So proud of my friend, Blaine Wetzel, and his book Sea And Smoke. The book is set on the island where I spent my formative years and is bound to be a bestseller. On the heels of his second James Beard, win not to mention hitting the number two best restaurant in the country, this is certainly his year.
"Sea and Smoke is as much a culinary adventure as it is a serious restaurant book, chronicling the plucky ambition of a young chef who was determined to create a world-class dining destination on Lummi Island (pronounced like “yummy”). After working at Noma in Copenhagen, Chef Blaine Wetzel took the principles of hyperlocalism stateside to celebrate what was good and nearby and tasty, off the rugged coast of Seattle.
The “sea” and “smoke” from the Pacific Ocean and the restaurant’s own smokehouse, plus foraged ingredients and a local farm, yield a colorful playground of ingredients for the restaurant’s nightly 20-course prix fixe. Recipes include Smoked Mussels, Herring Roe on Kelp with Charred Dandelions, Aged Venison Legs and Wild Lettuce with Seeded Bread, Warm Blueberries and An Ice Cream Made from Sweet Woodruff, and more, all of it mirroring the verdant, sea-salty, foggy surroundings of the coastal Pacific Northwest. If you can’t hop the ferry or charter a plane to Lummi, this book is the next-best thing."
Sea And Smoke is currently available for pre order through Amazon and will be released in October 2015.