December 20, 2013 Comments (0) Views: 2313 Good Food Shopping

Last Minute Gifts?

Good Egg in the heart of Kensington Market.

Good Egg in the heart of Kensington Market… just the place for those last minute gifts.

If, like me, you tend to leave your Xmas shopping until the very last weekend before the 25th, that weekend the media so love to inform you is the busiest retail shopping weekend of the year, then I can think of no better place to send you than Mika Bareket’s delightful little sanctuary of foodster serenity, Good Egg on Augusta Avenue, Kensington Market, Toronto.

We asked Mika to tell us about her favourite food-centred books for gifting this festive season…


Work in Progress – Rene Redzepi $50
“This chef is so revered, that his publisher packaged this collection of not one, not two, but THREE books simultaneously. An impressive synthesis of words and images documenting the creative process.”

Le Pigeon

Le Pigeon – Gabriel Rucker $46
“My pick of the year! I love a recipe book that has a point of view, but doesn’t try to reinvent the wheel. Co-written by Canadian Meredith Erickson who also collaborated on The World According to Joe Beef.”


Too Many Chiefs, Only One Indian – Sat Bains $170
“Winner of the “Best in the World, Cookbook Design” Gourmand award. I would add, “Of All Time.” Wow. Sat Bains is an unheralded genius, and so is his publisher. Slipcased, limited edition.”

Nigel Slater Eat

Eat – Nigel Slater $44
“Yes, there are over 600 “recipes” in this tiny tome, but if you include the myriad tips and suggestions, the possibilities are exponentially endless. That’s what makes Nigel Slater a home cooks’s best friend – he wants you to cook according to your own tastes and whims, not according to his.”

“This gets an especially hearty 5-applesfrom me… highly recommended” – JD

Sweet Valerie Gordon

Sweet – Valerie Gordon $44
“The tightest dessert book in many years. An elegant confection of lost classics, modern classics, and some wholly original ideas. If this does not win every baking/dessert cook book award, I will eat my bonnet.”

Mika’s Honourable mentions:

Pok Pok – Andy Ricker $40
David Tanis – One Good Dish $33
Manresa – David Kinch $57
Toro Bravo – John Graham $42
Art of Simple Food 2 – Alice Waters $40


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