Within the world of rail travel, the Rocky Mountaineer offers an iconic and one-of-a-kind glimpse into the unparalleled beauty of the Canadian Rockies. For their first foray into the publishing world, the team at Rocky Mountaineer had something special in mind. By combining a book of recipes with route and destination information, they set out to create a cookbook that would pull double duty as a cherished keepsake and a powerful sales tool.
While chefs Jean Pierre Guerin and Frédéric Couton masterminded the recipes, INKYKISS came on board to flesh out the content. Our purpose? To flesh out the cookbook with information about the regional delicacies served onboard—and the destinations and landscapes that inspired them.
Creating an incredible keepsake meant writing that was (almost) over the top. We invoked our inner travel writers and set out to research the bountiful natural larder that makes up Western Canada. Craggy mountains and crystalline streams became the backdrop for the organic, locally harvested ingredients that culminated in culinary masterpieces that ranged from a caviar-infused breakfast benedict to a snazzy strawberry shortcake. Regional write-ups, chef bios, as well as tongue-tingling descriptions rounded out the cookbook.
To our delight, Eat Play Love earned Canadian bestseller status within two months of publication. Additionally, the Gourmand International of Paris named it 2014 Cookbook of the Year in the Culinary Travel category. All in all, it was a job well done and easily a career highlight for our team.