A beautiful cookbook of fresh, simple, and seasonally inspired recipes for every table, from the bestselling and award winning author of dish entertains and In My Mother's Kitchen.
Trish Magwood—chef, food and lifestyle entrepreneur and expert, and mom—has had a lot of change in her life since her last cookbook. Through the blending of families, an ever-evolving career, and the renovation of a new home, her table—the place where she comes together with her family and friends to gather, eat, and connect—has been the anchor. In this new cookbook, she shares the easy, seasonal, and delicious family recipes she has created to feed the three happy generations of family and friends who regularly revolve around her table.
The recipes in My New Table use fresh, local ingredients that follow the rhythm of the seasons, paired with simple preparations so that their natural flavours shine. As Trish says, she is a “salt and pepper, butter and olive oil kind of cook,” and her ingredient-driven recipes suit any day of the week—from midweek evening dinners, to leisurely weekend get-togethers. With My New Table, Trish has created both a must-have recipe collection, and a stunning lifestyle look-book, featuring gorgeous food, interiors, and lifestyle photography throughout. In this book, she shares her inspirations, for both food and style, from life in the city and at home on the farm.
My New Table invites you to gather your loved ones around the table, and enjoy the simple pleasures of everyday eating and living together.
About the author
TRISH MAGWOD graduated from Queen’s University with an honours B.A. in communications. After graduating from Peter Kump’s cooking school (ICE) in New York City, she became a personal chef, finally launching Toronto’s dish cooking studio, café, retail business and catering company—all at the same time. Those successes spurred her on to create her television show, party dish. The Globe and Mail recently named her one of the “Taste Makers of Tomorrow.” Trish Magwood lives in Toronto with her husband and two children. She is currently working on her next television concept. Visit the author online at www.dishcookingstudio.com.
Excerpt: My New Table: Everyday Inspiration for Eating + Living (by (author) Trish Magwood)
My table has seen it all. In my twenties, it saw me through my first job at a magazine and then at chef school, learning the food and media trade. It saw me launching my own business, dish, a cooking school, retail store, café,catering business, and lifestyle brand. In my thirties, it’s where I fed and raised my three children, Fin, Olivia, and Charlotte—the loves of my life.With them, I have had my happiest and most memorable times. My table has also watched me embark on exciting new opportunities like hosting and producing television shows, writing and publishing two cookbooks, and selling my business. In my forties, my table was always there during the many fun and amazing moments and rewarding work projects, and it also stood sturdy through times of uncertainty and change. It was there when my mom beat cancer. And it was my anchor through the difficult, lonely, and terrifying times when I got separated and divorced. In the toughest moments, there were times I stayed away from the cooking I loved so dearly, but I always found my way back again, thanks to my happy, resilient kids, incredible parents, and dear friends. And then I met Peter, and we have fun and he makes me laugh.
Now, as I arrive at my fiftieth birthday, my table is different, ever-changing,growing, and wonderful—at times it’s our combined five kids, with Peter’children Connor and Emma, and other favourite regulars too. But it is also still familiar, as we collectively hold onto the traditions that keep our evolving families connected and together. Through all the changes at my table, the idea for this cookbook has been a constant. With food, I find a sense of purpose and meaning, and accomplishment. I have long wanted to share the simple recipes that are a mainstay for my family, while also showing how the food on the table can bring the ones you love together. In that way, I see this as a cookbook of family recipes, for however you define family. For me, family is large, robust, evolving, flexible, growing, hungry, and happy—requiring recipes that are casual and easy for time-pressed, busy nights.
I also wanted to create a look-book, to share the places and things that make me happy. And so this is a visual, photo-driven book to give you the chance to dream or escape a little (thanks to my photographer, Ksenija’s fabulous photos) as well as to find renewed joy in the comforts of home. And there couldn’t have been a better time to write it. While this book was lovingly being created, I was also moving my kids from the family home they grew up in to a new shared home with Peter. We embarked on a full renovation adventure at our new place, spanning a year of change and happy chaos, to turn it into a home for all of us. This book, like the renovation, became a project for the whole family, with my kids and my mom testing the recipes, my dad editing them, and all of us sitting together to eat (and critique and improve and retest) the meals you’ll find in these pages.
As I was adapting to what my table means to me now, I was also trying to define it on the page, through the words and photographs in this book. And what I discovered is that my new table is much as it ever has been: the place where we can gather to eat, share stories, and connect with and love each other deeply.
None of us could have imagined the events of this past year, or that the world would be turned upside down. I believe, as the world has lost and grieved and feared and learned, we have gained a new awareness about our need to connect with family and friends. And a renewed appreciation for the importance of getting outside to move and walk. Through necessity, we had to retreat more inside our homes—our nests—and the vital importance of having a comforting place for family to spend the days together became ever more clear.
My hope is that you may all find your version of a happy table. I would love for you to use this book to help define your table, your rituals, your style—so that in these changing times, we can have an anchor and a place to connect; somewhere to find joy and create meaning with those we hold most dear.
May you enjoy My New Table, and may it inspire you and help you define your table, wherever and whatever it may be. With much gratitude and appreciation, I am so happy to share it with you.
PRAISE FOR MY NEW TABLE
“For years, I’ve seen how Trish inspires the home chef by sharing her experiences and expertise to help create the food you want to eat. With a focus on fresh and flavourful dishes, Trish’s approach and style makes everyday gourmet a breeze.”
—SARAH RICHARDSON, designer, TV personality, entrepreneur, and author
“Inspired by Trish’s family and her immense love of cooking and sharing, My New Table is a stunning cookbook written with so much heart and soul. Every recipe is thoughtful, vibrant, colourful, and delicious; you will want to cook out of it every day. ”
“At House & Home we search for that rare chef whose food is as beautiful to photograph as it is delicious. That’s Trish. In My New Table, you will find inspiration in Trish’s simple and delicious farm-fresh recipes. This book is a keeper.”
—LYNDA REEVES, founder of House & Home
“With luxurious photos of her home, her smiling family and her perfectly plated rustic-chic dishes, the book exudes the sophistication and approachability that earned her a James Beard Award for her previous title, Dish Entertains.”
—Jeremy Freed, Toronto Star
“My New Table is not just a cookbook – it’s a visual compendium of all the things that make Magwood happy, from fresh produce hand-picked at her parent’s farm in Creemore, Ont., to antique serving pieces she’s found on her travels, cozy nooks in her new home to photos of her children, at the table or helping to make something in the kitchen.”
—The Globe and Mail
“In the new title, a lifestyle guide of sorts, the Toronto-based chef, author, TV personality and mom of three shares more than 100 simple, seasonal recipes for the modern table, with a side of lovely photography that serves as a visual feast, too.”
—Wing Sze Tang, Toronto Star