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An Oyster Fete for the VSO! Join us on September 11^th, 6pm to 8pm. Sip wine, slurp oysters and meet the author of Meet Paris Oyster, Mireille Guiliano, straight from Paris. Tickets: $100 each—includes wine, oysters and a personalized copy of Mireille’s newest publication. You may know Mireille as the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, French Women Don't Get Fat: The Secret of Eating for Pleasure. Call 604.688.6755 to register or for more information. Proceeds from this event donated to the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.

** Join Us!

There is limited space left for our coveted Fall offering of the Eating Between the Leaves Bookclub. Come join us for four sessions. Each evening includes a wonderful meal, a casual discussion, and a deep anticipation of the next event. SESSION BEGINS SEPTEMBER 23rd Please call 604.688.6755 to register or for more information.

CLICK HERE TO SEE ALL OF OUR UPCOMING EVENTS (http://bookstocooks.com/events/) http://www.bookstocooks.com/events/2015/10/4/an-education-in-spanish-olive-oil-tasting-lunch * Sunday, October 4, 2015

Vanessa Vega Cruz and her family are immersed in the extensive olive tree region in La Loma Spain. Vanessa will educate us on Olive Oil, the truth, the glory and ideas about olive oil.

Vanessa and Glenys will also prepare us lunch, recipes that are accentuated when prepared with a delicious olive oil.

The cost of this event is $95 and includes a detailed education, your lunch and a bottle of Cortijo SPIRITUSANTO Olive Oil. http://www.bookstocooks.com/events/2015/9/20/mission-to-manresa * Sunday, September 20, 2015

Curtis Luk, chef of Mission, a new restaurant on the Fourth Avenue, will be cooking for us this evening from the book that has been a great inspiration to his menu at Mission.

Manresa, An Edible Reflection the book, and restaurant of the same name in California by David Kinch, has been very popular with the creative chefs of our town. Curtis is prepared to inspire us with his menu tonight.

Cost of this event: $120.00 and includes a copy of Manresa Cookbook.

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Bookmark our Autumn Bookends 📖

EATING BETWEEN THE LEAVES

Due to an overwhelming response, we have added a third session to our Autumn reading club.

Our unique Book Club marries epicurean books with literary meals. Book Club members will meet four times to share lively conversation around a different book while they enjoy a specifically themed meal, inspired by the heart of each book.

Third session begins: Wednesday, September 23rd please call 604.688.6755 to register

 

Back by Popular Demand...

IT WOULDN'T BE CHRISTMAS FOR US, WITHOUT DELIA. Sunday, December 6, 2015

We wrap up our year and garner strength for our holiday emotions with a dose of Delia Smith. In past years we have offered you two and sometimes three opportunities to gather around our English table. This year, we will only offer one evening to celebrate Delia's Christmas.

The cost of the evening is $150.00, includes a copy of Delia's Happy Christmas, your meal, decisive and delicious instruction by our Adrienne O'Callaghan.

We promise you a real wassail.

NOPI is a restaurant in London, England.

Last year we had the immense pleasure of hosting Yotam Ottolenghi in our shop.  The gathering was intimate, we enjoyed the recipe Yotam demonstrated while Sheryl MacKay interviewed Yotam for her charming North by Northwest radio program.   Yotam was in Vancouver to promote his fourth cookery book, Plenty More.  Two recipes I have particularly enjoyed from this latest vegetable offering are the 'Eggplant Cheesecake' and the 'Cauliflower Cake'.  I chose these recipes to try as they were unusual to me, and both preparations were  hearty and satisfying for a main meal when paired with a salad.

Another perk for me is receiving advance reading copies for the upcoming season of book publications.  A few days back, Nopi, the anticipated publication from Ottolenghi's restaurant, arrived to my shop.   I immediately took this home, have earmarked many recipes to cook once the heat subsides somewhat, allowing me to return to the hob.    Last night I did try a salad of Radish, Pink Lady Apple, and Belgium Endive.  Cooling, lovely, delicious.

If you would like to pre-order Nopi, we will extend a 15% discount.  Please telephone us at 604.688.6755.

You say TOMATO, we oblige.

The Tomato Basket by Jenny Linford and Epic Tomatoes by Craig Le Houllier.

The Tomato Basket by Jenny Linford and Epic Tomatoes by Craig Le Houllier.

Summer is officially here, and before long, the Tomato fruit will be ripe on the vine.  This past Saturday, we presented our selection for the Summer edition of the Books to Cooks Seasonal Book Experience.  Our subscribers received two books about Tomatoes, both books came with notes from the authors, and were wrapped in "The Ode to Tomatoes" -  a poem by Pablo Neruda.  "the tomato, star of the earth, recurrent and fertile star............."

