By Greg Atkinson
This is a book of more than two dozen essays about eating, food, the meaning of coming together at the table, and the pleasures of home cooking. Greg Atkinson, chef and writer, brings the perspective of one who has harvested shellfish with fishermen in Puget Sound, walked the rows during harvest at Oregon vineyards, as well as sourced ingredients at the local big box retailer. According to Atkinson, the measure that’s most valuable is the amount of heart that brings people together for a meal—less important is the pedigree of the extra virgin olive oil that's used.
In this book, Atkinson brings memorable meals to life, shares the special experience of making borscht, reveals tips and tidbits on cooking that he has garnered from foodie royalty that have passed through his kitchen, even about his aversion to fishing for trout and his pleasure in preparing them on camping trips to favorite mountain lakes. At the Kitchen Table is about the meaning of eating, the broad culinary web we enter with every bite we take, and the special sanctuary that is the home kitchen.
About the Author
Greg Atkinson is a leading voice in Pacific Northwest Culinary trends. The author of several cookbooks and a lively food commentator, he is regularly featured in radio, television and print.
Atkinson can be heard weekly on "The Beat" on KUOW, Seattle's NPR affiliate. A Certified Culinary Professional (CCP), Greg is active in the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP), and has served as Convivium Leader for Slow Food Seattle. He was featured in the 2005 season of the James Beard Award winning PBS series Chefs A'field, and was the host of KCTS Chefs 2006.
Winner of the James Beard Foundation's M.F.K. Fisher Distinguished Writing Award 2000, and a pair of American Food Journalism Awards in 2005 and 2006, Atkinson is a contributing editor to Food Arts, and he writes the Taste column for Pacific Northwest Magazine, Sunday newsmagazine of The Seattle Times.
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Sasquatch Books (October 11, 2011)
Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 5.4 x 0.9 inches