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Pork Back with Ribs with Bourbon, Chipotle and Maple

Pork Back with Ribs with Bourbon, Chipotle and Maple

Click on dig in to see this sample recipe from my book, Everyone Can Cook Slow Cooker Meals: Recipes for Satisfying Mains and Delicious Sides. If you don’t have an indoor or outdoor grill, enrich the color of the ribs before setting them in your slow cooker by broiling them a few minutes per side. These ribs would great for a Super Bowl party.

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The Great Rotisserie Chicken Cookbook

The Great Rotisserie Chicken Cookbook

This is the cover of my new book that will be published March 31. Millions and millions of rotisserie chickens are sold every year in North America, a sign many people enjoy it’s flavour. The Great Rotisserie Chicken Cookbook will be your key to preparing delicious meals with this tender, juicy meat, show you how to cook one yourself, and offer side dish recipes to serve with the bird. The book is now ready for pre-order in Canada at amazon.ca, and in the United States at amazon.com



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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

What's Cooking

Super sliders and smoked fish cakes    |    January, 2015    |    Food articles and recipes

 Hello! I've have two new newspaper stories for you to check out. One is all about sliders and offers three tasty recipes. To read that story click here timescolonist.com The other story is about a smoked fish called finnan haddie and how to use it. To read that story clikc here timescolonist.com

Lamb Pot Roast

If you like braised, tender lamb, you'll want to check out my January 16 newspaper column which offered a tasty way to make a richly falvoured lamb pot roast. To see that story click here timescolonist.com

Posh parsnips

My January 14 Victoria Times Colonist newspaper column was all about cooking parnsips in inventive ways. It includes recipes for a great soup, awesome entree and a sweet cake (yes cake!). To read the story click here timescolonist.com


Sunday Social Supper - The Great Rotisserie Chicken Cookbook

On Sunday, April 12, from 5:00pm to 7:00pm, I’ll be presenting a cooking class at Barbara-Jo's Books to Cooks in Vancouver. During the evening I’ll talk about my new book, The Great Rotisserie Chicken Cookbook: More Than 100 Delicious Ways to Enjoy Storebought and Homecooked Chicken, demonstrate a diverse menu from it, and sign books after the meal.

If you would like to attend, the cost is $115 per pesron, which includes a fine Sunday social supper, beverages and a personalized copy of my new book. To register, visit Barbara-Jo’s website here bookstocooks.com.


Thrifty Foods Recipes

I create recipes for Thrifty Foods; a fine-quality British Columbia-based supermarket chain. On the menu this week are recipe that would be great for a Super Bowl party..  They include hot and cheesey kale dip; beef dip with beer and barbecue sauce; feed a crowd guacamole; and chili citrus wings for a party. 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 Slow 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