Ottawa Cooks - Anne DesBrisay

Ottawa Cooks: Signature Recipes from the Finest Chefs of Canada's Capital Region by Anne DesBrisay brings readers recipes from forty-one of Ottawa's most inspirational cooks including dishes from fine restaurants, food trucks and farmhouse kitchens. And more importantly proves that Canada has so much to offer besides its darling Prime Minister. 
With more than eighty recipes that focus on the best of the region's products with flavors inspired from around the globe, there is a little something for everyone. Recipes for Sweet Potato Spice Cake with Rum-Raisin Mousse and Pecan Praline and Crispy Green Papaya Salad with Citrus Soaker and Peanut Crumble are examples of the wealth of unique and incredibly flavorful recipes in this truly beautifully photographed book.
I am a huge fan of Figure1 Publishing's Titles and have been for years especially their Cooks' series.  Edmonton Cooks, Winnipeg Cooks, Toronto Cooks, Calgary Cooks and Montreal Cooks are all incredibly beautiful books that I love being inspired by and cooking from. And good news, Portland Cooks is being released this August along with Toronto Eats as a follow up to Torono Cooks. I am so excited! I'll be able to provide more information on these titles closer to publication date as well as a few other new releases coming from Figure1. I've said it before and I'll say it again - go Canada! 

This title is so wonderfully done with lovely photographs, bios of the chefs featured and totally tempting recipes.  All of the Figure 1 titles have the same high quality feel and content about them. Fig and Pistachio Brioches, Jerk Pork Chops with Vanilla Sweet Potato and Minted Peas, and Beatrice's Upside-Down Plum Cake with Warm Créme Anglaise are a few recipes I have marked to make. The Pulled Pork Fritters and Sugar Pie are delicious and were huge hits when I made them for a get together a few months back. The fritters are a wonderful way to use up leftover pulled pork. 
Special thanks to Figure 1 Publishing for sharing the following recipe with our members. Be sure to head over to our contest page to enter our giveaway for a copy of this book - one US winner, one Canadian winner! Good luck! 


Quinoa Salad with Butternut Squash, Feta & Cranberries
Serves 8

Quinoa salad

1 1/2 cups quinoa, rinsed and drained
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups cold water
1 large or 2 small butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cut into 1-inch cubes
1 red onion, diced
1 Tbsp olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup roughly crumbled feta cheese
1/2 cup dried cranberries (both sweetened and unsweetened work equally well)
2 Tbsp finely chopped fresh flat-leaf (Italian) parsley leaves

In a medium pot, combine quinoa, salt, and water, and bring to a boil. Turn down the heat and simmer for 12 to 15 minutes, until grains are cooked through and fluffy but still intact. Remove from the heat and let cool completely. (This step can be done ahead.)

Preheat the oven to 400°F. Place squash and onions in a large bowl, add olive oil and salt and pepper to taste, and toss to coat. Arrange in a single layer on a baking sheet and roast in the centre of the oven for about 20 minutes or until the vegetables are golden brown and yield to a knife. While the vegetables are roasting, prepare the dressing.

Spiced cider dressing

1 Tbsp ground cumin
1 Tbsp ground coriander
1 tsp ground turmeric
1 tsp sweet paprika
1 tsp ground cardamom
1 tsp ground nutmeg
2 tsp sea salt
2 tsp cane sugar
1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
3/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1 1/2 cups canola oil

In a dry frying pan over medium heat, toast cumin, coriander, turmeric, paprika, cardamom, and nutmeg until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes. In a medium bowl, whisk together toasted spices, salt, sugar, mustard, and vinegar. While still whisking, slowly drizzle in oil in a steady stream to create an emulsion.

In a large bowl, combine the cooked quinoa with the roasted vegetables, feta, cranberries, and parsley. Add dressing to taste and toss gently. The quinoa will "soak up" the dressing. If keeping overnight, reserve some of the dressing to add just before serving.


  • allthatsleftarethecrumbs  on  3/1/2017 at 8:58 PM

    This certainly looks like a winner. I love when restaurant/chef cookbooks are thoughtful to their readers and realize that we are not professionals, but we are passionate.

  • dbielick  on  3/2/2017 at 7:52 AM

    The salad recipe looks interesting. I like restaurant/chef cookbooks when the number of recipes inside the recipe are limited and I can get all the ingredients.

  • lebarron2001  on  3/2/2017 at 10:04 AM

    The salad sounds like a good side dish for Thanksgiving.

  • lgroom  on  3/3/2017 at 12:00 AM

    This sounds like a great book.

  • t.t  on  3/3/2017 at 11:57 PM

    Restaurant/chef cookbooks can be amazing, as long as they keep in mind that most of us don't have a whole bunch of sous chefs to help us in the kitchen...

  • earthnfire  on  3/4/2017 at 2:33 PM

    I like reading books from restaurant chefs - and getting some insight into that world...

  • cheftina888  on  3/5/2017 at 8:21 AM

    I love food especially so it's hard to pick one type of dish that I would start off from this cookbook. To me, the food (especially diary and meat products)from Canada seems to taste richer and more flavorful.

  • hippiechick1955  on  3/6/2017 at 9:24 AM

    Who better to write a cookbook then a chef? Restaurant food always taste better so it is nice to have their recipes to try at home.

  • monique.potel  on  3/6/2017 at 10:26 AM

    love restaurant chef cookbooks when they really share some of their experience my all time fab is the zuni cafe

  • PennyG  on  3/6/2017 at 9:02 PM

    I like books by restaurant chefs as long as they have considered the differences in restaurant vs. home cooking.

  • Uhmandanicole  on  3/13/2017 at 1:40 AM

    I love when chefs write cookbooks, and can't wait to read this one

  • rchesser  on  3/16/2017 at 9:17 PM

    I do enjoy restaurant/chef cookbooks.

  • fiarose  on  3/17/2017 at 4:04 PM

    i really like restaurant/chef books! it inspires me to both eat out more and cook in more--and i love when i can do both, go eat at a restaurant and then bring it home with me in the form of a recipe! how great!

  • hellmanmd  on  3/18/2017 at 8:57 AM

    We looked at this book the last time we visited Ottawa, and thought it looked really interesting, with a distinctly different point of view than the typical American cookbook.

  • kitchenfrolic  on  3/18/2017 at 8:13 PM

    Some of my favourite cookbooks are from chefs and restaurants - there are some fabulous ones out there!

  • Siegal  on  3/22/2017 at 9:31 AM

    I love chef books!

  • edyenicole  on  3/25/2017 at 9:12 PM

    Yes, I do!

  • imaluckyducky  on  4/7/2017 at 8:10 PM

    Eh. So long as the chef cookbook has a good ghost writer (let's be honest, many of them utilize ghost writers) and a solid team that tests the recipes. Nothing is more disappointing than a chef cookbook riddled with errors,

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