St-Henri’s Elena has released a cookbook featuring some of the restaurant’s favourite recipes — and all proceeds will go towards helping Montreal restaurant workers laid off due to the coronavirus crisis.
Named Elena: Remember Skin Contact?, it’s a digital only book (“germ free”, notes the restaurant), and is a team effort between chef Janice Tiefenbach, writer Stephanie Mercier Voyer, photographer Dominique Lafond, and Elena co-owner Marley Sniatowsky.
It’s quite the tidy little book (and well-designed to boot) — a page of Tiefenbach’s tips for high-quality pantry staples from canned tomatoes to cured products kicks off the book. Then, the 18 recipes are split up into sections in-line with Elena’s menu: antipasti, salads, pasta, pizza, desserts, and a small aperitivi section for drinks.
You don’t need access to a commercial kitchen to make use of the e-book: the recipes were selected to be friendly to home cooks and kitchens. Menu items like a kale caesar and a springy pizza dough make appearances (with several recipes for a range of toppings), or house-made tagliatelle for those with a pasta-maker (serve it with a rosemary sugo — another recipe included in the book).
The book has already racked up some praise from Queer Eye star (and Montrealer) Antoni Porowski, and Bon Appetit drinks editor Alex Delany, both on Instagram — the Elena team note that it’s raised over $11,000 so far.
The book is for sale online for $15 (a matching t-shirt, printed at St-Henri gallery the Letter Bet, is also available for $30) — every cent of that goes straight to the Montreal Restaurant Workers Relief Fund.
Remember Skin Contact isn’t the only fundraising cookbook coming out of Montreal right — last week, Gazette food writer Amie Watson put out an e-book focusing on pantry staples.