Around the World in 80 Recipes

August 23, 2014 | Suzanne

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Appleglobeweb[Source: with permission from Kevin Van Aelst Photography]

Did you know that Torontonians come from over 200 countries? With such a great representation of cultures, we have the unique opportunity to learn different languages, experience cultural celebrations, and best of all … eat great food from all over the world. My favorite part!

I always make it a point to try new restaurants whenever I can, or better yet, get some home cooked food from the different cuisines of my friends. Websites like Zagat or Urbanspoon can be a great way to read restaurant reviews.  Our last post shared some of the great summer festivals in Toronto, now why not take out a book or two to learn how to create some of the tasty foods you tried?

The Toronto Public Library has a great collection of cookbooks with cuisines from all over the world. One of my favorite ways to try new recipes is by downloading an eBook or eMagazine onto my tablet and browsing it before I go to sleep.

When my tablet doesn't become my pillow, I usually find some great recipes to try!  I'm not Vegetarian, but I've found some great receipes in this Vegetarian Collection by Canadian Living. My favorites are the Afghan eggplant ["burani bonjon"] and black bean quesadillas pictured on the cover below. Mmm!

The Vegetarian Collection[Source: The Vegetarian Collection: Creative meat-free dishes that nourish and inspire]

I find that magazines are also a great way to collect recipes. Zinio eMagazines gives you access to current issues of popular magazines to read on your computer, tablet, or smartphone. I use Zinio to access these great cooking magazines:

Food Network Magazine    La Cucina Magazine    Saveur Magazine 

If you've never used Zinio before, have no fear! Here is some information on Getting Started with Zinio eMagazines and a quick Video Tutorial on how to use it. In addition to the magazines I posted, there are a number of others that can be accessed in Zinio's Food and Cooking section.

Here are some cookbooks to get you started on your cooking journey around the world!

Toronto & Canada:

Buon Appetito, Toronto!    Toronto Star Cookbook    Canadas Favorite Recipes

The New Granville Island Market Cookbook    East Meets West    An Ode to Newfoundland


The Americas:

The New Southern Table    Latin American Street Food. jpg    South American Food and Cooking

Africa & The Middle East:

Moorish    The North African Kitchen    Vegetarian dishes from across the Middle East


Grandmas German Cookbook    Everyday Cooking from Italy    In a Polish Country Kitchen

Spain Recipes and Traditions    How to Roast a Lamb Greek Cooking    Revolutionary French Cooking



The Steamy Kitchen's Healthy Asian Favorites    Quick Fix Indian    Sri Lankan Cooking

Authentic Recipes from the Phillipines    The Banh Mi Handbook    Simple Thai Food


For Kids and Teens:

Cool World Cooking    Kew's Global Kitchen Cookbook    The Kids' Multicultural Cookbook

I leave you with some quotes about the joys of food:

Laughter is brightest where food is best –Irish Proverb

People who love to eat are always the best people. –Julia Child

If you have any cookbook favorites, please post in the comments below. Happy cooking, everyone!