A boat, a whale, a walrus, and sigh-inducing good food.

Renee Erickson is the chef behind Seattle’s Boat Street Café, The Walrus and the Carpenter, and The Whale Wins. This book is warm and personal -- an ode to a restaurant that feels like one big dinner party -- but it's also accessible and easy to use at home. Any cookbook that feels aspirational and practical is a win in our minds, and this one charms by showing us how to look at old dishes in new ways. Inspired by Provence, the recipes include dishes like radicchio and cheese tart, roasted red pepper flan, and roasted marrow bones with rye toast -- in short, meals that make us want to invite 12 friends over and open the wine.

Comes with a signed bookplate.