Shortlisted for the 2019 Taste Canada Awards - Single-Subject Cookbooks
2019 Gourmand Cookbook Awards National Winner, Street Food Cookbook and Breakfast Cookbook
For lazy days off or mid-week cravings, Brunch Life brings that bigger-than-brunch restaurant experience home with mouth-watering recipes that will ensure every day gets off to a great start.
Leisurely weekend brunches have become the most anticipated meal of the week, and no two people know that better than Matt Basile and Kyla Zanardi. With their token humour, Matt and Kyla share their passion for this midday spread and showcase indulgent and creative takes on their favourite dishes. Sometimes, brunch is a comforting routine, where simple ingredients are whipped into fuss-free OG Buttermilk Pancakes, a Mascarpone Soft Scramble, or Good ol' Hash Browns. Then there are irresistible dishes taken to a whole new level, like Coconut Fried Chicken and Pineapple Waffles, S'mores Pancakes, and Family-Style Chimichurri Steak and Egg Tacos. Incredibly satisfying, easy to prepare, and perfect to share, these recipes will be dished out and devoured by friends and family. Whether you're hankering for a nostalgic bite--think Western Omelette Grilled Cheese--or looking for something on the lighter side, like Hearty Granola with Grilled Peaches, or you need a boozy drink to cap it all off (perhaps an Aperol Spritz Mimosa), Brunch Life has something for everyone. More than just food, brunch is also a culture. Featured throughout, Matt and Kyla share their travel adventures in six cities across North America--San Francisco, New York, Nashville, Seattle, Vancouver, and Toronto--and explore how this epic meal is enjoyed far and wide. Brimming with over 70 delectable recipes and gorgeous photography, it's time to serve up a fresh take on this favourite weekend tradition that will inspire you to gather around your table any chance you get.
About the Author
MATT BASILE is the creator of the Toronto-based Fidel Gastro’s street food company. Together, he and his partner, Kyla Zanaradi, operate the award-winning Fidel Gastro food truck and run their flagship restaurant, Lisa Marie, which has been voted a Top 10 Brunch Spot in Canada by OpenTable. Matt was the host of the reality TV show Rebel Without a Kitchen, which now airs on Netflix across North America. He is also the author of Street Food Diaries, which was published in 2014.
KYLA ZANARDI was an associate producer on Rebel Without a Kitchen and has launched her own digital branded content agency, Benson + Oak. Kyla is a sought-after food photographer, with a number of cookbooks under her belt, including her and Matt’s first cookbook, Street Food Diaries, and most recently Brunch Life.
"Need a reason to get out of bed in the morning? With this tasty book in hand you won’t be able to get to sleep as you imagine all the fun flavours ahead. You might as well just stay up late and get cooking!" —Michael Smith, bestselling author of Real Food, Real Good
"Brunch Life is sheer happiness on every page! Beautifully written and photographed, it will inspire you to prepare its delicious recipes, and create your own brunch memories with your family and friends, any day of the week! Bravi Matt and Kyla!" —David Rocco, Chef, TV Star, and Creator of the Dolce Vita Series
"Brunch Life serves up the best parts of brunch minus the hangover, the hour-long line up and the sassy waiter who refuses to make eye contact. Matt and Kyla have created a book full of delicious recipes, charming stories and mouthwatering photography. You Gotta Read This!" —John Catucci, host of You Gotta Eat Here!
"Matt's love for brunch is so compelling that it's impossible not to want to dive right into these dishes. His signature passion and joie de vivre make each page a celebration of good food and good friends." —Claire Tansey, author of Uncomplicated
"Brunch Life explores the culinary world in which the egg comes first. Not only is this book filled with creative takes on brunch favorites, but Matt and Kyla show us that brunch has become more than a time to eat; it is now part of our culture, when loved ones come together to share stories, connect and feel a part of a community." —Sarah Schneider, restaurateur and owner of Egg Shop restaurant in New York City
"Brunch Life is a beautiful compilation of modern food that incites readers to keep coming back to it.” —Trendhunter