Taste of the Week



If a delicious, olive-rich spread bolstered with such things as sun-dried tomatoes, capers, garlic and basil sounds appealing, then click on "dig in." You'll find a tasty recipe for it called Med-spread that tastes divine spread on crackers or baguette with a creamy cheese, such as goat or Brie. Bring it to a pot-luck party and it won't last long!This recipe is from my finger-food-rich book Everyone Can Cook Appetizers.

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Taste of the Week

Succulent Lamb Shanks

Succulent Lamb Shanks

If you’re looking for a delicious, comforting and divine entrée to serve these braised lamb shanks should do the trick. Click on “dig in” to learn about this cut and to find my recipe for preparing it. This recipe is from my photo-rich, 260-page book Everyone Can Cook for Celebrations. Award-winning author Rose Murray wrote this about it: Whether it’s for a big family gathering or an intimate evening, Eric Akis provides enticing new recipes or modern twists on old favourites, and then guides you through menus with helpful tips and make-ahead advice. Getting together over good food couldn’t be easier or more delicious. I can’t wait to start planning parties with Everyone Can Cook for Celebrations.

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Can everyone cook? That’s a question I’ve been asked frequently since I published the first cookbook in my Everyone Can Cook series in 2003. More than nine years later, and seven books into the series, my response to that query has remained the same: Yes, they can!

To me, it’s not whether or not you can cook; it’s whether or not you have the desire, the confidence and the inspiration to do so. If you have those traits, learning to cook, or improving the cooking skills you already have, can be a very tasty experience.

If you don’t have those traits, I hope that my cookbooks and this website will help you develop them. But I’m also writing for those of you who already enjoy cooking, but are seeking a reliable source of straightforward but delicious recipes, great cooking tips and other practical culinary information. See "What's Cooking" below for links to my recent newspaper columns, recipes and other exploits.

Thank you for visiting my website!

Eric Akis

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Pucker: A Cookbook for Citrus Lovers    |    December, 2014    |    Food articles and recipes

Hello everyone! My latest column is a review of a new and inviting book called Pucker: A Cookbook for Citrus Lovers. The story also features to festive recipe from the book. To read the story click here timescolonist.com

Roasting Duck 101

My December 3, Victoria Times Colonist newspaper column provided great tips on roasting duck and a festive recipe that inlcudes a divine citrus brandy sauce. To see that story click here timescolonist.com

Excellent Egg Dishes

My November 26 column was all about eggs and featured three recipes that would be perfect for the Christmas season. To read the story click here timescolonist.com.

Thrifty Foods Recipes

I create recipes for Thrifty Foods; a fine-quality British Columbia-based supermarket chain. On the menu this week are recipse designed to use leftover cooked chicken. They inlcude chicken korma, chicken pesto linguini, chicken tostado salad, and citrusy chicken and chickpea stew. To view those recipes click here thriftyfoods.com.


Praise for Eric Akis’s books

For Everyone Can Cook: “this collection of lively, user-friendly recipes makes me want to start cooking at once.”

Julian Armstrong, food editor, Montréal Gazette


For everyone can cook midweek meals: “Eric Akis is my kind of super- man . . . He offers more than what we have come to expect of him—food clearly explained. He serves it all forth with genuine goodwill and wry humor, the telltale sign of a true Clark Kent beneath the cape. With this culinary crusader’s gentle guidance, we can all cook.”

Dee Hobsbawn-Smith, author of the Curious Cook at Home


For Everyone Can Cook Clow Cooker Meals: “Eric Akis is Canada’s most talented food journalist, a man whose skills aren’t just in creating beautiful-looking recipes, but in creating recipes that we love, we crave and we return to again and again.”

Shelley Boettcher, food and wine writer, Calgary Herald


For Everyone Can Cook for Celebrations: “Eric Akis has always created delicious, easy-to-follow recipes . . . He takes the mystery out of cooking, with clear directions and lots of helpful hints.”

Bruce Mackenzie, features editor, Victoria Times Colonist