Friday, June 20, 2014

Baltimore Chef's Table: Extraordinary Recipes from Charm City and the Surrounding Counties

We're going off topic today, talking food . It's not everyday a friend writes a book , let alone a second book, so this is all about Baltimore Chef's Table- Extraordinary Recipes from Charm City and the Surrounding Counties.

My dear friend Kathy Patterson writes the popular Baltimore based food blog Minx Eats ,  where she talks recipes, restaurants and more. She is a true foodie as well as being a perfumista and beauty lover, which is how we met and cemented our friendship.

Kathy and her husband Neal have written their second book after The Food Lover's Guide to Baltimore. This one features recipes from some of the best restaurants in Baltimore along with a look at the restaurants themselves , area farms that provide local product and chef interviews.

The book is a delight , and yes of course I am biased, but  when I see the book and remember the emails etc, all winter with Kathy, I realize just how hard it is to write a book , let alone one that captures your attention and taste buds with mouthwatering pictures and descriptions of the food. The photos of Baltimore itself  and the restaurant interiors  have me ready for a road trip.

 Most think crab when they think Maryland , and Baltimore, and rightly so. Best crabcakes I ever had were from there.  While there are some delicious looking crab recipes like Cajun Crab Linguine and Crab Dip Two Ways ,  Kathy and Neal  highlight  the city's wide array of  dining options well beyond seafood .

 I  couldn't help but gravitate towards the dessert pages .  Bourbon Bread Pudding is one I need to try, while Sweet Potato Cheesecake  sounds unusual but definitely tasty.

Baltimore Chef's Table is a cookbook,  as well as tour guide, taking you throughout the neighborhoods of Baltimore as well as the Eastern Shore .  It's a great pick if  you love to "read" cookbooks as I do,  as well as find new recipes.

Find it at Amazon for $ 18.27  and visit the Facebook  page for updates including signings if you happen to be in the area.

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