Tea and a chat with Charles MacPherson

It is always pleasing to have an author saunter into the shop for a chat and restorative cuppa, especially when they have a new book to share with us.   A few years ago, we hosted a lively event with Charles - Downton Abbey style -  to celebrate his first publication; "The Butler Speaks".  Now, Charles has published "The Pocket Butler"  A Compact Guide to Modern Manners, Business Etiquette and Everyday Entertaining.    This little book is both delightful and informative.  I love this quote in the introduction: "Luxury can be had by anyone at anytime, and given to anyone at anytime, because its about making someone feel welcomed, cherished and looked after."

This Autumn, we will be hosting another event with Charles, stay tuned for details.  The event promises to be memorable, and we promise not to ask you to bring your own fork and spoon! (a reference from page 68 of "The Pocket Butler").

Celebrate with our Local Talent and Guests from afar...

 

** As April wanes and we embrace the merry month of May, we entice you to peruse our events schedule.

** Our Newest Featured Event:

We are pleased to host an event for the Chinese Canadian Historical Society of British Columbia. The society has published a delightful book of recipes, stories and poems illustrating the history of the Chinese Canadian & Aboriginal Community.

Please join us for an evening of food, readings, story telling and poetry. The menu, all prepared by long standing members of the society, will include recipes from "Eating Stories" A Chinese Canadian & Aboriginal Potluck.

Lotus Root Chips with Five Spice Seasoning, Braised Pork Belly, Wok Fried Prawns with Snow Peas, Family Style Soy Chicken, 8 Jewel Fried Rice and Apple Tarts.

Cost: $65.00 Includes refreshments and a copy of "Eating Stories". This evening is a fundraising event promoting awareness for the Chinese Canadian Historical Society of British Columbia.

Please telephone 604.688.6755 to reserve for yourself and your loved ones. Click Here To View Our Upcoming Events (http://www.bookstocooks.com/events/)

** We will also be posting dates very soon for the Autumn “Eating Between the Leaves” reading club

And for you techies in the throng, we have added Instagram to our stable of social connection. We'll be sharing our events, deals, and occasional meals for you to enjoy.

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Books, Camera, ACTION!

Books, Camera, ACTION!

Salmagundi, is the title of the first book the participants of Barbara-Jo’s Seasonal Book Experience received on Saturday, March 21^st. We welcomed our guests into the shop, prepared and served a salad from page 156, and sent everyone home with this beautiful book by Sally Butcher. Sally lives in London, she owns and operates a Persian Food Shop and has written other cookery books that we also admire. Of course, when this book arrived into the shop this past Autumn, it was love at first sight. Our initial shipment that we brought in for this occasion is gone, but we are expecting more into the shop this week. There is still time to sign up and receive Spring's book selection! You may also enroll for future seasons at any time.

Please call our bookshop at (604)688-6755 for more information.

And for you techies in the throng, we have added Instagram to our stable of social connection. We'll be sharing our events, deals, and occasional meals for you to enjoy.

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** Please note we have added more events for April and May

Glenys Morgan likes Boats, Whales & the occasional Walrus  - March 29th, 5-7pm

At our Sunday social, we celebrate a recently published book from a Seattle Restaurant, A Boat, a whale & A Walrus. The recipes are delicious and approachable, the stories will delight you. I appreciate that all the ingredients in the recipes are local to Seattle and being a mere three hour excursion from where we reside, are local and sustainable for us.

Cost of the Supper, which includes a copy of A Boat, a whale & A Walrus is $120.00

Announcement: Barbara-Jo's Seasonal Book Experience

ANNOUNCEMENT: Barbara-Jo's Seasonal Book Experience

Would it not be wonderful, if four times a year, as one season evolves into another, you would open your post and find a delicious new book. My idea for this initiative is to have you purchase a subscription of $150.00 per year, and at the beginning of each season you will receive a delightful surprise, a beautiful new book, personally selected by me. The book may be full of recipes, or recipes and stories, travels with food, or a memoir from an interesting food lover. It will most certainly be something special that you may not have thought about yourself. And what a brilliant gift for a treasured family member or friend that lives to eat.

I invite you to celebrate the seasons with me. Please telephone 604-688-6755 to subscribe, Spring is just around the corner.

Yours 'til the book ends,

Barbara-jo

Ps. We will post books anywhere in the world, but if you would rather come into to fetch your new friend, we will welcome you with a lively chat and first rate cup of tea.

We all love to receive a Valentine...

We all love to receive a Valentine...

