Every review, gift guide, and media mention means a lot to a cookbook author. Even with such a long schedule — most of the recipes in my book have only been tweaked in minor ways since last February — it’s impossible to forget how much work went into creating the book and then to see someone take the time to read it, cook from it, and write about it or talk to me about is a truly rewarding experience.
I have a full list of the equally-appreciated media mentions for The Canadian Craft Beer Cookbook over on beercookbook.ca, but I’d like to draw attention to one with this post. I was particularly honoured to be included in Chris Nuttall-Smith’s “Twenty cookbooks that will inspire greatness” both because I respect Chris as a critic and because so many of the other books on the list are by authors that I hold in very high esteem. I’m not just reading from a script when I say that it is a pleasure to be included in their company.
Print the list or clip it from the paper and head into your local bookstore. Chris is right that that is very much part of the whole cookbook experience. (more…)
Competition is the new king of food entertainment. Abbey Sharp, a Toronto food blogger, has joined this trend with her Abbey’s Kitchen Stadium series. The finale was held last weekend to wrap up the Delicious Food Show at the Better Living Centre.
I was asked to cover the Delicious Food Show as a (paid) social media reporter on behalf Samuel Adams. The supersize American craft brewery was one of the partners for Abbey’s Kitchen Stadium and provided the competition’s secret ingredients: their Boston Lager and Latitude 48 IPA. (more…)
For whatever reason — probably having a lot to do with where German-Canadians settled — Ontario’s Oktoberfest celebrations tend to be held quite a trek from Toronto. There’s the long-standing one in the K-W that everyone knows about and a newer one in Van Kleek Hill put on by Beau’s that everyone should know about.
In town, Bier Markt is celebrating that most Bavarian of festivals with a special beer and food menu. (more…)
Cooking in a group can be a distracting experience — conversation and making sure that you’re keeping pace with everyone else are strong, if slightly unsafe, reasons to take your eyes off the cutting board. But, put a pro like celebrity chef Lynn Crawford at the station one to your left and suddenly things become a lot more intense. That’s where I found myself a couple weeks ago when I got the chance to visit The Stop‘s community kitchen on Davenport Road in Toronto.
Nick Saul, Gerry Doutre, Chef Lynn Crawford, Rachel Gray
The group of fellow bloggers and food writers had been gathered together to learn more about the partnership that has been struck between Ultima Foods (through their Iögo yogurt brand) and community kitchens. The have partnered with specific community kitchens near their production facilities, the larger Community Food Centres Canada, and with Chef Crawford. (more…)
I’m entirely willing to admit that I don’t know very much about Iceland. Or at least I didn’t before I attended the media preview dinner for the Taste of Iceland Festival that Iceland Naturally is putting on this weekend in Toronto. Those of you who (like me) think with your stomachs first, will be happy to read that the centerpiece of the four-day event is a four-course $45 tasting menu meal. Judging from the preview chef Hákon Már Örvarsson has thoughtfully designed the menu and that is a very good price.
I have more information in my full story on Rickshaw—including information on the non-food events—but if you’re still unconvinced here are the photos from the delicious meal. (more…)