February 10, 2009

Pete Mulvihill of Green Apple Recommends

Don't forget: the books mentioned below are available at 20% off for tablehopper readers for two weeks following this mention at Green Apple Books—simply use the code "tablehopper" at checkout (either at the store or online) for your discount.

The post-holiday publishing slump is here: I have no interesting new cookbooks to report on, and the only notable book on food is Mark Bittman’s Food Matters, but I think tablehopper readers already know what to eat and why.

So I divert a bit to an under-the-radar book that arrived in November and deserves some attention. It’s Secret Suppers: Rogue Chefs and Underground Restaurants in Warehouses, Townhouses, Open Fields, and Everywhere in Between. (Subtitle writers seem to be doing all my work for me.)

From Seattle-based publisher Sasquatch Books and LA-based author Jenn Garbee comes this introduction to a brave new world of food. Herein are profiles of ten underground eating experiences, the chefs that make the food, the recipes themselves, the various spaces that house the meals, and a few dozen black-and-white photos for flavor.

The ten secret suppers profiled take pace in our very own Cole Valley; and in Sonoma; south Seattle; Manhattan; Washington, D.C.; Dundee, OR; Des Moines, IA; various farmer’s fields in CA; and LA. They vary widely in price, style of food, formality, alcohol policies, and the necessity of wearing clothes.

A fun, informative peek into a unique subculture of food and cooking.