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From farm to table to page by Alieska Robles

A journey through the local flavours of London, Ontario. A tribute to culinary experiences, inspiring chefs, dedicated producers and talented artisans. A passion project that helped us re-discover the treasures we keep in our kitchens.

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60

cooks

35

farmers

6

artisans

5

creators

138

original recipes

20

months in development

68

photoshoots

943

vintage props used

504

full-colour pages

2304

exclusive copies

751

individual supporters

31

retail partners

 
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Gourmand Third Best in the World under “Best Digital Book” and Canadian Winner under “Best Self-published Cookbook” in English in Canada 2019. 2019 Independent Publisher Book Awards Gold medalist under “General Cookbooks.” 2019 International Book Awards Winner under “International Cookbooks.”

 
 
 

 

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THE JOURNEY

IN MOTION

 

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BRING IT HOME

 

OUR MANIFESTO

Come into the forest and get back to the roots.

Enjoy fresh ingredients from the soil to your home.

Have fun in the kitchen. Be curious and discover new flavours.

realize that the most meaningful moments in life often happen around food.

Talk more - text less. Share old stories while creating new ones.

Celebrate the culinary heroes that change lives one bite at a time.

become one of them, too.

Be inspired, and inspire others to connect.

Feed your body, but most importantly, feed your soul.

Be present and be one with the city… with the Forest City.

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The Team

 
 
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Alieska Robles was the driving force behind the project. For over a decade, she helped brands and individuals share their stories.

From creative concept to award-winning publication, the Forest City Cookbook represented Alieska's love for food photography, obsession with cookbooks and great admiration for people who work with their hands. The cookbook celebrates our local community and showcases her passion for culinary experiences, treasured antiques, local ingredients and people who eat together.

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The faces behind our favourite local restaurants, events, classrooms and small businesses.

The 60 inspiring chefs, sous chefs and cooks featured in the book developed a total of 138 original recipes using local ingredients. Recipes that capture their passion for flavour and best-kept secrets to help us nourish body and soul at the comfort of our homes.

 
 
 
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The cookbook shares the stories of 35 dedicated farmers who are making the difference in our local food system. The hands that feed your family and support your community, take care of the soil and preserve the health of our bountiful land for the generations to come.

The book also includes the stories of 5 talented artisans, 1 chocolate-maker, 2 coffee roasters and 1 brewmaster that turn their emotions into something tangible, bringing together their heart and soul to transform raw materials into masterpieces.

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This book was a little grain of sand that will hopefully inspire more creative minds to get together and create.

The team was small but mighty. The book was directed, produced, designed, photographed and published by Alieska Robles with the support from Brian Blatnicki as communications coordinator, Amanda DeVries as prop stylist, Chad Stewart as farmers connection, Carl Matthes as tech support and Bryan Lavery as editor.

 
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partners

This book was successfully crowdfunded in big part thanks to local businesses that preordered books by volume, helping us cover the production expenses up front. The author, production team and artisans featured will be forever thankful to all the sponsors who believed in the project and took the risk.

 

Made with love from farm to table to page by Alieska Robles