Taste of the Week

Curried Carrot Soup

Curried Carrot Soup

The photo above is curried carrot soup, a sample recipe from my new book, Everyone Can Cook Everything. You'll find the recipe by clicking on "dig in" below. Everyone Can Cook Everything is the perfect gift for the home cook, no matter what their skill level. Some of the other 200 plus recipes in the book include Brandy-Laced Peppercorn Pate; Hot and Sour Soup with Scallop Ribbons and Ginger; Sensational Seafood Lasagna; Hawaiian-Style Ribs; Lemon Lover’s Cupcakes; and Cocoa Pavlova.

Dig In

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

What's Cooking

Sockeye salmon recipes    |    August, 2014    |    Food column

Good day everyone! With sockeye salmon runs reaching epic proportions this year, I thought this would be a good time to write a story that offered tips on cooking this fish. It was published today, it includes three fine recipes, and you can read it here timescolonist.com

Happy cooking!



Oils, ratatouille and peanuts

I published three new food articles on August 13, 17 and 20.. One offers usage tips and information about canola oil, grapeseed oil, olive oil, and avocado oil. To see that story, click here timescolonist.com The second column looks at the history of the southern French vegetable dish ratatouille and offers a great recipe for it. To see that story, click here timescolonist.com. The last story is all about peanuts and offers a lovely summer salad that incorporates them. To see that story, click here timescolonist.com 


Ribs and Sides

My July 30 Victoria Times Colonist newspaper column offered a long weekend feast that include recipes for succulent pork back ribs and side dishes to serve with them. If that sounds appealing, you can read the story by clicking here timescolonist.com


Go for Gazpacho

My July 23 newspaper column was on that cool and tangy Spanish-style soup gazpacho. To learn about the history of this soup and to find recipes for red and white versions of it, click here timescolonist.com


Cool Seafood

In my July16 newspaper column I featured cool and tasty recipes using seafood that would be perfect to serve on hot summer day. The recipes include a Mexican-style shrimp cocktail, a cool mussel appetizer topped with crab, and a salmon main-course dish paired with a creamy potato salad. To read that 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 Spanish tapas-style recipes and  include fig and olive tapenade; spice roasted almonds; peel and Spanish-style prawns; and chili roasted potatoes with lime cilantro mayo. To view those recipes click here thriftyfoods.com.