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A Book Review (of Sorts),
This review is from: The Art of Living According to Joe Beef: A Cookbook of Sorts (Hardcover)
I'm lucky to call Montréal home. Québec is truly one of the most unique territories in all of North America...
Simply put, this new book by Dave and Fred of Joe Beef proves it.
This "bouquin" (French for book) manages to seamlessly mix history, art, philosophy, travel, nostalgia, sociology, geography and food & wine into one free-flowing dialogue with the reader. Yes, a cookbook you'll actually want to read! (After looking at all the wonderful pictures first, naturally!)
Oh, it's also got wonderful recipes galore (100+)-most of which you can actually make tonight, but oddly my enthusiastic and bullish recommendation has nothing to do with them!
As a manic collector of items such as records, wine and cookbooks my first reaction upon receiving this "Joe Beef Manifesto" was to mentally catalogue it. I came up with the following sub-categories:
"classic" (i.e. à la Larouse Gastronomique, Julia Child, Jacques Pépin, et al.)
"coffee table" (i.e. keep it handy Dom-everybody that comes over will want to browse trough it...)
"useful" (i.e. I love works on the French Laundry, NOMA, et al. and can't wait for the 11 Madison tome to drop-but I ain't exactly gonna take those out for inspiration on what to cook on a Monday night when I'm alone with the kids..."
Buy this book because it's interesting, different, authentic, real and unique like the characters behind it. (It's even a cookbook too!)
It is also worth noting that the author "lived" firsthand most, if not all, that is described within the pages of the book. Meredith is the glue that holds all the great content together and adds a perspective that could only be attained by someone "not working on a book" during 99% of her tenure at the restaurant with Fred, Dave and the crew.
Everybody deserves a neighborhood restaurant like Joe Beef and this book represents the only "expansion of empire" that Dave & Fred are ever likely to partake in-don't miss out!
It's truly aimed at people from all walks of life. If you simply like food and cool, groovy things then BUY IT.
...and only in Montréal!
Disclaimer #1: I know all involved in this project and think Joe Beef is a world class joint! All thoughts expressed in this review are my own and I stand by them to the death!
Disclaimer #2: Some assembly required: Coffee, tea, or glass of good juice (i.e. wine) and comfy couch/chair required to fully appreciate this book upon initial reading/browsing not included.