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Food Lovers' Guide to® Chicago: Best Local Specialties, Markets, Recipes, Restaurants & Events (Food Lovers' Series) Paperback – June 14, 2011

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"Jennifer Olvera serves up the skinny on all things edible, sippable and growable in her new book. To that end, she's even pulled together a list of Chicago eats far more unusual than the expected hot dogs, deep-dish pizza and Italian beef." - Chicago Tribune

"Food Lovers' Guide to Chicago is as comprehensive as eating guides get... You won't find Pupuseria el Salvador on 106th Street or old-school Vito and Nick's on South Pulaski in Fodor's... Thumbing through the book, even natives are bound to come across plenty of places, and foods, to add to their bucket list." - Chicago Sun-Times

"Jennifer Olvera has done an admirable job cataloging the city's restaurants, cocktail haunts, brewpubs, wine bars, gourmet shops, farms, farmstands and cooking classes, fitting the breadth of Chicago's food world into a squat and reasonably portable 400-page tome."- Tasting Table

"It offers an incredible wealth of information about hundreds of restaurant picks in just about every neighborhood... It also features helpful sections on speciality stores. That said, we most enjoyed the recipe section, which includes picks from some of the most respected chefs around town." - Grub Street

"Olvera covers the high-high end as well as everyday corner haunts, leaving nary an ethnicity uncovered. She also dedicates a chapter to local farms and farmer's markets... cooking schools and cooking classes. But one of the more personal touches... is the inclusion of recipes from some of Chicago's most respected chefs." - Eater

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Savor the Flavors of Chicago

From ethnic enclaves to haute haunts to seasonally minded delicacies, Chicago is a food city to behold. In Food Lovers’ Guide to Chicago, seasoned food writer Jennifer Olvera shares the inside scoop on the best places to find, enjoy, and celebrate the Windy City’s culinary treasures. A bounty of mouthwatering delights awaits you in this engagingly written guide.


With delectable recipes from the renowned kitchens of the city’s iconic eateries, diners, and elegant dining rooms, Food Lovers’ Guide to Chicago is the ultimate resource for food lovers to use and savor.

Inside You'll Find:

Favorite restaurants and landmark eateries • Specialty food stores and markets • Farmers’ markets and farm stands • Food festivals and culinary events • One-of-a-kind restaurants and landmark eateries • Recipes from top Chicago chefs • The city’s best wine bars and brewpubs, plus area wineries • Cooking classes and wine courses • Local food lore and kitchen wisdom

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Product Details

  • Series: Food Lovers' Series
  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot; First edition (June 14, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762770155
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762770151
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 5.9 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,159,108 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is a great guide for anything related to food in the Chicago area (and not just the city). I love the inclusion of local farmer's markets, food related festivals (yes, Taste of Chicago is in here, but there's so much more!), shops, cooking classes, recipes from some of Chicago's top chef's, etc. in addition to the extensive list of bars & restaurants that you'll find in many other guide books. Delicious food is such a huge part of Chicago, & it's nice to see a book that does justice to the wide variety of food related activities in the area!
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I lived in Chicago for several years, so I recognize many of the places described in the book, and the pithy descriptions capture the essence of each spot at a quick glance. For those places I don't recognize, Olvera's accounts given enough flavor for each place so you know what to expect, whether it's dress up, or down home. I love the different indexes that allow you to browse by cuisine or the restaurant's name, and the additional listings for cooking schools, specialty stores, markets and food festivals. But the best surprise? The recipes at the back from some of the city's great chefs. Gougeres from Bin 36? I'll take a dozen or two.
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This book is an excellent resource for anyone interested in food in and around the Chicago area. It provides a unique perspective and has information on subjects that most similar guides would gloss over, if not omit entirely.
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Jennifer has done a lot of eating and driving! It's great to see off-the-beaten-path markets and restaurants listed, including quite a few in the burbs. She even included a couple of my faves like Mercato del Pesce and Grand Duke's.
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I bought this in anticipation of a week-long visit to Chicago, but it was much less helpful than I anticipated. Essentially it's a list of foodie establishments, with some indication of specialities. But for the tourist, its lack of locating maps and its five, very large geographical divisions are virtually useless in finding a nearby place to eat when you are sightseeing. Particularly frustrating are lines such as "There are locations throughout Chicagoland" (p. 166) Similarly, its lack of ratings or indications of value, likelihood of finding a table, or excellence (most places get a sentence indicating a general thumbs-up) is unhelpful.

If you live in Chicagoland, the book would be useful as a listing of possibilities to explore over the years.
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If you'd like an exhaustive Chamber of Commerce listing of the Chicago metro area food scene, this is for you.
If you'd like a selective, intelligent and critical review of restaurants, this isn't for you.
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I consider myself a foodie who just doesn't get out enough, so this book intrigued me immediately. First thing was to check the index for my own varied mix of favorites, to see what the author had to say. Jennifer Olvera was spot on. I grabbed a book for myself, fully intending to mark the pages, make notes, and head off on new eating adventures, then bought two more copies for friends in Boston and Albuquerque (I want to entice them back for a visit). I highly recommend "The Food Lovers' Guide to Chicago" and can't wait to get started. Thank you, Jennifer!
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A very useful book for anyone who ever feels overwhelmed by Chicago's many food offerings!!! The author goes into the many neighborhoods of Chicago, and the suburbs as well, and tells visitors what the locals already know, where the good food is!!! An easy to read and valuable addition for any food explorer's travels in finding a great place to eat, and in Chicagoland, this is a real must, because there are so many great places!!!!!
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