2014 CHOW Holiday Gift Guide

Renee Erickson's A Boat, a Whale & a Walrus is delightful. The Seattle restaurateur captures the flavors of the Northwest, with lots of easy pickles, salmon, and more. I love the way she's set it up by menu: New Year's Eve, for instance, and the Fourth of July. Even her birthday. Very celebratory and inclusive.
A Boat, a Whale & a Walrus: Menus and Stories by Renee Erickson, $40