Celebrating Cookbooks & Writers

Cookbooks can be so much more than just recipes. Enjoy how these five selections expertly stir in poignant stories, good advice, helpful tips and even personal journeys.

Kim Thuy, author of the award-winning novel Ru, shows off her culinary talents in  Secrets from My Vietnamese Kitchen. Born in Saigon, Thuy and her family were among thousands who escaped the country by boat after the fall of Saigon. They later settled in Montreal. Combining her eloquent storytelling with family favourite dishes, Thuy beautifully blends in true accounts from her mother and five aunts along with their secrets and their recipes. Secrets from My Vietnamese Kitchen is full of traditional but accessible Vietnamese dishes.


In her third cookbook, Modern Lunch, Allison Day takes on the challenge of revitalizing our views on the mid-day meal. Trade in your fast food grab-and-go meal for her delicious home-made lunch alternatives. Day demonstrates how easy it is to save money without scrimping on taste. The Toronto-based cookbook author is also behind the award-winning blog Yummy Beet.

Kitchen Party is Mary Berg’s first book. A Canadian TV star (Mary’s Kitchen Crush) and season three winner of MasterChef Canada, Mary enjoys taking the stress out of food preparation. Her secret ingredient is simple, straightforward but mouth-watering recipes. Kitchen Party is packed with family-style favourites, plus loaded with tips, suggested menu pairings and ideas for all occasions.

Save me the Plums by food writer and restaurant critic Ruth Reichl is essentially a memoir with a sprinkling of recipes. Reichl recounts her 10 years in the high-stakes world of publishing as editor in chief of America’s oldest, most respected food magazine – Gourmet. She blends her personal story with an interesting examination of the changes in the food industry. Save me the Plums is named one of the best books of the year by Real Simple, Good Housekeeping and Town.

Antoni in the Kitchen is debut cookbook by Antoni Porowski, food and wine guru on Netflix’s hit show Queer Eye. His specialty is showing people of all abilities and ages, how to be more casual yet confident in the kitchen. With a knack for making recipes simple — many of which contain less than five ingredients —Antoni’s dishes are designed to be ready in minutes yet still deliver great flavour. Some dishes include Malaysian chili shrimp and salty lemon squares. Antoni earned raves from Food & Wine and Bon Appetit to GQ and the New York