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!
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.
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).
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:
- Acme Meat Market
- Bar Bricco
- Bistro Praha
- The Bothy
- Cafe Bicyclette
- Cibo Bistro
- The Common
- Corso 32
- Drift Mobile Eatery
- Duchess Bake Shop
- Filistix Mobile Kitchen
- The Hardware Grill
- Izakaya Tomo
- Jacek Chocolate Couture
- Langano Skies
- Little Brick
- Little Village
- XIX Nineteen
- North 53
- Red Ox Inn
- Shanghai 456
- Solstice Seasonal Cuisine
- The Sugarbowl
- Tres Carnales
- Under the High Wheel
- Vivo Ristorante
- Zaika Indian Bistro
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!
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.