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Dad in the Kitchen

Over 100 Delicious Family Recipes You'll Love to Make and They'll Love to Eat

by (author) Cory Vitiello & Chris Johns

Random House Canada
Initial publish date
May 2023
Cooking for Kids, Quick & Easy, Individual Chefs & Restaurants
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    May 2023
    List Price

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For dads, by dads—the ultimate stress-free cookbook the whole family will thank you for buying.
“I love being a dad and I love cooking with my kids! Cory and Chris are here to help dads and families get fantastic meals on the table and become better cooks in the process.” MATTY MATHESON, author of Home Style Cookery

Ready for the tips and tricks that will turn the dad in your life into a hero in the kitchen?

Highly-acclaimed chef and restaurateur Cory Vitiello can cook in a professional kitchen with his eyes closed (please don’t try this yourself), but when he became a dad, he quickly had to adjust his culinary repertoire to cater to a much more demanding clientele: his young family.

In his first book, Cory has teamed up with fellow dad and celebrated food writer Chris Johns on a crowd-pleasing collection of recipes that will instill confidence in all home cooks and develop the next generation of adventurous eaters in your family. With Cory and Chris as your guides, you’ll find ideas for any time of day, and any day of the week, such as:

  • Quick breakfasts to get everyone out the door on time, like Yogurt & Oatmeal Pancakes or a Zucchini Omelet with Gouda;
  • Light, yet satisfying lunches like Cory’s famous Flock Soba Noodle Bowl or Hot-Smoked Trout with Summer Vegetables Salad;
  • Go-to healthy weeknight dinners, like One-Pot Braised Turkey Meatballs or Little Pasta with Swiss Chard and Lentils
  • Larger weekend projects, like Shaved Brussels Sprouts & Leek Pizza or Cinnamon Buttermilk Ice Cream;
  • And, a whole chapter dedicated to every dad’s favorite appliance, the barbecue, so he can finally earn that “pitmaster” apron.

With recipes to catapult the cook firmly into superstardom, Dad in the Kitchen is a must-have cookbook written by dads for dads, but it’s also for anyone who might become a dad, or anyone with a dad. And, in the selfless eating-the-crusts tradition of dads everywhere, know that moms, daughters, sons, uncles, aunts, and everyone in between is encouraged to cook from its pages, too.

Dads, grab your tongs—let’s do this.

About the authors

Cory Vitiello's profile page

DEREK DAMMANN was born in Campbell River, B.C., the salmon capital of the world. After studying cooking in Nanaimo, chef Dammann worked in one of Canada’s great Italian restaurants, Zambri’s, in Victoria, before making his way to the UK to work with Jamie Oliver in developing the concept behind the restaurant 15, and later becoming the corporate chef of Sweet Candy, Jamie’s private production company. He came back to Canada and settled in Montreal where he opened DNA, one of the most exciting nose-to-tail dining establishments in North America. He partnered with Jamie Oliver again to open Maison Publique, a hugely popular and highly regarded gastro-pub.

CHRIS JOHNS is one of Canada’s most respected food writers. He spent his early years in the Northwest Territories before moving south and eventually finding his way to Toronto. He has written extensively for en Route, The Globe and Mail, Wallpaper, Toronto Life and various international publications. His work has been translated into three languages and has appeared in the Best Food Writing compilation.

Chris Johns' profile page

Editorial Reviews

“I love being a dad and I love cooking with my kids! With Dad in the Kitchen, Cory and Chris help dads and families get fantastic meals on the table and become better cooks in the process.”

"As moms who have always believed that dads are the absolute best partner in creating healthy, delicious meals, this book makes all our family food dreams come true. Whether you’re already a culinary genius or a bumbling water boiler, this book is for every father who wants to be a part of one of the greatest lessons you can teach your children: to really enjoy food and be adventurous eaters. Vitiello and Johns make the kitchen as comfortable a place for fathers as the man cave or garage.”

“As a dad myself, I truly appreciate Cory’s wholesome way of cooking for the family, and Chris’s stories that tie it all together. The recipes in Dad in the Kitchen are light, vibrant, and deliciously approachable. Make the Yogurt Oatmeal Pancakes with your kiddos, jazz up your salads (I can’t wait to try the Avocado Ranch), and even get into baking (hello, Tahini Honey Cookies!). This book is a new kitchen shelf staple.”

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