My Kitchen Year, our Reichl Day, and more...

** "My Kitchen Year"

** Our Reichl Day

Monday, February 15th We welcome Ruth Reichl to Vancouver with two exclusive engagements. * Monday, February 15, 2016 * 4:00pm - 5:00pm * Barbara-Jo's Books to Cooks * * CBC Radio's Sheryl Mackay interviews Ruth in our shop. * * Cost: $40 * includes personalized copy of * My Kitchen Year

  • Monday, February 15, 2016
  • 6:00pm - 7:30pm
  • The Vancouver Club *
  • Blues-Man Jim Byrnes interviews Ruth at The Vancouver Club. *
  • Cost: $75
  • includes refreshments and a personalized copy of My Kitchen Year.

Please telephone our shop at 604.688.6755 to reserve your place How are you Dressing for Valentines Day? Barbara-jo had a short chat with Foodline Radio's Anne Rosenberg. Click HERE to listen to the interview (http://http//

And for something down the road...

** "MEXICAN TODAY" with author and Television cook Pati Jinich ( * Saturday, May 14, 2016 * 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Pati Jinich, host of the PBS series Pati"s Mexican Table, will be in our shop to present her new book, Mexican Today. Pati is also the official chef of the Mexican Cultural Institute.

Please join us for a delicious lunch prepared from Pati's new book, full of recipes that have evolved with innovation and style from the traditional Mexican kitchen.

Cost of this presentation is $105.00 and includes your lunch and a personalized copy of Mexican Today.

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We welcome the arrival of Ruth Reichl! 

Ruth Reichl is coming to the Vancouver Club with Jim Byrnes

Monday, February 15, 2016 * 6:00pm 7:30pm * Vancouver Club

Tonight, we have the pleasure of presenting one of America's culinary legends. Ruth Reichl is well known for her journalistic career; restaurant critic for Los Angeles Times, New York Times, and Editor of Gourmet Magazine until its demise. The year following this tragic loss for food lovers and travelers, found Ruth blue and introspective. Ruth has penned a delightful book: My Kitchen Year. Ruth writes beautifully. Her chapters take us through the seasons, her thoughts and observations as she heals, and shares the 136 recipes that she believes saved her life.

Here in Vancouver we can boast that Jim Byrnes lives here. Jim is American born, the same vintage as Ruth, and a master of dealing with the blues. Tonight Jim will interview Ruth about the book, the blues and their mutual capacity to embrace cooking and life.

This evening will begin with the interview, followed by a reception with tasty nibbles from Ruth's new book, wine, and book signing. COST: $75.00

There will be a dinner after the signing for 28 guests. Ruth and Jim will be at the table, and price includes the interview portion, the book, dinner and wine pairings. COST: $175.00

Please telephone the shop to ensure your attendance for this special evening. 604.688.6755

Latab is all about FORAGING, inspired food, and drink. 

Monday, March 14, 2016 * 6:00pm - 9:00pm * Latab Wine Bar

Latab is a fairly new Wine Bar in Vancouver's downtown. Small, friendly and extremely interesting. Kris Barnholden & Eryn Dorman have created a unique menu with many of the ingredients locally foraged.

Tonight we will enjoy a menu that highlights these ingredients. Camille Flanjak - local forager to the restaurants of our community - will be on hand to enlighten us with her craft and knowledge.

You will leave enchanted and with a Foraging pamphlet that will encourage you to notice what delightful edibles are growing right under our noses!

Cost of this meal which includes tax and gratuity along with a fine education and pamphlet is $75.

Please telephone the shop to reserve your seat at the table. 604.688.6755

"The grace of understatement"

Soon, we will begin our one book club.  The book I have chosen is: Nigel Slater - a year of good eating.   I always suggest one reads the introduction to every book they purchase.  You can learn a lot about the writer, and this often encourages you to take the book into your kitchen even more than you might have expected from your first flirtation.

From this book, I have chosen these paragraphs from Nigel's introduction to share with you. 

"With this book comes something of a plea for both good food and a love of cooking to be just part and parcel of our everyday lives.  Thoughtful, considered, always delicious, but something to be quietly enjoyed rather than put on a pedestal. (The very notion of someone being a 'foodie' makes me shudder).

