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A Cook's Guide to Chicago

Vital Information | Jul 25, 200205:15 PM

I am aching to find a way to profit from my chow-obsession. I lost another opportunity when I saw this book the other day at Barnes and Noble.

A Cooks Guide to Chicago (Lakeside Press), written by Marilyn Pocius, does an admirable job covering Chicago food scene. The book focuses on shops, grocery stores, butcheries and bakeries around town. Ms. Pocius organizes the book by ethnic group, a decent way to do it. Not only does she list places to go, she gives a bit of info on the relevant ingrediants. She is no way definative in her listings, but she is broad in her choices.

The book impressed me with what she included, both with the places I know to be good, and the places I did not know about. I do confess that I did not look at the book long enough or close enough to detect any obvious omissions/inclusions. I am sure any of us on this board could add a place or complain about a listing, but so far, I did not see them. If I can throw on my Rex Reed mustache, I would note she avoids any critical viewing of her choices. Every entree is great, perfect and wonderful. Are not some places flawed but still worth visting? The voice is not as sophisticated or as knowing as, say chowhound, or Ed Levine's New York City Eats. That does not mean it would not be a good reference source on your shelf (available I believe at the local big box book stores).


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