (the “Giveaway”) being administered by Shaw Media (“Shaw”).

RULE 1. HOW TO ENTER

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. To enter, entrants must answer the question posted above correctly, as determined by a Shaw representative. The Giveaway shall run until August 13, 2014 at 5 pm, after which time no answers will be considered.

RULE 2. SELECTION OF WINNER

Upon completion of the Giveaway, a Shaw representative shall review the answers submitted by each entrant to determine which entrant answered the question correctly. From the entrants that correctly answered the question, Shaw will randomly select the prize winner (“Winner”) and provide the prize to the winner. For the purposes of this Giveaway and the awarding of prize, these Rules shall govern in all respects and the decision of any Shaw representatives shall be final.

RULE 3. PRIZE

There is one prize available to be won, which consists of (“Prize”).

RULE 4. GENERAL

By participating in this Giveaway, you agree to abide by these Rules and the decisions of Shaw in awarding the Prize, which decisions shall be final and binding upon all entrants. Entrants who have not complied with these Rules are subject to disqualification. Shaw reserves the right to modify the Rules, before or during the Giveaway, in its sole discretion, in any way at any time it deems necessary or appropriate without materially affecting the terms and conditions of this Giveaway. Interpretation of these Giveaway rules by Shaw shall be final.
Personal information collected during the course of this Giveaway shall be used by Shaw and its authorized representatives solely for the purposes of conducting the Giveaway and awarding prizes, and will not be used or disclosed for any other purpose unless required by law.
The Prize is not transferable and not redeemable for cash, will not be extended under any circumstances and must be accepted as offered without substitution.
Employees of Shaw and its affiliates, subsidiaries, related companies, advertising and promotional agencies and the household members of any of the above, are not eligible to participate in this Giveaway.
By participating in this Giveaway, the Winner agrees that his/her name may be used in any and all forms of media, without any further compensation by Shaw and waives all rights (including moral rights) with respect to printed, broadcast and other forms of publicity.
In the event of a dispute as to who submitted an electronic entry, the entry will be deemed to have been submitted by the authorized account holder of the e-mail address submitted at the time of entry. “Authorized account holder” is defined as the natural person who is assigned to an e-mail address by anInternet access provider, on-line service provider or other organization (e.g., business, educational institution, etc.) that is responsible for assigning e-mail addresses for the domain associated with the submitted e-mail address.
Notwithstanding the defined Contest Period, Shaw reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to terminate the Giveaway, in whole or part, and/or modify, amend or suspend the Giveaway, and/or these Rules in any way, at any time, for any reason without prior notice. Interpretation of these Giveaway Rules by Shaw shall be final.

The Giveaway is subject to all applicable laws of the province of Ontario and the laws of Canada applicable therein.

BonnieMo Bonnie Mo is a Toronto-based editor and the face behind Food Network Canada’s Food Fetish column. She’s also a contributing editor over at slice.ca.

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Chef Lynn Crawford Cookbook Review & Giveaway

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Title: At Home with Lynn Crawford: 200 of My Favourite Easy Recipes
Price: $32.00
Pages: 320
Availability: Major book retailers

The goods:

Lynn Crawford is a celebrity chef, Food Network Star (Pitchin’ In, Restaurant Makeover, Iron Chef America and Top Chef Masters), and a restaurateur. Known for her love of fresh ingredients and adventure, Chef Lynn is as comfortable in the kitchen at her popular Toronto eatery Ruby Watchco, as she is fishing for chinook salmon off the coast of Vancouver.

Chef Lynn is a veteran in the industry, with over 25 years of experience. At Ruby Watchco, all meals are served table d’hôte—fixed menu at a fixed price, served family style.

Each week, the menu is posted outside the restaurant (and on the website) allowing diners to choose an evening that best suits their palate. The emphasis is on fresh ingredients from local purveyors, non­fussy preparations and a casual, relaxed atmosphere.

At Home with Lynn Crawford: 200 of My Favourite Easy Recipes emulates the feeling of the restaurant and the laid­back personality of Chef Lynn. Perfect for at­home entertaining, the recipes are fun, no pressure, and easy to follow.

The book’s jacket speaks to Chef Lynn’s inspiration behind the book. She was influenced by the people that she has known, places she has visited and the food she as enjoyed with her loved ones.

The recipes range from smoothies to cocktails, brunch favourites, salads, leisurely lunch dishes, party nibbles and one­pot comfort foods. This book is all about crowd­pleasing home cooking.