I worry that the competitive element currently prevalent in food and cooking is scaring people, particularly new cooks, away from getting stuck in.  There is, I believe, too much pressure on us to 'perform', to reach for perfection, instead of simply treating the art of making something to eat as the lifelong joy it should be.

I like to think I have an attitude to cooking and eating built on foundations of good taste and pleasure rather than of veneration and worship.  Yes, I like eating the good stuff and I cook from scratch pretty much every day of my life, but I can't help thinking good food should be something we take in our stride, a life-enriching punctuation to our day, rather than something to be fetishised.  And if I read once more that someone is a 'passionate cook' I think I'll eat my other gloves."

Our mid-month forecast: DELICIOUS.

Our mid-month forecast: DELICIOUS.

Thursday, January 14th 2016

A conversation in our kitchen with Bonnie Stern

6:00pm - 7:30pm

Canada can boast a true culinary treasure in Bonnie Stern. This evening we welcome Bonnie into our kitchen for a conversation about her present career in the culinary world. Though Bonnie no longer has her legendary cooking school, she remains very active writing her newspaper column, hosts a book club, travels the world and interviews the well known figures of gastronomy.

Cost of this evening is $35.00 and will include refreshments and stimulating conversation.

Please telephone the shop at 604.688.6755 to reserve.

Sunday, January 17th 2016

We will be hosting these three amazing women here at our bookshop.

These events are free of charge, but we advise to telephone in advance to confirm attendance.

 Tara Austen Weaver 12:00pm - 1:00pm Today at noon, please join us in shop to hear Sheryl Mackay interview writer Tara Austen Weaver for CBC's North by Northwest radio show. Today's topic will be the food we remember from the books we read and loved as children. Anne of Green Gables? Little House on the Prairie? Winnie the Pooh? Alice in Wonderland? We will ask audience members to participate, so please come prepared with your memories.

Madhur Jaffrey 1:00pm - 2:00pm I have long been a fan of this wonderful woman. Madhur has lived an incredible life; acting, writing, living. Most recently, Madhur has penned another book of recipes: Vegetarian India. CBC's Sheryl MacKay will interview Madhur, live to tape, for North by Northwest Radio program. We welcome Madhur back to the shop this afternoon. Please join us for chai and treats, conversation and laughter. There is no charge to meet Madhur, there will be copies of Vegetarian India available for purchase. Please telephone the shop to advise of your attendance. A nice post holiday affair.

Rose Levy Beranbaum 3:00pm - 4:00pm Rose Levy Beranbaum is unquestionably one of the best writers on baking and pastry North America has produced. Her definitive collection is always in our library.

Rose has travelled from New York to Vancouver for a very special occasion. She has designed the wedding cake for Nathan Fong and Michel Chiccone's extravaganza, and she is going to personally bake it in the kitchen of the Sutton Place Hotel.

Rose will visit us today, the day after the wedding, and will chat about her adventure with this project. The cake will be featured in her upcoming publication: Rose's Wedding Cakes. Monday,


January 18th 2016

Chef Kian Lam Kho joins us at Mission Restaurant

6:00pm - 9:00pm 

A beautiful new book has entered our library this Autumn; Phoenix Claws and Jade Trees by chef and author Kian Lam Kho. Kian lives in New York city, teaching the fundamental techniques of Chinese cooking. This book is a guide for home cooks who are curious to learn more about this magnificent cuisine. Chef Curtis Luk of Mission is both Chinese, and talented at cooking many cuisines, tonight he is delighted to alter the regular offerings of Mission and present us with a menu from Phoenix Claws and Jade Trees.

Our evening will begin with a Cocktail, paired for the occasion, a book signing and conversation with Kian, and dinner.

Cost of the evening is $140.00. This includes a personalized copy of the book, cocktail, meal and gratuity.

Please telephone the shop at 604.688.6755 to reserve your seat.

Stay tuned for details on Ruth Reichl, Monday, February 15th...

