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Cook Book Giveaway: Edmonton Cooks – Signature Dishes from the City’s Best Chefs

I have a friend who loves trying to recreate dishes she’s had at Edmonton restaurants. I’m always impressed because she tries to replicate these dishes with no recipes to reference – and her success rate is pretty high!

I don’t cook at home a lot, though I always want to do more home cooking (and you can usually find what I have tried doing over on my Snapchat!) But I do really enjoy it when I am cooking at home, and I always like to try new dishes!

That’s why when the new Edmonton Cooks cook book came out this month, I was really excited to get my hands on a copy and try some of the recipes of signature dishes from the city’s best chefs.

I’m also excited to give away a cook book thanks to Figure 1 Publishing. Enter below!

Great crowd at the launch event for Edmonton Cooks!
Great crowd at the launch event for Edmonton Cooks!

The Edmonton Cooks cook book was written by Tina Faiz and Leanne Brown – both celebrated food writers. It features 75 recipes from 38 local restaurants including some of my favourite places to eat.

From the book:

Edmonton is in the midst of a food renaissance. Over the last ten years, a new brigade of passionate farmers, butchers, bakers, and chefs have set up shop in the city by the river. Here, they take the best of our native land, with its beauty and bounty, and add their own cultural nods to make something uniquely Edmonton.

Carbonara Udon
Home cooking: Carbonara Udon from Izakaya Tomo!

I’ve tried three recipes so far from the cook book and am pretty happy with how they turned out: a Coconut Chicken Curry from Filistix, a Carbonara Udon recipe from Izakaya Tomo and the famed Ahi Tuna Twists from XIX Nineteen.

I thought the Cabronara Udon came out perfect – in taste and appearance. The Chicken Curry came out tasting wonderful but the appearance (colour) did not look as close to the picture as I would have liked. And while the tuna, cilantro aioli and Mongolian dressing of the Ahi Tuna Twists came out great, I ended up screwing up the noodles (oops).

Edmonton Cooks Ahi Tuna Twists
My take on the Ahi Tuna, lol.

I’m happy with my recreations of these popular local restaurant dishes at home and I’m looking forward to trying even more. Most of the recipes (like the three I tried) are actually pretty simple to make.

I had a lot of people ask me where I got the tuna for the Ahi Tuna Twists so I’ll mention it on here: Ocean Odyssey on the west end has great fish selection, though a pound of the Ahi Tuna ran $40 which felt expensive. I’ve been told you can get Ahi Tuna at Costco and TNT too, and you could also try contacting Effing Seafoods to see what his offerings are!

There’s 72 more recipes for me to try in this book and I am looking forward to making my way through them all!

Here are the restaurants/businesses featured in Edmonton Cooks:

Edmonton Cooks Coconut Curry
Home cooking: Coconut Chicken Curry from Filistix!

Congratulations (and thank you) to Tina Faiz, Leanne Brown, photographer Dongbu San, all the chefs and everyone involved in bringing this wonderful book to life! Now to get your hands on a free copy…

** GIVEAWAY **

To enter for a chance to win a copy of the Edmonton Cooks cook book, simply do the following:

  • Leave a comment on this post, telling me which restaurants featured in Edmonton Cooks you’d most like to try to recreate recipes from! 
    • Note: you must leave a comment on this post in order to qualify to win!
  • Follow me on Twitter (@lindork)
  • Follow Figure 1 Publishing on Twitter (@Figure1Pub)
  • Share this tweet:
    • Congrats @Tina_Faiz @leelb on #EdmontonCooks celebrating #yegfood! Hope I win @lindork’s @figure1pub giveaway! http://bit.ly/2d1sIif #yeg 
    • You can tweet this daily for more entries!

Note: comments are moderated so if yours doesn’t appear right away, don’t worry. 

Please let me know which entries you’ve done in the comments too.

I’ll pick a random winner out of all entries after the contest closes on Friday, October 7, 2016. 

** UPDATE ** 

Congratulations to Davita – winner of the Edmonton Cooks cook book! 

Linda

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Disclaimer: I will always provide my 100% honest opinion on this blog. Figure 1 Publishing reached out to see if I would be interested in promoting Edmonton Cooks through a cook book giveaway. 

Linda Hoang is an Edmonton blogger who writes about food, travel, lifestyle/events and pets. She’s also a social media/digital specialist with a journalism background. Linda is in love with her city and loves exploring and promoting Edmonton and other places she visits with her husband Mike. Linda is also the founder of the Edmonton International Cat Festival (and has 2 cats herself, along with 2 dogs).

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  • Nancy

    Vivo Ristorante – love Italian food

  • Danika

    I would love to try to recreate dishes from Padmanadi – I’m so curious about if that’s really possible!
    I’ve also followed you and @Figure1Pub on twitter

  • Michael Keindel

    Stoked to get the goods on Vivo techniques. We enjoy sitting at the bar to eat and we love watching the chefs work.

  • Miranda

    Yum I love a good cookbook and home cooking so I would try something from Corso 32 first

  • Peggy O'Neill

    I’d love to get that Edmonton Cooks book. Some of the restos I’d love to try recipes from are: Bar Brico,Bistro Praha, Cafe Biclyclette, Canteen, Cibo Bistro, The Hardware Grill, Padmanadi and Sofra. Then, again, I’d probably like to try ALL of them. No money to go out to restos these days, but as I love cooking, and am fairly good at it, I can cook these at home for myself and friends. Yes, Ahi Tuna IS expensive, and if I’m looking for it I will buy it at Safeway or Save on Food or Odyssey, also. I love that they were able to expand and that they get some of my favourite fish fresh from Iceland, too! They are also marvelously knowledgeable people and so friendly. Cheers Linda.

