8 Audiobooks to Help You Cook Like a Pro

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08/27/2021

Audiohacks are the latest trend for anyone looking to learn a new skill. One of the most popular trends Canadians have been trying out is expanding their cooking abilities. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert trying to learn a new skill, cooking audiobooks are a great place to explore the joy of cooking. We’ve compiled our top 8 audiohacks to help you cook like a pro. Need good cooking inspiration? Check out the Field Guide to Eating in Canada for a coast-to-coast look at food across Canada to pick a dish, food type, or flavour profile and get started.

Gluten-Free Vegan Cookbook: 120 Simple and Delicious Gluten-Free Vegan Recipes for a Healthy Lifestyle

Author:
Abbey Lincoln
Narrator:
Ethan Samuel
Length:
4:44
Type:
Unabridged Audiobook

Today, more and more people have restrictions on their diets or are turning to veganism for environmental, ethical, or health reasons. It can be overwhelming for someone transitioning into a new lifestyle to know where to begin. The Gluten-Free Vegan Cookbook offers 120 different recipes that give healthy options to restricted diets.

Whether you are unable to eat gluten or you are cutting back in order to be more healthy, learning how to properly execute delicious gluten-free recipes is key. Switching to a new diet can feel limiting, but knowing what to eat and how to prepare it can open up a world of flavour and possibilities.

This audiobook dives into what gluten is and how to reduce or remove it from your diet, while focusing on healthy cooking skills and a sustainable, plant-based diet. It’s all about embracing a healthy lifestyle by enjoying food without unhealthy ingredients.

A lot of people new to veganism assume that it is all salads, cooked veggies, and raw fruit. The perception can be that vegan food is boring, repetitive, or uninspired. This cookbook challenges that notion by providing beginners with the know how to add flavour and variety to their vegan diet.

The Ultimate Vegan Cooking Guide for Beginners takes listeners through each step of the adjustment process, from an overview of common ingredients to how to stock a pantry for vegan living, all the way through simple recipes and full meal prep. It is the ultimate all-around guide for anyone looking to dive into vegan living. By starting with a strong knowledge-based foundation, listeners are better able to understand what choices are best for them.

In addition to covering the fundamentals of veganism, this audiobook offers a variety of recipes for beginners hoping to learn vegan cooking techniques. The recipes highlight the power of filling and satisfying plant-based foods to facilitate weight loss and improve physical health, setting up listeners for success as they travel along their vegan journey.

Another cooking trend that is gaining popularity is the use of gadgets to aid at home cooking and meal prep. Those looking for a convenient and healthy option have turned to air fryers for their amazing ability to cook healthier crispy foods without fat, oil or grease. Faster, easier, and healthier? What more could we ask for in a cooking appliance?

This Air Fryer Cookbook for Beginners is the perfect first book for anyone just starting out in the world of air-frying. This audiobook covers everything from tips on buying a fryer to how to get the most out of this kitchen gadget. It is the ultimate tool for transitioning into using a novel and on-trend product.

To make it easier to jump right in, this audiobook also offers a number of simple and easy-to-follow air fryer recipes from French fries to air fried chicken wings. It can be daunting to start cooking with a new appliance, but these step-by-step recipes will save newbies time and effort as they increase their comfort level with air frying.

Another popular tool in the kitchen is the instant pot. Instant pots are essentially the upgraded crock pots, designed to pressure cook or slow cook a meal in a fraction of the time. Instant pots can be remarkably useful for anyone with a busy or on-the-go schedule. This cookbook will teach you how to cook everything in a shortened time period.

Learning how to use a new tool can be challenging, but an audiobook is an ideal way to ease into new cooking methods with a new appliance. Listening to instructions, tips, and recipes in audiohack form allows novice cooks to practice in real time and follow along with the narrator as they go through the steps or recipes.

The Instant Pot Mini Cookbook is a must-listen for anyone with an instant pot or looking to invest in one. It will outline all the steps, tricks, and tips you need to get the most out of this impressive kitchen gadget, regardless if you are a first time user or experienced home cook. Whether you're poaching, cooking a whole chicken, or making one pot fried rice.

