New Cookbooks From A Few of Vancouver’s Favourite Restaurants

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Ever had a dinner so delicious, so game-changing, so mind-blowing that you never quite forgot about it, long after you left the restaurant? Continue reading:
New Cookbooks From A Few of Vancouver’s Favourite Restaurants

Give a taste of Vancouver with these 5 cookbooks

Rob Feenie with his wife, Michelle, at home. Photo courtesy of Douglas & McIntyre.

Rob Feenie with his wife, Michelle, at home. Photo courtesy of Douglas & McIntyre.

If you’re still hungry for gift ideas going into the final holiday stretch, we’ve got you covered. Vancouver has some of the best restaurants in the world, and luckily, local chefs are willing to share their recipes.

Here are five cookbooks that let you give a taste of the city to loved ones near and far. They’re all available online and at bookstores around town; try Barbara-Jo’s Books To Cooks (1740 West 2nd Avenue) for a good selection.

First, what does Rob Feenie, who rose to fame through Lumiere restaurant and is now executive chef at the Cactus Club Cafe, cook at home?

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Give a taste of Vancouver with these 5 cookbooks

Cook the ‘Hood – Recipes from Vancouver’s Favourite Neighbourhood Restaurants

Cookbooks tend to be practical guides, manuals to help you prepare a traditional meatloaf or cook with less salt or diet your way to a slimmer waistline. But cookbooks can be so much more. Regional cookbooks and cookbooks with recipes from your favourite restaurants are recipe guides, too, but they can also be souvenirs of a wonderful night out or a fabulous vacation, of a great meal enjoyed with close friends, of the flavours that remind you of home.

I love collecting local cookbooks; I also think they make killer gifts. Last Christmas, I wrote about the Top 5 Vancouver Restaurant Cookbooks as a great Vancouver gift idea; the list includes the latest offerings from Vancouver culinary stars like Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar and West Restaurant.

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Cook the ‘Hood – Recipes from Vancouver’s Favourite Neighbourhood Restaurants

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!

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Vancouver Gift Ideas – Top 5 Vancouver Restaurant Cookbooks