People have long wished Chef Lisa Ahier would share the secrets of Tofino’s SoBo (Sophisticated Bohemian) eatery, which originally started out in 2003 as a purple food truck parked in a gravel parking lot behind a surf shop. Ahier has just launched The SoBo Cookbook: Recipes from the Tofino Restaurant at the End of the Canadian Road.
In these 274 pages, you’ll find Ahier’s lustfully delish (and locally famous) recipes, including Spot Prawns with Gnocchi and Carrot Orange Sauce, Killer Fish Tacos and Keylime Pie (which musician Sarah McLachlan raves about in her intro to the book). With Jeremy Koreski’s stunning photography of both SoBo’s recipes and the people and landscapes of Tofino, you’ll want to keep this book in your pantry for years to come. And remember to keep some passion there as well. As Ahier says, “It’s our real magic ingredient.” (Random House, $29.95)