Focussing on the number and availability of ingredients, the recipes in Straight from the Line are designed to be adaptable. Whether it’s omelettes, roasted root vegetables, lobster and avocado tostadas, gnocchi, crème caramel, or Eton mess, each recipe reflects an appreciation for how home cooking tends to happen in real life. Between recipes Jason offers his candid take on the state of the restaurant industry, on the pleasures and limits of shopping local, the joys and common pitfalls of entertaining at home, and more.
The book features full-colour photography throughout. With a foreword by Canadian restaurateur David Barette.
Jason Lynch was born and raised in Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley. He studied at Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Arts Institute in Ottawa, and upon returning to Nova Scotia was part of the team at Acton’s Restaurant in Wolfville before joining Domaine de Grand Pré Winery’s Le Caveau Restaurant in 2003. In 2007 he took over as Le Caveau’s executive chef. At the forefront of the local food movement in the region, Jason sources roughly 80 percent of the restaurant’s ingredients locally. The restaurant was named one of twenty world’s best winery restaurants by Wine Access magazine. Jason is also executive chef at the Black Spruce Restaurant in Gros Morne National Park.
Japanese cuisine has an intimidating reputation that has convinced most home cooks that its beloved preparations are best left to the experts. But legendary chef Masaharu Morimoto, owner of the wildly popular Morimoto restaurants, is here to change that. In Mastering the Art of Japanese Home Cooking, he introduces readers to the healthy, flavorful, surprisingly simple dishes favored by Japanese home cooks.
Chef Morimoto reveals the magic of authentic Japanese food—the way that building a pantry of half a dozen easily accessible ingredients allows home cooks access to hundreds of delicious recipes, empowering them to adapt and create their own inventions. From revelatory renditions of classics like miso soup, nabeyaki udon, and chicken teriyaki to little known but unbelievably delicious dishes like fish simmered with sake and soy sauce, Mastering the Art of Japanese Home Cooking brings home cooks closer to the authentic experience of Japanese cuisine than ever before.
And, of course, the famously irreverent chef also offers playful riffs on classics, reimagining tuna-and-rice bowls in the style of Hawaiian poke, substituting dashi-marinated kale for spinach in oshitashi, and upgrading the classic rice seasoning furikake with toasted shrimp shells and potato chips. Whatever the recipe, Chef Morimoto reveals the little details—the right ratios of ingredients in sauces, the proper order for adding seasonings—that make all the difference in creating truly memorable meals that merge simplicity with exquisite flavor and visual impact.
Photography by Evan Sung