Selected recipes & chapters include:

Bananas Foster Pancakes with Caramel Sauce.
Creamy Mushroom & Spinach Lasagna,
Rib Roast with Horseradish Salt Crust,
Heirloom Carrots with Honey Thyme Butter
Sparkling Pineapple Orange Sangria
Blueberry Buckle
Hazelnut Pear Tart

This book has a good range of recipes, all fairly simple that use ingredients you can find easily at your local market. There is nothing worse than scrambling to find some exotic ingredient the day of your dinner party.

What I liked best were the brunch recipes—fresh juices and smoothies, homemade granolas, jams, jellies, spreads, infused honeys and butters add a special twist your brunch standards.
There are a number of straightforward baking recipes, easy enough to entice even the most novice of baker (like myself) and some fun and inventive ways to prepare eggs.

At Home with Lynn Crawford: 200 of My Favourite Easy Recipes has basic recipes to appease any dinner guest, with just enough ethnic influence to entice interest. A chapter on one-pot comfort foods takes the stress out of preparation and for the party inexperienced— classics like devilled eggs and dips. The desserts are uncomplicated as well (I am making the Cheesecake in a Jar tonight!)

Bonus: Besides the infused honeys and preserves, Chef Lynn shares some of her recipes for rubs and flavoured salts, all of which make fun hostess gifts or party favours. There’s also a recipe for “Ninja Dog Treats” for your canine friends.

This book is meant for:

People that love to entertain at home, and prefer non-­fussy, family-style fare, anyone who wants a really well-rounded cookbook that they will actually use, and fan’s of Chef Lynn or Ruby Watchco.

JenJennifer Myers Chua is an art director, Asian-food enthusiast, and all-around creative type. Obsessed with culinary pursuits and whitespace, Jennifer spends her days working as a freelance designer and contributing blogger. She spends her nights deconstructing recipes in her mostly all-white loft with her mostly all-white French bulldog. You can check out more of what she does at www.jennifermyerschua.com.

 

Giveaway information:

All you have to do is send an email to Giveaways@foodnetwork.ca with the subject line ‘Lynn Crawford Cookbook Giveaway’, the answer to the following question:

Question: How many seasons of Pitchin’ In have aired on Food Network Canada?

Hint: You can find the answer here.

RULE 1. HOW TO ENTER
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. To enter, entrants must answer the question posted above correctly, as determined by a Shaw representative. The Giveaway shall run until July 27 2014 at 5:00 PM, after which time no answers will be considered.

RULE 2. SELECTION OF WINNER
Upon completion of the Giveaway, a Shaw representative shall review the answers submitted by each entrant to determine which entrant answered the question correctly. From the entrants that correctly answered the question, Shaw will randomly select the prize winner (“Winner”) and provide the prize to the winner. For the purposes of this Giveaway and the awarding of prize, these Rules shall govern in all respects and the decision of any Shaw representatives shall be final.

RULE 3. PRIZE
There are 15 prizes available to be won, which consists of At Home with Lynn Crawford: 200 of My Favourite Easy Recipes (“Prize”). The approximate value of each ticket for the Prize is thirty two dollars Canadian (CDN $32).

RULE 4. GENERAL
By participating in this Giveaway, you agree to abide by these Rules and the decisions of Shaw in awarding the Prize, which decisions shall be final and binding upon all entrants. Entrants who have not complied with these Rules are subject to disqualification. Shaw reserves the right to modify the Rules, before or during the Giveaway, in its sole discretion, in any way at any time it deems necessary or appropriate without materially affecting the terms and conditions of this Giveaway. Interpretation of these Giveaway rules by Shaw shall be final.
Personal information collected during the course of this Giveaway shall be used by Shaw and its authorized representatives solely for the purposes of conducting the Giveaway and awarding prizes, and will not be used or disclosed for any other purpose unless required by law.
The Prize is not transferable and not redeemable for cash, will not be extended under any circumstances and must be accepted as offered without substitution.
Employees of Shaw and its affiliates, subsidiaries, related companies, advertising and promotional agencies and the household members of any of the above, are not eligible to participate in this Giveaway.
By participating in this Giveaway, the Winner agrees that his/her name may be used in any and all forms of media, without any further compensation by Shaw and waives all rights (including moral rights) with respect to printed, broadcast and other forms of publicity.

