What You'll Get
After finishing a gourmet meal, many foodies wish to imitate its maker, only to be thrown out of the restaurant's kitchen when their air-julienning annoys the chefs. Sublimate chefly urges into today's Groupon: for $19, you get a hardcover copy of West: The Cookbook (a $50 value). Books are available for pickup at West Restaurant.
Named 2008's Most Innovative Cookbook in Canada, West: The Cookbook breaks down 114 of the iconic restaurant's joyous flavour-symphonies into clear, accessible steps. In accordance with West's mantra, "True to Our Region, True to the Seasons," starters, mains, desserts, and cocktails are organized by season, and author Jim Tobler peppers each section with in-depth looks at a dozen of the Vancouver area's staples, including Dungeness crab, chanterelle mushrooms, and sablefish. Dinner party hosts can capture summer's essence in baked multicoloured beets with goat cheese before dazzling guests with braised halibut cloaked in a light mushroom sauce. For dessert, chase away July's heat and stampedes of feral ice cream trucks with fresh raspberries dolloped with lemon tuiles, sidelined by cream-cheese ice cream and drizzled with a syrup of hibiscus-scented nobo fruit tea. The Ya Mon's mélange of fresh banana, dark rum, vanilla cognac, pineapple juice, and fresh lemon juice finishes the feast with a fun, beach-friendly digestif.
West's super-tongued sommeliers suggest a wine pairing for each recipe, and John Sherlock's 100 glossy colour photos capture the restaurant’s plated art. The Cookbook also zeroes in on the basics of currying butter, candying walnuts, pickling liquor, and smoking salmon stock without resorting to peer pressure during study hall. Brief tributes to the chefs, sommeliers, and servers are scattered throughout the tome, honouring those whose hard work has sprinkled West's panelled walls with awards from the likes of Vancouver Magazine.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Oct 21, 2011. Amount paid never expires. May buy multiple as gifts. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.