Interview with award-winning author/illustrator Pierre Lamielle of Kitchen Scraps

I didn’t even make it past the foreword to Pierre A. Lamielle’s award-winning cookbook, Kitchen Scraps, before I was chuckling to myself and asking the one question I continued to ask aloud for the next 200 odd pages:

How does he come up with this stuff?!

This ‘stuff’ is brilliant and 100% original illustrations, paired with succulent recipes, and rounded out with downright hilarious captions and anecdotes.

It’s nutty, it’s wacky –it’s entirely engrossing.

If I hadn’t recently met Pierre in person (oh yes I DID!), I would have had a jolly time conjuring up what he must be like to produce such an off-the-wall cookbook. However, we recently sat down over coffee to talk about Kitchen Scraps and chew the fat over the publishing industry, food blogging, and the tireless work of Jamie and Julie (not together, although it’s not a bad idea), and I’m reporting back to you in all honesty when I say that Pierre seems like a fairly normal guy. A downright sweetheart, I may even go as far as to say.

So, wait, who is this fellow anyway?
I don’t think Pierre would mind me alluding to his obscurity, as he admits to keeping a low profile. Among being a chef-illustrator, Pierre is a semi-reluctant blogger, can’t get into Twitter, and modestly insists his life hasn’t drastically changed since Kitchen Scraps won a major international award.

Yes, that’s right, Calgary’s Pierre A. Lamielle represented Canada in the recent Gourmand International Cookbook Awards and brought home the top prize in the Illustrated Cookbook category!

I’m nearly as patriotic as I am competitive, and was bursting with national pride when I heard this news via Twitter. (where I get all my news, these days.)

To think, I’ve even been published in the same cookbook as this fellow! Which he was kind enough to autograph for me. Thanks Pierre!
As if winning international recognition wasn’t enough, Kitchen Scraps has sold nearly 5000 copies and is close to making the Canadian Bestsellers list. Really, it’s pretty awesome. Despite Pierre’s modest statement that life is more-or-less the same since his cookbook and award, I say, keep your eye on him. He is destined for great things.

Back to that cookbook foreword for a second though, if I may. The illustration of a handful of celebrity chefs squabbling over the honor of writing the foreword to Kitchen Scraps and accompanying self-written forward is reason enough to buy Pierre’s book. And that’s all I’m going to say.

Go pick one up right now and see if you don’t agree.

Kitchen Scraps is a cookbook for the whole family, well, the over-18, anyway, as some of the subject matter is -ahem- decidedly mature. It’s easy to imagine the book traveling from the kitchen (where I whipped up the dead simple and deadly delicious Half-Baked Pot Brownies) to the bathroom with Danny (forget Calvin & Hobbes, this is perfectly suitable throne room reading material) to the nightstand, where my copy currently resides.

Again, let me reiterate, it’s unlike any cookbook you’ve ever seen.

Here’s what else I think: you need a copy. Like today.

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Pierre, thanks for taking the time to meet with me–and for Kitchen Scraps. Best of luck for the future!

About Aimee

Cooking has always been Aimée's preferred recreational activity, creative outlet, and source of relaxation. After nearly ten years in the professional cooking industry, she went from restaurant to RSS by trading her tongs and clogs for cookie cutters and a laptop, serving as editor here at Simple Bites. Her first book, Brown Eggs and Jam Jars - Family Recipes from the Kitchen of Simple Bites, was published in February 2015.

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  1. Love your blog, and would love to have his book!

  2. A beautiful cookbook is always so tempting, isn't it? Thanks for highlighting this one!

  3. Looks fabulous!!! I would be so excited to peruse.

  4. What a delightful looking book!

  5. Wow, sounds like a super fun book!

  6. This cookbook looks amazing! I love the illustrations and your description has me very curious.

  7. Neat book

  8. What an amazing book! Thanks for the chance.

  9. I'm intrigued about this book, now!

  10. Oh, I LOVE a good cookbook…and have several on my nightstand as well!

  11. If I don't win, I think Terrie should win since she said she'd bring you scones. 😉

  12. Anonymous says

    Please. Por favour. This could and should be my first cookbook!

  13. Anonymous says

    Sounds like a great cookbook! I'd love to win your contest.


  14. I love the whimsical illustrations – this book looks like so much fun!

  15. I've never heard of the fella but he's intriguing and I always have room for another book!

  16. I love his stuff and would love a copy of the book!

  17. Anonymous says

    Would love to own this book have been following his adventures vicariously through you and Julie

  18. Would love to see the works of thus chef- illustrator!!
    Who knew one actually existed?! There may be hope for me to finally merge my two loves!
    Love the blog Aimee, keep it up!

  19. Looks like an adorable book

  20. Looks delightful and delectable!

  21. Lorraine T says

    He is sooo talented and creative. I chuckle every time I see his illustrations in Swerve, they always bring a smile to my face. If I had 1% of his talent in creating delectable food, and capturing our attention with his eye catching and thoughtful drawings, I would be very very fortunate ..and happy!

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