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It's the gift that keeps on giving.
Not sure what gift to get for your favourite foodie? With so many new Canadian cookbooks out this season, it’s easy to find one that fits their cooking style—and it’s a gift that will keep on giving if you just happen to be on the receiving end of all that food.1. Yum and Yummer: Ridiculously Tasty Recipes That’ll Blow Your Mind, But Not Your Diet! by Greta Podleski, Granet Publishing, $35From half of the pair of sisters who brought us the runaway cookbook hits Looneyspoons and Crazy Plates, Yum and Yummer is as punny as its predecessors, and still focused on healthy alternatives to typically “splurge-worthy” dishes. As Greta puts it, the book is full of “ridiculously tasty recipes that’ll blow your mind, but not your diet!”2. First, We Brunch: Recipes and Stories from Victoria’s Best-Loved Breakfast Joints by Rebecca Wellman, Touchwood, $30Breakfast truly is the most well-loved meal of the day. The Food Network crowned Victoria the brunch capital of Canada, and Rebecca Wellman satiates your morning cravings with more than 60 recipes from some of the city’s most celebrated brunch spots, like Agrius, Bond Bond’s Bakery, Charlotte and the Quail, and Hide and Seek Coffee. Breakfast lovers will adore this stylish collection of stunning photos, facts, tips and methods for building your best brunch from Victoria’s experts on bacon, eggs, toast and coffee.3. The Soup Sisters Family Cookbook: More Than 100 Family-Friendly Recipes to Make and Share with Kids, edited by Sharon Hapton and Gwendolyn Richards, Appetite, $25The Soup Sisters organization, a non-profit charitable social enterprise dedicated to providing comfort to women, children and youth through the making, sharing and donating of soup, has grown to over 20 cities across Canada and the U.S., and has donated nearly one million servings of soup to date. The third cookbook in the bestselling Soup Sisters series is filled with family recipes sourced from Soup Sisters volunteers and celebrity chefs including Elizabeth Baird and Amanda Cohen.4. The First Mess Cookbook: Vibrant Plant-based Recipes to Eat Well Through the Seasons by Laura Wright, Penguin $35The creator of the popular Saveur award-winning blog The First Mess compiled more than 100 seasonal, plant-based recipes in her much anticipated debut cookbook. In the book you’ll find 125 vegan recipes—all brand new aside from a tiny selection of re-visited blog favourites—with gluten-, sugar-, oil- and nut-free options throughout. Every recipe is beautifully photographed, and there are guides to stocking your pantry and to equipping your kitchen for success.5. The Edgy Veg by Candice Hutchings, James Aita, $33Food blogger and YouTube personality Candice Hutchings has compiled her favourite vegan recipes into a cookbook reminiscent of Lucky Peach; she and husband James Aita have veganized childhood cravings and comfort foods—there’s carnivore-approved buffalo cauliflower wings, chick fillet deluxe and easy cheesy fondue.6. The Simple Bites Kitchen: Nourishing Whole Food Recipes for Every Day, by Aimée Wimbush-Borque, Penguin, $32Delicious, wholesome family-friendly recipes from the creator of the award-winning Simple Bites blog, Aimée’s second book is brimming with fresh ingredients and simple instructions, and speaks to parents that face the challenge of feeding their families every day. With a focus on family life on her homestead outside Montreal, the book incorporates their backyard garden, includes preserving techniques and tips on getting your kids involved in the kitchen.7. Fuss-Free Vegan: 101 Everyday Comfort Food Favorites, Veganized by Sam Turnbull, Appetite, $30The first book from the creative voice and vision behind the popular vegan blog It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken, this is the cookbook Turnbull wishes she had when she went vegan—full of the dishes she loved most in her pre-vegan days, like fluffy pancakes and crispy bacon, cheesy jalapeño poppers and pizza pockets, creamy Caesar salad and macaroni and cheese, rich chocolate brownies and holiday-worthy pumpkin pie. It’s nice to look at, easy to use, with step-by-step techniques and ingredients familiar enough to find at your local grocery store.8. Pantry and Palate: Remembering and Rediscovering Acadian Food by Simon Thibault, Nimbus, $35Those with East Coast roots will love this book; Thibault explores his Acadian heritage by scouring old family recipes, ladies’ auxiliary cookbooks, and folk wisdom for 50 of the best-loved recipes from Acadians past and present.9. Feast: Recipes and Stories from a Canadian Road Trip by Dana VanVeller and Lindsay Anderson, Appetite, $35Feast brings the reader on the hungriest Canadian road trip as the authors trek across the provinces and territories, meeting cooks, food writers and producers—and tasting regional dishes. Their first book is a collection of recipes Canadiana, gathered from people they met along the way: cabbage rolls from prolific food writer Rose Murray, Doreen Crowe’s bannock from the Alderville First Nation in Ontario, and Yukon sourdough cinnamon buns from the Braeburn Lodge (a road house on the North Klondike Highway).10. The School Year Survival Cookbook: Healthy Recipes and Sanity-Saving Strategies for Every Family and Every Meal (Even Snacks) by Laura Keogh and Ceri Marsh, Appetite, $30From the authors of the bestselling How to Feed a Family and the bloggers behind the Sweet Potato Chronicles comes a cookbook that aims to help parents navigate the busy school year, one meal (and snack) at a time. This is a fail-proof guide to keeping everyone fed throughout the busy school year, including genius lunch solutions, leftover makeovers and sanity-saving strategies for every meal, whether it’s at home, at school or somewhere in between.