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from farm to table to page

by Alieska Robles 


 

 
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THE COOKBOOK

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

 

Proud to be a Gourmand World Cookbook. Best in the World winner under the category Best Digital Book and Canadian winner under the category of Best Self-published Cookbook in English in Canada 2019.

Gold medalist of the 2019 Independent Publisher Book Awards on the category of General Cookbooks. An award dedicated exclusively to titles published by independent authors and publishers.

 
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The FACTS

 

60 

chefs and cooks

35 

farmers and producers

6

artisans

138 

original recipes

3

dietary lifestyles

3

difficulty levels

5

creators

20

months in development

68

days of photoshoots

504

full-colour pages

943

vintage props

498

professional images

2304

limited edition copies

751

individual supporters

31

retail partners

 
 

one city united and MANY people gathered around the table!

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THE 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 Author

Alieska Robles is the driving force behind the project. For over a decade she has 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 is a work of art that celebrates our local community and reflects her passion for culinary experiences, treasured antiques, local ingredients and people who eat together.

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The cooks

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

The 60 inspiring chefs, sous chefs and cooks featured 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 farmers and artisans

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 five talented artisans, one chocolate-maker, two coffee roasters and one brewmaster that turn their emotions into something tangible, bringing together their heart and soul to transform raw materials into masterpieces.

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The Production Team

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.

The Shop

 

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THE JOURNEY IN MOTION 

Some of the Forest City Cookbook best moments captured for the future. It feels nice to be able to look back and bring back memories of fun times!

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The 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