Tasty Book Ideas

Reach for these local cookbooks and make something delicious

Transform kale into a salty and crunchy snack, make cheddar cheese ice cream like Molly Moon and start spreading bacon jam on, well, everything. Reach for these local cookbooks and make something delicious.

1. Pike Place Market Recipes: 130 Delicious Ways to Bring Home Seattle’s Famous Market

Jess Thomson has prowled the stalls, shops, and restaurants of Pike Place Market to create the ultimate Seattle cookbook, gathering a variety of recipes inspired by fresh market ingredients and providing a guide to the market’s little-known purveyors, $23.95; jessthomson.wordpress.com

2. Bucky the Dollar Bill

This may not be a cookbook per se, but it certainly offers food for thought. Pick up this story about the journey of a dollar bill and the power of mindful, local spending, written by Orcas Island’s Allium chef and small business owner Lisa Nakamura and illustrated by Denise Sakaki. $10.95; createspace.com

3. Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream

Seattle’s favorite ice cream maker, Molly Moon, has a book that features favorite seasonal recipes for ice creams, sorbets, and toppings (all made with local ingredients) so you can take the unforgettable Molly Moon’s experience home with you. $21.95; mollymoonicecream.com

4. Salty Snacks

Move over sweet stuff, with the help of more than 75 from-scratch recipes from Seattle’s own culinary aficionado, Cynthia Nims, you can make savory snacks as easily as baking a batch of cookies, $16.99; cynthianims.com

5. The Skillet Cookbook — A Street Food Manifesto

Whether you prefer to grab lunch from the Airstream truck on 5th Avenue or get your bacon jam fix from the diner, celebrate five years of Skillet Street Food with founder Josh Henderson’s first cookbook showcasing his beloved gourmet street-eats and more about the business of running a food truck, $18.95; skilletstreetfood.com

 6. Good Fish: Sustainable Seafood Recipes from the Pacific Coast

Even the most seasoned Pacific Coasters struggle with shopping for seafood, and Seattle chef and seafood advocate Becky Selengut is here to help with recipes that will appeal to a wide range of home cooks, whether you’re cooking weeknight dinners or for a special event, $29.95; goodfishbook.com

7. The Dahlia Bakery Cookbook: Sweetness in Seattle

Legendary Northwest chef Tom Douglas has compiled a selection of his famous sweet and savory recipes in this book. They include his favorite coconut macaroons and a Seattle-style English muffin sandwich with cured wild salmon. Filled with tips and hints, before you know it, you’ll be whipping up favorite treats of foodies and celebrities, like Food Network’s Giada De Laurentiis and Serious Eats founder Ed Levine, $35; store.tomdouglas.com

8. Eclectic Coffee Spots in Puget Sound

Check out the Northwest’s independent, quirky coffee scene with Marcha Glazière’s coffee table book “Eclectic Coffee Spots in Puget Sound.” It’s not a cookbook per se, but Glazière does take an in-depth look at coffeehouses throughout the area and captures their personalities and environments through her paintings. Glazière’s art and coffee facts mingle on the pages with recipes and maps. $42. marshaglaziere.com

9. Passion and Palate: Recipes for a Generous Table

Passion and Palate is not just a cookbook, it’s also where Seattle restaurateur John Howie shares recipes for his award-winning fare and for life in this newest work that highlights his values of great food and giving back, $42; johnhowiesteak.com

10. The Herbfarm Cookbook

Jerry Traunfeld, founder of the Herbfarm restaurant in the foothills of the Cascades, shares 200 of his best recipes inspired by herb cuisine, detailing everything from recognizing herbs in the supermarket to a full range of recipes from risotto to sorbet, $50; theherbfarm.com

11. Tender: Farmers, Cooks, Eaters

Experience the joys of eating local with simple, delicious recipes from chef and restaurant owner Tamara Murphy, connecting the Northwest’s culinary and farm community with her focus on honoring fresh, seasonal ingredients, $40; farmerscookseaters.com


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