  • Peggy O'Neill

    Just picked up a great books on cheeses of the world at the Wee Book Inn. No colour pics sadly, but a brilliant book just the same.

  • Jess F

    Remedy’s chana masala! I love ordering it anytime I eat there, now to master it at home!

  • gracefulcoffee

    I’d like to try North 52 foods!

  • Heather

    Solstice seasonal cuisine would be interesting to try!

  • Yolanda Chang

    I’ve been really into Korean food lately so being able to recreate dishes from Nongbu would be amazing!

  • Yolanda Chang

    Also I’ve been following you on twitter for ages! Now I’m going to be following Figure 1 publishing too!

  • Susan Mihalievitch

    Oh I really want to learn some of their secrets from Tres Carnales! Love everything they do. Thank you for the chance.

  • Kathy

    This cookbook sounds fantastic – and I would love to recreate something from Corso 32!

  • Alecia

    I’d love to try the recipes from Duchess Bake Shop and MEAT. I’m following you, tweeted out your message and am following Figure 1 Publishing. Such a cool publication to come out of Edmonton!

  • jhien

    I would love to try out recipes from Duchess Bake Shop!! :D

  • Shayna Bechtloff

    I would love to try and create recipes from Padmanadi and Corso 32.
    I follow you and Figure1Pub on Twitter and I tweeted the link

  • Kassie Yacyshyn

    Browsed through them and must say I’d definitely like to recreate something from Under the Wheel. The menu looks so different yet simple enough to have a similar dish at home 😊

  • Matt

    Anything from Izakaya Tomo, such a well rounded menu and his dishes are amazing!

  • Bekki

    SO many I’d love to try! XIX, Little Village, Tres Carnales, Red Oz Inn, Remedy.

  • Jaclyn

    I don’t know if I can pick just one restaurant I’d love to replicate.. Corso32 and Culina are probably at the top.. But then there’s Duchess for dessert, too!

  • wongdiana82gmailcom

    Under the High Wheel and Shanghai456!

  • Ava Totino

    Mmmmm langano skies, Corso 32, sugar bowl. Just everything!!!!!

  • sandra keating

    Duchess Bakery hands down–would love to recreate their dishes!!! Yummy.

  • Lily

    The food from Tomo are my must-trys!!

    (Did all the things!)

  • Teresa

    Definitely Nongbu, Cibo or XIX Nineteen ;) some of my favourites in the city and the thought of getting to eat my fave dishes at home is fabulous!

  • Melanie

    Would love to recreate something from Tres Carnales!

  • Kristine

    Gosh, we are so lucky to have so many fantastic restaurants in our city. I would love to try anything made at Culina or Cibo or really any recipes these amazing chefs have come up with!

  • Lynette Moellman

    The restaurant recipes I would love to try is Café Bicyclette

  • Jess

    Oh, I forgot to mention that I follow you on twitter, and have now followed Figure 1 publishing. Plus I’ve tweeted about the giveaway, even though I hope no one else will enter ;-) So many good recipes from Remedy to Duchess to Corso32!

  • anigee

    I so want to try making that udon carbonara from izakaya tomo! I always think I could never make their food – this would be a phenomenal start! I also think learning some of the classics from Solstice would be a great staple skill in my repertoire. Fingers crossed!

  • Jerry

    Definitely want to try some from MEAT

  • Wendy

    I’d love to try and make something from Tres Canales as our main dish and for dessert something from Duchess of course! Yum. My mouth is watering just thinking of it!
    Followed both on twitter and tweeted!

  • Gordon

    Zaika Indian Bistro for their Indian food

  • Amanda

    Corso 32 and izakaya tomo!

  • Davita

    Not that I can really cook, but Izakaya Tomo and Drift would be the ones I would like to try. Also, I followed both on twitter and tweeted about the giveaway!

  • Karen

    Mmm, Nongbu! Korean food always seem so complicated… but magical!

  • fmjon

    Red Ox Inn!

  • alisonminkus

    Would love to learn more on creating authentic Primi courses from Chef Daniel Costa at Uccellino.

  • Danielle

    I would likely try to recreate Daniel Costa’s pasta recipe from Corso!

  • Lisa T.

    Yay the cookbook is out! Thanks @lindork for the giveaway. All of the featured restaurants look so good. Would love to try recipe Shanghai 456~ especially going into the winter months, hoping it’s a Xiao Long Bao/ Soup dumpling recipe :) Followed both on twitter & tweeted, thanks!

  • Peggy O'Neill

    So, Linda, who won the book? Cheers, Peggy

  • Geraldine Ching

    I’d love to create recipes from Little Village, Izakaya Tomo and Corso32. Manga!

  • JR

    MEAT! MEAT! MEEEEAAAATTT!!!! The Mac & Cheese is so good there, but never turns out that way when I try it at home.

  • Gou Noborio

    Izakaya Tomo

  • Lynn Clayton

    The Common yummy

  • Sarah De Diego

    We spend 4 months a year in Mexico so I’d like to try anything from Rostizado. Thanks for the chance.

    Besos Sarah.

  • Sarah De Diego

    I follow you on twitter http://twitter.com/zoojourneys

    Besos Sarah.

  • Sarah De Diego

    I follow Figure1Pub on twitter http://twitter.com/zoojourneys

    Besos Sarah.

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