About this book
Bronze Winner, Independent Publisher Book Award, Best Cookbook
Received an Honourable Mention from the 2007 Cuisine Canada Award in the category of Canadian Food Culture
Named one of the best cookbooks of the year, by The Montreal Gazette
Today, increasing emphasis is being placed on the integrity of the way the food we eat is grown. We all dream about produce picked on a summer morning, making its way to our plates by noon. Christian Gaudreault, former owner of Vancouver's Tomato Fresh Food Cafe, has spent the last 15 years serving food straight from the farm with delicious results. Christian and his wife Star share their best-loved and most sought-after recipes; at the heart of the book is their simple philosophy: learn how to let farmers' fields and local markets determine your menus, and cooking at home can be fun and uncomplicated, as well as healthy. The beautiful yet deceptively simple recipes feature ingredients that are farm-fresh but widely available in every part of the country.
For Christian and Star, part of the meal-making experience is about acknowledging and knowing where your food comes from. It's also about the communal experience of eating, particularly at the Tomato, a casual, soul-enriching place where people from all walks of life shared the common bond of food.
The book features 32 full-colour photographs, as well as insightful sidebars on how to pick out the best produce and meats, essential products for the pantry, and of course, a history of the tomato, in all its juicy glory.
Recipes include: Crab Cakes with Peppercorn Aioli, Pan-Seared Scallops with Mushroom Risotto, Grilled Long-Bone Pork Chop with Pear Chutney, Roasted Tomato and Artichoke Salad, Mediterranean Couscous Salad, Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho, Lemon Meringue Tart, and Peach Blueberry Galette.
Now in its 2nd printing.
What a special treat to add the new Tomato Fresh Food Cafe cookbook to my collection. This tiny jewel of a restaurant has really captured the essence of cafe culture with these simple, fresh and easy to prepare recipes. Congratulations.
Having known Christian over the past twenty years, I've had the opportunity to witness his dedication, integrity, and inventiveness which have all been reflected in the success of the Tomato Cafe;. Readers and long-time customers will relish in this cooking book inspired by Christian and Star's most favourite and cherished recipes.
—Michel Jacob, Le Crocodile
Organic fresh and seasonal are trendy buzzword these days but Tomato's approach has always been to do more than talk the talk as the cookbook proves.
Background, travels, emphasis on good food, good talk, and good friends - it all comes through...
—The Georgia Straight
...revealing recipes that are good for everyday enjoyment.
...have produced a charming book of simple dishes, ideal for our summer growing season and for making winter food taste quite like summer, too.
—The Gazette (Montreal)
If I could choose one restaurant in Vancouver to somehow bundle up and take home, it would be the
Tomato Fresh Food Café, a genial nest of neo-
comfort cuisine.... Tomato serves up vibrant,
produce-driven dishes centered around whatever is
most alluring at the local farmer's markets each
morning.... If you can't make it to Vancouver, you
can still catch this very special restaurant's unique
appeal in the new cookbook, As Fresh As It Gets: Everyday Recipes from the Tomato Fresh Food Café
—Jim Gladstone, Passport Magazine
Flip it open to just about any page and you'll discover something easy to cook.... The book has loads of good information on how to distinguish different kinds of clams, greens, specialty tomatoes, and more.
The owners of Vancouver's beloved Tomato Fresh Food Cafe in Vancouver open the door to making food that's wholesome, simple and inventive.
An attractive work that's fun to read, yet demonstrates that producing socially responsible meals can be both enjoyable and practical.
—Canadian Book Review Annual
These delicious recipes balance succulent natural flavor and healthful living. Tomatoes are prominently featured of course, but As Fresh as It Gets
is far from a mono-themed cookbook; the recipes are sure to please homestyle chefs of all backgrounds, palates, and experience levels. Highly recommended.
—Midwest Book Review