16 Dec 2021

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Old Montreal Cookbooks That Will Have You Cooking Like a Chef!

Old Montreal Cookbooks That Will Have You Cooking Like a Chef!

Article updated on 16 Dec. 2021

If you love experimenting in the kitchen and trying out new recipes, you will adore this selection of books, written by chefs from various Old Montreal restaurants and well-known neighbourhood locations. These books are ideal for you if you want to switch up your normal routine and discover some new flavours!


Cooking for Montreal since 2004, Mandy’s is a fan-favourite for those who love resplendent gourmet salads. Following its huge success, this establishment published a book to share some of their cuisine secrets, and even some life advice. From ingredient prep to making vinaigrettes, you will learn everything behind their succulent salads; now, you will know all their secrets! This book filled with succulent recipes and stunning colours is a great gift for a friend, or as a treat for yourself.

Mandy’s Gourmet Salads: Recipes for Lettuce and Life

Olive & Gourmando

More than 22 years after its opening, Olive + Gourmando is finally unveiling its best recipes. In this book, you will be able to discover and recreate some of the restaurant’s greatest dishes, from chef and co-owner, Dyan Solomon. These recipes are accessible to everyone, and whether you are a beginner in the kitchen or a confirmed chef, you will surely be able to find something in here to satisfy your taste buds!

Olive + Gourmando : le livre de recettes

Marguerite-Bourgeoys Historical Site

The mythical volume La Cuisine raisonnée was published for the first time in 1919 by the Sisters of the Notre-Dame congregation, who wished to compile a manual for young newly married women to help them run their home. To celebrate the book’s 100th anniversary, the Marguerite-Bourgeoys Historical Site boutique is selling an updated version, which collects recipes for the classic dishes of Quebec culture and recounts the history of this indispensable collection. This edition will include a forward signed by the inimitable chef Daniel Vézina – a must-have!

La Cuisine raisonnée


Restaurant Venice is serving up a breath of fresh air daily, with its decadent (yet healthy!) dishes. When great weather rolls around, a good salad is one of the first things to come to mind. So, look no further than Venice’s new book covering recipes for their take on poké, salads, tacos, and smoothies! Perfect for learning how to make colourful and energizing meals!

La Cuisine fraîcheur du Venice : pokés, salades, tacos, smoothies - Charles Manceau

Le Garde-Manger

Garde-Manger offers simple and festive cuisine daily, made with top-quality spices and ingredients. That same experience is exactly what you’ll find in its cookbook written by Chuck Hughes, internationally renowned chef and restaurant co-owner. In this publication, he revisits some of the classics and shows off his specialities that are sure to impress even the pickiest of eaters!

Le Garde-manger - Chuck Hughes

Bistro L’Arrivage

Heading up the operations at Bistro L’Arrivage in the Pointe-à-Callière museum for about a year, chef Philippe Mollé is serving up his speciality – traditional French bistro dishes. But he also serves meals inspired by the native communities of la Belle Province and themes based on expositions presented by the establishment. To go even further, you can pick up the wonderful gastronomy expert’s books, notably his works on maple reference and recipes.

Philippe Mollé's Bibliography


Are you looking for a bit of an escape and want to travel to some sunnier climes? Helena Loureiro, chef at Helena, has elaborated on her selection of 80 Portuguese recipes, with a focus on fresh fish and seafood. There’s no better way to bring a little sunshine to your plate!

La Cuisine d’Helena, 80 recettes portugaises pour ensoleiller votre table - Helena Loureiro


If you’re vegan, thinking of becoming vegan, or you simply want to change up your normal routine, then this book from Stéphanie Audet, executive chef of vegan restaurant LOV, is exactly what you’re looking for! In this illustrated book, containing around 80 recipes, discover a new interesting and gourmet way to enjoy fruits, vegetables, and other botanical flavours!

Cuisine botanique - Stéphanie Audet