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Favourite Spring Cookbooks and Authors for Indies Events

I finally admitted to myself this week that I was missing the hustle and bustle of book tour days past.

It’s not the smell of a Sharpie or the late nights I find lacking, but getting out and connecting with you readers. That was absolutely the best part of that whole crazy month. It sure wasn’t the inflight snacks.

Meeting so many of you was such a highlight of my year to date, that I decided we should do it again soon. At least locally for now. This Saturday, May 2nd is Canadian Authors for Indies Day and I am jumping in with both feet, with events booked all day at independent bookstores around Montreal.

Read on to see where I’ll be throughout the day and to find out if I’m bringing the kids or any snacks (yes, and yes). Then, I’m sharing nine of my favourite Spring 2015 cookbooks. Books, books, books!

Canadian Authors for Indies Day: My Montreal Events

Aimee signing books

I don’t have to tell you that independent bookstores enrich our communities; I’m sure you can name one or two right now that you love to frequent. Canadian Authors for Indies Day is a special event where writers of all genres come out in support of their neighbourhood bookstores.

I’m very excited to have a full day booked for May 2nd (that’s THIS Saturday, folks) and will be a guest at these three fantastic bookstores.

  • 9AM to 11AM ~ Downtown
    Librairie Paragraphe
    2220 McGill College Avenue
    Montreal, QC. H3A 3P9
  • 12PM to 2PM ~ Westmount
    Appetite for Books
    388 Victoria Avenue
    Westmount, QC. H3Z 2N4
  • 3PM to 5PM ~ West Island
    Librairie Clio
    Plaza Pointe-Claire
    245-N St Jean
    Pointe-Claire, QC. H9R 3J1

I can promise there will be home baked goods provided, at least for the early birds at each event. I’ll have a few sharpies on hand in case you’d like me to sign a copy of my cookbook for you or your mother! I think it goes without saying that a personalized copy of Brown Eggs and Jam Jars would make a lovely Mother’s Day gift.

Lastly, the rest of the Simple Bites/Bourque/BEJJ family will be joining me for my last hour at Librairie Clio (so, 4-5PM). The children are very excited to get out for another bookstore event. I don’t think they have a single shy bone in them, so don’t be surprised if you get a hug or three.

I hope to see you on May 2nd for Authors for Indies Day!

Favourite Spring 2015 Cookbooks

Spring Cookbooks Collage

While we’re on the subject of books, allow me to rave about a stack of brand new cookbooks that are currently on rotation from my kitchen counter to my bedside table, and the coffee table too.

