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"A glance through makes it clear that it's easy enough to jump from admiring the chefs' bodywork art to their edible art. Thank goodness - now you know exactly what to get the tattoo lover/foodie in your life." - Delish.com

"Chefs don't just want to show off their culinary know-how, they want to show off their tats, as this lively, original book illustrates. It's not just about tattoos, but the life journeys of 60 chefs around the country." - The Star-Ledger (Top Food Books of 2013)

"Meditations on the link between tattoos and chefs' kitchen scars, a thoughtful eye towards lesser-known names...as well a plenty of women represented. There are also recipes alongside the tattoo talk. Keep an eye out for chefs like Marc Forgione, Gabriel Rucker, Mike Isabella, Rick Tramonto, Seamus Mullen, Andy Ricker, Dominique Crenn, and more." - Eater.com

"The recipes, most of which are friendly toward home cooks, are relatively basic and easy to follow, but the real reason to stuff this book into someone's stocking is the ink photography, which is just plain fun to peruse. And just looking at all that intricate ink makes me want one more thing for Christmas: a tattoo." - Westword

"To read Eat Ink is to read about passion. The authors aim to illuminate the connection between the tattoo aesthetic, the creation of food, and the drive to succeed. There's something in it for anyone interested in any of those." - InStash

"Eat Ink is something of a migratory book. It might live on your coffee table.... Then...you'll be balancing it on one knee while you're copying down ingredients you'll need to hunt down during a post-work market sojourn. The process has a way of repeating itself, and, at the moment, shows no sign of relenting." - DailyXY.com

"An interesting read about 60 tattooed chefs and their personal journey into the kitchen and tattoo parlor. The stories are as diverse as the recipes. The common link is that all the chefs love to cook and wear their tattoos with pride." - Worcester Telegram & Gazette

"The cookbook is both beautiful and edgy....The photos truly capture the chefs' energy and personality...each story is personal and compelling.... The whole package does capture the essence of each chef, from where they started, to where they're heading, and for many, their plans for the next tat." - PlateOnline

About the Author

Birk O'Halloran has worked in the hospitality business since 2002 and has focused on wine since 2006. He is the owner of Iconic Wines, a small Napa, California–based boutique wine company that pours their wines at some of the best restaurants in the United States. He splits his time between wine country and his Brooklyn, New York apartment.



Daniel Luke Holton's first passion is photography. He developed another passion for the art of tattoo after receiving his first ink at seventeen while living in San Francisco. A graduate of the Art Institute of Colorado, he works to create stunning impactful imagery for a wide range of clients and audiences. Holton lives in Denver, Colorado.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Adams Media (November 29, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440543461
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440543463
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #421,912 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Arbolito on January 6, 2014
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My son is a professional chef, and yes, has tattoos. After reading this book myself I had to send him a copy. This book visually captures the creative side of being a chef, and how they show their colors. It builds on brief biographies of a select group of interesting and notable culinary personalities, and offers a sample of their creations on their skin and in their restaurants. The book is a delightful combination of what motivates individual chefs and a collection of unusual recipes, all shown beautifully photographed. The past decades have seen food preparation which was mostly pretty utilitarian in America until the fifties, become widely practiced as an culinary art, and the simultaneous rise of food related tattoo art in the restaurant world. This is a book any foodie would love to have on the coffee table or in the kitchen.
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Format: Hardcover
Eat Ink
by Birk O'Halloran (Author), Daniel Luke Holton (Author)

Cooks are branded into their field. They wear “I’m a cook” as a badge of honor; a war wound, a number across a mug shot. When you shake hands with a cook, you feel the rugged callousness of their hands from sweeping the carnage across their cutting board or hefting a ten-inch chef’s knife over many long nights. They are much like members of a gang; they brandish colors and have lifted heads when they tell of their occupation. There is no I’m “just” a cook. Hell no! “Just” is for somebody else, but not a cook. It’s a pride thing. We’ll tell anybody that cares to listen and even those that do not want to have their ear bent, will know by the end of the cocktail party that the cheese display could have used more sheep’s milk cheeses, the lollypop chops were hammered into oblivion and the bread pudding’s whiskey sauce was perfect. Yeah, they’ll know just by getting an earful of cook-speak and the assumptions will be made. We band together and we harbor a particular, imaginative, kitchen bravado.

The gush of creative expression from a busy kitchen does not start and end with the dish that lands on the table. There is the kitchen music and the flourish of visually adventurous cooks’ attire. There is even a compelling vernacular that is part of the culinary world’s unique geography. And what a cook stores in his/her refrigerator for off-hours consumption can be described as abstract artwork at best, decadence and deviance at worst. A tattoo is part of a cook’s kitchen vocabulary, as well. Adorned with favorite primal cuts, favorite terra-borne species and canned ingredients, tattoos are yet another medium for a cook.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anthony M. Marciante on December 29, 2013
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But that being said, I like the layout, it's a fun informative style coffee table style book. Great recipes, not all "cheffy" necessarily, great pictures of the personalities behind some great restaurants....Probably a fun gift for a lot of people....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Wrenn11 on January 17, 2014
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Gorgeous photos, amazing recipes and bios of some interesting chefs. I like the fact that it contains information about chefs from all over the U.S.. Be sure to read it on a full stomach, or you will be hungry.
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