The world is in a whirl, but life is beautiful. 

the world is in a whirl, but life is beautiful.


“Three six nine, the goose drank wine, the monkey chewed tobacco on the street car line, the line broke, the monkey choked, they all went to heaven in a little row boat, clap clap!”

We found ourselves singing this ditty in the shop the other day, it seemed quite fitting as the year, another crazy and unsettling year in the world’s history, comes to a close. This year, the shop is grateful to be celebrating Christmas - edition 19. The year wraps up with many memories, both joyful and sad. Thankfully, the relationships we have formed with chefs, cooks and authors continue to nourish us, I delight in introducing new ideas and technique to you all. We all have a story to tell.

I truly think our presence in the community is to encourage the souls who grace our doorstep to embrace cooking whether living alone, or cooking for another, or many others. But also, I feel it important to understand where your ingredients are coming from, how they are produced, and how that production affects our world, though sometimes I think it best not to get me started into this conversation!

What I have learned from this year is to continue to feel empathy and show kindness, being cognizant of this has been a great help to move through the muck as I crave to be surrounded with sanity, truth and peace.

I leave you with this illustration I commissioned Roxanna Bikadoroff to create around one of my favourite quotes by Thomas Wolfe.

May you all enjoy the season,

Barbara-jo ~ December 15, 2015

My list for 2015 is all about us - Canada, True North, Strong and Delicious

Every year, I receive hundreds of new cookbooks into our library, from all over the world.  When it comes to food and cooking, our world is not at a loss to share creative thought.      This year I have decided to dedicate my list to us.  I don't think I have ever been prouder of our cooks and publishers, and if you cast your eyes over this list, you will notice how much of the West Coast of Canada is represented, whether it be author, publisher, or a home-grown lad gone East to make his culinary dream come true.

Haida Gwaii by Susan Musgrave, publisher: Whitecap Books

True to Your Roots by Carla Kelly, publisher: Arsenal Pulp Press

Ocean Wise Cookbook, edited by Jane Mundy, publisher: Whitecap Books

Great Rotisserie Chicken Cookbook by Eric Akis, publisher: appetite by Random House

The Butcher, The Baker, The Wine & Cheese Maker by Jennifer Schell, publisher: Touchwood Editions

Deerholme Vegetable Cookbook by Bill Jones, publisher: Touchwood Editions

Winnipeg Cooks by Robin Summerfield, publisher: Figure.1

Montreal Cooks by Jonathan Cheung + Tays Spencer, publisher: Figure.1

Olive Oil & Vinegar Lover's Cookbook by Emily Lycopolus, publisher: Touchwood Editions

True North by Derek Dammann and Chris Johns, publisher: Harper Collins Canada

Waste Not, Want Not Cookbook by Cinda Chavich, publisher: Touchwood Editions

Seven Spoons by Tara O'Brady, publisher: appetite by Random House

GOODNESS, recipes & stories by Peter and Chris Neal, publisher: BlakemanBooks

Butter Celebrates by Rosie Daykin, publisher: appetite by Random House


Zsuzsi Gartner's Boreal Feast

Here's the menu for our Boreal Feast New Year's Eve Dinner inspired by Michele Genest’s gorgeous and inspiring new cookbook, The Boreal Feast: A Culinary Journey through the North (Lost Moose, 2014). I bought a copy for myself and one each for two friends so we could all make something from it for our annual New Year’s Eve Celebration (this year, eight “grown-ups” and five teens). We were too busy eating, drinking and talking to take a photo of anything
but the tourtière, which tasted much better than the photo makes it appear. If you look closely, you’ll see a little maple leaf on top.


Modernist Celery and Olives:

Grilled Celery & Sauteed Green Olives with
Spruce Tips

(I was curious whether people would dig the celery dish -- it turned out to be was a huge
hit.  I substituted fresh rosemary from my backyard due to the lack of fresh
spruce tips. For the olives, I used cerignola. I was going to make the Parmesan Crisps as well, but ran out of time in my usual crazed-hostess style. 

Game patés (Hills Wild: rabbit & blueberry and wild boar & apricot) rounded out the appies.



