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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press (October 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607740141
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607740148
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 1.1 x 10.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,576 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Featured Recipe: Hot Oysters on the Radio

Serves 4

Ingredients
12 big, meaty oysters
Coarse salt for partially filling pan
4 slices bacon, finely diced
¼ cup (120 g) peeled and finely diced small potatoes
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
2 egg yolks
1/3 cup (80 ml) whipping cream (35 percent butterfat)
1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
¼ cup (30 g) finely grated aged Cheddar cheese
Salt and pepper
¼ cup (30 g) dried bread crumbs
¼ cup (55 g) unsalted butter, cut into 12 equal pieces

Instructions
1. Shuck the oysters, pouring the liquor into a cup and keeping the oysters on their bottom shells. Set the oysters and liquor aside. A good trick for cooking the oysters is to fill a big cast-iron frying pan about half full with coarse salt, put it in the oven, and preheat the oven to 450°F (230°C), then heat the pan for an extra 15 minutes. This will help to accelerate the cooking process.

2. Place the potatoes and salted water to cover in a small pot over medium-high heat. Boil for 2 to 3 minutes, or until slightly softened. Drain the potatoes, let cool, and pat dry. Meanwhile, in another frying pan, crisp the bacon over medium-high heat until light brown. Add the potatoes to the pan and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 4 minutes, or until tender. Add the garlic and cook for another minute. Remove from the heat.

3. In a bowl, rapidly whisk together the egg yolks, the cream, and whatever oyster liquor you were able to gather. Add the chives, Cheddar, a pinch each of salt and pepper, and the bacon-potato mixture and whisk to mix. Divide evenly among the oysters, spooning it on top. Dust the tops with the bread crumbs, then finish with a piece of butter.

4. Pull the cast-iron pan out of the oven and carefully nest the oysters in the hot salt. Return the pan to the oven and cook for 4 to 7 minutes, or until the tops start to turn golden. Serve immediately.

Review

Finalist, IACP Awards 2012, Chefs & Restaurants Category
Winner of Food52’s Piglet Tournament of Cookbooks, 2012


“As I leafed through the pages I came to be charmed by their story and the unconventional way the book is laid out. There is a sense of history to the book and their deep love of Montreal is evident throughout. There is richness in detail and usually a lovely idiosyncratic story for each recipe that makes the book as much of an engaging read as a straightforward cookbook.” 
—Judge Alice Waters, Food52’s Piglet Tournament of Cookbooks, 2012

“One of the best cookbooks of the year. . . the stories by Frédéric Morin and David McMillan are worth the price.”
—Edward Ash-Milby, Buyer at Barnes & Noble 

“This bizarre and spectacular book isn't like the other on my list—but then again, it's not much like any other book I know of, cooking-related or otherwise. . . a kind of artist's statement for an idiosyncratic and unlikely restaurant.” 
—Mother Jones, Favorite Cookbooks of 2011, 12/3/11

“Proof of Morin's and McMillan's creative culinary genius.” 
—USA Today, 11/22/11 

“Joe Beef is a Montreal restaurant worthy of a special trip north, as David Chang attests in his foreword to this “cookbook of sorts.” The free-form tome embodies the delicious chaos of the place, and the eccentric interests and oversize appetites of the men behind it—chefs and co-owners Frédéric Morin and David McMillan. There’s history here, including the tale of Joe Beef himself, the 19th-century Irish immigrant, Canadian tavern owner and “friend of the working man” for whom the restaurant is named. In addition to recipes, there are chapters on the history of Montreal eating (spotlighting the casse-croute tradition of ramshackle snack shacks) and on trains—old-school rail travel being one of Morin’s enduring obsessions. Cook this: Spaghetti homard-lobster in bacon-brandy cream; stuffed dining-car calf liver in Parmesan-mustard crust; Joe Beef foie gras and cheddar cheese “Double Down.”
—Time Out New York, The Season's Best Cookbooks, 11/15/11

“I believe everyone should eat at Joe Beef at least once. And I think everyone should buy this cookbook.”
—Food Republic, 11/14/11

“Inventive, meaty, badass cooking. And with these chefs, you get the sense that food and only food is what matters.”
—BonAppetit.com, BA Daily blog, 10/18/11 

