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The Art of Living According to Joe Beef: A Cookbook of Sorts

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Located in a working-class neighborhood of Montreal, Joe Beef is at the center of Montreal’s growing reputation as a culinary destination. Often referred to as the Paris of North America, Montreal is the second-largest French-speaking city in the world, and like France, food is at the heart of its identity.
In The Art of Living According to Joe Beef, co-owners/chefs Fréd
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published October 11th 2011 by Ten Speed Press
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Jan 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Hello beautiful, gorgeous, droolfest of a cookbook 'of sorts,' I love you.

This book is not just recipes to you, it's a about a philosophy and lifelong adoration of food.

If you eat, you will love this book even if you don't cook. I dare you not to salivate while reading.
Sep 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
An eccentric mix of Montreal history, autobiography and cookbook, "Joe Beef" is a testament to the love of food and the characters who gather in the kitchen to cook. The recipes are not for the faint of heart--35% whipping cream, butter, lard, suet, multiple eggs, pork--but so delicious. We prepared one, a traditional cake called Financier, and munched them with homemade chocolate mousse and Quebec strawberries. Paradise. Scattered among the traditional recipes are essays about the three restaur ...more
Feb 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star
Joe Beef and Liverpool House are two of my favourite restaurants in Montreal so when I heard that Fred and David were putting out a cookbook I was excited.
This isn't really a cookbook, although there are plenty of fine recipes. This a food manifesto. This is a history of the making of a friendship a business partnership, the restaurants, and the neighbourhood. It's also a collection of thoughts about what makes a good meal, why Fred loves trains and why they, along with Martin Picard of Pied de
Nov 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cookbooks
This is an amazing book, cookbook of sorts, including stories about train travel, Montreal, the good and the bad, east and west coast of Canada and food, glorious food. The recipes include classic Franch reductions, lots of meat, evaporated milk and Velveeta. Come on! How great is that?
I know I won't be making everything in this book, because there are some thing as a home cook that are just too much work for me (read: I am too damn lazy). But that is reason enough to visit the restaurant in Mon
Nov 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
What makes this books amazing is the stories that go along with the recipes. McMillan and Morin have a very unique sense of humour, and Erickson does a great job of making their stories come alive. Some of the recipes seem a little too much for a home cook (like the foie gras double down), but the instructions for all recipes are clear and concise. So far I've made the pulled pork, bbq sauce, and the banana bread. All three turned out great.
Mario MJ Perron
Jan 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Forget any notion of healthy eating and embrace the culinary adventures contained in this collection. It is a tale of passion that will make you drool on every page! My advice is to have some tissues handy.
If you ever wanted to be a foodie, this book is for you!
Ps: make your reservation now and order the foie gras sandwich. It's so much more mouthwateringly delicious than you could possibly imagine.
Good luck and good reading.
George Bieber
Jul 13, 2013 rated it liked it
Great book for the professional chef. Might not interest the casual cook.
Interesting insight into a very unique restaurant group.
I did skim the train chapter, not too interested in that section.
Good photos and inspiring dishes!
Zach Lorber
Apr 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Amazing cookbook with lots of culinary commentary. Laughed out loud a lot!
Jan 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hfs
Robb Coulter
Jan 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: everyone
Great christmas present. Lots of insight into the owners and development of what is now a restaurant empire in Montreal. Mixed in with great pictures, tantalizing recipes and a history of Montreal.
Nov 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Very fun book that even has the authors guide to Montreal. A generous book with lots of recipes I would love to make, but probably never will.
Nov 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A pleasure to read.
Jan 11, 2012 marked it as to-read
Shelves: food
David Lebovitz recommended
Jan 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Gorgeous book with great information! Love these guys!
Robin Barron
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One of the most accessible cookbooks for extraordinary food, fabulous essays, essential travel guide to Montreal. Just inspiring.
Sep 22, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: cookbooks
I really wanted to like this cookbook but I just don't get it. Maybe I have to be Canadian. Maybe I have to be interested more in cuts of meat like rabbit and horse and other pets. Why not dog? Cat? Hey if it's meat these cheffie types think it's some kind of cool thing to eat it.

There was not one recipe in this cookbook that interested me. They said it was French food but I don't know French people who will batter and deep fry foie gras and serve it like the KFC monstrosity the "double-down" an
Lynne Faubert
Dec 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-cookbooks
I love cookbooks that go beyond recipes, that invite you into the chef's universe and sensibilities. This one set a standard of sorts for me (disclaimer, lol, I know these guys).
Feb 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have very rarely added cookbooks to my G.R. list, this however is so good, so in my fantasy world that I know I can't be objective. I just know this is one of my top five favorite non-fiction of all time! An instant classic.
May 21, 2012 rated it liked it
This book is gorgeous and it provides a great insight to the folks behind the restaurant. If I were headed to Montreal, had been to this restaurant, or was friends with the staff, I think I would have rated it higher. But as a cookbook, while the photographs are delicious, the instructions are clear, and the dishes sound amazing, I'm just not going to cook much of anything in this book, sadly. Which makes it great food porn, but not a great cookbook for me. I'm not squeamish, cooking meat is som ...more
Sep 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookbooks
I read an article by a chef that mentioned this was his favorite cookbook from the last 10 years. While there are a variety of recipes that stand out in my mind as high in technical difficulty (cornflake eel nuggets anyone?), there are others (The Hot Delicieux Sandwich, Good Fries, eclairs) which I would attempt in my own home kitchen. He gives some other instructions other than recipes such as building your own smoker and making your own absinthe that seem interesting. If you are one to sit do ...more
Nicholas Aune
Mar 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book really is a "cookbook of sorts". Now it's full of recipes for simple delicious French Canadian fare, but it's also contains the best wine and liquor guide I've ever read, a travel guide for traveling Canada exclusively by train, really enthusiastic Canadian history, humor, restaurant voodoo, gardening tips, eating and drinking tips, how to build your own smoker in an abandoned field, how to turn a crack den into a fine dining restaurant in 8 days using free labor, how to make the perfe ...more
Mar 02, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I didn't check this out for the recipes, so perhaps I am not this book's ideal reader - I was more interested in the writers' anecdotes about Montreal and building their dream restaurant(s) there. I found their style of writing too affected and self-consciously wacky to really enjoy (and intentionally or not, very reminiscent of David Chang) - so while they're probably nice enough people to talk to (and to have cook for you), they're a bit too irritating to spend much time with in print.

The pict
Feb 22, 2016 rated it liked it
More fun to read than to imagine cooking from. Lots and lots of meat mains, not much in the way of sides, soups, salads, veggies. The wine section was very informative. The cocktail menu seems to be a mean joke, with the theme "We hate cocktails and the people who order them. Go suck a wienie." I mean really, a Vienna sausage garnished martini? A master cleanse cocktail?
Chris Logan
Sep 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Very enjoyable book about the genesis of the Montreal restaurant "Joe Beef". Including recipes from the restaurant, itineraries in Montreal, and the importance of getting the best products for the restaurant.
May 15, 2012 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. You have got to love meat to love this book and I have to say that I think that while the sausage martini makes my stomach lurch...I still really want to try it.

I also might try my hand at making my own absinthe!
Aug 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book and this crew is amazing! Fun and taste before profit and fame. Just when I thought I was done copying recipes I found three more to add.
Vuk Trifkovic
Apr 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cookbooks
Perfect cookbook - great recipes, interesting personalities, good stories, polished photogray. This is 2nd excellent cookbook I got from Ten Speed Press...
Dec 25, 2011 is currently reading it
More than just a cookbook. Very interesting so far. Recipes look really good, as well.
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