As many of you know, Arsenal Pulp Press recently published a new & revised edition of Tin Fish Gourmet, orginally published in 1998. I was delighted indeed to receive this review, a very special Valentine treat for me. When I opened my email box on Tuesday morning, these words from New York found my heart warm and my countenance full of joy.

Please take a moment to read this review, featured on the Huffington Post

We have fresh new events for spring! 

Lucas is cultish about Venice

Lucas Syme, chef and proprietor of CINARA and LA PENTOLA Restaurants in Vancouver, will present this new book about a cuisine that is both amorous and delicious. So we suggest you bring your romantic selves to join us around our kitchen for a sophisticated presentation of this imaginative cuisine. 

Sarah Britton has NEW ROOTS

Sarah Britton will be at our shop to celebrate her new book, My New Roots. Sarah is a Holistic nutritionist and highly-regarded blogger who presents a refreshing and straight forward approach to sharing her love of cooking plant-based recipes.

Asian Flavors by Jean-Georges with Montgomery Lau

This evening we welcome Montgomery Lau, chef de cuisine of Vancouver's MARKET RESTAURANT in the Shangri-La Hotel. Montgomery grew up in Hong Kong, moved to Vancouver where the desire to become a chef took hold, has worked in France under chef Jean Yves Benoit, and represented B.C. at the National Chefs' Conference and won the CCFNC Challenge.

BITTER and more..............

Recently in shop, we hosted a brilliant event with Jennifer McLagan and her new book about BITTER, a taste of the World's most Dangerous Flavour.    One of the facts Jennifer educated us about has lingered long in my brain.  Carl Linnacus, a Swedish doctor and the father of animal and plant classification, who also named the source of quinine, turned his attention to taste.  He created a list of eleven basic tastes: bitter, fatty, sour, astringent, sweet, salty, sharp, viscous, insipid, aqueous, and nauseous,   I love reading information that strengthens my knowledge.

Thank you Jennifer for Bones, Fat, Oddbits and Bitter.

 

Read, Cook, Eat... (with us)

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Join us for Bitter, a taste of the world's most dangerous flavour...

The New Year has arrived and we have already begun to READ, COOK & EAT with miraculous abandon. We have two sessions of Eating Between the Leaves this Winter/Spring and last week we gathered to collect this seasons choices. Dinner was served, ideas were exchanged and we sent each of our contented souls off with a bag full of real books. But remember, even if you are not able to be a part of these sessions, we are very happy to sell you the line-up and chat with you about the books.

Our Sunday Social Suppers are simmering along, much more will be posted as we move into the year. We are very excited to welcome Jennifer McLagan back into the shop to celebrate her 4th book. Please join us on Monday, January 26th from 5:00 – 6:00pm to join Jennifer and her home-made tonic paired with another refreshing fluid substance

Reading, Cooking and Eating our way into the NEW YEAR

There is always much to think about as the year begins, and after a very hectic Autumn and December,  I resolve to read and cook slower, and eat slowly.   For the Winter, we have closed the shop on Monday, altered the hours on the other days a wee bit, and as I post events for the Winter and Spring, my thoughts are leaning toward the course of health and comfort.   To compliment my desire of gentle pleasure,  I am  looking forward to January 17th, when the "Hot Chocolate Festival" begins.   A whole month of adventuring into participating venues to sample their creations.  How lovely is this idea, a small festival celebrating the ritual and tradition of this most comforting drink.  You can find more information at www.cityfood.com/hotchocolate/

Happy New Year and here's to embracing the challenges of 2015 with joyful enthusiasm.

Here's to the Merry Pudding Season!

Dear friends,

It's that time of year again. We are beginning to feel the familiar pull of the past, present and future that comes to mind every Christmas.

We are so thankful for the past year- another one full of events with inspiring authors and chefs both in our shop and offsite. We are also getting excited for what lies ahead in 2015. We've posted some events on our online schedule with many more to come in the next few weeks. And while all these thoughts are swirling about, we are also trying to remember to be present, here and now. There is so much to enjoy in this season.

We look forward to sharing our festivities with you! 

Eating Between the Leaves

Our unique Book Club marries epicurean books with literary meals. During the Winter/Spring 2015 season, our Book Club members will meet five times to share lively conversation around a different book while they enjoy a specifically themed meal, inspired by the heart of each book.

Due to popular demand, we are hosting two "editions" of our Book Club. The first is sold out, but we still have space remaining in the second. Both groups will meet together for the first evening's opening reception.

 Shop to Support The Cultch 

December 11, 5-8 p.m.

Come one, come all! Tonight, 11% of all sales made between 5-8 p.m.will go to the Vancouver East Cultural Centre, affectionately known as "The Cultch".

