Foodie Gift Guide - The Best Cookbooks

There's something about a good cookbook. Even though you can find virtually any recipe online, a good cookbook is more than just a collection of recipes. It's a good read that you will pull off your shelf over and over again. We've picked a few great cookbooks that your favourite foodie would love, along with some great culinary reads too. Best of all you can enter to win one of our favourites for yourself or your favourite foodie!


The New Farm - Brent Preston
Brent Preston and his wife Gillian Flies have spent ten years on the ‘front lines of the good food revolution’. This book chronicles their move to the country and transition to becoming two of the leading organic farmers in Ontario.

Funny, inspiring, and honest, we love this book and these amazing farmers because they are passionate advocates for equitable, wholesome food that not only feeds their community, but helps to create community. A great read for those dreamers on your list.

Izzy’s Eating Plan - Izzy Camilleri
Canadian fashion designer Izzy Camilleri released her ‘Izzy’s Eating Plan’, an advice-driven, practical guide to making sustainable lifestyle changes that help make you feel beautiful on the inside and out, one healthy, balanced meal at a time. This friendly, easy-to-read guide is great for those on your list who want to look at food differently and are inspired to use it as a piece of the overall healthy lifestyle puzzle. 

Come To Our Table - South Georgian Bay Community Cookbook
This curated collection of recipes, art and stories is a labour of love.  Chefs, producers, growers and artists from Simcoe and Grey County got together to showcase the unique food culture in their region. The recipes are easy to follow and rely on local produce.  There are also profiles of local growers, producers, wineries, breweries and cideries.

One of the many reasons we love this cookbook is because it’s a gift that gives back.  10% from each book sold is set aside in a fund to support local food security initiatives and programs. 

The Stop: How the Fight for Good Food Transformed a Community and Inspired a Movement - Nick Saul & Andrea Curtis
In just over a decade, The Stop has gone from a typical urban food bank to a vibrant Community Food Centre with gardens, kitchens, a greenhouse, farmers’ markets and a mission to revolutionize our food system. In this book, Executive Director Nick Saul, takes you on that journey and shares The Stop’s vision for to build Community Food Centres across Canada that will bring people together to grow, cook, share and advocate for good food.

This book has been praised by everyone from Jamie Oliver to Michael Pollan and is a must read for the foodie who cares about eliminating hunger in their community.

Afro-Vegan - Bryant Terry
Bryant Terry is the Chef-in-Residence at the Museum of the African Diaspora, author of the cookbook Afro-Vegan, and a visionary.  His mission to fuse the ingredients of the African diaspora with vegan cooking principles may seem trendy given the plant based frenzy of 2017.  However Bryant has been at this for years, with Afro-Vegan first hitting shelves in 2014.  Bryant doesn’t just serve up amazing food he’s at the forefront of an international conversation about food justice and food access.  Bryant is an advocate for African- Americans and other communities of colour who have been left behind in the Good Food Revolution.  He has led the charge in taking ownership of the food supply in underserved communities by encouraging the opening of co-ops, urban farms, and community gardens.  

This book is less of a call to abandon all meat than it is an invitation to eat more plants, making it the perfect gift for the omnivore foodie on your list.

The Edgy Veg: Carnivore Approved Vegan Recipes - Candice Hutchings
This Youtube star just launched her vegan comfort food cookbook, Edgy Veg, a ‘carnivore approved vegan cookbook’. Not your standard vegan cookbook, this one is packed with recipes like a vegan Big Mac and smoked salmon bagels. The perfect read for the vegan - or aspiring vegan - on your list.

We love supporting Canadian authors and chefs, so we have partnered with Candice and are pleased to be giving one lucky reader a brand new copy! Enter below!

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