- The Old Apothecary,
- baking recipes,
Foraging For Carbs
Recipes from the Old Apothecary Bakery
In May of 2015, professional pastry chef Laura MacLeod’s dream became a reality when she opened the doors of her bakery, The Old Apothecary Bakery & Cafe (known locally as TOA) in downtown Halifax, Nova Scotia. For over six years, TOA welcomed countless customers who became friends, with delicious desserts and memories to last a lifetime. A tribute to her beloved bakery, this cookbook includes all of your TOA favourites, from the Chocolate Eclairs and the Butterscotch Peanut Butter Miso Cookies, to the Salted Caramel Brownies and the Carolina Key Lime Pie Squares. Filled with personal stories and beautiful photos, Laura also takes you on a fun journey through the Canadian classics of her childhood, staples from Grammy’s old cookbooks, and recipes discovered during her travels. Whether you’re a former customer or a home baker looking to up their dessert game, Foraging For Carbs takes you above and beyond the basics of baking, by walking you through desserts that are slightly more challenging. With this cookbook, you can recreate some of your favourite sweet treats right in your own kitchen.
“This is not your typical cookbook. Laura has found a way to turn heartache and loss into one of the most humorous and memorable culinary reads of recent years. Her gritty style writing gives levity to the stories of her childhood, formative years as a pastry chef, and the realities of running a food business in a pandemic stricken world. The recipes are not only creative and appealing, they are built on a solid foundation of classic baking principles that won’t lead you astray. This collection truly exemplifies, with its personality and class, why The Old Apothecary was one of the greatest bakeries Nova Scotia has ever seen.” - Chef Craig Flinn
Laura MacLeod is a trained pastry chef who graduated from the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts. Previously, she owned and ran The Old Apothecary Bakery & Cafe in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She is currently establishing her new business, Foraging For Carbs. Laura lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, with her soon-to-be husband, Jeff. Her daughter, Katie, lives nearby and ran the front of house operations for her bakery. Her son, Donald, lives with his wife, Emily, in Vancouver, British Columbia—both are also graduates of the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts, but are now pursuing other careers. Visit Laura on Instagram @toa_bakery or her website foragingforcarbs.com for all your favourite desserts.
- Laura MacLeod