“Beautiful, hip, both feminine and masculine at the same time. . . . The book conveys an entire atmosphere, a way of relating to food, yes, but also time, and love, and communication. The recipes are sexy, but in the way that Montreal is sexy. If you have been to Montreal, I'm guessing you know what I mean.” 
—Eating from the Ground Up, 10/11/11

“If one judges a cookbook by its idiosyncrasies, this fall's best comes from Canada. The Art of Living According to Joe Beef, by Frédéric Morin and David McMillan, will teach you how to cook a horse steak, make absinthe, tour Canada by train and cure a hangover (kale with bacon and fried egg). . . . But what makes this cookbook so great—and Momofuku Ko chef David Chang's "favorite restaurant in the world," according to his foreword—is the confidence, humor and lack of pretense that allows Morin and McMillan to serve a mound of caviar next to a martini garnished with a Vienna sausage. Oh, those Canadians.” 
—Departures, 9/15/11

“This book, from the folks behind the Montreal restaurant David Chang calls his "favorite restaurant in the world," covers a fantastic range of topics. Sure, there are recipes, but there is also a history of the restaurants of Montreal, a paean to the trains of Canada, "Le Grand Setup de Caviar," a thirty ingredient smorgasbord, a martini recipe that calls for a Vienna sausage garnish, and plans for building a smoker yourself.” 
—Eater National, 9/12/11

“From the acclaimed Montreal restaurant come personality-packed tales of food and drink, like instructions for building a smoker and distilling absinthe.”
—DETAILS, The Year's 10 Best Cookbooks, September 2011 Issue

“Touching on many of this fall's themes—and simultaneously defying categorization—is The Art of Living According to Joe Beef: A Cookbook of Sorts by David McMillan, Frédéric Morin, and Meredith Erickson. While it is tied to a restaurant (Montreal bistro Joe Beef), it makes nods to regular folks, too, including, for instance, instructions for building a backyard smoker. But with recipes for Swedish sandwiches, recollections of favorite train trips, and a love letter to French burgundy, this is one cookbook that—happily, for us—eschews all the trends.”
—Publishers Weekly, Top 10 Fall Cookbooks, 6/27/11

“A savvy page-turner full of meats, oysters, attitude and irreverence.”
—Publishers Weekly, 6/20/11

“Fred, Dave, and Meredith are a significant part of what makes Montreal dangerous—and delicious—to anyone who loves food. The words Joe Beef are synonymous with good food and good times.”
—ANTHONY BOURDAIN
 
“This is the most amazing cookbook of the last ten years. As a longtime fan of the restaurant and its staff, I can tell you that Joe Beef is more than just an eatery. It embodies a way of looking at food and life, a zeitgeist, that I thought was impossible to capture in print. I was wrong. If you want to cook in a gutsy, honest, meat-centric, modernist aesthetic—then look no further.”
—ANDREW ZIMMERN, award-winning chef, author, and host of Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern
 
“Eating at Joe Beef is the most heartwarming, delicious time you will have north of the border. Fred and David are truly talented artisans and gastronomes dedicated to flavor, technique, and downright old-world hospitality. Read this book; it’ll make your mouth water.”
—FRANK CASTRONOVO and FRANK FALCINELLI, chefs/owners, Frankies Spuntino
  
“This cookbook is crazy delicious, just like the restaurant—full of fun, flavor, philosophy, and food.”
—BONNIE STERN, founder, Bonnie Stern School of Cooking
 
“Fred and Dave sont des vrais (are the real thing). They were hunting, fishing, foraging, butchering whole animals, and growing their own vegetables long before it was cool. I could go on about how these boys cook (like masters), but you’ll discover that in these pages.”
—RIAD NASR, executive chef, Minetta Tavern
 
The Art of Living According to Joe Beef captures Fred and Dave’s complete vision: their unique style of cooking and a warm and wacky atmosphere that always seems to be ahead of the curve. This is everything we love about Joe Beef, without having to fly to Montreal.”
—VINNY DOTOLO and JON SHOOK, Animal and Son of a Gun restaurants
 
