There is something so satisfying about cooking from scratch, especially making staples like mustard, hot sauce, and smoked bacon elevated by the subtle sweetness of maple syrup. Or exploring unconventional ingredients, whether decadent wagyu striploin or yuzu lemonade spiced up with jalapeño peppers. Chef Eats is a compilation of these favourite recipes, among other comforting and innovative bites, created by Alison MacNeil and her husband Chef John Michael MacNeil, Calgary-based cooks, and restaurateurs.
Chef Eats also offers a peek inside the pro kitchen through Alison’s eyes. Recipes are smartly organized in restaurant stations from garde manger to desserts, reflecting her early days perfecting everything from charcuterie to pastries. Sections on tools and techniques help home cooks take their skills to the next level.
The MacNeils’ hands-on expertise, passion for seasonal ingredients, and culinary influences from their travels to Spain come together in this book that’s an adventure into the best of home cooking.