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Author visits and the classes/workshops held in The Kitchen Studio continue to be a popular. Our recent fermentation class was a pungent success with Joel McCharles of wellpreserved.ca. Attendees coming from as far away as Rochester, Buffalo and Bowmanville. All left inspired!

We are finalizing dates for breadmaking and sausagemaking and more dates our ever popular knife skills so stay tuned, and let us know if there is something you'd like to learn more about.

And don't forget you have until February 28th to "like" us on facebook and enter our Picture This Dish Contest with great prizes. You already take food photos so with only one more step you can enter the contest and share your favourite cookbook recipes and potentially win.

Pati's Mexican Table Pati Jinich
Pati's Mexican Table

Saturday March 23rd, 2 to 3pm
The wonderfully engaging Pati Jinich is coming to the store to launch her new cookbook and discuss all things Mexican. Born and raised in Mexico Pati's popular PBS TV show, Pati's Mexican Table, in her words "swings a window wide open into the fascinating world of Mexican cuisine. I help familiarize people with its ingredients and cooking techniques, with a sprinkling of culture, history and traditions."
This is a free event in The Cookbook Store and of course treats from the book will be served.

Check out our Picture this Dish Contest on our Facebook Page.

Picture this dish contest

Our 30th Anniversary Open House
Saturday April 6th 11- 4 pm.
We invite you to our Open House on Saturday April 6th as we celebrate our 30th Anniversary, and thank you for helping us achieve this milestone. Yes there will be birthday cakes, not just one, but many, from Toronto's finest pastry chefs, restaurants and caterers. James Cunningham from TV's Eat St. will be here as well to launch his new cookbook Eat St., and many of our chef friends, cookbook authors will be dropping by to reminisce, as we hope you will as well. Come and tell us what were you doing in 1983 and your favourite cookbook moments.

Nettie Cronish: Spring into Grains Cooking Class/Workshop
Tuesday April 23rd 7 pm in The Kitchen Studio
Ticket to this class $10 and registration is required due to limited space.
Tired of quinoa, time to move on to other grains? An engaging cooking class/workshop with culinary teacher and cookbook author Nettie Cronish (Everyday Flexitarian). Learn about different grains, how to buy, cook, store, and of course use. Nettie will demonstrate recipes which of course you will sample. All those in attendance will receive an in store discount on books that evening.

40 Books in 40 Minutes
Wednesday May 8th 7 pm in The Cookbook Store
Back again by popular demand, we pick 40 new and interesting titles for insightful verbal and never dull reviews. Perfect timing for Mother's Day ideas. Refreshments will be served and a discount on books will be given for all those in attendance.
No charge but registration required.

Cheesemaking at Home: A Workshop/Class with Kelsie Parsons
Wednesday May 22nd, 7 pm in The Kitchen Studio
Ticket $25 reservations required. Attendees will receive an in store discount on books that evening.
Ever wanted to make cheese at home? Find it difficult to find a truly fresh queso fresco in the grocery store? Join us for an insightful demo on making cheese at home with Canadian cheese expert Kelsie Parsons.
Kelsie will demonstrate how to make three cheeses; queso fresco, paneer and labneh (yoghurt cheese) - all simple recipes that people can make at home. Helpful information on where to get all of the necessary equipment, rennet, and different cultures will be supplied so you will have all the confidence you need to get started at home. Of course there will be tastes and nibbles as well! Kelsie has always loved cheese. After graduating, Mr. Parsons discovered his dream job when he found work selling cheese at local farmers markets. Captivated by the stories of Canadas cheese makers, he decided to write a definitive book about our national cheese culture. Mr. Parsons, who has earned a Cheese Making Certificate from the Vermont Institute for Artisan Cheese, will be self-publishing the book with the help of online funding platform Kickstarter. The release is scheduled for the fall of 2013.

New Books

Nigellissima Nigellissima
Nigella Lawson
We were delighted when Nigella dropped by the store on a recent visit to Toronto, she is after a bit of a cookbook addict! In between her shopping she managed to sign our stock so we have a selection of Nigella's books signed. They make a great gift, Mother's day is not that far off! Meantime this is the North American edition of her latest book based on her love of Italian cooking. Hardcover, $45. Signed copies of Nigellissima and other Nigella books available.

Edwardian Cooking
Larry Edwards
These are recipes inspired by wildly popular Downton Abbey TV series. It covers all the bases High Tea (sweet and savory), Dinner (breads, soups side dishes, entrees) and Desserts which were rather more sweet than rich. You wont need a kitchen brigade or long hours to prepare these recreations but you will have all the elegance and enjoyment of Edwardian cuisine. Hardcover, $23.95

Betty Goes Vegan
Annie & Dan Shannon
Vegan goes mainstream when we have a vegan book inspired by Betty Crocker! Nobody is born vegan so the authors give lots of information for the vegans in the family. The book never preaches and is practical and comprehensive, and at almost 500 pages it's a lot of book for $29.99.

Yvonne Murphy
This is a terrifically fun self published book for those with even just a passing interest in hockey. The author comes by her hockey connections honestly being happily married to former Maple Leafs coach Mike Murphy for almost 40 years. The recipes cover a range of players (and their Mom's!) - John Tavares, The Sutter Family, Darryl Sittler, Mike Cammalleri, Bobby Orr, Wendel Clark to name a few. The anecdotal chat and reflections gathered by Yvonne from the families gives a unique behind the scenes look at hockey life from the heart of the kitchen. Coil Bound, $19.95

Magazine Round Up

This month sees the arrival of a new Lucky Peach, #6 for those counting. With an engaging cover announcing The Apocalypse: Before and After. Contributing articles to the pre-apocalypse Sandoor Katz the guru of fermentation, Michael Pollan, Harrold McGee. For the post-apocalypse Magnus Nilsson, Anthony Bourdain, Jamie Feldmar.

Meantime Food & Wine delve into their archives for a 35th anniversary issue celebrating legendary cooks, Marcella Hazan, Jacques Pepin, Julia Chil, Paula Wolfert. For the young chefs this is must reading to know your culinary history. Over at Bon Appetit it's all about hot soups and America's 20 most important restaurants, amongst recipes for sweet comforts.

So Good Issue #9 January 2013
This "magazine" keeps getting better and better. A leading edge publication for pastry chefs, stunning photography, interviews, recipes. You will be inspired. $45.

Art Culinaire #105
Still a force in the food community Art Culinaire, a quarterly publication featuring chefs in conversation on a particular topic along with their recipes. Cheesemongering on a New England farmstead, eggs with Floyd Cardoz, Paprika with Luis Bollo for example. Hardcover, $32.95

Acqtaste issue 3
This Toronto based journal doesn't limit themselves to local stories. It has grown and matured with each issue, the latest features NYC, amongst other stories. New York chef Andrew Carmellini is on the cover and engaging interviews with April Bloomfield, Christina Tosi are just the beginining. This is a magazine worth picking up and supporting. $18.

Recipe: Bam Banana Muffins

from Puck Mommies by Yvonne Murphy

Ken & Dave Dryden's Grandmother Bam's Famous Recipe


1/2 cup softened butter or margarine
3/4 cup white sugar
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 tsp baking soda
1 tbsp hot water
1 cup mashed bananas
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cup flour

Preheat oven to 400F. In a large blow, cream butter and sugar together. Dissolve baking soda in the hot water and add to te butter mixture. Add beaten egg, mashed banana and vanilla. Add the flour and stir until ingredients are just mixed (do not overmix).

Fill muffin cups and bake for approximately 10-15 minutes. Remove from pan and serve immediately.

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