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‘Titans of the Table’ at Manticore Saturday 0

Orillia-born Rose Murray, left, and co-writer Elizabeth Baird will be signing copies of their new cookbook, Canada’s Favourite Recipes, Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. at Manticore Books in downtown Orillia. (STAN SWITALSKI, Submitted photo)

Orillia-born Rose Murray, left, and co-writer Elizabeth Baird will be signing copies of their new cookbook, Canada’s Favourite Recipes, Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. at Manticore Books in downtown Orillia. (STAN SWITALSKI, Submitted photo)

Recently dubbed the “Titans of the Table,” legendary food writers Elizabeth Baird and Rose Murray will be in Orillia on Saturday celebrating the release of their new cookbook, Canada’s Favourite Recipes (Whitecap Books).

The writers will be on hand from noon to 2 p.m. to sign copies of their new work.

With Christmas just around the corner, we are all looking for delicious new treats to share with family and friends during the holiday season. And here is the perfect cookbook to inspire you in the kitchen.

Canadian cuisine rivals the most sophisticated in the world. Baird and Murray prove it once again with their collection of 160 recipes gathered from across the country.

These beloved foodies pioneered our awareness of great Canadian cuisine and, for more than three decades, have shown us what defines genuine Canadian fare.

For their new book, the authors say it took them years to seek out Canada’s favourite recipes, “but it was fun to connect with people who shared our passion for this country’s amazing food resources, including indigenous ingredients we love so much, as well as those signature dishes that immigrant kitchens have contributed to the country’s palate.”

From historic family recipes to offerings from celebrity chefs, Canada’s Favourite Recipes embraces them all.

From the East Coast, there are Atlantic snow-crab cakes; from Quebec, tortiere and tarte au sucre. Jonathan Gushue, executive chef at Langdon Hall, offers vichyssoise with oysters. From Kensington Market, there is slow-roast pork with gravy and cider-baked apple sauce. Edna Staebler's “schnippled” bean salad is a Waterloo Region classic. And who can resist Monda Rosenberg’s maple carrot cake with maple butter icing or Dorothy Duncan’s carrot pudding with brown-sugar sauce?

When it comes to Canadian food and best recipes, no one does it better than Murray and Baird.

Murray was born in Orillia and raised on a farm in Collingwood. She is an award-winning cookbook author who has studied cooking internationally, a cooking teacher, media personality and newspaper and magazine contributor.

Baird has also studied at major culinary schools here and abroad and began her career as a food writer in 1974 with the cookbook Classic Canadian Cooking (still in print). An award-winning author, she was for 20 years the food editor of Canadian Living magazine and appeared for years on the Food Channel’s Canadian Living cooking show. She is a frequent guest on radio and television and a mentor to some of Canada’s top chefs.

For further information about the book signing, call Don Ross at Manticore Books 705-326-7776.

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