David McMillan and Frédéric Morin, the culinary adventurists and proprietors of Joe Beef, one of Montreal’s most celebrated restaurants, together with Meredith Erickson, have put out a new cookbook called Joe Beef: Surviving the Apocalypse. The title seems to be a play on surviving these “apocalyptic” times, but the book includes a collection of more than 150 new recipes, some taken directly from the menus of Fred and Dave’s acclaimed Montreal restaurants, others from summers spent on Laurentian lakes and Sunday dinners at home. It’s a great resource for amazing French cooking and includes recipes for dishes such as Dutch Babies a few ways, Artichokes Bravas, and seasonal variations on Pot-au-Feu—alongside Smoked Meat Croquettes, a Tater Tot Galette, Sqaush Sticky Buns, and more.
If you’re looking for a reference for this cookbook, this quote might help:
“The first Joe Beef cookbook changed forever what a cookbook could be. Anything that came after had to take it into account. Now, with this latest and even more magnificent beast, the rogue princes of Canadian cuisine and hospitality show us the way out of the numbing, post-apocalyptic restaurant Hell of pretentiousness and mediocrity that threatens to engulf us all. It makes us believe that the future is shiny, bright, beautiful, delicious—and probably Québécois. This book will change your life.” —Anthony Bourdain
The book is a great gift idea for anyone who loves cooking and food.