Bonnie Stern’s Essentials of Home Cooking

Publisher: Random House Canada
A personal invitation into the kitchen of one of Canada’s most popular cookbook authors.

For Bonnie Stern, good food is an essential element in turning a house into a home. With this lavish new cookbook, Bonnie invites us into her kitchen as she prepares food for the people she loves.

Bonnie Stern’s Essentials of Home Cooking is filled with Bonnie’s personal favourites -- dishes that reflect the way we are cooking now. You’ll find wonderful new recipes such as Caramelized Onion Tart with Gorgonzola, Lemon Meringue Pavlova Roll and Thai Shrimp Dumplings with Orange Chili Sauce. The book also includes some of Bonnie’s most popular dishes, such as Wheat Berry and Grilled Corn Salad, Split Pea Soup with Dill and Old-fashioned Rice Pudding, as well as time-honoured classics like Prime Rib of Beef with Yorkshire Pudding and Double Fudge Chocolate Cake. The recipes are fresh and full of flavour but never difficult to prepare, and Bonnie’s trademark step-by-step method and reassuring guidance will help even the most nervous cook through techniques like making meringues, working with phyllo and cooking the perfect risotto.

Along with the delicious recipes and striking photographs, Bonnie provides her own insights on topics she considers important to home cooking, from choosing organic produce to preparing light meals and cooking for children. And the text is full of funny and down-to-earth anecdotes gleaned from her extensive travels, her latest restaurant finds and her many years of teaching and working with some of the world’s best chefs.

This beautiful book is a must-have for anyone who loves good food, and for Bonnie Stern fans everywhere.



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“[A] great mix of what’s new and worth trying with down-to-earth recipes that you’ll make again and again.”
The Ottawa Citizen

“The recipes in the book are an eclectic mix of classic standbys, kid pleasers and more adventurous fare.”
The Edmonton Sun

“The instructions were laid out logically and clearly. Sensible, practical and beautiful, Essentials is possibly Stern’s best cookbook yet.”
The Coast (Halifax)

“She strives to give good value by including all of her secrets, her favourite recipes, lots of tips and lots of colour photos to make sure the book is worth the money.”
The Chronicle-Herald (Halifax)

“It’s all comforting, Bonnie Stern’s food. It all works. It looks great, it’s easy to make. It adds up to confidence in the kitchen for the many Canadian cooks who have learned to rely on this dynamo’s delivering the goods.”
The Calgary Herald

“Full of personal glimpses of Stern, about her travels, latest restaurant finds and nuggets from her many years of teaching.”
The Guelph Mercury, The Daily News (Halifax), The Province (Vancouver)

“Stern combines the professionalism of a renowned chef with a love of eating and sharing food, and this book is sure to be an instant classic.”
Doctor’s Review

“The cookbook I’m most excited about this season — the one I’d be asking for if I didn’t have it already, and the one I’m going to give my foodiest friends — is Bonnie Stern’s Essentials of Home Cooking … it’s a great mix of what’s new and worth trying with down-to-earth recipes that you’ll make again and again, and that even the picky eaters will eat and enjoy.”
The Port Hope Evening Guide