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Monday November 11th, 2013

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If you’re into eating locally-sourced food and cooking with local ingredients, vegetables, meat and more, a local restaurant has launched a definitive guide to eating in Windsor-Essex.

Rino’s Kitchen: Cooking Local in Windsor & Essex County, which hit store shelves in October, is a journey by local chef Rino Bortolin to be the first and only guide to cooking regional foods.

The book, broken down by season of the year, takes readers through 85 recipes and 218 pages of preparing local dishes. Learn to prepare locally grown balsamic and Parmesan roasted asparagus, roasted butternut squash soup, hearty beef stew, stuffed apples, ribs from merchants such as the Butcher of Kingsville, and much more.

Among the recipes are adventure suggestions: it’s a summer’s day, stop at Windsor’s Galati cheese company, head to Leamington, taste wine at local wineries, grab a basket of tomatoes at a roadside stand, and prepare yourself a classic tomato sandwich from one of Bortolin’s recipes.

At the back of Cooking Local in Windsor & Essex County, you’ll find an extensive guide to shopping locally. From baking and dry goods to meet and dairy, vegetables and canning, Bortolin, with the help of book designer Kate Hargreaves, assembled a “Guide To Buying Local In Windsor & Essex County”.

Rino’s Kitchen: Cooking Local in Windsor & Essex County is available now at Biblioasis, 1520 Wyandotte Street East, for $24.95.

The cookbook officially launches at 7pm on Tuesday November 12th at the Walkerville Brewery. Bortolin invites the community to come out and taste samples of recipes from the book.

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