A round-up of some of the best cookbooks I found while researching traditional French-Canadian cabane à sucre recipes.
Au Pied de Cochon Sugar Shack
by Martin Picard (2012)
A book that defies description but surpasses all expectation, Au Pied de Cochon Sugar Shack is a cookbook by legendary Quebec chef, Martin Picard.
To open this book is to step straight into the mind and soul of this creative genius. Filled with wonderful stories, anecdotes and sensual photographs – and all of this, even before you get to the recipes, which range from the simple to the sublime, with a heavy emphasis on fois gras.
A cross between an art book, a painstakingly illustrated cookbook and a culinary encyclopedia, this book is as unique as Martin Picard’s famous Montreal restaurant, Au Pied de Cochon.
A labour of love by a person bursting with life. Not to be missed.
Maple: 100 Sweet and Savory Recipes Featuring Pure Maple Syrup
by Katie Webster (2015)
A Globe and Mail best-seller, Maple, 100 Sweet and Savory Recipes Featuring Pure Maple Syrup by Katie Webster is a lushly-illustrated cookbook that celebrates one of nature’s greatest gifts: maple syrup.
In this book, we learn that this marvelous sweetener comes straight from the woods, is naturally sustainable, does not have its micronutrients stripped out during the production process, (unlike refined sugars), and it is sweeter than sugar, so less is required.
As one might expect, there are plenty of deliciously sweet recipes in this cookbook, but surprisingly, there are also many savory recipes too, such as Maple Roast with Apple Chutney, Spicy Peanut Noodles with White Pepper Sirloin and Swordfish with Maple Pipérade.
There are even vegan, gluten-free, and paleo-friendly options, all infused with the incomparable taste of maple.
This cookbook is a wonderful feast for the eyes and tummy.
Maple Syrup Cookbook: Over 100 Recipes for Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
by Ken Haedrich (2015)
Maple Syrup Cookbook, now in its third edition, is the updated version of this classic cookbook with full-color photographs and many new recipes by veteran American cookbook author, Ken Haedrich.
Ken Haedrich has written more than a dozen cookbooks, he’s the winner of the Julia Child Cookbook Award and his articles have appeared in many publications, including Better Homes and Gardens, Cooking Light, and Bon Appétit.
There are over a 100 recipes in this book, giving you 100 ways to indulge in maple syrup at every meal, including Banana Crêpes with Maple Rum Sauce for breakfast, Lacy Sweet-Potato Patties for lunch and Crispy Maple Spareribs for dinner.
There are barbecue sauces and salad dressings in the book, with dozens of mouth-watering desserts, from Almond Bars to Coffee Chip Cookies and from Maple Apple Pie, to Maple-Ginger Ice Cream.
For people more ambitious than me, there’s even a recipe for Maple Bread-and-Butter Pickles.