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The Art of Living According to Joe Beef: A Cookbook of Sorts
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on March 25, 2015
This book is a beautiful excess -- glorious recipes are unabashedly over-the-top, with fantastic combinations to make your tastebuds drool. An oral history of Montreal and Quebec from the vantage point of two souls who love their province in all of her messed-up glory. Foie gras and horse meat are included, along with thoughtful musings on how to garden above the 49th parallel, why brown liquor is usually a bad idea, and bacon cubes to match the seasons. Morin and McMillan are revered -- this is clear proof as to why.
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Pretty book. This is full of real food, big hearty food that will rock your taste buds. The book shares several stories that make for an entertaining read. We refer to this book regularly for tasty fill your belly chic dinner ideas.
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on January 7, 2014
This is not just a book of recipes (thought the ones included are unique and decadent in many ways), it'a a book about food culture and why food matters. Great insight into Montreal, great stories, historical tidbits and beautiful photos.
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on June 6, 2013
The book is a good translation of what the restaurant offers. Challenging recipes paired with easy ones.
Check out the Lobster Homard for sure.
However, I didn't open the book for sometime, and when we did, noticed that many of the inside pages were damaged. Likely a printing error, which Is why I give only a okay rating.
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on April 23, 2013
I find the this book being way to heavy as with most of its dishes and have little balancing. They are great for cool weather...good energy food for any place with long cool fall and winter.
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on January 1, 2013
After browsing the free preview, I decided against this book. Regardless of the praises, this book appears to contain a lot of unhealthy recipes. Not to mention recipes with foie gras and veal, which I don't support. It appears to be a great metropolitan tablepiece, but not a great Canadian cookbook. I'd rather eat there if I ever go to Montreal than make this kind of food on a consistent basis.

I think Steven Poole has it right here:

http://www.amazon.ca/You-Arent-What-Eat-Gastroculture/dp/1908526114/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1357040104&sr=1-2
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on February 17, 2012
This is an amazing book for anyone who not only enjoys excellent cuisine, but a well written description of it. Bought it for my husband who can't get enough of it. Plan to buy it for gifts!
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on February 7, 2012
Obviously nothing beats the treat of eating at the Joe Beef restaurant in Montréal but this cookbook is a great treasure that will guide you in recreating the lobster pasta and other treats at home ;)
Full of history, philosophies of food and a great aray of recipes, this makes for a perfect gift.
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on January 13, 2012
The book arrived quickly and was a major hit. I highly recommend this 'cookbook of sorts'! Great images, recipes and stories to accompany. Perfect (especially) for any Canadian interested in food.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 9, 2011
I was listening to CBC radio last week, and they were doing a review of the current and best cookbooks for Christmas. So based on what I heard, I ordered The Art of Living by Joe Beef, and Food of Morocco by Paula Walfert. In both cases, I was not disappointed.

The Joe Beef cookbook is a travelogue of sorts on building a restaurant, with great photos, and some very interesting (never heard of recipes)... Absolutely can't wait to dig into this book, so much so that I re-ordered 5 more copies for friends/family - everybody is getting it for Christmas this year.

Highly recommended. Interesting vignettes in the history of Montreal thrown with "where to shop, sighseeing, where to eat/stay" etc. combined with amazing photos and great recipes.

If you are a past visitor or a fan of Montreal - this book is a must have. Guaranteed ... you won't be disappointed. Cheers!
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