One of the country's most acclaimed chefs, Renee Erickson is a James-Beard nominated chef and the owner of several Seattle restaurants: The Whale Wins, Boat Street Café, The Walrus and the Carpenter, and Barnacle. This luscious cookbook is perfect for anyone 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 cookbook is filled with seasonal, personal menus like Renee’s Fourth 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 appreciation of simple beauty is an inspiration to readers and eaters in the Pacific Northwest and beyond.
Renee Erickson cooks like a woman, with generosity, sensuality, and style. In this charming book she shares everything—stunning images, wonderful stories, a passionate philosophy, and her recipes to cook and live by.
Renee’s heartfelt menus inspire me to gather my dearest friends, uncork some bottles of wine, break out the copper pots and experience the casual graciousness of her table in my own home, no matter the season.
I am one of many—legions, even!—who’ve been inspired by Renee Erickson and her restaurants, and this book is Renee, through and through. Her cooking is like no one else’s: thoughtful but seemingly effortless, evocative of France but firmly rooted in the Northwest, from Mussels in Cider with crème fraîche to Messy Spot Prawns with piment d’Espelette. Even those lucky enough to eat in her restaurants can learn a thing or two (or ten) about food from this smart, opinionated beauty of a cookbook. I’m in love.
"Recipes from the Seattle chef are organized into seasonal menus, a.k.a. our future dinner parties."
"...the book's focus on simple, sourceable ingredients makes the array of mouth-watering menus approachable..."
"Erickson’s personal take on food is on view in the book, beautifully photographed by Jim Henkens and illustrated by Jeffry Mitchell, both longtime friends of the chef."
"With elegant simplicity and personal commitment, the Seattle chef who started The Walrus and the Carpenter makes the places we want to eat."
"Little kids sit in a row on a bench, each holding their strawberry shortcake with cream biscuits on a flowered china plate. This is a book about feasting and unfussy, brilliant food that you’ll want to make again and again."
"...while some restaurant cookbooks can feel overly cheffy, inaccessible, or better suited to a coffee table than your kitchen shelves, Erickson’s is all personality and warmth, that combination of inspiring and accessible that we’re all looking for in a cookbook."
"Now, with her first cookbook, she shares recipes for some of her most popular dishes..."
"This was not one of those formal “cookbook” dinners where the author spends all of their time in the kitchen wrangling recipes. Nope. This was a casual, communal affair to symbolize Erickson's memoir-esque new publication."
"...when the book arrived I feared it might fall in to the category of so many books penned by chefs; “well, that looks pretty but I’d never actually make that.” But hers is so not like that. It is inspired food done simply, with smart technique and the right ingredients."
"Ten reasons why the star Seattle chef's beautiful new book belongs on your Powell's wish list."
"There’s so much information here, from quick recipes for salad dressing to instructions for preserving fruit to lavish menus for entire meals."