Montreal Meals Author Publishes Quarantine Cookbook to Assist Restaurant Staff

Montreal Gazette food writer Amie Watson published a cookbook to help Montrealers with social distancing efforts – and all proceeds from the book will go to laid-off restaurant workers in Montreal.

It’s called Quarantine Cooking and it’s a digital release, which means no one has to break the social distancing rules to get it into the public’s hands. In keeping with the spirit of the times, there are calming yet interesting recipes that can be prepared from storage, refrigerators and freezers.

“There are two kinds of people in the world,” writes Watson. “Those who look into their closets and see what is missing, and those who look and see opportunities.”

Watson obviously falls into the latter category – with over 50 recipes, Quarantine Cooking goes way beyond the obvious rice and pasta options that might come to mind with staple foods.

“The idea is to inspire people to cook with what they have, like lentils and spices, but maybe also make something they never had time for before, like homemade pasta or a Vietnamese chicken pho’ga -Soup made from scratch that simmer for hours, “says Watson.

The book also includes options like Indian dosa, Vietnamese chau (a rice soup), homemade gnocchi, and zabaglione with lots of wine.

The book is available now on a pay-as-you-want basis – all funds will go to the Montreal Restaurant Workers Relief Fund.

Disclosure: Amie Watson previously contributed to Eater Montreal.

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