Making A Bestseller – 125+ Behind The Scenes Shots From The Sobo Cookbook

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by Andrew Morrison | I just saw that The Sobo Cookbook cracked Globe & Mail food writer Chris Nuttall-Smith’s list of the 20 best cookbooks of 2014, which is awesome news. The book has been out for over half a year now and it’s been great to see it getting so much recognition from coast to coast.

Michelle Sproule and I had the great fortune to work on the project with the good folks at Appetite (a division of Random House), photographer Jeremy Koreski, and Lisa and Artie Ahier of Tofino’s Sobo (two of our best friends on the planet). It took a long time to wrangle (a few years), and saw so many back and forth trips to The Island for brainstorming sessions and amazing photoshoot escapes – to places as remote and magical as Wick Island – that it really became more of an adventure than a job.

While we’re glad and proud to see the book doing so well, it’s nevertheless a little sad that the experience of making it is has ended. At least we have Michelle’s photos, which I’ve included below…

  • The Sobo Cookbook
    The Sobo Cookbook
  • Chef Lisa Ahier
    Chef Lisa Ahier
  • Jeremy stokes the fire
    Jeremy stokes the fire
  • Splayed quail over hot coals
    Splayed quail over hot coals
  • Lisa squeezing
    Lisa squeezing
  • Cox Bay sunset surfers
    Cox Bay sunset surfers
  • As delicious as it looks...
    As delicious as it looks...
  • Smile
    Smile
  • Tofino detail
    Tofino detail
  • Carving on the beach
    Carving on the beach
  • Applying slaw...
    Applying slaw...
  • Dawn surf
    Dawn surf
  • Artisan's hand
    Artisan's hand
  • Halibut cooking for the camera on Wick Island
    Halibut cooking for the camera on Wick Island
  • Fiddleheads, fleeting
    Fiddleheads, fleeting
  • Tofino lesson #523: always have gumboots at the ready...
    Tofino lesson #523: always have gumboots at the ready...
  • Sobo noodles!
    Sobo noodles!
  • Shallow fry chicken
    Shallow fry chicken
  • Bobby cooking corn on Mackenzie Beach
    Bobby cooking corn on Mackenzie Beach
  • Finger compass FTW
    Finger compass FTW
  • Artie Ahier
    Artie Ahier
  • Salmon
    Salmon
  • En route, Kennedy
    En route, Kennedy
  • Shooting quail
    Shooting quail
  • Eating the subject is always fun...
    Eating the subject is always fun...
  • Lisa and Andrew, talking chicken...
    Lisa and Andrew, talking chicken...
  • Michelle on Mackenzie Beach
    Michelle on Mackenzie Beach
  • Lisa during service
    Lisa during service
  • Arrival on Wick Island
    Arrival on Wick Island
  • Michelle and Jeremy stage a shot for the SOBO cookbook
    Michelle and Jeremy stage a shot for the SOBO cookbook
  • The shot
    The shot
  • Wick Island
    Wick Island
  • Double wide shrimp at SOBO
    Double wide shrimp at SOBO
  • Wick Island amenities
    Wick Island amenities
  • Surf, MacKenzie Beach
    Surf, MacKenzie Beach
  • No more light means Margaritas
    No more light means Margaritas
  • Sunset on Mackenzie
    Sunset on Mackenzie
  • Wick island woods
    Wick island woods
  • Making coals
    Making coals
  • Ella and Sarah
    Ella and Sarah
  • Snug
    Snug
  • Relaxing after a long day of work
    Relaxing after a long day of work
  • Wick Island
    Wick Island
  • Aw...
    Aw...
  • Andrew and Jeremy setting up a shot
    Andrew and Jeremy setting up a shot
  • Tofino
    Tofino
  • Our son Pip on Wick Island
    Our son Pip on Wick Island
  • From the drive over to Tofino
    From the drive over to Tofino
  • Shoot prep on Wick Island
    Shoot prep on Wick Island
  • James on Mackenzie Beach
    James on Mackenzie Beach
  • Lisa Ahier, working on the line at Sobo
    Lisa Ahier, working on the line at Sobo
  • Salad, Sobo
    Salad, Sobo
  • Kelp, MacKenzie Beach
    Kelp, MacKenzie Beach
  • Mmm, quail...
    Mmm, quail...
  • Wind chime, Wick Island
    Wind chime, Wick Island
  • Sunset on Chesterman
    Sunset on Chesterman
