By Chef Michael Smith
Published by Whitecap, 2009; softcover, $29.95; 258 pages.
Michael Smith is one of those people you wish was your friend, or at least your neighbour. The mild-mannered Food Network star has no need to shout, eat questionable things or set fire to whatever he’s cooking. He’s like the Mr. Rogers of the kitchen, and that’s a good thing.
When Mr. Rogers, er, Mr. Smith wanders on set in his popular Food Network Show, Chef at Home, he brings with him an air of friendly excitement and discovery about what he’s doing (“Oh good, there’s some fresh rosemary in the fridge. I can use that!”), but it’s never in your face or scary, just comfy enough that you want to stand next to him and watch what he’s doing and hear what he has to say about it.
This same jolly ease comes through in his latest book, which has been on the B.C. best-seller list for a number of months now. (more…)