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The top 10 cookbooks in Toronto

Posted by Staff / May 10, 2014

toronto cookbooksCookbooks from Toronto restaurants and chefs save us the trouble of traveling around town to sample the creations of local culinary legends - it brings those dishes right into the kitchen. Thankfully, we have chefs and culinary masterminds throughout the city who don't mind sharing their mastery with the food-obsessed in the form of the written word.

Here are the top cookbooks from restaurants, chefs and food personalities in Toronto.


Whether you're vegan or not, you've probably eaten at Fresh (and wondered how to re-make their Buddha Bowl at home). Thanks to Ruth Tal's book, you can stop wondering: Fresh offers up 200 recipes from the four Fresh restaurants while offering tips and tricks on juicing at home.

Rustic Italian: Great Italian Recipes Made Easy for Home
Mark McEwan is a powerhouse in the Toronto food scene. Who wouldn't want to cook like this top chef at home? Take home dishes from his restaurant Fabbrica, including Northern Italian takes on pizza, pastas and proteins.

Bunner's Bake Shop Cookbook

Who knew that vegan and gluten-free baking could taste so delicious? Ashley Wittig of Bunner's Bake Shop, that's who! With recipes from gluten-free pizza crusts or how to recreate her favourite cookies, this will be a hit with those who love the original bakery.

The Bar Chef: A Modern Approach to Cocktails
Frankie Solarik's BarChef has been voted one of the top seven new bars in the world by Food & Wine magazine. This is a man dedicated to the art and science of the cocktail. For inspired mixologists, Frank offers up chapters on the art and craft of mixology and recipes for syrups, infusions and bitters.

Pitchin' In: More Than 100 Great Recipes From Simple Ingredients

Lynn Crawford is all about from farm to table cooking - even at her restaurant Ruby Watchco. In her book Pitchin' In, she takes you on a journey throughout North America and shares many homestyle recipes, including mac & cheese and pecan blueberry cobbler.

Out to Brunch: At Mildred Pierce Restaurant
In Toronto, brunch is a rite of passage and a way of life. Mildred's Temple Kitchen is one of the best-known brunch spots in the city, topping best brunch lists year after year. Experience the delights of Mildred's Temple, including bacon and asiago crumpets and cinnamon sugar beignets, right in your own home with Donna Dooher
's amazing recipe book.


3 Chefs: The Kitchen Men

Three distinct chefs and one distinct moustache - all very well-known in the city of Toronto. Learn how to master the food stylings of Michael Bonacini, Massimo Capra and Jason Parsons through some of their best recipes, including wild rice and gruyere risotto and cornish hen with mushrooms.

Share: Delicious Dishes from FoodShare and Friends
Share is another one of Toronto's cherished non-profit community organizations, committed to provided healthy food for all. The cookbook delights in contributions from FoodShare's chefs, staff, volunteers and program participants, with recipes from noted chef Jamie Kennedy.

Good Food for All

The Stop Community Food Centre is such an amazing asset to helping communities' access healthy foods. With this cookbook penned by Joshna Maharaj, a local food activist, the focus is on making healthy, local, seasonal eating foods with are fun and economical. All recipes were developed in The Stop's community kitchens.

The Canadian Craft Beer Cookbook

Beer is more than just a cold beverage - it can also be used in a variety of different recipes. Author David Ort, a noted beer connoisseur, has shared 75 different recipes (gluten-free recipes included) ranging from desserts to things you'll want to keep in your pantry and more.


  • Michael Hunter (executive chef at REDS Wine Tavern) is self-publishing a cookbook, The Hunting Chef, which will feature and highlight hunted or foraged ingredients.
  • Matt Basile - or as many people know him, Fidel Gastro - will release a cookbook from Penguin Canada in mid-fall tackling street food culture in North America.
  • Matt Dean Pettitt, of Rock Lobster Food Co. fame, is showing us the Maritime way in his book, The Great Lobster Cookbook, which will hit shelves in early October via Random House Canada.

  • Ivy Knight of Swallow Daily is currently in the midst of writing three cookbooks for HarperCollins Canada. Two will be released this fall, and one will be out in the fall of 2015.

Writing by Amanda Scriver.



v79 / May 10, 2014 at 02:17 am
How can one make a Toronto cookbook list without mentioning Ted Reader and his award winning BBQ books? (He recently took all three top prizes in a cook book contest). Enough with the fad gluten free crap. More Jack infused BBQ!
Kam / May 10, 2014 at 10:23 am
"fad gluten free crap"?? you're an idiot
OhWow! / May 10, 2014 at 10:51 am
I recently started watching "Pitchin In" and the food looks amazing. Can't wait to take Lynns book for a spin.
Zam replying to a comment from Kam / May 10, 2014 at 02:01 pm
gluten free is a fad. some people do have a gluten sensitivity but it has become fashionable to cut it out of one's diet.
Ted Reader replying to a comment from v79 / May 10, 2014 at 03:53 pm
= superyawn.

(when i eat meat, i like to taste the meat, not a bucket of sauce)
Kale'n 'em softly / May 10, 2014 at 04:06 pm
How about one that won an international award? See "Eat Raw, Eat Well" by Toronto author Doug McNish.
hop replying to a comment from v79 / May 10, 2014 at 04:35 pm
If you need Jack to infuse your barbecue, your doing it wrong. This Reader guy is a hack. I'll take gluten free over some Ontarian trying to come off as an expert on Southern barbecue while shilling shitty Broil King gas grills.
p / May 10, 2014 at 05:46 pm
I'm not vegan or gluten free but Bunners is the shit
Moira / May 10, 2014 at 08:06 pm
I was excited to click on this link- until I realized they're all connected to a restaurant branding. What about Mairlyn Smith- gorgeous photos, funny writing, recipes that pass the test of my teenagers? And the other locals who write cookbooks first, not on the side after running a restaurant.
Mom / May 10, 2014 at 10:38 pm
There's nothing wrong with gluten free and there's nothing wrong with barbeque sauce. You kids play nicely.
Sylvia / May 11, 2014 at 09:58 am
This list definitely should have included Ted Reader's line-up, particularly The Art of Plank Grilling.

SM / May 11, 2014 at 06:05 pm
Back to the original discussion - I'll mention that the Star has a cookbook compiled by food editor Jennifer Bain with a collection of recipes from Toronto's restos. It's pretty fun.
Hez / October 10, 2014 at 12:19 am
Um.. What about the recent Toronto Cooks that just came out from Amy Rosen? It's 100 chefs from Toronto. Literally a Toronto cookbook.
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