I believe the best memories – the ones that nourish us, touch our hearts and evoke spirited laughter from the deepest parts of our bellies – are foraged through good food and drink. Put the two together, and you undoubtedly have a recipe for intoxicating deliciousness. Not to mention wild stories for years to come.
Who ever said we can’t have our gin cake and eat it too? Not me, that’s for sure.
Friends, fellow food people, drunkards, lovers… I’m thrilled to share breaking news with you that my cookbook is now available for purchase from the publisher, Amazon, Amazon Canada, Indigo, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound and Bam!
The manuscript has been scripted. The photos have been photographed. And I am clean out of alcohol.
If you’re into really good food cooked from scratch with fresh ingredients, drinks with a little somethin’ somethin’ and enjoying what you put in your mouth, this book is for you.
Cooking With Cocktails tastes a lot like She Eats – it’s witty(ish), delicious and loaded with flavour and useful information – but better. Because every single one of the 100 recipes have been carefully tested, photographed and curated to invite the hungry, life loving, alcohol enthusiast in you to look to your bar for inspiration for your next meal.
A few dishes are childhood favourites that I’ve adulted the shit out of, while others are new ones that have been concocted along the way. Some are quick and easy (like me, ow ow!) while others take more care.
Most of them involve cheese or butter or bread or meat and lots of farm fresh, locally seasonal produce.
None of them include reduced fat or low calorie ingredients. If you’re concerned about those things, I say everything in moderation. Move your body more than you watch TV. Like Sarah Copeland says “eat cake and vegetables”. Because life is better in whole flavour and full colour.
All of them are both boozy in nature and delicious in flavour, accompanied by a big luscious photo shot by yours truly.
I’m not saying it’s going to change your life or anything, but…. It’ll probably change your life.
From the Jacket
Julia Child famously commented, “I enjoy cooking with wine, sometimes I even put it in the food . . . ” Kristy Gardner has taken this idea to the next level in Cooking with Cocktails. Every recipe is touched with alcohol; the result is a punchy visual adventure with roots in Italian and French cuisine that demands enjoying meals with passion, with friends, and with alcohol.
Join the celebration of the very best that life has to offer—good friends, good food, good drink, great stories, and bad jokes—with humor, delicious recipes, and mouth-watering photographs.
We’re in good company and damn it, we’ll eat good food together, too. So if you make anything or pick up a copy, please let me know. Email me or @tag me or use #CookingWithCocktails on social media so I see it.
Cook. Eat. Imbibe. Live. And repeat.
But first, buy my book. I can’t believe the day has come when I get to share it with you. Thank you. For effing everything.
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Press (more to come!)
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – Cocktails From The Garden Are Coolly Refreshing
The Province – Cooking With Booze? Why Not?
The Vancouver Sun – Q&A: Blogger Kristy Gardner Gets Boozy with Cooking With Cocktails
Food Bloggers of Canada – FBC Members Spring Cookbook Preview
Diversivore – Red Wine Chorizo with Blistered Cherry Tomatoes and Fresh Herbs
Well Preserved – Cooking With Cocktails Cookbook Preview
The Beeroness – Lager-Simmered Chicken Thighs
White Lights on Wednesday – Crock Pot Cuervo & Tecate Pork Carnitas
Craft and Cocktails – Boozy Beet Shrub Cocktail: Cooking With Cocktails
The Food Gays – Layered Naked Champagne Cake with Buttercream Frosting
Rhubarbarians – Stacked Ale Mushrooms with Arugula & Goat Cheese
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – Boozy, Cheesy Quesadillas Get A Kick from Tequila, Jalapeños
Simple Bites – Spring Cookbooks Preview
Holly & Flora – Mint Cucumber & Smoky Jalapeño Margaritas
Just Crumbs – Peach Schnapps and Blueberry Crisp
Drinking With Chickens – Cooking With Cocktails (A Book Report) and Moscow Dark & Stormy
Rainy Day Bites – Crunchy Pommes Frites with Madeira Wine & Balsamic Reduction
Imbibe Magazine – Recipe feature for Lager Simmered Chicken Thighs
Arsenic Lace – Cinnamon Apple Whiskey Sour
Food Bloggers of Canada – “Cookbook Corner” Cookbook Review
Fox & Briar – Strawberry Chamboard Whipped Cheese Toasts
Bread Booze & Bacon – Bourbon Soaked Cherries
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – Let’s Eat: Raspberry Vodka Brownies and Ganache
Community Table – Sake To Me Scallops
Parade Magazine – Valentine’s Day Scallops for Your Sweetie
Eat Your Books – February Cookbook Preview
Archive Magazine – Book feature
Imbibe Magazine – Recipe feature for Dark & Stormy Kettle Corn
Imbibe Magazine -Recipe feature for Mushroom Thyme Sherry Soup