Dear Amy Rosen: How did you pull it off?

How did you rally every major chef leading the culinary charge in Toronto’s sizzling hot food renaissance and compile them into one deliciously gorgeous cookbook? How did you convince these guys to give up the goods? However you managed to finagle it, we love you for it. So much.

Diving into Amy Rosen’s hotly-anticipated cookbook, Toronto Cooks: 100 Signature Recipes from The City’s Best Restaurants feels a bit like you’ve been handed the secrets to the hottest menu items at the city’s buzziest restaurants and that you’d better snap up a copy before they all realize what’s happened and take them back.


The pages are filled with playful portraits of Toronto’s top chefs and is bursting at the seams with page after page after page of mouth watering recipes and lush food porn pics snapped by acclaimed foodie photographer Ryan Szulc. Seriously if you are hungry, you should go nowhere near this sucker or you may be reduced to holding the book up very close to your nose and inhaling deeply. And that can get awkward.

The braised short ribs from Ruby Watchco? How about the Café Boulud’s Crispy Duck Egg a la Bourguignonne? If that doesn’t whet the palate, why not flip to Momofuku Milk Bar’s infamous Crack Pie or the Tart Fraîcheur from pastry goddess Nadège. From the legendary Part’s & Labour Burger to El Catrin’s Ensalada Destileria to the Spicy Meatballs and Bomba from Libretto, this book is a home run, an apron drop.


Canadians are notoriously meek. Except when it comes to our food. And the epicentre, the thundering heartbeat of it all, is here in Toronto. The food scene in this city ranks among the best in the world and these recipes are a reflection of our brightest culinary stars and their restaurant’s best hits.

This is a love letter to a city that loves to eat and eat really well. Our city and our bellies thank you.


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BonnieMo Bonnie Mo is a Toronto-based editor and the face behind Food Network Canada’s Food Fetish column. She’s also a contributing editor over at