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As Fresh As It Gets - Everyday Recipes from the Tomato Fresh Food Café

As Fresh As It Gets

Everyday Recipes from the Tomato Fresh Food Café

By Star Spilos, & Christian Gaudreault
Categories: Cooking
Paperback : 9781551521992, 184 pages, 2006
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Bronze Winner, Independent Publisher Book Award, Best Cookbook

Received an Honourable Mention from the 2007 Cuisine Canada Award in the category of Canadian Food Culture

Named one of the best cookbooks of the year, by The Montreal Gazette

Today, increasing emphasis is being placed on the integrity of the way the food we eat is grown. We all dream about produce picked on a summer morning, making its way to our plates by noon. Christian Gaudreault, former owner of Vancouver's Tomato Fresh Food Cafe, has spent the last 15 years serving food straight from the farm with delicious results. Christian and his wife Star share their best-loved and most sought-after recipes; at the heart of the book is their simple philosophy: learn how to let farmers' fields and local markets determine your menus, and cooking at home can be fun and uncomplicated, as well as healthy. The beautiful yet deceptively simple recipes feature ingredients that are farm-fresh but widely available in every part of the country.

For Christian and Star, part of the meal-making experience is about acknowledging and knowing where your food comes from. It's also about the communal experience of eating, particularly at the Tomato, a casual, soul-enriching place where people from all walks of life shared the common bond of food.

The book features 32 full-colour photographs, as well as insightful sidebars on how to pick out the best produce and meats, essential products for the pantry, and of course, a history of the tomato, in all its juicy glory.

Recipes include: Crab Cakes with Peppercorn Aioli, Pan-Seared Scallops with Mushroom Risotto, Grilled Long-Bone Pork Chop with Pear Chutney, Roasted Tomato and Artichoke Salad, Mediterranean Couscous Salad, Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho, Lemon Meringue Tart, and Peach Blueberry Galette.

Now in its 2nd printing.


  • Winner, Independent Publisher Award (BRONZE) 2007
  • Short-listed, Cuisine Canada Award 2006


...have produced a charming book of simple dishes, ideal for our summer growing season and for making winter food taste quite like summer, too.
-The Gazette (Montreal)

- Julian Amrmstrong

An attractive work that's fun to read, yet demonstrates that producing socially responsible meals can be both enjoyable and practical.
-Canadian Book Review Annual

- Canadian Book Review Annual

What a special treat to add the new Tomato Fresh Food Cafe cookbook to my collection. This tiny jewel of a restaurant has really captured the essence of cafe culture with these simple, fresh and easy to prepare recipes. Congratulations.
-John Bishop

- John Bishop

If I could choose one restaurant in Vancouver to somehow bundle up and take home, it would be the Tomato Fresh Food Caf?a genial nest of neo-comfort cuisine.... Tomato serves up vibrant, produce-driven dishes centered around whatever is most alluring at the local farmer's markets each morning.... If you can't make it to Vancouver, you can still catch this very special restaurant's unique appeal in the new cookbook, As Fresh As It Gets: Everyday Recipes from the Tomato Fresh Food Caf?t;/i>.
-Jim Gladstone, Passport Magazine

- Jim Gladstone

Background, travels, emphasis on good food, good talk, and good friends - it all comes through...
-The Georgia Straight

- Georgia Straight

Having known Christian over the past twenty years, I've had the opportunity to witness his dedication, integrity, and inventiveness which have all been reflected in the success of the Tomato Cafe;. Readers and long-time customers will relish in this cooking book inspired by Christian and Star's most favourite and cherished recipes.
-Michel Jacob, Le Crocodile

- Michel Jacob

...revealing recipes that are good for everyday enjoyment.
-The Creek

- The Creek

Flip it open to just about any page and you'll discover something easy to cook.... The book has loads of good information on how to distinguish different kinds of clams, greens, specialty tomatoes, and more.
-Where Vancouver

- Where Magazine

Organic fresh and seasonal are trendy buzzword these days but Tomato's approach has always been to do more than talk the talk as the cookbook proves.
-Vancouver Courier

- Vancouver Courier

These delicious recipes balance succulent natural flavor and healthful living. Tomatoes are prominently featured of course, but As Fresh as It Gets is far from a mono-themed cookbook; the recipes are sure to please homestyle chefs of all backgrounds, palates, and experience levels. Highly recommended.
-Midwest Book Review

- Midwest Book Review

The owners of Vancouver's beloved Tomato Fresh Food Cafe in Vancouver open the door to making food that's wholesome, simple and inventive.
-Canadian Living

- Canadian Living