A collection of super easy, quick and delicious recipes.

MediterraneanSalmon - James Ingram

Chef Michael Smith Shares A Hot Fish Dish

In Chef Michael Smith’s new cookbook, the recipes are full of memorable flavours and the prep work’s a piece of cake.

MediterraneanSalmon - James IngramEASY & DELISH | Michael Smith had us at easy. The celebrated Canadian chef who, among his many other accomplishments has a James Beard award-winning television series to his credit, has just released a new cookbook with the “E” word in the title—Chef Michael Smith’s Kitchen: 100 of My Favourite Easy Recipes—and that’s music to our ears. Read more

Dorie Greenspan's French Apple Cake

Dorie Greenspan’s Apple Cake Is Easy

Taking over from Julia Child, Dorie Greenspan offers contemporary French cooking for those with more taste than time.

Dorie Greenspan's French Apple Cake


EASY & DELISH | In a world awash in cookbooks filled with pretty pictures and recipes that come up flat, Around My French Table by Dorie Greenspan, published last fall, reads and eats like a classic—a book that will do for contemporary French cooking what Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking did for Cordon Bleu. Read more

In A Small Kitchen cookbook

Great Gifts For Grads & Starting-Out Cooks

These two how-to recipe books make thoughtful gifts for grads or other young starting-out cooks.

In A Small Kitchen cookbookCOOK THESE BOOKS | Given the frenetic lifestyle of working parents who spend every spare moment shuttling multiple kids to extra- curricular activities and almost no time sitting down with them for dinner, it’s no wonder young adults have gotten into the habit of grabbing snacks on the fly, relying on prepared meals (even good-quality ones) and watching pros whip up real food on the cooking channel rather than attempting to do it themselves.

In an effort to reverse this state of affairs and encourage twentysomethings to discover the joy of cooking, we recommend the following cookbooks, which make perfect starting-out gifts. Read more

beet & paneer salad

Make Bal Arneson’s Yummy Beet Salad

Celebrity chef and “Spice Goddess” Bal Arneson whips up an adventurous summer salad — plus fresh cheese in under 20 minutes!

beet & paneer saladDINNER IN A MINUTE | Quick and healthy may not be the first words most of us would use to describe Indian cuisine, but “healthy, aromatic and delicious meals that are quickly and easily prepared” were the mainstay of Vancouver bestselling cookbook author Bal Arneson’s childhood diet in India, and they are the focus of her recently released second cookbook Bal’s Quick & Healthy Indian. Read more

Classic Whoopie Pies With Sprinkles - Antonis Achilleos

Make Whoopie Pies

After overwrought cupcakes and posh macaroons, the next big sweet thing has just got to be humble {whoopie} pie.

Classic Whoopie Pies With Sprinkles - Antonis AchilleosSIMPLE TO MAKE | This past week, my favourite francophile foodie/writer Dorie Greenspan reported on her entertaining blog that while the cupcake craze is alive and well in Paris, “the cupcake’s American cousin, the whoopie pie, is squeezing in on its territory.” What she didn’t mention is that in North America, the whoopie pie is also squeezing in on the territory currently occupied by its French cousin, the chi-chi macaroon. Read more

Tuna & Hummus Sandwiches - Barefoot Contessa How Easy Is That?

Ina Garten Reinvents The Tuna Sandwich

Barefoot Contessa’s Ina Garten takes a humdrum tuna sandwich and transforms it into something exotic in a matter of minutes.

Tuna & Hummus Sandwiches - Barefoot Contessa How Easy Is That?EASY DOES IT | Celebrity chef and Food Network cooking show host Ina Garten’s latest cookbook, Barefoot Contessa, How Easy Is That? has been flying off the shelves since it first hit bookstores last October, and it’s easy to see why. Garten understands that few among us have the time or energy to prepare elaborate, complicated meals for our family and friends. She also knows that despite these impediments, we do want to have delicious, interesting things to eat, and to entertain too, if it isn’t going to derail us. Read more

Standing Rib Roast - iStock

Perfect Prime Rib: The Easiest Way To Cook It

How to cook a standing rib roast to perfection without a meat thermometer or having to think about it even once.

Standing Rib Roast - iStockDEAD EASY | See the perfectly cooked standing rib roast in this picture, the one cooked to medium rare, the hunk of beef that looks like it belongs on the cutting board at a buffet carving station at the St. Regis in NYC? Well, I had one that looks exactly like it resting and ready to serve on my kitchen counter last week. I called it my beautiful no-brainer roast.

My road to roast perfection was pretty much bump-free thanks to a recipe I read in The New York Times a few weeks ago (see the link below). It originally appeared in the newspaper in 1966, and food writer Amanda Hesser reprinted it recently “so that rib roast can finally have its no-knead-bread moment.” Read more

Cookbook: Cooking at Home with a Four Star Chef

It’s Hip To Cook Retro With Vintage Cookbooks

It’s fashionable to cook retro right now, and to do it using old recipes from outdated cookbooks.


Cookbook: Cooking at Home with a Four Star ChefFOOD FOR THOUGHT Blame it on Julie & Julia (both the book and the movie) if you want to, but it’s fashionable to cook retro right now. Who could have guessed that when New Yorker Julie Powell spent 365 days in the early oughties cooking every dish from Julia Child’s 1961 classic, Mastering The Art Of French Cooking (volume one), that both her book and Child’s classic would reach the top ranks of The New York Times bestsellers list—and that curious cooks across North America would take a new interest in making old dishes from recipes found in outdated cookbooks? Read more