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Food: October 2012 Archives

Toque et Tablier: not your grandmother's fruitcake

intrigant1.jpgIt's almost time to prepare your traditional Christmas fruitcake. For those of you who like fruitcake, that is. It can be a hard sell.

But there's a company in Drummondville that is hoping to change your mind about fruitcake.

They've reinvented the recipe - and they're re-branding it too, with elegant, bright-coloured boxes and names like le distingué, le mémorable and even le prétencieux. The company is called Toque et Tablier and you can find their products in stores across the province.

distingue chocolat et bière noir.jpgPierre Trudel - who's a retired food inspector - is co-owner with his daughter Maryline.

He spoke with Sonali Karnick from the  Drummondville industrial park where he makes his fruitcakes.

(Photo, left, le distingué with chocolate and stout beer; courtesy of Toque et tablier)


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The Cookbook Club launch

Sunday Brunch cookbook.jpgWe often talk with cookbook authors and restaurant owners and chefs on this show, since food's such an important part of weekends. Now, we'd like to invite some home cooks to join us on the show too.

We're calling this our Cookbook Club.

Each month, we'll send out a new cookbook to two people - anywhere in Quebec - so they can try some of the recipes at home. Then we'll call our reviewers up at home or invite them back to the studio to talk about what they thought of the cookbook, good or bad. 


Fast Flavours cookbook.jpgBack to Baking cookbook.jpgJonathan Cheung, the resident chef and owner of Westmount cookbook store Appetite for Books,  talked with host Sonali Karnick about the first three books our club members will try at home.


If you're interested in being a reviewer (and getting a free cookbook), drop us a line at Tell us which of the books you'd like to review and why.

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Burma: Rivers of Flavor

Burma book.jpgRudyard Kipling once wrote: "This is Burma. It's quite unlike any place you know about."

Burma is still pretty mysterious for most of us, but interest is growing. The New York Times says its the new exotic travel location for 2012.  

Award-winning cookbook author Naomi Duguid has spent her career highlighting the flavours and traditions of Asia, from The Seductions of Rice to Beyond the Great Wall. 

In her latest cookbook, she sheds light on Burmese cooking. Burma: Rivers of Flavor has plenty of recipes,  as well her trademark beautiful photographs and stories about life in this country bordered by India, China, Laos and Thailand. Naomi spoke, in-studio with Sonali Karnick.

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