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L is for Beer

lisforbeer01On a very cold evening in January I joined fellow beer fans for a special  dinner by the L is For… team at Toronto’s Beer Academy. The meal was prepared by Chef Eyal Liebman, courses were introduced by his wife, sommelier Rebecca Meir Liebman, and the paired beers were presented by the Beer Academy’s head brewer, Stephen Rich.

The menu for the night.

The menu for the night.

Even with six full courses — two appetizers, a fish, main, cheese, and dessert — Chef Liebman did a commendable job of walking the fine line between satisfying and over-stuffing diners. He also showed that plates at beer dinners don’t need to be a four-foot slab of barn board covered in a mountain of meat. Instead his her attractive and carefully presented without being fussy. (more…)

Ambassador of Cheese

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Last August an email arrived in my inbox that invited me to participate in a programme that the Dairy Farmers of Canada are running. Over a year-long stretch that started in September 2013 they are going to send cheese to bloggers who will then post “action shots” of Canadian cheese on Instagram and other social media channels.

For participating I get a selection of cheese each month this winter and have agreed to post an Instagram photo once a week during that period.

You’ll be able to find my photos under the hashtags #CDNCheese and #simplepleasures. This is all part of the Simple Pleasures campaign that also includes this short YouTube video. DFC posted a profile of the three bloggers and are collecting our photos on this page. (more…)

Food Bloggers of Canada Featured Blogger

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It’s my pleasure to share the news that I am the Food Bloggers of Canada featured blogger this week. I’ve been an FBC member since the early days of the organization, so it’s good to see their activities expanding and I’m honored to be in their spotlight.

FBC has been kind enough to run a giveaway with my book as the prize, but the main perk from this accolade is that they have posted a profile of me on their website. The blog post focuses on a questionnaire I filled out for them last month. There are some good questions on there that made me think and had me digging through the Food With Legs archives for inspiration.

I thought I would come up with a few extra questions and pose them to myself here as a sort of director’s cut, bonus content. (more…)

Globe’s 20 Best Cookbooks of 2013

CanadianCraftBeer.web4Every 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…)

Delicious Food Show and Samuel Adams


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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…)