A Boat, a Whale & a Walrus: Menus and Stories

One of the country 's most acclaimed chefs, Renee Erickson is a James-Beard nominated chef and the owners of several Seattle restaurants: The Whale Wins, Boat Street Café, The Walrus and the arpenter, and Barnacle. This luscious cookbook is perfect for someone who loves the fresh seasonal food of the Pacific Northwest. Defined by the bounty of the Puget Sound region, as well as by French cuisine, this ookbook is filled with seasonal, personal menus like Renee ’ s Firs of July Crab Feast, Wild Foods Dinner, and a fall pickling party. Home cooks will cherish Erickson ’ s simple yet elegant recipes such as Roasted Chicken with Fried Capers and Preserved Lemons, Harissa-Rubbed Roasted Lamb, and Molasses Spice Cake. Renee Erickson 's food, casual style, and generosit of simple beauty is an inspiration to readers and eaters in the Pacific Northwest and beyond.
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Published September 30th 2014 by Sasquatch Books (first published January 1st 2014
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Chef Renee Erickson is a mover and a shaker in the trendy Seattle restaurant scene.

I ’ ve always wanted to visit Seattle and, appropriately, I found this essa in the decision of Seattle ’ s fabled Elliot Bay Book Company14344086_10157752883325643_3610551030761432169_nNow, the food….Can you imagine swirling a glass with a martini involving preserved lemon and an anchovy stuffed olives while munching gorgeous artichoke leaves dipped in velvety mayonnaise ( a passion of mine) then being called to this lovely table ( left) to enjoy great conversation while indulging in a dinner of the freshest seafood, vegetables, breads and fruits available–all paired when appropriate with superb wines and prepared by someone who says: “ I can cook ’ til I ’ m blue in the face, but if no one ’ s around to eat it, to form a community around it, it ’ s just a bunch of food ” ( p19)?

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A couple of days ago, I was lucky to spend an entire ten days in Seattle with some lovely creatures, a sun that woke me up around 4 every morning, and a kitchen and seafood market at my disposal.

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I have always loved reading cookbooks and the past ew day have yielded quite a few beautiful books.

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Could n't be any better.I was torn between 4 and 5 stars, but for me, it 's 4 just because while I enjoyed getting to know the uthor, and loved the pictures, it 's not a cookbook I could actually use.

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This time, 4 stars for all the nsights and stories shared.

But alas, not so shiny stars for the recipes themselves.

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