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Chefs of the Mountains: Restaurants & Recipes from Western North Carolina

John E. Batchelor

John F. Blair, Publisher
978-0-89587-581-5
$19.95 paperback
6 x 9
272 pages
photographs throughout
October 2012 

Western North Carolina is an established tourist destination with ski slopes, hiking trails, scenic drives along the Blue Ridge Parkway, national and state parks, and numerous other recreational offerings. The region is also a popular real-estate mecca for retirees and vacation home buyers. These factors, combined with the local food movement that has grown up around the cultural communities in Asheville, Boone, and Blowing Rock, are a welcoming environment for fine dining and an irresistible attraction for a number of remarkable chefs.

Chefs of the Mountains: Restaurants and Recipes from Western North Carolina provides a guide to finding these culinary gems plus the tools to re-create favorite dining experiences in the home.

In Chefs of the Mountains, restaurant reviewer and food critic John Batchelor profiles more than 40 well-established and up-and-coming chefs from the region. Drawing from personal interviews, Batchelor reveals each chef’s cooking philosophy, influences, and personality. Each profile also includes:

  • A description of the restaurant, its ambience, and sample menu items
  • Color photographs of the chef, restaurant, and food
  • Recipes from each chef—such as Fried Green Tomatoes, Chocolate Steak, Prosciutto-Stuffed Pork Chops, Grilled Bison, Cornmeal-Crusted Trout, Jicama-Crusted Mahi-Mahi, Shrimp and Grits, Blueberry Semi Freddo, and Avocado-Jalapeno Ice Cream—formatted and tested for home cooks

Sidebars throughout the book offer information about farms (mostly organic) that sell vegetables and meats to the public as well as to restaurants, unique producers from the region (including two 10-year-old boys who have been completely running their own egg production and sales facility since ages 7 and 8), and stories of a number of people who gave up successful careers in order to return to the land.

Featured Chefs & Restaurants:

Blowing Rock

Boone

Valle Crucis

Banner Elk

Linville

Spruce Pine

Hot Springs

Asheville

Hendersonville

Flat Rock

Saluda

Waynesville

Cashiers

Highlands