In the event of a dispute as to who submitted an electronic entry, the entry will be deemed to have been submitted by the authorized account holder of the e-mail address submitted at the time of entry. “Authorized account holder” is defined as the natural person who is assigned to an e-mail address by an Internet access provider, on-line service provider or other organization (e.g., business, educational institution, etc.) that is responsible for assigning e-mail addresses for the domain associated with the submitted e-mail address.
Notwithstanding the defined Contest Period, Shaw reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to terminate the Giveaway, in whole or part, and/or modify, amend or suspend the Giveaway, and/or these Rules in any way, at any time, for any reason without prior notice. Interpretation of these Giveaway

Rules by Shaw shall be final.
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Review of Charcutería: The Soul of Spain

Charcutería: The Soul of Spain explores the time-honoured Spanish culinary traditions of curing meat and fish.

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Charcutería: The Soul of Spain by Jeffrey Weiss (foreword by James Beard award-winning chef José Andrés.)

Price: $49.95
Pages: 464
Availability: Major retailers

The Goods

Providing a comprehensive introduction to authentic Spanish butchering techniques with more than 100 recipes, this book aims to be the guide to Spanish cured meat traditions for both professional and hobbyist charcuterie enthusiasts. Jeffrey Weiss is an American chef hailing from California, and the recipes are presented in a manner that is accessible to those without knowledge of Spanish ingredients. Weiss celebrates the diverse foods and rich culture of Spain, and stays true to the traditions of cured meat.

North America is embracing the return of small-scale artisan traditions, and this is helping charcuterie gain its popularity. Until recently, the art of charcuteria was “underrepresented, misunderstood and largely unheard of,” in this part of the world.

Charcutería: The Soul of Spain is a thorough representation of the history of charcuteria and the evolution of ritual pig slaughters to industrialized charcuterie. A notable and informative section is chapter three: ‘Salt, Meat, Love and Time’. It explains Spanish-style butchery, which uses various methods and cuts.

Chapters Include

  • Chapter 1: Who’s Your Papi; Chulo?
  • Chapter 2: The Secreto Of The Secreto
  • Chapter 3: Salt, Meat, Love, And Time
  • Chapter 4: Salamueras y Salazones
  • Chapter 5: Adobos
  • Chapter 6: Escabeche
  • Chapter 7: Conservas y Confits
  • Chapter 8: Embuitdos
  • Chapter 9: Pâtés y Terrinas
  • Chapter 10: Guarniciónes y Salsas
  • Chapter 11: Postres y Licores
  • Purveyors and Other Cool People
  • Kitchen Lingo: A Glossary Of La Cocina Española
  • Knowledge Is Power: Where to Learn More About Charcuterie

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What we Made

I chose to make Garbanzos Con Butifarra Negra (page 285), specifically because I had been to bar Pinoxta in the La Boquiera, Barcelona and had the pleasure of eating this dish—it was absolutely delicious!
For my own variation, I bought the blood sausage from a local butcher to save some time. The recipe itself was not that complicated and most of the ingredients were easy to find. The one ingredient I had to substitute was sherry, as the recommended brand is not available at the LCBO.

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Final Thoughts

This book taught me a great deal about myself. First of all, I love cute illustrations with a lot of personality. Secondly, even though I am a die-hard, unapologetic, die-hard charcuterie fanatic, I really don’t enjoy making it (at least I thought I did, until now). Fans of this book can still lean on me for a good pickle to adorn their boards, but I likely will not be curing meats in the near future—curing meat takes up a lot of space, and my tiny condo kitchen doesn’t have much.

I found the recipes themselves to be somewhat difficult to follow. Within the list of ingredients there was often a reference to another recipe, from another page. This made it difficult to understand what was involved, without doing some flipping around. Having very little experience with Spanish cooking, I had to continuously look up ingredients as they were listed in Spanish only (a bracket with the English term ‘blood sausage’ would have been helpful). I also found it difficult to source some of the recommended ingredients in Toronto. In the end, the dish was tasty, but far too oily and in hindsight, I should have used half of the recommended oil.

Regardless, it was a nice read and was very educational. The breakdown of Spanish butchery alone is worth the purchase for any novice butcher.

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Reccomendations

People with basic to intermediate knowledge of sausage making, people who are not squeamish, those who want a glimpse into Spanish butchery and meat-curing culture, and anyone with enough kitchen space (only the bravest of condo-dwellers will be able to recreate most dishes).

