Toronto Eats – Review, Recipe and Giveaway

Toronto Eats: 100 Signature Recipes from the City’s Best Restaurants by Amy Rosen is the latest addition to the Figure1 series that shares restaurant and chef profiles along with a recipe or two from their respective menus. The Cooks and Eats series have become some of my all time favorite cookbooks. With one book, I have access to Canada’s best restaurants, get to know their brightest chefs and experience dishes all from the comfort of my own kitchen.

Ottawa CooksEdmonton CooksMontreal CooksWinnipeg CooksCalgary CooksToronto Cooks  and Portland Cooks (they have entered the US and I will have a promotion on this new title soon) are all incredibly well done books with unique recipes and gorgeous photographs.

Toronto Eats takes up where Toronto Cooks left off. This second helping shares more than 100 recipes from 50 amazing chefs including several that were featured in the first book. What I love most about this series is the broad and diverse range of approachable dishes – from Vietnamese-Style Pork and Crab Spring Rolls to Zucchini Manicotti with Cashew-Dill Ricotta. Starters, soups, salads, mains, sides and desserts are covered from talented chefs across the city – there truly is something for everyone.

Special thanks to Figure1 for providing us with two copies of this title for our US and Canadian members and for sharing these incredible looking brownies. Be sure to scroll down to the bottom of this post to enter our contest.


Sierra’s Insanely Awesome Brownies
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Makes 24 brownies

1 lb dark chocolate (use 70%  for an intense chocolate hit)
2 cups unsalted butter
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/4 cup cocoa powder, sifted
1 cup high-quality organic  pastry flour, sifted
5 eggs
3 cups granulated sugar
Flaked sea salt or kosher salt
Coarsely ground coffee beans

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray a 9 x 13-inch rectangular pan with non-stick spray and line with parchment paper. In a double boiler, or a bowl set over simmering water, melt chocolate, butter, and salt and mix with a wooden spoon until well mixed. Set aside to cool.

In a medium bowl, combine cocoa and flour.  In a second medium bowl, whisk together eggs and sugar until pale and fluffy. Fold chocolate mixture into egg mixture until combined, then fold in flour mixture. Pour batter into the pan and spread out with a spatula.

The publisher is offering two copies of this title to EYB Members in the US and Canada. One of the entry options is to answer the following question in the comments section of this blog post.

Which recipe in the index  are you excited to try first?

Please note that you must be logged into the Rafflecopter contest before posting or your entry won’t be counted. Please be sure to check your spam filters to make sure you receive our email notifications. Prizes can take up to 6 weeks to arrive from the publishers. If you are not already a Member, you can join at no cost. The contest ends at midnight on October 23, 2017. 


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  • heyjude  on  September 12, 2017

    Honest Weight Chowder

  • Kristjudy  on  September 12, 2017

    Muffuletta…love The Cheese boutique

  • Frogcake  on  September 12, 2017

    Cashew pandan mousse sounds delicious and unique!

  • lgroom  on  September 12, 2017

    Paella de Carmen sounds good.

  • Siegal  on  September 12, 2017

    Yogurt baked fluke sounds delish

  • lean1  on  September 12, 2017

    I would love to try the Pecorino Foccacia.

  • stef  on  September 12, 2017

    Pear and parsnip soup

  • mjes  on  September 12, 2017

    There are several wonderful sounding recipes … but fall is starting and I've been in a stock making mood so Pear and parsnip soup [Baker and Scone / Sandra Katsiou] is the first recipe I's make.

  • mjes  on  September 12, 2017

    There are several wonderful sounding recipes … but fall is starting and I've been in a stock making mood so Pear and parsnip soup [Baker and Scone / Sandra Katsiou] is the first recipe I's make.

  • ellesee223  on  September 12, 2017

    Pear and Parsnip Soup!

  • eliza  on  September 12, 2017

    I'd like to make Moo's lemongrass chicken and country chutney.

  • Tracey11  on  September 12, 2017

    I would like to make Spicy Moroccan carrot salad

  • Shelley.b  on  September 12, 2017

    French onion soup with garlic parmesan bread

  • Cati  on  September 13, 2017

    Jenny, do you,know how long the brownies are cooked. That is missing from above recipe?

