A Boat, a Whale & a Walrus by Renee Erickson

A Boat, a Whale & a Walrus

One of the country's most acclaimed chefs, Renee Erickson is a James-Beard nominated chef and the owner of several Seattle restaurants: The Whale Wins, Boat Street Café, The Walrus and the Carpenter, and Barnacle. This luscious cookbook is perfect for anyone who loves the fresh seasonal food of the Pacific Northwest. Defined by the bounty of the Puget Sound region, as well as by French cuisine, this cookbook is filled with seasonal, personal men...

Details A Boat, a Whale & a Walrus

TitleA Boat, a Whale & a Walrus
Release DateSep 30th, 2014
PublisherSasquatch Books
GenreFood and Drink, Cookbooks, Food, Cooking, Nonfiction, Foodie

Reviews A Boat, a Whale & a Walrus

  • Grace
    There is something bold and confident in the way the Renee Erickson writes about her passion. The photographs have that same understated class and I think what particularly appealed to me was her acknowledging her staff,by dedicating a whole page with a write up about them.Loved the book!
  • Danielle McClellan
    I still dream about the lemon curd Eton Mess that I had for dessert at the Whale Wins (which is, by the way, one of my favorite restaurant names ever). This cookbook is a delight, especially for those of us in the Pacific Northwest that have easy access to Erickson's favored local ingredients. I have already made her pickles and plan to do a lot more cooking out of this book.
  • Adam
    I picked this up from the library for a look at how a French-minded chef might approach local ingredients. This provided exactly that. Arranged by season. The cover, stitching, paper choice, and photography are outstanding. Recommended.
  • E.
    A beautiful book, but perhaps too regional for me in the long run.
  • Lisa of Hopewell
    Chef Renee Erickson is a mover and a shaker in the trendy Seattle restaurant scene. Her cookbook, A Boat, a Whale & A Walrus showcases the cuisines of her restaurants. In among the amazing seafood menus and recipes are fun stories of her climb up to the top as a chef, of enjoying food with friends, and of the people who sell her the super-fresh, superb-quality food that stars in her restaurants. I must admit, though, I had little sympathy for “...
  • Aunt Edie
    Earlier this year I reviewed Summer Food: New Summer Classics (www.goodreads.com/review/show/1243982831) and complained that it was "just a cookbook". This time around I have the exact opposite reaction. Erickson's cookbook is full of all the stories a foodie could want and her recipes are chatty as well with asides and explanations. I spent HOURS reading this book. Seriously, hours. I would give this book to almost anyone who enjoys food without...
  • Wendi
    A couple of weeks ago, I was lucky to spend an entire ten days in Seattle with some lovely creatures, a sun that woke me up around 4 every morning, and a kitchen and seafood market at my disposal. About fifteen months ago, I had the pleasure of lunch with my sister at The Whale Wins. It was my first Erickson restaurant and when I returned home I preordered her new cookbook, which came out last fall. Though I love the physical book itself and the ...
  • Maggie Mattmiller
    Really enjoyed this cookbook, and I'm not one to sit and read a cookbook. I loved how clearly the author's voice came through, and I felt like I was having a conversation with a friend, or learning from a mentor, not reading a book. The pictures are GORGEOUS. Couldn't be any better.I was torn between 4 and 5 stars, but for me, it's 4 just because while I enjoyed getting to know the author, and loved the pictures, it's not a cookbook I could actua...
  • Stacey
    I wonder what it says about me that so far this is my favorite read of 2015. I have always loved reading cookbooks and the past few years have yielded quite a few beautiful books. I have put up a big jar of preserved Meyer lemons and hubby made me the peach cobbler. There are so many other recipes I am looking forward to trying. Lots of pickling things, which should be fun. I love all the beautiful sepia toned photos and stories of the people who...
  • Becki Iverson
    This was an interesting cookbook. Erickson definitely has a knack for naming restaurants, as all of the 4 featured here are cleverly named and beautifully photographed. The food also sounds great. BWW is a different sort of cookbook in that it's sorted out by season and then fully fleshed party menus, rather than being an amalgamation of recipes by course. The party organization make it more fun to read but also feels less practical. Of course yo...
  • Beverly
    We finally had our cookbook group on this book. Must say, Delicious! We made many things and they were all great.Fava beans puree with radish on toast - boy did the radish make the bitePickled fennel & scapes with ricotta on toast - yummyChicken liver pate with pickled shallots and pickled plum jam - such fun flavors Pacific salmon with tomato salad and walnut sauce - such a lovely combinationAsparagus salad - spring on a plateLamb with harissa o...