We'll have carols around the shop piano and Christmas readings to add a note of festive cheer to your Christmas shopping this evening too.

Tin Fish Gourmet Book Tour - The Prairies Edition

It's not always easy to find affordable, high quality fresh fish in the Prairie provinces. Fortunately, tinned fish is plentiful all across our great country. And thanks to Tin Fish Gourmet, now everyone can enjoy wonderful gourmet fishy meals with ease.

Next week, Barbara-jo will be travelling to Alberta and Saskatchewan to celebrate the revised edition of her book. Her appearances are as follows:

 

Saskatoon:

Author Chat & Book signing

McNally Robinson (3130-8th Street East. (see map) 8th Street at Circle Drive.), Saskatoon, SK

November 12, 7 p.m.

 

Calgary:

Book Launch Party

The Cookbook Co. Cooks

722-11 Avenue SW, Calgary, AB

November 13, 6:30 p.m.




What's Cooking at Barbara-Jo's Books to Cooks this November

Join us in our cosy shop for events that are sure to inspire you in the kitchen!

Thursday, November 6, 6 p.m.

Join us this evening for a chat and book signing with Randy Shore, author of "The Green Man" column in the Vancouver Sun. We are celebrating the recent publication of Randy's first book, Grow What You Eat, Eat What You Grow. This cookbook also offers gardening instructions, tips for preserving the harvest and information on eating and living sustainably.

For more information about our event, click here.

 

Sunday, November 9, 5 p.m.

Rachel Saunders is the owner and founder of Blue Chair Fruit Company and the author of the James Beard Award-nominated Blue Chair Jam Cookbook. Now she has written Blue Chair Cooks with Jam & Marmalade, a book that focuses on using your homemade preserves to make other dishes.

Today Rachel joins us for a Sunday Social Supper. She will demonstrate one of her recipes for preserves and while it simmers, we will enjoy a supper devised from her new book. For more information about our event, click here.

http://www.bookstocooks.com/events/2014/11/29/knife-skills

Saturday, November 29, 11:00 a.m.

Every cook needs to know how to chop and carve, slice and dice, fillet and bone. And today you will have the opportunity to learn from our resident chef, Glenys Morgan.

She will cover a few of the essential knife skills this morning in a repeat of September's popular Saturday morning class. She will also demonstrate how to sharpen your knives using a Chantry Knife Sharpener. For more information about our event, click here.

*This event is hands-on, please bring your favourite knife to practice your skills.

 

 

A Few Gift Ideas:

 Barbara-Jo's Citron Book Balm

This hand creme works wonders for hands made dry by reading real books and spending time in the kitchen. Treat your hands (or those of one you love) to this luxurious creme, developed especially for Barbara-Jo's by our friends at OptaDerm.

 Sterling Silver Sardine Pins

These little darlings were created by local artist, Robert Chaplin to celebrate this Autumn's release of the revised edition of Tin Fish Gourmet. Presented on a bookmark (either on a mermaid's plate or a chef's fishing line) illustrated by another local artist, Roxanna Bikadoroff, they make a great gift for posting.

 King George Christmas Pudding

No time for "Stir-up Sunday" this year? No problem! We have a limited supply of perfect puddings, pre-made for you by The Art of Pudding. Now all you need to remember is the hard sauce! (The recipe is included on the package too.)

 

Three opportunities to Meet the Author in September and October



Saturday, September 27, 2 p.m.

“Whether elaborate or simple, a feast celebrates and strengthens our connection to each other and to the place we live—this field, forest, town, city, region, country, this earth—through good food and let us not forget, fun.” - from The Boreal Feast.

Join us for an afternoon reception with author Michele Genest today. Michele will talk about her book and demonstrate her recipe for Finnish Pulla Bread with Blueberry filling. For more information, click here.

Friday, October 3, 6 p.m.

We are thrilled to present an event with Chef Michael Smith, one of Canada's most notable culinary television personalities and author of many beloved books.

He will be in Vancouver to promote his newest book, Family Meals. Join us for a lively reception this evening to hear Michael talk about family meals and to taste a few of the simple recipes within his new book. For more information, click here.

Tuesday, October 7, 6:30 p.m.

Herbie has long been the nickname of author Ian Hemphill, a herb and spice expert from Australia whose parents were also in the spice trade. His spice shop is called Herbie's Spices. Tonight he flies to us to celebrate the new and revised edition of his book,The Spice and Herb Bible, Third Edition.

We will enjoy a dinner inspired by many spices and herbs while Herbie talks about a few of his favourites and shares tips for storage, preparation, blending and usage. For more information, click here.

