David Robertson

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What is your latest release and what genre is it? The Dirty Apron Cookbook – Food, cookbook, recipes

Quick description: Unleash your inner chef with this collection of the best tried-and-true recipes from Vancouver’s acclaimed Dirty Apron Cooking School.

Want to impress your dinner guests? Need to diversify your regular menu? Nervous about trying a new cooking technique? Tired of eating alone? The Dirty Apron Cooking School caters to a range of students—both beginners and more experienced cooks—looking to come away with delicious menus and more confidence in the kitchen. The Dirty Apron Cookbook brings together the best of these recipes along with many of the tips and tricks shared in the school’s classes.

Featuring more than eighty of the school’s time-tested signature dishes—from quick-and-easy starters to seasonal soups, sandwiches and entrées to sinfully more-ish desserts—this cookbook will become your go-to volume for delicious everyday meals and foolproof dinner party dishes. Lavishly illustrated with full-page food photos and instructional sequences, loaded with chefs’ notes and tricks of the trade and written with the home cook in mind, The Dirty Apron Cookbook is like your own private cooking class—a reference you can return to again and again.

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Brief biography:
David Robertson has worked in the culinary industry for almost twenty years. He has built a strong reputation as a passionate chef and inspiring tutor. From his solid background and training in classical French fine dining, David’s passion for new flavours and foods has taken him all over the world in his pursuit to expand his culinary repertoire and skills. He has won numerous cooking competitions, including top prize at the 1996 Culinary Olympics in Switzerland where he was a member of team Canada.
In 2009, together with his wife Sara, David launched The Dirty Apron Cooking School, a recreational, state-of-the-art cooking school. As owner and head chef, David’s infectious enthusiasm and patient nature have made his cooking classes the most popular in the city.
David is also on the Board of directors for the Reign Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that works to keep over 150 Cambodian kids in school. A portion of the sales from The Dirty Apron Cookbook will be donated to the foundation. David lives in Vancouver.

Links to buy David’s book:
Online and at all bookstores

David’s promo links:
Website
Twitter
Facebook

What are you working on now?
I am constantly looking to grow and further our business. I am currently working on new cooking class ideas and menus and I am also investing a lot of time into our catering, which is the fastest growing area of The Dirty Apron.

David’s reading recommendation:
I am currently re-reading White Heat by Chef Marco Pierre White. This was the first cookbook I picked up when I first went to culinary school, and it truly fuelled my passion. They recently published a 25-year anniversary edition, which inspired me to dig out my old copy. It’s great to re-read it, as it brings back memories of the first years of my own career, and the book is just as inspiring now as it was then.

Amy Rosen – Toronto Cooks

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What is your latest release and what genre is it? It’s a cookbook called Toronto Cooks: 100 Signature Recipes from the City’s Best Restaurants

Quick description: This gorgeous hardcover captures the evolution and excitement that is Toronto’s dining scene, which has suddenly become one of the greatest in the world. With doable dishes that the home cook can achieve, the book features fan-favourite recipes from many of Toronto’s most popular restaurants, from high end to low end, uptown to downtown (and everything in between.)

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Brief biography: Amy Rosen is an award-winning journalist and cookbook author who writes regularly for publications including Food & Wine, Food Arts, and enRoute. She is the former food editor at Chatelaine and House & Home magazines, and has been a columnist for The Globe and Mail and National Post newspapers. Amy has won dozens of writing awards and has been nominated for a James Beard Award. When not off exploring the world or judging culinary competitions, she enjoys eating chocolate with her family and friends.

Links to buy Amy’s book:
Figure 1 Publishing
Chapters/Indigo
Amazon

Amy’s promo links:
Twitter
Website

What are you working on now?
I’ve got a few travel features on the go for enRoute, am working on a big food feature for Food Arts, and am developing recipes for Food & Drink. Plus, am gearing up for my big book launch!

Amy’s reading recommendation:
I simply cannot get enough of David Sedaris, and finally bought Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls (and am obviously loving it).

Other titles in this series from Figure 1 Publishing:
Calgary Cooks
Edmonton Cooks
Ottawa Cooks
Winnipeg Cooks
Montreal Cooks