A Great Book Idea From a Top Chef


Author: Tom Douglas and Shelley Lance

Publisher: Amazon Kindle, 2011

Although this book is only available to Kindle owners, I wanted to tell everyone about it because it’s such a great idea. Here’s the basic premise: Ask a well-known chef/restauranteur/cookbook author to write about the best places to eat and visit in his hometown. Divide the chapters into neighborhoods so a visitor could walk from place to place. Include maps, info about each establishment (name, address, phone number, and website address) and tell us what’s the best thing to eat or see at each place. And, if it’s not too much trouble, could you share a few recipes?

That’s what you’ll find in this new venture that features Seattle, Washington. Tom Douglas is the guide. He’s an award-winning chef, the owner of five restaurants in Seattle, and the author of three cookbooks. I love Tom’s approach. He takes the reader down the streets and into the food places and tells us what’s the best thing to eat at each place. He also takes us to great bookstores, gift shops, museums, and other attractions.

There are five chapters covering the five major neighborhoods in Seattle. Each section has one of Tom’s special recipes. Each section also has an essay on a topic appropriate to that area. I especially enjoyed his essay on the rising wine industry in Washington state.

I had no trouble reading this book on my Kindle. I did have trouble seeing this maps at the beginning of each chapter. If I had an ipad with a Kindle app, this would be the perfect companion for a visit to Seattle. I’m very hopeful that this idea will spread to other great food towns. Think about your own hometown or favorite city. Wouldn’t you love to have a chef guide you to his/her favorite places and tell you what’s the best thing on, or off, the menu?

About the author:

Tom Douglas is well known for helping to define Northwest cuisine and igniting the Seattle restaurant scene, winning the James Beard Award for Best Northwest Chef in 1994. His restaurants include Dahlia Lounge; the Greek-inspired Lola; Serious Pie pizzerias; Palace Kitchen; Pike Place Market’s iconic seafood restaurant, Etta’s; and the newly opened Seatown. He also owns Dahlia Bakery, famous for its Triple Coconut Cream Pie. Douglas is the author of “Tom Douglas’ Seattle Kitchen,” named Best American Cookbook by the James Beard Foundation, “Tom’s Big Dinners,” and “I Love Crab Cakes!” (from Amazon)

Chef’s Walks Seattle with Tom Douglascan be purchased at Amazon ($3.99)

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17 Responses to A Great Book Idea From a Top Chef

  1. Beth F says:

    What a very cool idea!! I wonder if there is a Kindle app for smart phones. I don’t have a Kindle but I do love the idea of having a directory to a city’s restaurants and other attractions from an insider’s view.

  2. I love this idea! I wish it were available in book form though!

  3. Beachreader says:

    What a great idea! We’re heading to Seattle this summer and I will pick-up this book. Thank you for the review.

  4. Beachreader says:

    oops I meant down-load. I am still not use to the kindle lingo 🙂

  5. This is a fantastic idea, but I don’t think I’ll get to Seattle any time soon. I wish they’d make a version for our area.

  6. Staci says:

    Now that is a very clever idea!!!!! Love it!

  7. This is a terrific idea. Thanks for bringing it to my attention!

    There is a Kindle app for pretty much everything, I understand. I have it on my iPad because the reviews all said the Kindle app was better than the iBooks app. And I know I could put a Kindle app on my laptop.

  8. This sounds like my kind of book. Isnt that always our question when we are new to an area – where should we eat? What is good?

  9. Ellie says:

    I remember watching a tv show that had a chef or other tv personality telling their favorite food and at what restaurant they found it. This sounds like a great idea! Hopefully other cities will be available soon.

  10. This sounds great — I wish my sister who lives there part time had a Kindle!!!

  11. Amused says:

    Oh awesome! I need to suggest this to my mom who just moved to Seattle!

  12. michelle says:

    I wish my bath salts could whisk me away to Seattle just to try all his restaurants! Such a fantastic idea…I wonder how soon other local chefs will get on the bandwagon and make one for their area.

  13. caite says:

    once again, we who take an ethical stand against the Evil Kindle are made to suffer. 😉

  14. Chinoiseries says:

    Truly a great idea! I wish we had this for Rotterdam (or any of the bigger Dutch cities)…

  15. Martha says:

    What a fantastic idea, I hope they decide to branch out from Kindle, I’d love to get ideas where to go. I hope they come out with a San Diego version.

  16. kaye says:

    I saw this book on the kindle blog and thought it was a good idea too.

  17. jehara says:

    This books sounds awesome!!! Are there others like it?

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