Toronto is one of the best food cities in the world. Whatever you're craving, whenever you're craving it, you can find it in Toronto, whether it's a from late-night food truck speciality or the kind of establishment that makes you hear your mother's voice in your head telling you to take your elbows off the table. This book, Toronto Eats: 100 Signature Recipes from the CIty's Best Restaurants pays homage to some of the city's culinary gems, from small corner bakeries to ultra-chic establishments. It's a culinary journey through the city's many neighbourhoods, areas, and food cultures. With 100 recipes from 50 of the city's best dining spots, there's something in this book for everyone.
Many of the recipes in this book are a little on the upscale side for my little family, requiring quite a few ingredients and time, but don't let that deter you. This book is not about quick-fix, get-it-on-the-table-in-15-minutes kind of food. It's about the kind of food that is meant to be savoured. It is the best of the best, by some of the city's -- and maybe even the world's -- best chefs, one can forgive the odd lengthy ingredient list or hard-to-find ingredient. There are lots of things here that are perfectly suited for the every day, such as French Onion Soup with Parmesan Garlic Bread (from Lynn Crawford and Lora Kirk's restaurant, The Hearth) Chocolate Chip Cookies Squares (from The Rolling Pin, on Avenue Road) and Turkey Chili
For those days that you want to dwell in your kitchen for a while and savour the art of cooking, there are delectable offerings such as Spatchcocked Cornish Hen, Honey Herb and Spice Butter, Fresh Corn Polenta, and Tomato Jam from the Art Gallery of Ontario and Barolo-Braised Beef Cheeks with Cheesy Polenta from Pusateri's.
All of the recipes in this book come with a story about the restaurants and the chefs behind them. This book is a true gift for anyone Toronto food lover, or anyone who loves the ability to travel the world right from his own kitchen.