Taste of the Week

Deep Dish Apple Pie

Deep Dish Apple Pie

Apples are in season, which makes it a great time to make a sweet and flaky pie. If that sounds appealing, the click on "dig in" for a recipe.

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

Cooking oils and ratatouile    |    August, 2014    |    Food column

Good day everyone! I'm back in action after a nice break and have a published two new food articles. One offers usage tips and infromation about canola oil, grapeseed oil, olive oil, and avocado oil. Too see that story, click here timescolonist.com The other column offers a look at the history of the southern French vegetable dish ratatouille and offers a great recipe for it. Too see that story, click here timescolonist.com


Eric Akis


Ribs and Sides

Good day everyone! My latest Victoria Times Colonist newspaper column offers 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


Tasty Tapenade

My newspaper July 9 was about the tasty French spread tapenade. In the story I let you know about the history of the dish and provide the great recipes for making it. To see the story click here timecolonist.com


Thrifty Foods Recipes

I create recipes for Thrifty Foods; a fine-quality British Columbia-based supermarket chain. On the menu this week are seafood dishes cooked on a cedar plank. They include cedar plank scallops with lemony herb mayonaise; cedar plank sockeye salmon with citrus and pepper, cedar plank sole with shrimp, and proscuitto-wrapper halibut cooked on a cedar plank. To view those recipes click here thriftyfoods.com.