  • AGENT99  on  September 13, 2017

    I'd try the Oatmeal and vanilla bean cookies

  • kmn4  on  September 13, 2017

    Açorda de bacalhau

  • love2chow  on  September 13, 2017

    Cured trout grilled over cedar with gin sour cream, pickled ramps, and charred onion [Boralia / Wayne Morris] . This looks really good to me, with some interesting flavors.

  • jlemoine  on  September 13, 2017

    The black bean and sweet potato tacos. I love anything in taco form!

  • ktwalla  on  September 13, 2017

    Salted honey and rosemary caramel sauce

  • lpatterson412  on  September 13, 2017

    Weslodge fried chicken!

  • Livmichelle  on  September 13, 2017

    Chocolate chip banana bread

  • echilt5  on  September 14, 2017

    Pecorino focaccia bianca

  • WSMcHarge  on  September 14, 2017

    Mmmm, Oatmeal Vanilla Bean Cookies!

  • lhudson  on  September 14, 2017

    Vietnamese-style pork and crab spring rolls

  • sarahawker  on  September 14, 2017

    Slow-cooked chicken with tomatillos, poblano peppers, sheep's milk cheese, and corn pudding [Flock Rotisserie and Greens

  • sgump  on  September 14, 2017

    I'd try Pusateri's chocolate chip banana bread!

  • kitchenclimbers  on  September 14, 2017


  • skipeterson  on  September 14, 2017

    Peking glazed duck breast with Asian bread stuffing and mandarin cranberry sauce

  • ljkish  on  September 14, 2017

    I'm sure I would make the Oatmeal vanilla bean cookies. I love oatmeal cookies.

  • cookshelf58  on  September 14, 2017

    French onion soup with garlic Parmesan bread

  • nadiam1000  on  September 15, 2017

    black bean and sweet potato tacos – I am on a sweet potato kick lately and these sound wonderful

  • bibliophile02  on  September 15, 2017

    Pecorino focaccia bianca

  • milgwimper  on  September 15, 2017

    Cashew pandan mousse sounds awesome

  • ladybrooke  on  September 15, 2017

    Pecorino focaccia bianca

  • Larkspur  on  September 15, 2017

    Pecorino focaccia blanca

  • RSW  on  September 16, 2017

    Pear and Parsnip soup

  • matag  on  September 16, 2017

    Vietnamese-style pork and crab spring rolls

  • mpdeb98  on  September 16, 2017

    Black bean and sweet potato tacos

  • t.t  on  September 17, 2017

    Beef tartare with black olives, lemon, and olive oil

  • Julia  on  September 17, 2017

    Ricotta with Truffle Honey.

  • FireRunner2379  on  September 18, 2017

    I'd like to make the Dark chocolate cherry tart with white chocolate ganache.

  • lindaeatsherbooks  on  September 19, 2017

    I love paella. I would first make the Paella del Carmen [Carmen Cocina Española / Luis Valenzuela & Robles Linares].

  • Karla123  on  September 20, 2017

    I'm always looking for tasty and creative ways to cook with tofu, and this traditional Japanese appetizer for "Agedashi tofu" tempts my tastebuds. I'm sure I would become an instant fan.

  • rchesser  on  September 21, 2017

    I'm going for the brownie recipe first! Who'd a thunk it?

  • fiarose  on  September 21, 2017

    pear and parsnip soup, thai root vegetable salad, hearts of palm carpaccio with falafel, okonomiyaki, spinach curry with polenta pakoras, spiral zucchini salad with prawns, chicken pad thai, bay scallop and shrimp balls, grilled mackarel with romesco puree and roasted peppers!

  • LaurenE  on  September 23, 2017

    Those brownies sound like they could give my current fave recipe a run for its money!

  • trudys_person  on  September 24, 2017

    Falafel Salad sounds intriguing …

  • LJStubbs  on  September 25, 2017

    Turkey chili with cornbread croutons and chive sour cream would be my first stop.

