In the outdoor adventure hub of Prince Rupert, the Cow Bay CafĂ© has been a staple on the culinary scene for 16 years.
And there's little wonder why â what with Chef Adrienne Johnston's tasty offerings of grilled halibut tacones, and salmon chowder, not to mention Skeena spring salmon in red Thai curry sauce. All dishes so popular with locals and visitors alike that the chef was inspired to publish her first cookbook of Cow Bay menus, complete with a West Coast twist. Cooked up by Johnston, who is also the hot spot's owner, No More Secrets showcases 97 of the restaurant's most-requested recipes. Flip through the pages, and Secrets will reveal cooking tips and a story, or two, about Johnston's own experiences, and how each has influenced her time in the kitchen. As an added touch, the book begins with tasty endings: desserts, including chocolate and ancho chile crĂšme brĂ»lĂ©e, and strawberry, rhubarb and almond crumble, which routinely have customers clamouring for more. (The logic: Johnston preps after-dinner treats first thing when she's manning the stoves at the cafĂ©, and she wanted the book to mirror her daily routine.) We're not complaining. After all, it's never a bad thing to start with dessert. www.nomoresecrets.ca
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