  • Alix
    This is the second cookbook I've read cover-to-cover this year and I've come to realize how much I enjoy the process of getting to know a chef through their recipes and style.Renee Erickson is a Seattle chef who cooks in a classically French style, integrating traditional ingredients in new ways. Her grilled beets rocked my world on Fathers' Day.This is the perfect cookbook for smaller gatherings, most recipes serving 4-8 people. Think lots of ol...
  • Karima
    A physically beautiful book. Loved the cover, the quality of the paper and the great variety of photos. Many appealing recipes and stories. It's a regional cookbook featuring foodstuffs of the Northwest but still accessible for those of us stationed in the Northeast and elsewhere. I took away one star because many of the recipes are HEAVY. Lots of heavy cream, créme fraîche and butter. (even her laminate kale salad has heavy cream in it!) All y...
  • Sarah
    If a genie gave me three wishes, the first would be to think in the kitchen and cook like Renee Erickson. I just finished reading through for the second time, not sure why I didn't comment the first-- I love this book. I love these recipes. Everything makes sense, sounds delicious and is simple and elegant at once. The way I wish to cook, the way I try to cook. I really need to own this one. It's gorgeous.
  • Anna
    I love the art and design of the cover of this book, the weight of the paper, the beautiful photography, and the fact that this restaurant highlights the meat and produce people whose harvests make the meals--but I still wanted more--as in recipes I could re-create at home. I suppose the recipes were too region-specific, and even though I live in Northern California which has access to the beautiful foods of the Pacific Northwest, I didn't find t...
  • Emily
    This book is in the mold of Amy Thielen's "Midwestern Table", in that it takes the cuisine and food of a specific place and makes it accessible to the rest of the country. Some of the ingredients might be hard to find in landlocked areas (like octopus--fresh octopus anyway!), but I loved reading her recipes and the photography is gorgeous. A feature I also liked is the "seasonal ingredients" part of each chapter.
  • Megan
    I liked that there were intense menus but also mini recipes for a quick carrot salad or roasted vegetables. And though I first salivated about the pickle plate when I heard about it through Molly Wizenberg (whose ex-husband thought it was transcendent), I really want to try it now.Tried the raw carrot salad with currants and olive oil in 2015, and it's so tasty. It's in a creamy curry powder-flavored sauce. Kind of unexpected, but it definitely g...
  • Michelle
    One of my most memorable meals in 2013 was in Seattle at The Walrus & The Carpenter. So when I discovered that Renee Erickson came out with a cookbook, I knew I had to read it. Renee's genuine love for good food and her restaurants is evident in this cookbook. I especially loved reading about the people she works with - it added a nice personal touch and you can tell she really respects them.
  • Al
    As much food memoir as cookbook this was a fascinating read. Not sure all of her philosophies are translatable to the home cook, but some of the recipes are still inspiring and completely mouthwatering.
  • Julie
    I'm not sure I would ever make any of the recipes in this book, but I really enjoyed Erickson's stories about the food, the important people in her life and her restaurants. This is definitely more than just a cookbook.
  • Amanda
    This was a fun read since we have recently moved to the Pacific northwest. I enjoyed reading about the area and the people in it. I also enjoyed the decadence of her recipes and the care that goes into her residents, both the food and the people.
  • Kristi
    Loved it. You get the feeling that Renee Ericksons staff, vendors and friends are a close knit family, and the love shows. Beautifully crafted book, both the paper, the layout and the quaint illustrations make it feel very personal. And I love The Boat Street Cafe. It holds many dear memories.
  • Ambur Taft
    Loved the layout, the stories, the information on the local restaurants I will now get over to Seattle to try.
  • Laura Lewakowski
    If you like to read cookbooks (and I do!), this was a really good read! Loved the illustrations, the recipes, and the stories. Hope to get to one of the restaurants one of these days.
  • Elizabeth Oaklyn
    Beautifully composed. So, so much more than a cookbook.
  • Peggy
    Combination cookbook and stories. I just might try a couple of recipes.
  • Julie
    I'm more of a sandwich-and-salad maker than a real cook, and I don't even like seafood -- but this is one of the most beautiful books I've ever read. The photos and writing are both such a treat.
  • Rachel C.
    Nice Pacific Northwest focus. The palate isn't quite mine and the methods are a bit too involved for everyday cooking, so three stars.I'll be sure to check out one of these restaurants the next time I'm in Seattle.