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?
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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