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Sunday, June 22, 2014

The SOBO Cookbook by Lisa Ahier: Cookbook Review

The SOBO Cookbook
by Lisa Ahier
Appetite (Random House)
ISBN: 978-0-449-01585-8
Buy from Indigo Books


DescriptionSobo (Sophisticated Bohemian) started out in 2003 as a purple food truck in the parking lot behind a surf shop, way before food trucks were cool. Despite its remoteness, it attracted rave reviews from food media across North America, with the likes of Saveur magazine calling it: "perhaps the most exciting lunch stand in North America". The back of the staff's t-shirts read: "Quite possibly the second best thing you can do in a parking lot"--and that same fun, authentic West Coast vibe weaves throughout the stories and recipes in this book.

Sobo has since become a destination restaurant, having outgrown its food truck beginnings, with visitors making the pilgrimage to the west coast of Vancouver Island just to taste chef Lisa Ahier's cooking--which is, to use Tofino slang, simply "killer". The restaurant's menu focuses on locally-sourced, seasonally-inspired ingredients from family-owned producers. The dishes are shaped by Lisa's Tex Mex and Southwestern culinary roots, and her experience gained across several US states, including her stint as executive chef of Cibolo Creek Ranch in Texas.

The Sobo Cookbook includes over 100 of the restaurant's all-time favourite recipes--recipes that have fed surfers, hungry locals, curious visitors and die-hard foodies alike


  The Good Stuff
  • Stunning photography
  • Easy to follow and detailed recipes
  • Fresh and creative use of local ingredients
  • Sister recently went to the actual restaurant and she said the food was incredible
  • All of the recipes I tried turned out perfectly.  The cornbread and ginger cookies are now staples in the Rayment household
  • Fabulous detailed index
  • You can tell people are passionate about this restaurant by the foreward and introduction
  • Going to B.C. this summer and you can bet that I will be going to the restaurant
  • Wonderful adice
  • Truly unique and inspiring recipes 
  • The Cooks Notes section is handy and helpful
  • Each recipe has an introduction and many include handy cooks notes
  • Did I mention how wonderful the cornbread is and how easy it is to make 
  • My 5 year old doesn't like fries (I know he's weird) but he keeps asking for the Polenta fries
  • The Cilantro Jalapeno Dipping sauce got uses on burgers, baked potates & fajita's - extremely versatile and quick and easy to make
 The Not So Good Stuff
  •  Yeah not the best ccokbook for Calgary, Alberta, as many of the ingredients are expensive and hard to find
  • Probably would be better suited for intermediate to expert cooks.  I mean there are plenty of recipes for a beginner cook like me, but many of the recipes involve a lot of steps and take a long time.  Again this is not a bad thing, just a heads up
  • I want Salmon - do you know how expensive it is in Calgary & not to mention, just not as fresh - when we go to B.C. this summer I am going to live on seafood!
 Favorite Recipes
  • Cornbread - Pg 221
  • Polenta Fries
  • Cilantro Jalapeno Dipping Sauce - Pg 132
  • Ginger Cookies - Pg 246
  • Thai Chicken on Roti - Pg 145
  • Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies - Pg 245
  • Ginger Soy Binaigrette - Pg 101

Recipe Pictures

Cornbread (FABULOUS)

Polenta Fries with Cilantro Jalepeno Dipping Sauce

Ginger Cookies (new favorite cookie)
 4 Dewey's

I received this from Random House in exchange for an honest review

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