  Wild Berry and Gewurstraminer (pg. 94)

(Yowza!  So crazily rich. We served in assorted tea cups. My friend Jillian (who I brought to
Michele's Books to Cooks session with me) is a most accomplished cook.

She had put away her own wild blueberries in freezer, so used those)


Endive, Daikon and Kohlrabi with Walnuts & Cranberries (pg. 27)

(Jillian substituted pomegranate seeds for lack of fresh cranberries)


Tourtiere for 10 (pg. 175)

(My husband John (top chef!) was even going to render his own lard for the crust but
time-crunched -- next time!  If we'd decided on the dish sooner we could've
ordered up some venison or caribou for the moose (which is illegal to sell,

at least in Vancouver, as we discovered).

John used stewing beef, pork tenderloin, duck legs, and
free-range Alberta bison meat)  It was stupendous!

The big surprise here was how well the bottom, and especially the side, crust

 held up even as leftovers considering all that juiciness inside.


Honey-Mead Glazed Carrots (pg. 95)  ZZ

Turnip Gratin (pg. 97)


(In the tradition of Julia Child, my friends, including Janet,

who made this dish, never shy away from more cream and butter!)

Dessert was not from the book, but in the spirit of the theme my friend
Patty decorated her chocolate bundt cake with antique pewter woodland creatures (hares,
foxes) from Denmark, and drifted it with icing sugar and cedar sprigs to look
like a winter forest scene. Patty and Paul also found this Zubrowka “Bison Grass Vodka” from Poland that came in its own very fashionable jacket:

My Mother's Prize Shortbread

Lately, I find myself quoting Nora Ephron a lot; “I remember nothing”.  My busy days jumble together, lovely moments with friends, the Opera or Theatre, are soon forgotten.  But when I open my mother’s recipe box, and take the time to read her recipes, my palate has no problem savouring the flavours of her cooking, as if it were being served to me that very moment.  And mostly, I remember the Christmas baking.  Every Christmas mother would pick a Saturday, usually the 2nd Saturday in December, and the day was dedicated to baking.   Every Saturday we would listen to the Metropolitan Opera, but Christmas baking day, mother would turn up the volume, sip a little sherry and the drama paired with the aroma was intoxicating.  We were allowed a wee taste of everything on baking day; the rest was put away for company and Christmas Day.    Her list wasn’t onerous; Mince tarts, Naniamo Bars, Birdsnests, Christmas Drop Cookies, Cherry Snowballs and the Prize Shortbread.  To this day, I believe my mother’s shortbread to be the best in the world.  Now the sad story is, my mother died 11 years ago, and every year I fondle the recipe, remembering, but fearful to make the shortbread; what if I make a mess and ruin the memory?   Well, I have decided, my mother often said that FEAR was False Evidence Appearing Real, so I will make the shortbread this December and create a new memory for myself, one that I hope to remember.

PRIZE SHORTBREAD – the recipe of Peggy McIntosh, nee Gladys Margaret Clunas

1 cup unsalted butter

½ cup powdered sugar

1 egg yolk

¼ teaspoon salt

Flour (Mother did not include the amount, try 2 cups)

1.     Soften the butter slightly, but do not allow it to become oily.

2.     Stir in sugar, salt and egg yolk using a wooden spoon (wooden spoon is underlined in the recipe)

3.     Add the flour, a very little at a time, until mixture is too stiff to work with the spoon.

4.     Turn onto a floured board and knead lightly, drawing in flour all the time until the lump begins to crack.

5.     Divide mixture in two, pat into 2 ungreased pie plates. Bake at 350 degrees, no time is given for baking (no wonder I am fearful!)

Barbara-jo McIntosh

November, 2015


December 3rd, 2015     -    Shortbread update.

Today I took the leap and made my mother’s shortbread.      I put Ben Heppner into my CD player, turned up the volume and enjoyed the labour of love and memory.   Did the first bite feel as good as mother’s?  No, but it does age very well.  Each morning before I leave my nest for the shop, I remove the wax paper that keeps the slab fresh, and break off a gentle, buttery, morsel.   I find this ritual very pleasing,  a nice way to start the day during the sweet season.

