Vancouver Gift Ideas – Top 5 Vancouver Restaurant Cookbooks

Cookbooks make a fabulous gift because they’re general crowd-pleasers. Cooks love them, of course, but so do foodies, people who think they may one day cook (ahem, that would be me), and—if the cookbook comes from a beloved local restaurant—people with memories of wonderful food shared during special times.

Many of Vancouver’s best restaurants have their own cookbooks, and many are award-winners, too. Here’s my list of the best local cookbooks; please add your own in comments!

Great Vancouver Gifts: Top 5 Vancouver Restaurant Cookbooks

1. Blue Water Cafe Seafood Cookbook from Yaletown’s acclaimed Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar. Winner of the 2009 Gourmand World Cookbook Award for Best Seafood and Fish Book in Canada.

2. Araxi: Seasonal Recipes from the Celebrated Whistler Restaurant from Araxi Restaurant + Bar. Winner of the 2009 Gourmand World Cookbook Award for Best Chef Book in Canada.

3. West: The Cookbook from South Granville’s West Restaurant. Winner of the Most Innovative Cookbook in Canada in 2008.

4. Cioppino’s Mediterranean Grill: A Lifetime of Excellence in the Kitchen from Yaletown’s Cioppino’s Mediterranean Grill. 2008 Winner of the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards for Best Italian and Best Mediterranean Cookbook in Canada.

5. Lumiere Light from Chef Rob Feenie of Kitsilano’s Lumière. Includes easy-to-reproduce cocktail recipes from the restaurant’s famous tasting bar.

For a variety of styles, there’s also Vancouver Cooks 2 by the Chefs’ Table Society of British Columbia, which includes sections on Seasonal and Sustainable recipes.

If you’ve ever cooked from any of these books, please share your experiences in the comments—I’d love to hear what you think.

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