  • Stacking for a feast
    Stacking for a feast
  • Shuck yeah!
    Shuck yeah!
  • Tofino Brewing Co.
    Tofino Brewing Co.
  • Bobby Lax
    Bobby Lax
  • Scallops
    Scallops
  • Scuba dude
    Scuba dude
  • Artie gets a fire going on Wick Island
    Artie gets a fire going on Wick Island
  • Carving Festival, Tofino
    Carving Festival, Tofino
  • Ella and Pip
    Ella and Pip
  • Skating a half pipe on the beach
    Skating a half pipe on the beach
  • Andrew takes a break at the Tofino skatepark
    Andrew takes a break at the Tofino skatepark
  • Jeremy and Sarah on Wick Island
    Jeremy and Sarah on Wick Island
  • Growler (not a prop)
    Growler (not a prop)
  • Jeremy with his genius margarita necklace
    Jeremy with his genius margarita necklace
  • Andrew and his Mom, Laura, during a break in the oyster shoot on Wick Island.
    Andrew and his Mom, Laura, during a break in the oyster shoot on Wick Island.
  • James and Barkley on Wick Island
    James and Barkley on Wick Island
  • Wick Island
    Wick Island
  • Prepping biscuits
    Prepping biscuits
  • Break at the Wickaninnish
    Break at the Wickaninnish
  • Andrew on Wick Island
    Andrew on Wick Island
  • Jeremy adjusting the fire
    Jeremy adjusting the fire
  • Wick Island
    Wick Island
  • Jeremy shooting biscuits
    Jeremy shooting biscuits
  • Pie making at Sobo
    Pie making at Sobo
  • Artie on the beach
    Artie on the beach
  • Oysters
    Oysters
  • Tiny  rocky outcrop landscape on the beach
    Tiny rocky outcrop landscape on the beach
  • The old Sobo menu board
    The old Sobo menu board
  • Key lime pie!
    Key lime pie!
  • Lisa's raspberry pie
    Lisa's raspberry pie
  • Good boy, Duke.
    Good boy, Duke.
  • Hippy chicken with fiddleheads
    Hippy chicken with fiddleheads
  • The Ahiers
    The Ahiers
  • The Koreskis
    The Koreskis
  • Tide pool
    Tide pool
  • Tofino campsite bottle caps
    Tofino campsite bottle caps
  • Lisa Ahier at Sobo cooking up a delicious duck taco storm
    Lisa Ahier at Sobo cooking up a delicious duck taco storm
  • Ahier's
    Ahier's
  • Beet salad construction for the SOBO cookbook
    Beet salad construction for the SOBO cookbook
  • Andrew & Bobby Honey | Chesterman Beach | Tofino
    Andrew & Bobby Honey | Chesterman Beach | Tofino
  • Cornbread
    Cornbread
  • Miso with udon and tofu at Sobo
    Miso with udon and tofu at Sobo
  • Barkley and James, rewards...
    Barkley and James, rewards...
  • Ella and Pip, more rewards...
    Ella and Pip, more rewards...
  • Saucing
    Saucing
  • Ocean soaked and fire roasted summer corn on a friend's deck
    Ocean soaked and fire roasted summer corn on a friend's deck
  • Wick Island
    Wick Island
  • Wick Island
    Wick Island
  • Best!
    Best!
  • Oyster feasting
    Oyster feasting
  • Andrew taking refreshment on Wick Island
    Andrew taking refreshment on Wick Island
  • Wick Island
    Wick Island
  • Wick Island
    Wick Island
  • Pip in the rain on Wick Island
    Pip in the rain on Wick Island
  • Wick Island detail
    Wick Island detail
  • Star Wars break
    Star Wars break
  • Group tasks
    Group tasks
  • End of the day on Wick Island
    End of the day on Wick Island
  • Biscuit prep
    Biscuit prep
  • Cox Bay, Tofino
    Cox Bay, Tofino
  • Setting up
    Setting up
  • Michelle on Chesterman
    Michelle on Chesterman
  • Lisa with ice cream sandwiches
    Lisa with ice cream sandwiches
  • Artie and Ella
    Artie and Ella
  • Beachfront cabin
    Beachfront cabin
  • Staff meal...
    Staff meal...
  • Mmmm...
    Mmmm...
  • Key lime detail
    Key lime detail
  • Key Lime Pie
    Key Lime Pie
  • Photo editor
    Photo editor

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  1. Looks great! If you don’t mind me asking, what sort of lens are you using on that Canon SLR? God the environs look fantastic too, that cookbook really sells the West Coast. Hope to get out there soon, been too long…

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