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Toronto Star Cookbook

More than 150 Diverse and Delicious Recipes Celebrating Ontario

by (author) Jennifer Bain

Random House Canada
Initial publish date
Apr 2013
Canadian, Comfort Food, General
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Apr 2013
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The long-awaited cookbook from the test kitchen of Canada's largest newspaper.
     More than just a collection of recipes, the Toronto Star Cookbook is a gorgeously photographed cookbook, that tells the story of the vibrant, eclectic cuisine of Ontario. Here are more than 150 recipes celebrating the province's chefs, restaurants, home cooks, farmers, food store owners and more.

     The Toronto Star Cookbook is a family-friendly cookbook filled with recipes for classic comfort food like rice pudding two ways (diner-style and upscale) apple crisp (made with three varieties of apple) and grilled cheese (updated with smoked cheese and sriracha ketchup), and classic Ontario dishes (True North Flatbread, My Mom's Pan-Fried Pickerel and The Hogtown Sandwich). In reflection of Toronoto's multicultuarl food scene, it includes dishes from more than two dozen cultures, including Chinese noodles, Indian dosas, Korean rice bowls, Mexican soup, Lebanese dips, Ethiopian beans and Vietnamese subs.

     Jennifer Bain, the Star's food editor and award-winning Saucy Lady columnist, personally selected and triple-tested all 150+ recipes. Most of the recipes were published in the paper since Jennifer took over the food beat in 2000, but some classics date back as far as 1975. Jennifer asked the Star's readers to nominate their favourite Star recipes of all time, and 25 of these Readers' Choice Recipes are included in the book.

About the author

Jennifer Bain is an award-winning food writer and food editor at the Toronto Star. She is the author of Toronto Star Cookbook: More than 150 Diverse and Delicious Recipes Celebrating Ontario, which was shortlisted for an International Association of Culinary Professionals award. She divides her time between Toronto and her ranch on the Alberta prairies.

Jennifer Bain's profile page


  • Short-listed, IACP Cookbook Award - Compilations
  • Winner, Gourmand World Cookbook Award – Food Writing
  • Winner, Taste Canada Food Writing Awards – Regional/Cultural Cookbooks

Editorial Reviews

“Jennifer Bain is one of the best food writers in North America. She has a global palate, a penchant for assertive flavours and a reporter’s instincts. With this book has sourced Ontario’s most intriguing eats, from Sudbury’s famous porketta to Korean kimchi and Asian pear salad, spicy Ethiopian fava beans, and Mexican pozole. She also has the knack for writing easy recipes, so the next time you crave your favourite food, you can easily rustle it up at home.” --Monda Rosenberg, Food Writer, Consultant and Cookbook Author

“What better way to bring diverse communities together than over a bubbling pot on the stove or around the kitchen table? Jennifer captures the rich heritage of global culinary stories right here at home. The Toronto Star Cookbook is a living history told through delicious recipes, mouth-watering photos and incredible stories.” --Alison Fryer, General Manager, the Cookbook Store, Toronto

“Huge kudos to Jennifer Bain for capturing the very essence of the new cuisine of Canada: multicultural, overflowing with personal stories and absolutely delicious.” --Anita Stewart, Author, Member of the Order of Canada and Founder of Food Day

“Trust Jennifer Bain to put out a fantastic cookbook. I always enjoy her weekly column, and now there’s an entire cookbook to drool over. Emphasizing healthy eating and centered around the Toronto restaurant scene and the tasty ethnic food to be found there, it’s a great cookbook and I can’t to try the recipes!” --Sandy Prowse, Avid Toronto Star Reader