Photos by Jason Kan

JenJennifer Myers Chua is an art director, Asian-food enthusiast, and all-around creative type. Obsessed with culinary pursuits and whitespace, Jennifer spends her days working as a freelance designer and contributing blogger. She spends her nights deconstructing recipes in her mostly all-white loft with her mostly all-white French bulldog. You can check out more of what she does at www.jennifermyerschua.com.

 

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Cookbook Review: Eat More Dessert

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Eat More Dessert: More than 100 Simple-to-Make & Fun-to-Eat Baked Goods from the Baker to the Stars Hardcover by Jenny Keller

Price: $26.99
Pages: 224
Availability: Major retailers

Jenny Keller is a self-taught baker who has built an empire on sugar cookies and beautifully crafted desserts. Her passion for baking began in her grandmother’s kitchen as a tot, but wasn’t reignited until she had had children of her own. Seeking a creative outlet after choosing to stay home with her kids, Jenny realized that she was finding any excuse to throw a party and arrange elaborately themed dessert tables. Scouring flea markets and testing sugar cookie recipes had become a consistent pastime, and Jenny’s dessert tables were attracting some seriously sweet attention. Jenny quickly garnered a following from celebrities like Tori Spelling, and she began to gain a reputation as the authority for dessert tables at celeb-filled Hollywood soirees.

Keller’s Eat More Dessert is a beautiful and light-hearted book, focusing on the design of a perfect dessert table. It features stunning photos, and simple recipes and food arrangements that are actually easy to recreate. Recipes range from just-assemble-and-decorate, to over-the-top cakes that require a little more patience and finesse. But even the most complicated recipe is simple enough for a beginner with little knowledge of baking methods and techniques. Most recipes only require a handful of ingredients, and can be replicated somewhat inexpensively. If you don’t feel like making Jenny’s butter cream or doughnut holes from scratch, the recipe suggests using store-bought mixes, icings and coffee shop doughnut holes instead. Oreo cookies, Ritz crackers, Fluff and Cake Mix also make an appearance.

Aside from the how-to baking basics, Jenny gives tips on styling the perfect dessert table.

Chapters are divided into the following themes:

  • Princess Tea Party
  • Ice Cream Shop
  • Shipwrecked
  • Spring Garden
  • Love is Sweet
  • Vintage baby
  • Campout
  • Fall Bounty
  • Down on the Farm
  • North Pole Bakery

I chose to make Jenny’s Cake Pops (page 20) and Strawberry Sweetheart Cookies (page 63).

I am not a baker. There is something about careful measuring and floured surfaces that scares me. Creative decorating, however, I adore. So while I am usually pretty intimidated by baking, these recipes were a breeze. Both were surprisingly easy and my baking companion and I used store-bought mix and icing to keep it simple. Jenny emphasizes that any of her basic recipes can be modified to suit your event, so we decided to mix it up and create a chocolate version of the Strawberry Sweetheart Cookies as well. It took a couple of tries to find just the right sized scoop for the cookies to bake right, but in the end we were really pleased. These cookies were definitely an acceptable macaroon substitute.

Check out our scrumptious results!

The cake pops were lovely, fun to make, and they created a lot of smiles around the office. In the end, we made dozens of goodies for under $30. This is a wonderful book, and I will be using it again.

This book is meant for:

People who like to entertain, party planners, wedding shower hostesses, and parents looking for creative activities to do with their kids. It is great for anyone that wants to see an impressive result, without a ton of effort or cost.

JenJennifer Myers Chua is an art director, Asian-food enthusiast, and all-around creative type. Obsessed with culinary pursuits and whitespace, Jennifer spends her days working as a freelance designer and contributing blogger. She spends her nights deconstructing recipes in her mostly all-white loft with her mostly all-white French bulldog. You can check out more of what she does at www.jennifermyerschua.com

 

Book Review: Jerusalem by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi

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The Stats

Title: Jerusalem by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi
Price: $35.00
Availability: Major book retailers

The Book

Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi grew up on two different sides of one city.  Sami was a child in Muslim east-Jerusalem, with Yotam in the Jewish west. Although being born in the same city and in the same year, the two didn’t meet until nearly three decades later – world’s away in London UK.  Becoming close friends and business partners (Tamimi is part owner of Ottolenghi’s eponymous chain of restaurants and the co-author of Ottolenghi: The Cookbook (Ebury Press, 2008).) the two began to explore their parallel childhoods, and the city so rich in culture that is their common bond.

