New Cookbooks From A Few of Vancouver’s Favourite Restaurants

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New Cookbooks From A Few of Vancouver’s Favourite Restaurants

Vij’s Meeru Dhalwala showcases Vancouver’s home cooking at the Joy of Feeding

Meeru Dhalwala (second from right) is behind Joy of Feeding. | Image from Joy of Feeding on Facebook

Meeru Dhalwala (second from right) is behind Joy of Feeding. | Image from Joy of Feeding on Facebook

Meeru Dhalwala’s name is synonymous with Indian food in Vancouver. But the chef and co-owner of Vij’s and Rangoli restaurants also has a deep appreciation for the city’s multicultural home cooks—and she wants more people to taste what’s coming out of their kitchens.

You can do just that on September 19 at Joy of Feeding, an inter-generational, international food festival that takes place at the University of British Columbia. It brings together 16 cooks from 16 different ethnic backgrounds to sample dishes that they make for their families at home.

The evening is a fundraiser for UBC Farm to support local, sustainable food systems. But it also celebrates how cooking nourishes families and builds bridges to cultural understanding.

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Vij’s Meeru Dhalwala showcases Vancouver’s home cooking at the Joy of Feeding

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

Dragon in the Garden: Vikram Vij dishes up support for Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

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Do you love Chinese classical gardens and lion dances or crave a Rajasthani style spicy goat served up to the pulsing sounds of Bhangra? If you answered yes, then Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden’s fundraiser ‘Dragon in the Garden’ September 13 is the place to satisfy your cross-cultural yearnings.

From 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. on September 13, aromas of dishes usually prepared at world-renowned restaurants Vij’s and Rangoli will waft through the air at the intersection of Carrall and East Pender Street.

Fans of Vij’s and the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden will gather for an evening of cultural performance and food during Dragon in the Garden.  Continue reading:
Dragon in the Garden: Vikram Vij dishes up support for Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

Vikram Vij to Host Canada’s First Ever Live Online Cookalong, Mar. 7

photo: Vikram Vij

photo: Vikram Vij

Award-winning Vancouver-based chef Vikram Vij will host a Canadian first today – a live online cooking show where viewers will be able to follow along and make a delicious family dinner at the same time. As well, the experience will be interactive, meaning you can Tweet Vikram live with a question if you have a problem while cooking your meal at home.

Cook Live With Vikram Vij will give families across Canada – even around the world! – the chance to cook with with an internationally renowned chef. The ingredients have been put online and have been available for download from the Vij’s website, www.vijs.ca since Monday, with Vikram taking to the worldwide web to create a delicious family meal live TODAY. Families are being encouraged to “do-as-he-does”, putting together the ingredients at the same time, as he talks people through the process of cooking an Indian family recipe together.

“Eating together as a family is such an enriching experience,” says Vij, “I want to encourage families to cook together as well – and if I can spread the word of Indian cuisine at the same time, then I’m proud to do that.”

Cook Live With Vikram Vij will be coming to you from Cirillo’s Culinary Academy at 6pm EST, 3pm PST this afternoon, giving people in every time zone the opportunity to either cook a meal and serve it straight up on the dinner table, or prepare a wonderful dinner ahead of the family arriving home a few hours later.

Viewers will be able to log on to the live stream by visiting the Vij’s website at www.vijs.ca and they can Tweet questions or comments on how their meals are coming along by using the hashtag #Vijcooklive.

ABOUT VIKRAM VIJ

Vikram Vij and his wife Meeru Dhalwala are the co-owners of the award-winning restaurants Vij’s and Rangoli in Vancouver, British Columbia. He was born in India and grew up in Amritsar and Bombay.

Vikram Vij is a familiar face in Canadian cuisine. He is a featured guest on Top Chef Canada and has appeared on Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations as well as The Marilyn Denis Show and Cityline.

Vij has published two award-winning cookbooks – Vij’s: Elegant and Inspired Indian Cuisine and Vij’s at Home: Relax, Honey. As well, he has his own named brand selection of frozen foods that are available at Whole Foods, Loblaws and other fine retailers across the country.

Growing Chefs! Fundraiser with Meeru of Vij’s Restaurant

On Friday, November 19, Growing Chefs! presents an evening of cooking, sampling and learning with Meeru Dhalwala (of Vij’s Restaurant). “Growing Chefs! is a non-profit society that unites chefs, growers, educators, and community members in a food sustainability project.”

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Growing Chefs! Fundraiser with Meeru of Vij’s Restaurant