Portrait courtesy Jim Henkens

Renee Erickson’s debut cookbook (Sasquatch, September 30) is exactly what you’d expect from the first lady of local fare: a 300-odd-page love letter to the land and sea—and humans—that begot her wildly popular restaurants (Boat Street Cafe, the Walrus and the Carpenter, the Whale Wins, Barnacle). But this isn’t one of those impressive-but-useless chef’s tomes: The contents strike a nice balance of aspirational (befriend a fisherman so you can always have the freshest-caught Pacific octopus possible, Erickson advises) and straightforward (hey, here’s a nice strata).
Short, sweet recipes are organized into seasonal menus, and interspersed with photos of Renee and friends merrymaking waterside. She may be the queen of oysters and rosé, but the pickling chapter will surely ready you for fall. 

See Renee Erickson converse with author Molly Wizenberg (and sign books) at Book Larder, Oct 1.

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