“Food Lovers’ Guide to Raleigh, Durham & Chapel Hill: The Best Restaurants, Markets & Local Culinary Offerings” (Globe Pequot Press, $14.95) is chock full of information on restaurants, markets, culinary events, cooking classes, wine and beer spots and more.
You’ll find the books at the usual places, in stores and online. Better yet, have Johanna personalize your copy — and buy extras for friends. She’ll be at A Southern Season in Chapel Hill on Saturday, Sept. 22, from noon to 2 p.m., and at the West 94th St. Pub in Durham on Sunday, Sept. 23, from 4 to 6 p.m.
Skimming through the 254 pages of listings, I’m transported to some of my favorite spots (Pie Pushers food truck, Guglhupf bakery and restaurant, especially the outdoor patio) and reminded of all the places I still need to visit (I’m too embarrassed to confess which ones I’ve yet to check out). Even Johanna’s book launch party on Sunday introduced me to a new spot — G2B Gastro Pub, a sleek but friendly bar/restaurant tucked away in the back of a small office complex in Durham.
In the back of the book you’ll find 18 recipes to whet your appetite, including Macaroni au Gratin from chef Ashley Christensen of Poole’s Downtown Diner in Raleigh; Market’s Ketchup, by Chad McIntyre of Market, also in Raleigh; and Raw Vegan “Pad Thai” from Triangle Raw Foods.
As I told Johanna, I’m even impressed by the index and appendices, making it easy to find what you’re looking for. So start looking and visiting!