Book Signings

Please visit the UCU booth to find these wonderful authors signing their books throughout the day!

Tommy McDonald | Field Roast: 101 Artisan Vegan Meat Recipes to Cook, Share, and Savor | 11:00 a.m.

Tommy McDonaldIn Field Roast, Chef Tommy McDonald shares fundamental techniques and tips that will enable you to make your own vegan meats at home–for everyday (sandwiches, burgers, meatloaf) to holiday (stuffed roast, anyone?), as well as recipes for using them in every meal from breakfast through dinner. The 100 recipes are flexible: want to make your own plant-based meats? Great! Want to use Field Roast products instead? That will work too. All you need are grains, veggies, and spices–easy-to-find whole food ingredients for authentic, hearty taste. With basics such as cutlets and sausages, along with dishes like Burnt Ends Biscuit Sandwich, Chicken Fried Field Roast and Waffles, Pastrami on Rye, Tuscan Shepherd’s Pie, Curry Katsu, (and even some favorite desserts), Field Roast brings new meaning to plant-based meat.


Leslie Mackie | More from Macrina: New Favorites from Seattle’s Popular Neighborhood Bakery | 12:00 p.m.

Leslie MackieLeslie Mackie opened Macrina Bakery & Café in Seattle in 1993 after working with Lydia Shire & Susan Regis in Boston and as head baker at Seattle’s Grand Central Bakery. She was among the first wave of Americans experimenting with recipes from European master bakers and a long, slow fermentation process. Mackie rediscovered the craft’s traditional, almost spiritual importance. “In France, bakers are revered because bread is such a central part of the family and the community,” she explains.

This new book has more of Mackie’s irresistible, artisanal breads, including flatbreads and an emphasis on traditional Italian breads. The reader will also find cakes, cookies, pies, and other sweets and savories that devoted customers love. Mackie is deeply rooted in the Puget Sound community and treasures the relationships she has with customers, employees, and producers. Stories of some of her favorite people are sprinkled throughout the book.


Kim O’Donnel | PNW Veg: 100 Vegetable Recipes Inspired by the Local Bounty of the Pacific Northwest | 1:00 p.m.

Kim O'DonnelSimply delicious, healthy “vegetable-forward” recipes are at the heart of this cookbook that celebrates the bounty of the Pacific Northwest. From simple weeknight meals to on-the-go snacks and sweet- tooth satisfying desserts, this book gives you over 100 ways to celebrate seasonal produce, with recipes like Sweet Corn and Red Lentil Soup, Baked Pasta and Greens Casserole, Cherry Fro-Yo, and more. Vegetarians and omnivores alike will be eager to eat their vegetables, and the convenient gluten-free and dairy-free symbols make navigating the book a breeze for reader with dietary restrictions.


Rachel Yang | My Rice Bowl | 3:00 p.m.

My Rice BowlFrom James Beard Best Chef-nominee Rachel Yang, My Rice Bowl is a cookbook with 75 recipes based on her deeply comforting Korean fusion cuisine, inspired by cultures from around the world.
 
As co-owner of the popular Seattle restaurants, Joule, Trove, and Revel, and Portland’s Revelry, chef Rachel Yang delights with her unique Korean fusion—think noodles, dumplings, pickles, pancakes, and barbecue. Along with her husband, Seif Chirchi, Yang serves food that exemplifies cross-cultural cooking at its most gratifying. In the cookbook you’ll find the restaurants’ kimchi recipe, of course, but there’s so much more—seaweed noodles with crab and crème fraîche, tahini-garlic grilled pork belly, fried cauliflower with miso bagna cauda, chipotle-spiked pad thai, Korean-taco pickles, and the ultimate Korean fried chicken (served with peanut brittle shards for extra crunch). There are rice bowls too—with everything from lamb curry to charred shiitake mushrooms—but this book goes way beyond bibimbap.

In many ways, the book, like Yang’s restaurants, is analogous to a rice bowl; underpinning everything is Yang’s strict childhood in Korea and the food memories it engrained in her. But on top you’ll taste a mosaic of flavors from across the globe, plus a dash of her culinary alma maters, Per Se and Alain Ducasse. This is the authentic, cutting-edge fusion food of a Korean immigrant who tried everything she could to become an American, but only became one when she realized that her culture—among many—is what makes America so delicious today.

RACHEL YANG and her husband, Seif Chirchi, own and operate Joule, Revel, and Trove restaurants in Seattle, and Revelry in Portland. The duo holds four James Beard Award nominations for Best Chef. Both Rachel and Seif remain working chefs who still cook on the line most nights in one of their signature open kitchens. Their two young sons, Pike and Rye, can often be found in the family’s restaurants as well.

JESS THOMSON is an award-winning freelance food and travel writer, and the author of seven cookbooks, many written with Seattle-area restaurateurs, plus her recent memoir, A Year Right Here: Adventures with Food and Family in the Great Nearby. Her work has appeared in the New York TimesFood & WineCooking Light; and SeattleSunset, and Edible Seattle magazines; and in multiple issues of the yearly Best Food Writing book collection. She lives in Seattle with her husband and eight-year-old son.