Welcome to the site. My name is David Ort. I am a freelance writer and editor in Toronto.

I create written and visual content for editorial and corporate clients. My work has appeared in a variety of online and print publications

Food, drink, and travel have been my all-consuming obsessions since I started blogging in February 2009. In the past five years I have been lucky enough to find a home for my writing in such publications as Post City Magazines, Where Toronto, TorontoLife.com, and Food Bloggers of Canada.

In October 2013 my first book, a collection of original recipes featuring craft beer, was published by Whitecap Books. Since then I have had a blast introducing audiences to my recipes, chatting about their love for great beer, and meeting the brewers who make our favourite beverage.

Ramblings about everything from new craft beer releases to recipe development.

Blog

Ramblings about everything from new craft beer releases to recipe development.

My published work -- online and print.

Portfolio

My published work — online and print.

The Canadian Craft Beer Cookbook (Whitecap) is my first cookbook. Great beer meets geeky cooking.

Book

The Canadian Craft Beer Cookbook (Whitecap) is my first cookbook. Great beer meets geeky cooking.

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Workshops, demonstration beer dinners, and book signings.

Events

Workshops, demonstration beer dinners, and book signings.

Interviews I have given and other coverage in various publications.

Media Coverage

Interviews I have given and other coverage in various publications.

My sometimes-updated Tumblr of short beer reviews.

Beer Reviews

My sometimes-updated Tumblr of short beer reviews.

Find my book.

The Canadian Craft Beer Cookbook is available from all the usual sources, including your local bookstore, national chains, and online retailers.

The Canadian Craft Beer Cookbook

You can also find it at places like craft breweries across Canada and in a few cookware stores.

On the Blog

Film Review: A look at the ambitious craft beer documentary Blood, Sweat, & Beer

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Craft beer has reached its people-make-documentaries-about-it phase. The latest, Blood, Sweat, & Beer, follows two East Coast US craft breweries through their particular existential struggles. Blood, Sweat, & Beer won’t do for craft beer what The Endless Summer did for surfing or Easy Rider did for drugs, but it is a well-made and intriguing look at the booming industry. This documentary about the business side of brewing, directed and written by Chip Hiden and Alexis Irvin, takes a snapshot of the current state of affairs. Interestingly, they use two little-known and new breweries, Danny Robinson’s Shorebilly Brewing [spoiler alert: don’t click that link] and The Brew Gentlemen […]

Beersplaining with the OCB podcast

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I really dig talking about beer – especially with fellow beer writers. So, it’s been a great pleasure to make several guest appearances on this year’s round of OCB podcasts. For the 2015 slate, Mirella Amato, the show’s longtime host, has come up with a format that varies from the previous years’ formula of having two brewmasters on for an interview. Instead she has invited a pair of beer bloggers to join her in the studio each month and we’ve talked about and blind tasted a specific style of craft beer. All four of my trips to podcast land (we […]

A closer look at the details behind Wynne's plan for beer in grocery stores

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I did a just-the-facts story on Premier Wynne’s beer in grocery stores announcement for the day job at Post City. It’s a complicated situation (intentionally, I think), so I have decided to also put together a blog post to cover some depth, subjective impressions from the press conference and my commentary. First, I’ll say that Kathleen Wynne is a politician who seems to be both charismatic and solid on policy. Ed Clark, as a former bank CEO (not to mention designer of the NEP in his previous career as a civil servant), was more than qualified for his role leading […]

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Contact

Email

david@foodwithlegs.com

My Work

My work that has been published recently.

Video

Ideas I’ve Been Obsessed with for Long Enough That They Became a Video

Youtube is a great medium for connecting with those who are seeking a specific type of education or entertainment. It’s less filtered and more direct than other social media platforms and the ability to control what content is seen is left (largely) in the hands of the viewer.

A three-minute video takes a vastly largely time commitment than a 750-word blog post. (At least for me it does.) That means that the projects that make it as far as published video are the special ones that have been percolating as ideas for weeks.

This one is a trailer that my buddy, Suresh Doss, made for my cookbook.

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