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Pick your best holiday food book

A heap of thoughtful offerings to you and yours

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As for my choices, it's tough to narrow it down to one, but I'm definitely going to find some time for The Art of Living by Joe Beef: A Cookbook of Sorts.

The authors, Frédéric Morin, David McMillan, and Allison Cunningham, have filled a hankering for something authentically Canadian and Canadienne with their three little restaurants in Montreal. But it's their newest eatery, Joe Beef, named for a guy in the 1800s that ran a bar in the neighbourhood where he kept a drunken bear, that's grabbed imaginations and inspired this book.

The Art of Living comes off as part cookbook, part history, part philosophical musing in a good Canadian way. Keyword: authentic, or is that authentique?

However you spell it, have the best Christmas ever, and don't forget to take an afternoon off to read.

Glenda Bartosh is an award-winning freelance writer who intends to read several books this holiday season.