Another one of the biggest trends during quarantine was the popularity of bread making. People all over the country who had never even attempted to bake were suddenly taking up the skill, trying out everything from simple pizza dough to sourdough masterpieces.

Bread is one of the simplest baked goods to learn how to make, and a good place to start for first time bakers looking to test their skills in a home kitchen environment. Bread making is a good way for listeners to dive into baking, but also allows ample room for growth.

How to Bake Bread: The Beginner Guide is an easy-to-follow guide that will lead beginner cooks through the steps needed to become a confident bread baker. Making bread is a fun activity for all ages, and the resulting bread supply will also help cut costs at the grocery store or bakery. One of the best cookbooks for bread making, it covers all the building blocks of baking, and is an excellent reference book to listen along with.

Rodney Scott's World of BBQ: Every Day Is a Good Day: A Cookbook

Author:
Rodney Scott, Lolis Eric Elie
Narrator:
Rodney Scott
Length:
4:25
Type:
Unabridged Audiobook

One of the most loved cuisine types across Canada and North America is barbeque. Synonymous with summer evenings, cottaging, or backyard bashes, barbecuing is a skill that varies greatly. Rodney Scott offers his James Beard Award-winning skills to this barbeque mastery audiobook.

There are few things more coveted in the world of cooking than perfect barbecue. Meat lovers everywhere search for new tips, tricks, and recipes to find that ultimate authentic barbeque taste. A native of South Carolina, Rodney Scott not only has a rich history in American barbeque cuisine, but translates his expertise into recipes and practices everyone from experts to novices can tackle.

Fire up the grill, turn on your audio device, and let Scott talk you through mastering the best of what authentic Southern US barbeque has to offer. From braising to grilling, New York strip steak to the humble chicken breast, Scott covers it all. His clear instructions are infused with passion and flavour that showcase his joy of cooking, for a well-rounded listen that will have you ready to try all his BBQ skills.

Matty Matheson: A Cookbook

Author:
Matty Matheson
Narrator:
Matty Matheson
Length:
6:37
Type:
Unabridged Audiobook

Matty Matheson is full of life and character, and his long-awaited self-titled cookbook is no exception. This is the perfect choice for devoted fans and new followers alike looking for a food-based listen that is bursting with energy, spirit and good food.

This audio cookbook is a mixture of autobiographical tales, love stories to food, and straightforward recipes. Matheson speaks with a passion and drive that is evident in both his tone and his words, a passion that has been seen and felt in his food for years. He brings this same flavour to a cookbook that is sure to inspire even the most novice cooks to give his recipes a try.

This book is also distinctly Canadian. Matheson follows his journey with food across P.E.I. and cooking school Toronto, where he has worked and built a strong following. His recipes reflect this, with homey Canadian recipes like rappie pie and gumbo, which he sets alongside his restaurant favourites pigtail tacos and the P&L Burger. His connection to food is entwined with his connection to the country, making it the perfect cookbook for Canadian listeners looking to dive headfirst into becoming a better cook.

Our Harlem: Seven Days of Cooking, Music and Soul at the Red Rooster

Author:
Marcus Samuelsson
Narrator:
Marcus Samuelsson
Length:
6:05
Type:

Another famed chef and food writer full of soul and flavour is Marcus Samuelsson. His passion and love for food is palpable, and he funnels all of that into Our Harlem, a love story to the food and culture that shaped him and his best dishes. It is a rich and dynamic listen on food and cooking that will fill you with a love of food, and the inspiration to test your own chef skills.

Samuelsson structures his audiobook in a conversational style, inviting a different guest to join him each day to discuss food, drink, cook, and share their love of cuisine. He narrates with a friendly, familiar tone that helps listeners feel like they are sitting down around a table with friends.

Not only is this a great cookbook to inspire the chef in all of us, but the Our Harlem audiobook also comes with bonus audio that includes favourite recipes from The Red Rooster Cookbook, so listeners can try their hand at some of Samuelsson’s best dishes such as brown butter biscuits, Ethiopian spice-crusted lamb or sweet potato cream, which are sure to impress.


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