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A cocktail book celebrating one of the most prominent symbols of our shared Canadian culinary identity—the Caesar—from the founders of Canada's first premiere Caesar company.
Get ready to depart on a country-wide tour, from Victoria to Nunavut to Halifax—and a whole lot of Canada in between—to explore the history and culture of our national drink, the Caesar. In their debut book, Aaron Harowitz and Zack Silverman—co-founders of Walter Craft Caesar—share their favourite takes on this classic cocktail, drawing inspiration from the people they’ve met, places they’ve traveled, and cocktails they’ve sipped as they've grown their business. But more than just recipes from Aaron and Zack’s personal repertoire, Caesar Country also features drinks from many of Canada’s top bartenders, drawing on a host of techniques and local ingredients, showing countless ways to expand on this iconic Canadian cocktail with the help of stunning photography and unfussy, step-by-step guidelines. Throughout this beautifully designed book, you’ll find Caesar-inspired dishes from some of Canada’s most celebrated chefs, including Lora Kirk, Derek Dammann, Chuck Hughes, and Michael Smith—recipes that riff on classic Caesar flavours in everything from Mussels Escabeche to Shakshuka to the Clam Bake.
More than a recipe collection, though, Caesar Country is a detailed deep dive into the cocktail’s history and the art and science of making exceptional Caesars, covering everything from equipment to methodology to preparing Caesar bars for larger gatherings. In language straightforward enough for home bartenders and with enough cocktail wizardry to interest seasoned professionals, Caesar Country serves as a love letter to the land, communities, and innovators that make our food and drink culture so rich.
About the Author
Aaron Harowitz and Zack Silverman grew up together in Richmond, British Columbia in the 1980s. Many years later, in 2013, they co-founded Walter Craft Caesar with the simple goal of reimagining Canada’s national cocktail. As a result, it’s entirely possible they’ve tried more Caesars than just about anyone anywhere. This is their first book.
PRAISE FOR CAESAR COUNTRY
“The ultimate Caesar bible.”
—CHUCK HUGHES, chef and co-owner of Garde Manger, cookbook author, and host of APTN’s Chuck and the First Peoples’ Kitchen
“A beautiful piece of Canadiana through the lens of our national drink. I love this book.”
—MEREDITH ERICKSON, author of Alpine Cooking and co-author of Joe Beef: Surviving the Apocalypse
“The Caesar! How do I love thee? Let me count the ways! Aaron and Zack have created an extremely thoughtful, delicious, iconic cookbook to honour our national cocktail and all things Canadian. Caesar Country is a must-have for your collection.”
—LYNN CRAWFORD, Iron Chef, TV personality, and cookbook author
“It’s about time somebody wrote the book on Canada’s national obsession, the (Bloody) Caesar. This lovingly researched and highly entertaining book proves that there’s always something to learn about this versatile and surprisingly layered cocktail—an enigma, really, wrapped in mystery and topped with bacon. And sometimes shrimp, too.”
—CHRISTINE SISMONDO, author of America Walks into a Bar: A Spirited History of Taverns and Saloons, Speakeasies and Grog Shops
“All hail Aaron and Zack for bringing us this definitive guide to Canada’s national cocktail! While I like my Caesar with freshly grated horseradish, a dash of hot sauce, and an extra splash of vodka, this book showcases plenty of unique ways a Caesar can be enjoyed, thanks to the creative contributions of bartenders, chefs, and purveyors from coast to coast.”
—CHEF MICHAEL BONACINI, co-founder, Oliver & Bonacini Hospitality, and MasterChef Canada judge