 

 

The World's Most Dangerous Flavour: Bitter

This gorgeous new book has just arrived in the shop and we are so excited that the author,  and our friend, Jennifer McLagan will be here for a special dinner to celebrate her book on January 26.

The Globe & Mail ran a fantastic article last week about the book and cooking a bitter lunch with Jennifer. In case you missed it, you can find it here

September 9, Vancouver Sun Article about Tin Fish Gourmet

Tin Fish Gourmet offers gourmet recipes for canned fish

 

Barbara-Jo McIntosh's updated version of her 1998 hit cookbook has 24 new recipes.The book comes with a top-tier recommendation. Godfather of modern British cuisine Michel Roux calls the book a “mini-masterpiece.”

 

BY MIA STAINSBY, VANCOUVER SUN SEPTEMBER 9, 2014

Oyster Pot Pie from Tin Fish Gourmet. Photo by Tracey Kusiewicz/Foodie Photography.

Oyster Pot Pie from Tin Fish Gourmet. Photo by Tracey Kusiewicz/Foodie Photography.

In September, Kraft Dinner and Mr. Noodle see a spike in sales as college and university students cut loose from the comfort of home-cooked meals.

But why deprive precious brains of nutrition when it’s most needed? Why not cook with fish?

Before getting all huffy about lack of fridge and kitchen space as well as the time to shop and cook, let me just say this: Tin Fish Gourmet.

It’s a cookbook with easy, imaginative recipes using tinned fish.

The first edition in 1998 was such a hit that author Barbara-Jo McIntosh (yes, of that wonderful cookbook store, Barbara-Jo’s Books to Cooks) was approached repeatedly to update it. Oh, all right, she finally said. The updated version, just out, has 24 new recipes.

The book comes with a top-tier recommendation.

Michel Roux, who with brother Albert, are considered the godfathers of modern British cuisine, (having opened the first three-Michelin star restaurants outside of France) calls the book a “mini-masterpiece.”

“Tin Fish Gourmet is my thrifty frisson, an indispensable little gem that has rarely left my side,” Roux writes in the book’s foreword. “The book shows how that seemingly dull tin lurking at the back of your cupboard can be quickly transformed with the addition of a few fresh ingredients, into an uplifting and mouth-watering dish with minimum effort and maximum taste.”

For McIntosh, fish is a recurring theme in her life. She ate a lot of fish and had great hair, she says, when her divorced mother dated a commercial fisherman. Once, she even lived in an apartment above a fish cannery in Prince Rupert with a boyfriend. Back in those days, tinned fish cooking meant tuna casserole, salmon loaf, and shrimp curry.

In another chapter of her life, a friend in the seafood industry gave her a case of canned salmon and canned tuna for Christmas every year, so she began experimenting with recipes and that’s what led to Tin Fish Gourmet.

“I came by it honestly,” she says. “I certainly ate a lot of fish in my life. I guess once you’re a fish person, it never leaves you.”

Canned fish, she says, isn’t just a retro concept. “Tinned fish is huge in Europe. In Paris, there’s a whole store dedicated to tinned sardines. Spain is big on canned fish, too,” she says.

The added bonus is McIntosh’s charming personality on the pages; you feel her presence, encouraging you to enjoy the cooking process.

“I think of anchovy as the Woody Allen of little fishes — brilliant, but often an uncomfortable feeling surrounds the subject,” she says of the under-loved fish. “I love both anchovies and Woody Allen’s films and both deliver strong, complicated and intellectual morsels worth contemplating with pleasure long after their initial impact.”

And if you’re cooking to impress, McIntosh makes it easy to be fancy-schmancy. Salmon coulibiac could be a long and tedious dish to make but with tinned salmon, Uncle Ben’s wild rice and packaged puff pastry, you earn respect without breaking a sweat. Other recipes include Creamy Garlic and Clam Chowder; Crab and Goat Cheese Strudel; Oyster Pot Pie; Avocado, Chickpea and Salmon Salad; Sardine, Red Onion and Cambozola Sandwich and for old time’s sake, two tuna casseroles.

And should you still be lured by Kraft Dinner and Mr. Noodles when shopping, McIntosh gets scoldy. “It doesn’t take much to make your own mac and cheese with tuna. Boil the pasta, drain, add fish and grated cheddar cheese. It would be much nicer.”

She says seniors (who don’t get out for frequent shopping), boaters, and cottagers would find the book useful, too. “It’s accessible, you don’t need a large pantry or a large kitchen,” she says. “Just stack the tinned fish, pull them out as you need them.”

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* This article was first published in the September 9, 2014 issue of The Vancouver Sun, and can be found here