Gorilla Food’s Aaron Ash launches raw vegan cookbook in Vancouver

Gorilla Food owner Aaron Ash

Gorilla Food owner Aaron Ash at his downtown restaurant. (Stephen Hui)

Aaron Ash, the owner of Gorilla Food (101-436 Richards Street) in Vancouver, is certainly keeping busy. While he saw his first cookbook published in October, Ash is preparing to open a second organic, raw vegan restaurant in early 2013. Last week, I met the chef at his downtown café and interviewed him about Gorilla Food and his ambitious restaurant-expansion plans.

Gorilla Food, published by Vancouver’s Arsenal Pulp Press, is subtitled “Living and Eating Organic, Vegan, and Raw” and features more than 200 recipes. In the coming weeks, a few events are planned to mark the book’s release. On November 20 at 7 p.m., Ash will give a talk and hold a book signing and “eat and greet” at Banyen Books & Sound (3608 West 4th Avenue) in Kitsilano. The author will do the same on December 1 at 6:30 p.m. at Sarah’s Place (106-560 Johnson Street), the vegan curio shop in Victoria owned by fellow cookbook author Sarah Kramer.

The official Gorilla Food launch party is scheduled for November 29 at 7 p.m. The location hasn’t been confirmed, but Ash is hoping to hold it at 477 Powell Street in the Downtown Eastside, where his new Gorilla Food restaurant is set to open next year.