  • Long ago, food memoir replaced fiction, magazines and late night TV for my daily down time and my latest favourite is Three Many Cooks by bloggers of the same name. Written by a mother and two daughters, they collectively have a recipe for food, faith and family that I aspire to master. Not surprisingly, the recipes are rock solid.
  • In her new book, Simply Ancient Grains, Maria Speck again brings a knockout collection of colourful whole grain recipes.  I’ve always stocked a pantry full of grains, but never have I been so inspired to cook with millet, quinoa, rice and much, much more. Her Citrus Burst Dressing is on regular rotation for roasted vegetables and hearty grain salads.
  • Tara’s book, Seven Spoons, already inspired these savoury breakfast bowls, but the inspiration didn’t end there. We’ve been sipping her vibrant Blurry Sunrise Smoothie, marveling over the genius that is her avocado toast, and swooning over her Basic, Great Chocolate Chip Cookie. Up next, Rhubarb Raspberry Rye Crumble.
  • It’s impossible to walk past the stunning My New Roots and not stop to pick it up. Then, of course, Sarah’s creative recipes and beautiful images will convince you to add her cookbook to your collection. We’ve been spooning up her Four Corners Lentil Soup and happily sipping the Raspberry Breeze Smoothie. I can’t wait for spring produce so we can try recipes such as Carrot Top and Garlic Scape Pesto and Apricot Rhubarb Clafoutis.
  • A fellow writer insisted I check out Food52 Genius Recipes and I’m so glad I followed her advice. This cookbook made me want to get into the kitchen and cook immediately, my ultimate criteria for a truly good cookbook. Will it change the way I cook, as the tagline states? That remains to be seen, although I’ve already found myself marveling over Balsamic Glazed Beets & Greens.
  • Real Sweet won me over with this Banana Layer Cake and the Caramelized Coconut Sugar Frosting sealed the deal. I am all in for baking with natural sweeteners and Shauna’s lovely cookbook is full of creative recipes from everyday snacks to special party-time desserts.
  • I’m just as surprised as you are to see The Whole30 cookbook on this list, because I’m not into weight loss diets at all. I’ve never done a Whole30 challenge, not that I don’t think they help people, but because in our home, we aim to eat a balanced, healthy diet all the time. However, the publisher sent over a copy and I couldn’t put it down! The authors are terrific, engaging writers, and the book, although packed with info, is very readable and user-friendly. Will I be a future user? I’m still not sure. Leave me a comment with your Whole30 thoughts, okay?
  • The boys and I made our first Doodle Cake after being inspired by Rosie and its simplicity saved the day when I was 9 month pregnant with Clara. Now we have The Sweetapolita Bakebook as a guide for many more birthday collaborations. It’s a beautiful book, well laid out and fun for all ages.
  • I am loving the whimsical illustrations and the simple recipes in the brand new The Family Calendar Cookbook from Kelsey Banfield. It’s a very practical book, well suited for busy families who still make time to cook and eat together. And can I just say that any cookbook with a feature on Campfire Cooking gets my vote.

What is a cookbook you are currently loving?

About Aimee

Cooking has always been Aimée's preferred recreational activity, creative outlet, and source of relaxation. After nearly ten years in the professional cooking industry, she went from restaurant to RSS by trading her tongs and clogs for cookie cutters and a laptop, serving as editor here at Simple Bites. Her first book, Brown Eggs and Jam Jars - Family Recipes from the Kitchen of Simple Bites, was published in February 2015.

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Comments

  1. We are so similar – I have an almost identical post in the works for Friday – ha! I LOVE the Food52 book (and Kristen’s writing!) and cannot get enough of this season’s newest reads.

  2. I see you have Savory Sweet Life on your shelf by Alice Currah, and I have been enjoying that one lately. My greatest favorite is The Kitchn Cookbook and I am thrilled that Faith and Sara Kate and team won the James Beard Award this week for their work!

  3. Julia Marchessault says:

    Exciting! I will try to drop by Librairie Clio on Saturday afternoon 🙂

  4. In regards to Whole30. I am just starting my W30 adventure. I have not looked at the cookbook yet but I agree the authors writing is very engaging. Since I am in my first week of participating in my 30 day challenge I only have to say that SUGAR is in everything. I go to the grocery store and find it is a challenge to stay in compliance with the W30 ethos. Who knows if this is going to change how I look at food, because I too strive to eat well balanced and whole foods on a regular basis, but seeing my challenge at the grocery store I may be making more of my own ingredients ate home if I find this makes a difference in my well being.

  5. Love this! So many good ones that I need to check out!

    I did the Whole30 challenge in November. Like you, I never think about diets because we just try to eat healthy, but some friends were doing it and I joined in. I had a great experience and the 30 days were good, but I don’t think I could ever really live without grains. Still, I have found that since I finished the challenge, I’ve been eating more consciously and definitely eating less dairy and less grains in my every day meals. I think the Whole30 Challenge is actually just really good to do a couple times a year and really get back to the very basics. I’d be really interested in checking out the cookbook.

  6. I love the fact that the Whole30 program emphasizes “real food”, with no additives or added sugar. However, there are a couple of things I disagree with: why demonize legumes, which can be very nutritious, and grains? True, most of us consume too many grains, but they are still packed with fiber and nutrients, and should not be completely avoided in my opinion. Also, the program makes it easy to make animal protein the centre of your meal. I believe that meat should not be consumed at every meal. I would rather see a more moderate approach!

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