As an avid Food Network fan, I don’t think there are any shows on the network that I haven’t seen yet, and when shows like Eat St come out with cookbooks, I’m usually the first in line. I’ve seen them come, and I’ve seen them go. Along the way, a few stand-outs have really become favorites of mine; one of which of course is Eat St. Back in August of 2011, as we explored food trucks and food carts around California while we watched shows like Eat St and Great Food Truck Race, I followed along with some of my favorite foodie bloggers and thought, “why am I not doing that?”
We launched Stitches ‘n Dishes to connect with other Eat St fans and foodies in general. We’ve experimented with a lot along the way, and now well into our second year in the ranks of online foodies, we’ve established our own little niche for ourselves. Then it happened… one day, in my hotel room in Orange County, I saw a tweet from Eat St, mentioning @StitchesnDishes. Wow, one of my all-time favorite foodie shows invited us to come out and see them at the OC Fairground where they were taping.
We couldn’t make it. I was shattered. I thought they’d be offended and hate me forever. They’d surely stop following me on Twitter.
A few months later, I found myself in a dialog with the show again. This time, they invited me to join their ranks as a Media Correspondent. To date, I’ve covered food truck events, featured some outstanding chefs, dished out a little food truck biz advice, appeared on a few episodes, eaten some of the tastiest, messiest and most irresistible sidewalk dishes, and made a whole lot of new friends in the process.
From Television Screen to Your Kitchen Counter – Eat St the Cookbook Arrives
Then, in January, Paperny Entertainment, the show’s producer announced that Eat St was nominated for two Canadian Screen Awards. A week later, another huge announcement. Eat St is coming soon to a bookstore near you. Paperny Entertainment teamed up with Penguin Canada to create Eat St., a companion cookbook based on the hugely popular television series. Written by the show’s globetrotting host James Cunningham, Eat St. is now available in bookstores in Canada and will soon hit the shelves in the U.S.
We’re giving away a copy of Eat St, the companion cookbook on the Stitches ‘n Dishes Facebook fan page! Last day to enter is Friday, March 22, 2013!
Though, tried and true American foodies in the know and in search of a good bargain have already found their way to the Amazon store for discounted pre-orders. The book is on sale for 30% off on Amazon until April 2 when it officially launches in the U.S.
I received my copy a few weeks ago – seeing James on the cover was like receiving a giant post card in the mail from a traveling friend. James, an admitted terror in the kitchen, may not possess the culinary know-how to boil an egg, but he knows good food when he sees, smells, hears and tastes it. Like a bloodhound hot on a scent, James Cunningham has popped up in as many cities as Martha Stewart has napkin designs.
With a great introduction to a culinary adventure, James opens Eat St with a bit of a background on the show and the exploding food truck phenomenon that’s literally taken the continent by storm. The book takes foodies through seven sections, including Mobile Snacks, Burgers, Dogs & Slices, Ultimate Street Sandwiches, Tacos, Wraps & Cones, Soups, Noodles & Saucy Things, Curbside Meals, and Sweet Wheels (you didn’t think it wouldn’t include desserts, did you?). James finishes the book with some very thoughtful words of gratitude that really make you realize how much effort and dedication have gone in to both the TV show and the book.
The first thing I noticed about this book, other than its sheer volume (this is one very packed cookbook), were the extraordinary photos. This is seriously Triple-F-Rated food porn, and if watching the episodes doesn’t make you hungry, the book is designed to stop you dead in your tracks. In fact, several of the photos of food trucks, people and mouth-watering street eats in Canada were taken by our very own Media Correspondent, Sean Neild. A born and raised Vancouverite, Sean has taken the time to find some of the best food that Vancouver has to offer. With a background in the video game industry, Sean has taken his love of technology and applied it to his love of photography and good food by creating Sean’s Adventures in Flavor Town. He also contributes to Eat in, Eat out and EatinginVancouver.
Nacho Grande Poutine – Smoke’s Poutinerie, Toronto, Ontario
I couldn’t wait to try something out of this street foodie’s ultimate cookbook. I wanted to pay homage to James, and since he’s Canadian, I was all over the Nacho Grande Poutine recipe from Smoke’s Poutinerie like a monkey on a muffin. And just like the episode that aired last June, I felt like I spent some quality eating time at Smoke’s, where the poutine is made with cheese curds imported from Quebec and topped with everything from grilled chicken to Italian sausage to green peas.
James describes poutine as “a proud Canadian dish that combines all the heart-stopping power of melted cheese curds and gravy with the healthy benefits of a plate of deep-fried potatoes.” The guys at Smoke’s Poutinerie are so serious about their poutine, they actually grow their own potatoes.
This poutine smelled so good, and I couldn’t stop myself from nibbling on the cheese curds, I actually forgot to top it with the sliced jalapenos. But that’s OK, because this is Eat St – if it’s messy, tasty and irresistible, James won’t mind.
Season four of Eat St premiers on Food Network, Canada and the Cooking Channel in the US in April. Check your local listings, and grab your copy of Eat St the companion cookbook so you can watch along with me in your own kitchen this season.
Stitches ‘n Dishes is the creation of Christopher Ford and Andrew Nicora, and it’s inspired by Stitch, an American Staff. Terrier mix / Bichon Frise, born October 24, 2010.
We’re passionate about food, fun, photography and film. We also love the outdoors – hiking the city streets, the fairgrounds, or the beautiful trails all around California. Andrew literally grew up in the catering and concessions industries, doing everything from bussing tables, serving, cooking, back-stage hosting to you name it, and Chris has worked as an event promoter, organizer, photographer and marketing consultant.
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