The Cookbook Collection: Toronto Cooks

Toronto Cooks by Amy Rosen

The most amazing thing about eating out in Toronto is that not only do you get an extensive choice on some very popular cuisines the city also offers experiences in unique cuisines you won’t normally find.  Where else can you go for an authentic Filipino Kamayan feast or creative tapas South American style.  What makes Toronto an even better city to dine in is that good food is not all centralized to one downtown “restaurant row”.  Known around the world for our all-inclusive multiculturalism the city is divided into neighborhoods of all ethnicity each with an abundant variety of restaurants of all price points.  Travel to Little Italy where you are guaranteed a meal straight out of Nonna’s kitchen or head to Parkdale where you can find Italian just as good but along side great Mexican and Southern BBQ.  Any where you go the possibilities are endless.

Toronto Cooks by Amy Rosen

Whipped Ricotta from Chef Robert Bartley at E11even

I picked Toronto Cooks by Amy Rosen (Raincoast Books) as my first new monthy Cookbook Collection review because of my love for the food of Toronto’s restaurants. Forty eight different restaurants and their chefs have shared some of their magical creations.  I wish I could say I’ve eaten at all of these places.  And while I have devoured my way across the city the sheer number of restaurants from this book I haven’t eaten at just goes to show what a collection we as a great city have to offer. What I absolutely love about this book besides the profiles on each place featured is that chefs didn’t hold back.

For the past couple year Parts & Labour have had their burger voted the best in the city. That recipe is in this book. Christina Tosi’s of Momofuku’s Milk Bar shares her famous crack pie.  And while some recipes are wonderfully simple like this amazing Pudding Chomeur I made from Chef Alejandro Bustamante at Coquine Restaurant others showcase how truly imaginative and extensive the talent in this city’s kitchens.

Toronto Cooks by Amy Rosen

Pudding Chomeur from Chef Alejandro Bustamante at Coquine Restaurant

With each Cookbook Collection review I have a DH’s choice.  I’ve talked before how hard it is to cook for my picky better half so by letting him find something in each cookbook have extended our options. When it comes to Italian food and red sauce we couldn’t be anymore different which is why he instantly gravitated towards Chef Rocco Agostino of Pizza Libretto‘s meatball recipe. The previous year at a popular beer event we had tried them for the first time and surprisingly we both came to the agreement they were best we had tasted.  Now with the recipe at hand I have made them three times already and have decided the sauce is my new staple.

Toronto Cooks by Amy Rosen

Spicy Meatballs from Chef Rocco Agostino of Pizza Libretto

That’s what makes this book so enjoyable. Doing what I do I have had the opportunity to eat at many of Toronto’s great restaurants. I have discovered some hidden gems and found some new favorites. Now with this incredible book I can try some of this dishes at home.

Check out the contest below for your chance to win a copy of Toronto Cooks for yourself.  Even if you don’t win and love to eat out, go get a copy to try.

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*I have generously received  Toronto Cooks free of charge however all opinions are entirely my own.

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  1. This book sounds like a winner - thanks for the great review.
  2. Before it closed down, my favourite restaurant was Bistro 990 in Toronto - I even had my wedding reception there. Thank goodness there are so many other great French restaurants in Toronto!
  3. This book sounds like it has a lot of tasty recipes! :)
  4. I haven't made it back to Toronto since I was a young tourist for a day. I would love to enjoy these recipes!
  5. worth the purchase just for those LIbretto meatballs alone!
  6. I ate at Coquine several years ago but never had the chance to try the Pudding Chomeur (or maybe it was so long ago that it wasn't even on the menu). What a treat!
  7. SUMMER PLEWES says:
    So hard to choose! I love so many restaurants! I really like the farmhouse in Barrie ontario
  8. my favorite restaurant is Bekta and it is in Ottawa
  9. Sheelagh Russell-Brown says:
    Two Doors Down in Halifax
  10. Oh, I've been wanting this cookbook! :) My favourite restaurant is the Taj Mahal in Ottawa.
  11. I still ate the meatball! Delicious!
  12. I NEED the meatball recipe! I wonder what the secret ingredient is?? Lovely pics and post Heather! Carol
  13. I would totally recommend Barney Google's restaurant in Selkirk. It is a family owned non-chain restaurant that specializes in Irish food. The desserts are also spectacular and HUUUUGE servings.
  14. The Harbord Room in Toronto
  15. Five Doors North in Toronto is my favourite restaurant.
  16. Billy Truong says:
    Ten Restaurant & Wine Bar in mississauga.
  17. Nicole JubleeW says:
    My favourite restaurant in Toronto is Rock Lobster.
  18. janice Cournoyer says:
    So many choices in Toronto. Love the Harbord Room
  19. My favourite restaurant was one that no longer exists..sadly. Barrels in Kitchener.

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