The Art of Living According to Joe Beef

A Cookbook of Sorts

By David McMillan; Frederic Morin; Meredith Erickson
(Ten Speed Press, Hardcover, 9781607740148, 291pp.)

Publication Date: October 11, 2011

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Located in a working-class neighborhood of Montreal, Joe Beef is at the center of Montreal's growing reputation as a culinary destination. Often referred to as the Paris of North America, Montreal is the second-largest French-speaking city in the world, and like France, food is at the heart of its identity.
In "The Art of Living According to Joe Beef," co-owners/chefs FrEdEric Morin and David McMillan, along with writer and former Joe Beef staff member Meredith Erickson, present 135 unforgettable recipes showcasing Joe Beef's unconventional approach to French market cuisine. Advocating the use of ingredients from local or family-owned producers whenever possible, this collection of hearty dishes delivers. The Strip Loin Steak comes complete with ten variations, Kale for a Hangover wisely advises the cook to eat and then go to bed, and the Marjolaine includes tips for welding your own cake mold. Joe Beef's most popular dishes are also represented, such as Spaghetti Homard-Lobster, Foie Gras Breakfast Sandwich, Pork Fish Sticks, and Pojarsky de Veau (a big, moist meatball served on a bone). The "coup de grAce" is the Smorgasbord--Joe Beef's version of a Scandinavian open-faced sandwich--with thirty different toppings.
This cookbook (of sorts) is packed with personal stories, Fred's favorite train trips, Dave's ode to French Burgundy, instructions for building a backyard smoker and making absinthe, a Montreal travel guide, and "beaucoup plus." With nearly every recipe photographed in exquisite detail, this nostalgic yet utterly modern cookbook is a groundbreaking guide to living an outstanding culinary life.

About the Author
David McMillan was once one of Australia's most notorious drug traffickers. He began his drug-smuggling career following a trip to India in his twenties; it was a vocation that would see him mastermind a heroin-smuggling syndicate worth millions of dollars and plan numerous escape attempts from prisons around the world. He was ruined in the 1980s by a major arrest, the death of his wife and a long prison sentence. While on remand he was charged with attempting to escape by helicopter using SAS personnel. Following his arrest in Thailand and subsequent infamous escape from Klong Prem maximum security prison, David continued to undertake risky adventures until retiring to London in the late 1990s, where he now lives.

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