One of Chatelaine's best cookbooks of 2023!
Welcome back to Tofino! In this long-awaited follow-up to the award-winning bestseller, The SoBo Cookbook, you’ll find a whole new set of recipes, dialed up in delicious, unmistakable SoBo style.
To know Tofino is to know SoBo, the restaurant at the heart of this magnetic West Coast surf town. Since opening as a purple food truck 20 years ago, SoBo (short for “sophisticated bohemian”) has been bringing people together with Chef Lisa Ahier’s fresh West Coast fare. Year after year, locals and visitors alike return for her killer cooking and the relaxed warmth that can only be found here. Bring home this new slice of SoBo to share with your loved ones.
In Together at SoBo
, Chef Lisa Ahier shares all-new recipes from her beloved restaurant. Lisa’s recipes are love letters to Tofino and its position as the most westerly point of Canada. Drawing from local produce and a wealth of seafood, these are Pacific Northwest recipes enhanced by Lisa’s Southern flair.
- Local and seasonal: recipes like the Chanterelle and Corn Chowder and the Nettle, Clam and Shrimp Tagliatelle highlight Tofino’s coastal bounty
- Classics inspired by Lisa’s Southern childhood: reminisce with her family's Summer Ratatouille and Grilled Peach and Raspberry Melba recipes
- Seafood standouts: embrace the ocean with the Chinook Salmon with Parsnip Puffs and the Halibut Cheeks with Celeriac Cream
- Perennial SoBo favorites: try the beloved Roasted Acorn Squash and Kale Pizza and White Bean and Chicken Chili
And, in true, community-driven SoBo spirit, throughout the book, Lisa also introduces the people around her who have shaped the restaurant into the quintessential destination it is today.
Two decades on from its purple food truck beginnings, SoBo has never lost its namesake “sophisticated bohemian” essence: down-to-earth goodness forged through a connection to the people and place—land and sea—surrounding it.
LISA AHIER is the chef and owner of SoBo. She has lived in Missouri, Texas, and Florida but calls Tofino “home”. After working in numerous restaurants from the age of 13, she landed on the doorsteps of The Culinary Institute of America in New York’s Hyde Park at the age of 34.
SUSAN MUSGRAVE has had over 30 books published, including A Taste of Haida Gwaii. She owns and manages Haida Gwaii's Copper Beech House.
JEREMY KORESKI, born and raised Tofino, British Columbia, began taking photographs at age 13 when his father gifted him a camera.
“Very few chefs are able to capture their surroundings the way Lisa does. In this beautiful cookbook, Lisa’s brilliance and skill shine through in every single page.” —CLAUDIO APRILE, JUDGE ON MASTERCHEF CANADA
“Chef Lisa Ahier and her cherished SoBo restaurant are the heart of Tofino. Her warm hospitality, positive energy and humor welcome you like an old friend. Together at SoBo
captures the soul of Tofino and Chef Lisa’s love for culinary adventure. She is a rock star of the culinary world, committed to her craft, and her Fried Chicken Dinner, Southern Style is absolutely delish! This beautiful book is filled with her delicious recipes and is a must-have for anyone who wants to explore the Tofino food culture and cuisine.” —MARILYN DENIS, HOST OF THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW
“Not only have I always been jealous of the magical restaurant Lisa owns, but now I’m jealous of this perfect cookbook she’s written. SoBo is the restaurant everyone wishes that they had on their corner and with this book we can all feel lucky to have it in our homes.” —AMANDA COHEN, CHEF AND OWNER OF DIRT CANDY
“This cookbook is a perfect example of when love of food and craft is transported onto a plate. Chef Lisa’s generous spirit shines brightly on every page.” —NICOLE GOMES, WINNER OF TOP CHEF CANADA: ALL-STARS AND CO-FOUNDER OF CLUCK 'N' CLEAVER“Together at SoBo
, once again uses food to tell the story of a place and a community – specifically, Tofino. Expect profiles of local foragers, fishers and farmers, breathtaking photos (by Tofino photographer, Jeremy Koreski), and a writing ‘assist’ from celebrated Canadian writer and poet, Susan Musgrave. Impressive for its merits as a compilation of talent on its own, the most compelling reason to add Together at SoBo
to your home library is the fact that you’ll actually use it to cook