Introducing: The One Book Club 📖

Reading, Cooking, Eating, a little bit every day.


Between the Leaves


We introduce to you a new initiative to our shop. This club comprises of 4 dinner sessions and one book.

When you sign on, you will receive the book. When we meet for the first dinner, you will have read the required quarter of the book and cooked at least three recipes.

At our get together, we will discuss the writing and recipes, while dining on a menu we have concocted from the book.

Cost: $350 Includes your book, which I have chosen to be Nigel Slater's Year of Eating, and your meals. Dates are Wednesdays: January 20, February 17, March 16, and April 20. Space is limited to 12 guests.

Telephone 604-688-6755 to reserve

We are presently sorting details for many upcoming gatherings... stay in touch. Gift certificates are available and always a nice idea

I wonder if Delia Smith drinks CRANBERRY-GINGER PUNCH.

Tonight we celebrated Christmas.  Yet again, Adrienne O'Callaghan cooked a fine meal from Delia's Happy Christmas.  This year for the first time, we presented Roast Goose stuffed with Apples & Prunes in Armagnac.      The evening began with Pianist Paul Keeling playing Christmas carols, and I made a punch.  The recipe came from Punch Bowls and Pitcher Drinks by Jeanne Kelley & Sarah Tenaglia.


Cranberry-Ginger Punch   -  Serves 8.  People asked for seconds.

1 1/4 cups Gin

1 - 12 ounce can frozen cranberry juice cocktail concentrate ( I used a jar of Cranberry Pomegranate juice)

2/3 cup fresh lime juice

2 teaspoons grated peeled fresh ginger

3 cups chilled sparkling water

Mix together, add ice-cubes if desired, I made cranberry and lime cubes, meant to put cranberries in, but forgot.

Seasonal gifts that keep giving 🎁🎉

The perfect gift, to last the whole year...


Four Seasons, Four Surprises,

For You or For ..?

With Barbara-Jo's Seasonal Book Experience, give a gift of surprise. Our Winter 2015 Seasonal Book Experience selection will be announced in-shop December 12th, 11am.

Our ongoing bookclub - Eating Between the Leaves has two sessions posted for Winter/Spring 2016. Space is limited, click HERE ( to see availability and book selections.

Simply, I adore listening to Nigella.

Last night I arrived home after a long but exhilarating day with Nigella Lawson.   When a friend telephoned to make sure I was safely tucked into my nest, I told him I was indeed ready to retire and I had just plastered my hair with COCONUT OIL.  He roared with laughter, I giggled.  We both know I have never had hair like Nigella's, never will have hair like Nigella, but Nigella does the Coconut oil nightly ritual, and now I will too.

I loved meeting Nigella, listening to Nigella, and was over the moon with the response from the guests who gathered to join me in welcoming Nigella into our lives.   Both events we hosted sparkled with a particular style.  We served tea in the shop while Sheryl MacKay interviewed Madame for her CBC North by Northwest radio show.  Our Adrienne set Nigella up for her demo, and made enough of the "Sweet Potato and Chickpea Dip"  for all 60 guests to enjoy.

The Vancouver Club tickled our elegant fancy with Champagne and appetisers after we were entertained by Nigella.  Nigella gave everyone a special moment while she personalized 165 books, phew!  And all those photos!  Everyone wanted their memory with Nigella to last and last and last......

What a day, what a night.  Nigella, you are a woman hungry for life.  I thank you for making the journey to be with us.  And for allowing us to feel we are in the kitchen with you, accessible to your glamour, your warmth and your wonderful taste.

Perfect Pairings: Books 📚 and Authors ✒


Our evening with Nigella is almost fully booked...

Give us a bell at 604-688-6755 to book(end).

Do you like cheese with your wine?

Not only has James Nevison consented to come to the shop to promote his new version of "Had a Glass", the evening will have a very French theme. James will choose five French wines for us to sample, and Allison Spurrell from Les Amis du Fromage, will choose five French cheeses to pair with the fine wine.

Please join us for this evening of Wine and Cheese pairing;

educational, delicious and a whole lot of fun.

