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Are you looking for gift ideas for the home cooks in your life? How about a cookbook?

I recently received a copy of the new The Dirty Apron Cookbook, and I thought I’d share my thoughts just in time for your holiday shopping.

The Dirty Apron Cookbook

As you probably know, The Dirty Apron Cooking School is one of Vancouver’s popular and favourite place for amateur cooks to unleash their inner chefs. Owned by former Chambar Sous Chef David Robertson and his wife, Sara, The Dirty Apron offers a variety of hands-on cooking classes. The new cookbook, published in October, caters to both beginners and more experienced cooks who are looking for delicious menus and wanting to build more confidence in the kitchen. In addition to recipes of different levels of difficulty, you will also find cooking tips and tricks such as a list of basic ingredients for your pantry, tips for plating and garnishing, making stocks and brines, and a temperature chart for cooking meats.

Not spending enough time in the kitchen, I thought we would be the perfect testers, to see how easy it is to use this cookbook. So, we tried a few recipes, including:

The Dirty Apron Scones

Dirty Apron Scones

Boeuf Bourguignon (more…)

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[UPDATE: The contest is now closed. Congratulations to Megan on winning our signed copy of the new White Spot Cookbook!]

To celebrate its 85th anniversary this year, White Spot Restaurants has been working on a big project — its very first cookbook. On November 18, they have launched The White Spot Cookbook.

White Spot Cookbook Launch

The White Spot Cookbook features classic dishes and contemporary entrées inspired by local celebrity chefs, like John Bishop of Bishop’s – all specially tailored for the home cook. Fully illustrated with beautiful food photos and iconic images from its archives, it is a collection of the restaurant’s signature recipes, its story of innovation, and memories from staff and celebrity guests like Michael Bublé, Red Robinson, Pat Quinn and more.

The cookbook is authored by Kerry Gold, a journalist who has covered the stories of many musicians, pop culture icons and entrepreneurs. She is a regular contributor to the Globe and Mail and other publications; she also co-authored Michael Bublé’s 2011 memoir, Onstage, Offstage.

To help celebrate this milestone with White Spot, we are giving away a copy of this new cookbook, with an autograph from Kerry.

Kerry Gold signing the book

3 ways to enter (more…)

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