Weekend Cooking – Two Reviews

Weekend Cooking is a weekend blog meme hosted by Beth Fish Reads. Today I’m going to write two short reviews for some books I got from NetGalley.

Farm To Table: The Stratford Chefs School has trained accomplished chefs for decades, and the stories in this book speak to how the school has also shaped the culinary landscape in Perth County, Ontario. Farm to Table pairs Stratford Chefs School alumni chefs with their favourite food producers for a culinary adventure through Perth County. 

Inside, you’ll find beloved recipes from head chefs at favourite Perth County restaurants, along with photos by renowned photographer Terry Manzo, and profiles written by CBC food columnist Andrew Coppolino. This compilation of recipes from some of the most celebrated local graduates of the Stratford Chefs School takes you inside the lessons they learned at the school, making this book a staple of every Canadian kitchen.

Find on Goodreads and Amazon.

Like I said at the beginning of this post I’ll keep my review short. Farm to Table is a quick read, though I did find some of it hard to read because it was badly formatted on the kindle and that slowed me down for sure.

I liked reading about the different chefs, I enjoy learning about how people get into cooking. This book had a lot more male chefs than female and that was a little disappointing. In 2019 you would think that people would be more aware of things like this.

A lot of the recipes were beautiful and sounded like they would taste amazing. None of them were things I could see myself making throughout the week, mostly because they weren’t very accessible.

So overall a fun read, but not a book I would ever buy or read again. I gave it 3 stars on Goodreads.

Vegan London: From bangers ‘n’ mash to banh mi, London has one of the most eclectic vegan food scenes in the world, and it’s growing by the day. Discover creative twists on classic dishes, fusion cuisine and tempting desserts through Vegan London – with eighty of London’s best vegan and vegan-friendly establishments at your fingertips, you’ll find food and drink for every budget and for any occasion.

Whether you’re vegan or vegan-curious, local or visiting, use this guidebook to plan your way from afternoon tea in Knightsbridge to falafel in Shoreditch, and enjoy London the ethical way without missing out on great food.

Find on Goodreads and Amazon.

I requested this book on a whim, it looked pretty and I figured it might be a fun read. Someday I hope to visit London I liked the idea of having an idea of restaurants I would be interested in trying.

Vegan London had lots of beautiful pictures, delightful descriptions and was formatted very well. I really enjoyed my reading experience. There was a lot of variety of restaurants featured and I would definitely take this book with me when I travel. I really liked that after each restaurant was introduced there was a link to their websites.

I will just say that the kindle ARC version of this book was not very well formatted, hopefully the actual book was formatted better.  In the end I gave this book 3 stars on Goodreads.



  1. Both books sound worth the read. I think I’d especially like Farm to Table, even if I never made any of the recipes.

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