Friday, November 27, 2015

6:00pm 7:30pm

Cost: $55.00, includes a personalized copy of "Had a Glass - 2016".

Winter/Spring 2016 event announcements coming soon...

Poetry 👴 - Apples 🍎 - Yum 🍴 - True North 🍁

This Weekend's Activities at Books to Cooks...


Poetry - Apples - YUM - True North

November 6th 6-7:30pm


What a team they be! Bill Richardson writing, and Roxanna Bikadoroff's exhilarating illustrations.

Please join us for delightful evening of poetry, chatter and refreshments.

Cost of this evening is $35.00 and will include a personalized copy of: "The First Little Bastard to Call Me Gramps" Poems of the Late Middle Ages.

November 7th 1-4pm

AN APPLE A DAY Still works for me!

Pop in to the shop today to sample one of nature's most tempting treats. From the orchards of Oyama, B.C. we will sample a variety of our home-bred and grown. I sure hope there is a McIntosh in the mix! (ha ha)

November 7th 2-4pm

YUM: Plant Based Recipes for a Gluten Free Diet - Book Launch

Theresa Nicassio, PhD has created a book full of mouthwatering delights that everyone will love, even those with lactose intolerance, celiac disease, diabetes, or other health challenges.

Theresa designed YUM to empower you with information and life-enhancing tips for deliciously pleasurable living.

Please join us today to celebrate with Theresa as she launches her new Yummy book.

November 8th 3-5pm

Derek Dammann: TRUE to his NORTH

It is always wonderful to host chefs from here that have gone away and done good. Derek traveled to Europe, worked with Jamie Oliver's "Fifteen" moved to Montreal, opened Maison Publique and has never looked west again. But he has come west to share his stories and promote a wonderful new book.

This afternoon we offer you a cookbook social with Derek Dammann and his co-author Chris Johns. Please join us for a demo, story telling reception and booksigning.


Please note: We have posted the dates for our Winter-Spring Eating Between the Leaves reading clubs HERE



CBC's Sheryl Mackay Interviews Alexander McCall Smith over Brunch

Alexander McCall Smith is one of the most beloved guests of CBC Radio's North by Northwest.  The best-selling author of the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series, the Isabel Dalhousie series, the Portuguese Irregular Verbs series and the 44 Scotland Street series is a charming, delightful and hilarious man.  And now you have a chance to meet him yourself!  North by Northwest, Books to Cooks and Random House have created a unique contest event.  Six people will win 2 tickets each to have brunch with Sandy at Books to Cooks next Saturday November 7, while Sheryl MacKay chats with him about his latest books and more.

Gracious "Goodness" at Books to Cooks!


** Gracious, GOODNESS

On Thursday, October 22, the Neal brothers will be in shop to celebrate the publication of a book titled: "GOODNESS".

37 good food fighters from across Canada, chefs, entrepreneurs, growers, and food activists have contributed their stories to the book. Contributors from our community include Andrea Carlson, chef & owner of Burdock., Andrew George, chef & educator, Vikram Vij, restauranteur extraordinaire, and Ned Bell, executive chef, Four Seasons.

Neal Brothers Foods is a happy and tasty food company in Ontario whose primary motive for existence is to ensure everyone should be able to access good healthy food and eat well. Brothers Peter and Chris are the founders of this reputable company and are proud supporters of Community Food Centres Canada, an organization committed to bringing people together to grow, cook, share and advocate for good food.

Please join us in this celebration. The brothers will present their book and philosophy for contributing to a healthy community.

Local chefs Jennifer Peters and Hamid Saliman will be preparing the refreshments. Proceeds of the cookbook sales will be donated to the Community Food Centres of Canada.

Cost is $45 and includes a tasty reception and personalized copy of "GOODNESS".

 Please note, our shop hours have been updated for the autumn season:

** Sunday & Monday - Noon to 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday & Wednesday - 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Thursday & Friday - 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Saturday - 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Book Up Your Fall 📖 🍃

Book Up Your Fall - 604.688.6755


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.

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. * 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.


Bookmark our Autumn Bookends 📖


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...


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.