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Salt Lake City Chefs Table for sale

Reviewed by Josh

We’re so excited to finally share this project with you.  Last winter Josh and I worked day and night for several months writing, eating, photographing, eating some more, and editing, then eating again to get this book ready for you.  Salt Lake City Chef’s Table is a personal look at the chef’s who make SLC taste good.  Though we included over 60 restaurants, of course we didn’t get them all so we apologize in advance if your favorites didn’t make the list.  A few of ours didn’t either (due to the timeframe and unreachable restauranteurs).  We hope this book will give everyone a few new restaurants and recipes to try.

A little background.

In January 2014 we got a call from Globe Pequot about writing a book about the Salt Lake dining scene.  After a few emails and phone calls, we were given a deadline of May 1, 2014 to deliver all content – 224 pages, 200 photos, 55,000 words, 80 recipes, 65 restaurant profiles, all while also caring for one infant (who went to every single restaurant except Forage).   Ninety days.  Not to mention Josh was opening Charming Beard’s cafe at the University of Utah during March of that year while also working half time at Missio Dei Community Church.  It was a busy time for sure, but it was certainly a labor of love.

There are a lot of writers and photographers in SLC, why did they choose us?  Great question.  We can’t completely explain that outside of rich blessing.  We take ownership of this city and believe its a privilege to be one of the talented voices and eyes telling and showing what’s happening around here.  Chef’s Table is basically a combination of both of Becky’s blogs – (profiles, personal interest stories, local food highlights, photography) and (recipes, food photography).

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On many levels, I think we made the publishers life a little easier by handling the writing and the photography (hopefully with a measure of competence).

Regardless of how we got here and the day to day task of getting it done, it’s done.  And it’s beautiful.  What makes us most proud is the hope that you would be proud – of this book, of the chef’s, of the restauranteurs, of the producers, of this city.  We may be small and unsuspecting compared to other urban settings, but our food and people behind the food are special.

The day is coming (and is perhaps already here) where Salt Lake City will be the place other cities look to for inspiration.  May this city and its people not lose its one-ness no matter its size or influence.

Cheers to SLC.


The book includes over 65 restaurants and 80 recipes!

Pick up a copy for yourself or for a holiday gift at these local stores and events:

Wellers Books – Book Signing on Dec 9th

Kings English – Book Signing on Jan 15th

Dolly’s Bookstore – Book Signing on Dec 21st

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