Ottolenghi’s latest follows the New York Times bestseller Plenty (Chronicle Books, 2011) which was an ode to vegetables with a collection of fresh and original plant-based fare. Jerusalem’s focus is on the traditional, with 120 age-old recipes based on the rich cultural traditions of the Mediterranean, and the flavours that are embedded in both Ottolenghi and Tamimi’s DNA. Some recipes are classics, some have benefitted from creative updates and lastly others are inspired by the flavours of the city itself.

The spirit of Jerusalem is wound through the book, with a brief introduction outlining the history of the city and its complicated past. Photographer Jonathan Lovekin showcases gorgeous food images alongside more candid snaps of everyday life. While the book’s recipes focus on its namesake city, There are dishes with Palestinian and Georgian influence as well. Jerusalem is a cultural melting pot and home to Jews originating from Russia, Poland, Tunisia, Libya, France, Britain, Iraq, Ethiopia, Argentina as well as Christians and Muslims.  The result is a complex and cosmopolitan book full of the unpredictable, family recipes, heart-warming nods to childhood, and a wonderful homage to the city from which the book takes its name.

Overall:  As with Plenty, a number of dishes require ingredients that are not pantry staples, so the dishes take some pre-planning. This book assumes basic culinary knowledge. With exciting flavors, and both inventive and traditional combinations, Jerusalem is the most enticing cookbook I have seen in a while. Jerusalem has me excited about Middle Eastern basics like Hummus. I don’t think I have ever been this excited about hummus.
Selected Recipes
? Na’ama’s fattoush (Worth getting the book for this recipe alone)
? Burnt eggplant & mograbieh soup (Palestinian equivalent to cous cous) soup
? Pistachio soup
? Ruth’s stuffed Romano peppers
? Roasted chicken with clementines & arak

Food Porn Rating: 5 out of 5 on the food porn scale. Part cookbook, part travelogue, Jerusalem features gorgeous photos of Israeli marketplaces and mouthwateringly beautiful dishes.

 

Final Analysis

You may like it if…
? You have a love of history, culture, trying new things.
? You are unapologetically into farmers markets, organics, the fresh & the best
? You love preparing food, are awed by unique flavours, love wandering through spice markets.

You may not like it if…
? If you are looking for quick, no-nonsense easy weeknight meals
? You do not have easy access Mediterranean ingredients
? Are not into trying new or unfamiliar flavors (although, I would still give it a try)

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Recipe

Ingredients

Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Fresh Figs

4 small sweet potatoes (2 lb / 1 kg in total)
5 tbsp olive oil
scant 3 tbsp / 40 ml balsamic vinegar (you can use a commercial rather than a premium aged grade)
1 tbsp / 20 g superfine sugar
12 green onions, halved lengthwise and cut into 1-in / 4cm segments
1 red chile, thinly sliced
6 ripe figs (8 oz / 240 g in total), quartered
5 oz / 150 g soft goat’s milk cheese (optional)
Maldon sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

 

Directions

Preheat the oven to 475°F / 240°C.
Wash the sweet potatoes, halve them lengthwise, and then cut each half again similarly into 3 long wedges.
Mix with 3 tablespoons of the olive oil, 2 teaspoons salt, and some black pepper.
Spread the wedges out, skin side down, on a baking sheet and cook for about 25 minutes, until soft but not mushy.
Remove from the oven and leave to cool down.
To make the balsamic reduction, place the balsamic vinegar and sugar in a small saucepan.
Bring to a boil, then decrease the heat and simmer for 2 to 4 minutes, until it thickens.
Be sure to remove the pan from the heat when the vinegar is still runnier than honey; it will continue to thicken as it cools.
Stir in a drop of water before serving if it does become too thick to drizzle.
Arrange the sweet potatoes on a serving platter.
Heat the remaining oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat and add the green onions and chile.
Fry for 4 to 5 minutes, stirring often to make sure not to burn the chile.
Spoon the oil, onions, and chile over the sweet potatoes.
Dot the figs among the wedges and then drizzle over the balsamic reduction.
Serve at room temperature. Crumble the cheese over the top, if using.

 

Excerpted from Jerusalem.  Copyright © 2012 Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi.  Published by Appetite by Random House Canada, which is a division of Random House of Canada Limited. Reproduced by arrangement with the Publisher. All rights reserved.

 

 

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