  • ravensfan  on  September 25, 2017

    Paella del Carmen

  • Scotsman61  on  September 27, 2017

    Pusateri's chocolate chip banana bread

  • winingwife  on  September 28, 2017

    Turkey chili with cornbread croutons and chive sour cream

  • kimtrev  on  September 28, 2017

    spiced pumpkin labneh

  • Shanthz  on  September 28, 2017

    Falafel salad

  • sherscott  on  September 29, 2017

    The first recipe I would try is Sierra's awesome brownies

  • fbrunetti  on  September 30, 2017

    Açorda de bacalhau

  • valorie  on  September 30, 2017

    Oatmeal Vanilla Bean Cookies – Yum

  • br22  on  September 30, 2017

    black bean and sweet potato tacos

  • hrhacissej  on  September 30, 2017

    Eggplant Parmesan Sandwich

  • dgodowsky  on  September 30, 2017

    Strawberry jammies!

  • KaraCooks  on  September 30, 2017

    Beef tartare…so fabulous you have a contest Canadians too….you guys make things happen fast. love this website….now for my second wish…get an app so it the book marklet will work from my ipad!!

  • MaryJohnRose  on  September 30, 2017

    Well, stil don´t know hpw long to bake these brownies. I´ll try it the usual way, watch them and keep an eye on them so they won´t get to solid. As sson as the borders get ready i ´ll take them out. Hope that´ll be all right.

  • davisesq212  on  September 30, 2017

    Well, I dont want to take the easy way out for this answer but I clicked on this cookbook for that chocolate brownie. It would definitely what I would make first!

  • rashaye  on  September 30, 2017

    I'd like to try Beef Mishkaki. I hear Rickshaw Bar is fab!

  • sequoia55  on  October 1, 2017

    Sierra's Insanely Awesome Brownies

  • ncollyer  on  October 1, 2017

    The Byblos falafel salad- it is one of my favourite restaurants.

  • RickPearson54  on  October 1, 2017

    Falafel salad

  • allthatsleftarethecrumbs  on  October 1, 2017

    Falafel salad.

  • clkandel  on  October 1, 2017

    Avocado kale Caesar salad

  • alemily  on  October 2, 2017

    Rabbit with olives, honey, and vinegar

  • screenstarr  on  October 2, 2017

    The Cashew-pandan mousse, passion fruit purée, and lime tuile

  • mfl  on  October 2, 2017

    Those brownies! just hope the book has the end of the recipe written in 😉

  • LAWG  on  October 2, 2017

    Pecorino Focaccia Bianca… Just love focaccia!

  • Radiantpurple  on  October 2, 2017

    Apocalypse Cow Pizza!! Sounds like carnivore heaven

  • Danlev  on  October 2, 2017

    Love falafel, falafel salad sounds intriguing to me!

  • Rosesrpink50  on  October 2, 2017

    Zucchini manicotti with cashew-dill ricotta.

  • WWOFK  on  October 5, 2017

    Crostini al tonno conserva [Ascari Enoteca / John Sinopoli]

  • infotrop  on  October 7, 2017

    Pumpkin dumplings with brown butter soy, truffles, almond crumble, and White Rabbit candy glaze (because that last ingredient is so unexpected)

  • rstuart  on  October 8, 2017

    oatmeal vanilla bean cookies!

  • bstewart  on  October 10, 2017

    the avocado kale caesar!

  • Katiefayhutson  on  October 15, 2017

    Black bean and sweet potato taco

  • JenJoLa  on  October 15, 2017

    Turkey chili with cornbread croutons and chive sour cream [Delica Kitchen / Graham Bower & Devin Connell]

  • orchidlady01  on  October 15, 2017

    Pecorino focaccia bianca [Blackbird Baking Co. / Simon Blackwell]

  • lebarron2001  on  October 17, 2017

    Chicken Pad Thai

  • laffersk  on  October 17, 2017

    Dark chocolate cherry tart with white chocolate ganache [David H. Chow Chocolates & Confections / David H. Chow] (

  • Shelley.b  on  October 20, 2017

    Chicken sandwich

  • SheenaSharp  on  October 22, 2017

    Smoked beer can chicken with "Chalet" sauce. The simple life.

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