A year ago this month, we were asked by a publisher to write a cookbook about the Salt Lake City dining scene to include stories of local chefs and photographs of food and our city. After a moment of hesitation, then a long pause of exhilaration, we accepted and embarked on an incredible journey. My husband Josh and I love Salt Lake City, and we couldn't think of a better way to multiply our affections than to share its food and stories with a larger audience.
Our book, Salt Lake City Chef's Table, includes more than 200 photos, 65 restaurants, and 80 recipes. We worked day and night to best showcase the commitment and talent among restaurants and food purveyors in the city. Our biggest observation was the solidarity and oneness of this food community: We highlighted food producers who got their start in the Caputo's Market basement, and we heard stories of restauranteurs sharing trade secrets to help the business of a would-be competitor.
We ended our journey with more respect and admiration for the city than we even started with. Here are just a few photos that we loved, which didn't end up in the book.
Joe, a former employee of Nobrow Coffee Werks and a local food enthusiast, generously gave us his family recipe for the wassail that's served at Nobrow. After trying it, we believe that no winter in Utah can be survived without it.
Pig and a Jelly Jar gifted us with its blueberry lavender jam recipe for the book, but it's simply not complete (in photo or flavor) without their crispy waffle. It's definitely worth a visit to this neighborhood breakfast joint to try the pair.
Pago's kale salad is a favorite of ours, and they don't skim on the anchovies! The recipe is in the book, but I especially loved this photo.
Many of the foods we tried at Saffron Valley were new to us and completely unique. This restaurant is best enjoyed when you take some risks when ordering.
Chow Truck's lemongrass chicken tacos and sliders are best enjoyed hot, so grab a seat on the curb and enjoy this local food cart delight.
The Avenues Bistro's Opera Cake is not to be missed. But after receiving a three-page handwritten recipe, we thought we would go a bit simpler for the home cook. So we ended up choosing their popular carrot cake in a jar for the book.
Josh and Becky Rosenthal write the local food blog SLC Foodie, as well as the seasonal recipe blog Vintage Mixer. They enjoy life to the fullest here in Salt Lake City with their boy Everett and dog Henry. You can find their book Salt Lake City Chef's Table at Weller Book Works and The King's English Bookshop.