“Filled with historic facts, quirky cooking techniques, and food that holds nothing back, this book is overflowing with ingenuity. It reflects, indeed, the art of living according to Joe Beef.”
—CHUCK HUGHES, chef/owner, Garde Manger

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Great recipes great stories and great pictures.
Dan.s.f.
In the last year I've been fortunate enough to travel from Fort Worth to Montreal twice to dine at Joe Beef.
A. Hicks
The food is so incredible that reading it makes me want to not make it at home, just go to the restaurant!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kat M. on December 28, 2011
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The Art of Living...Joe Beef cookbook is great. It has easy to follow recipes that are straight forward no frills. The flavors are out of control. Definitely not something for the calorie counter. Compared to the Au Pied de Cochon cookbook, Joe Beef is better in my opinion. PDC cookbook is hard to follow and pretty unrealistic in terms of ingredients. Joe Beef offers up alternatives to hard to find items as well as useful facts about Joe Beef from history, inspirations, ideas and even travel tips. Full of great ideas and funny anecdotes. Buy it if you love food.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Fizzy on January 4, 2012
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I bought this on the basis that it was featured in 'Lucky Peach' vol 2. And I consider it a great purchase. Surprisingly approachable and user friendly, I've used it twice since I got it a week ago. I made steak tartare as a lunch to take to work and it was viewed jealously by my colleagues. The BBQ sauce is simple but good. I'll have a crack at a few more things over the coming weeks. Buy it. It's surprisingly good and whilst it has a Canadian-centric view, it's not impossible to replicate the recipes. And it's a fun read beyond the recipes. I wish I had a reason to Canada other than to go to Joe Beef...that would be excessive even by my standards. Unless they want to fly me there to do an ironic Australian review for a magazine or something. I wish.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Joe the Cook on December 13, 2011
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Delicious! Tasty! After cooking several recipes in this book I can't wait to try more of them. Excellent flavor combinations.
We really liked the "Spaghetti Homard-Lobster" and the "Little Sausages" I liked that they ask for ingredients I can easily buy and kitchen tools I've had for years.
The book is also about some folks who love their city, Montreal. I'm from NYC and can tell if a local is writing about my town so I was excited to read about their town. If you are going to Montreal forget the travel guides and read this book! The authors even talk about some of their favorite places to eat and shop. There are also sections about train travel, building a smoker (although I won't be) and enjoying wine (although I will be) and some great stories about the recipes, food and friends. After reading this book I think it would be great to hang out with the gang at Joe Beef.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. S. M. Mathews on October 28, 2011
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What a wonderful read this book is! Whether you've been to Joe Beef or not, it's a fascinating story of a place--Montreal-- as much as a single restaurant. Sharing everything from their favorite train journeys to how to make a backyard smoker, this book is far more than its 135 recipes. Those, however, make great vicarious eating adventures--especially if you are fan of foie gras, red meat and oysters. Here's to Joe Beef and to Frederic Morin and David MacMillan!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Duncan R. Firth on October 12, 2011
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As a chef and a former resident of Montreal, I eagerly awaited the arrival of this book. More than just a cookbook, although it is an excellent one, it is a monologue, a travelogue, a history lesson and a testament to the beautiful madness of the French Canadians. It is the funniest cookbook you'll ever read and one of the smartest. It left me checking Air Canada flights back to Montreal and dinner at Joe Beef.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Carol in SoCal on October 12, 2011
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I came home yesterday to this book on my doorstep, and spent the evening reading, smiling, remembering a great dinner at Joe Beef and wishing I was there again. This book absolutely captures the essence of the restaurant, from the attitudes of its staff to the beautifully presented dishes. While I haven't tried any of the recipes yet, I'm experienced enough with cookbooks to know this is one that I'll do more than look at - I'll be cooking from it regularly.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By agoodbook on July 28, 2012
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This book is really amazing. It made me want to visit Quebec just so that I could eat at their restaurants and experience the food. The food that is found here is unique in that it is French Canadian and you can't really get it anywhere else. I really enjoyed the book and hope to try some of the recipes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MissRip on February 24, 2012
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I bought this for my boyfriend who is a chef and he loves it. It is a different kind of 'cookbook'. It has great pictures and recipes. Great gift!
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