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Food Lovers' Guide to® Santa Fe, Albuquerque & Taos: The Best Restaurants, Markets & Local Culinary Offerings (Food Lovers' Series) Paperback – October 16, 2012
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"One of the best local writers does it again. I just received my copy, sat down, and an hour had passed. Well written, unlike this review, and super informative. I can tell this book won't be sitting on my overstuffed shelves. It will be used and tattered as I am sure to discover new hidden gems presented by one of New Mexico's most trusted food writers." - Jay Wulf, chef/owner of The Greenside Cafe
From the Author
I got the phone call to write this book in early 2012 after more than 7 years interacting with Albuquerque restaurants: hours every week! To that I add many years keeping tabs on the Santa Fe and Taos scenes.
This book is about what is awesome about eating in New Mexico. In the writing process, I ate amazing meals, took great road trips, and even acquired some sleep-deprivation laryngitis near the deadline. Overall it was wonderful and I am so happy to see the cover photo (from fantastic local Sergio Salvador) which brings the content into a visual context. That cover features a breakfast spread - warm, comforting food served with just the right amount of chile spice.
Enjoy reading the book, use it as your local resource, and please contact me if you have updates or questions - my contact info is all over the place on this site and the book's website. Seriously, do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions at all, from "where should I eat tonight?" to "I want to interview you!" Search facebook for the book's name or my name and I'll turn up without issue. Thank you, take care, and EAT WELL!
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The reviews are written in a straight forward style that incorporates quite a bit of local and personal knowledge, including tidbits from different chefs where Andrea has the benefit of having actually met the chefs or owners. The reviews seem pretty unbiased and match my own experiences with the restaurants in cases where I have eaten at the same restaurants. Form factor on the book is not quite a pocket guide but is small enough to fit in a decent sized purse or laptop bag, very suitable for bringing along when traveling or throwing in the car glove box to have on hand when out and about looking for a place to eat. The print in the paper edition can be a little harder to read in low light, so I'd recommend the e-book edition if e-books are your thing.
I use Yelp and Google places reviews a lot for restaurant reviews, but I find a guide like this is really valuable as it has a set of reviews by the same author, so you can get a feel for how someone assesses restaurants and whether their criteria for reviewing match your own. Also there's quite a bit of local knowledge which Yelp reviews are lacking sometimes. Finally, given NM's relatively low population there are plenty of restaurants in the book which I know to be excellent, but have very little about them on Yelp or other similar food review sites, so some restaurants are easily overlooked. It's not like bigger cities where you can go by something having hundreds of reviews that it's good. :)
The glossary of food terms would definitely be helpful for first time or international visitors, as I've often had out-of-towners ask me to explain what calabacitas or a sopaipilla is, or which chile is hotter, or what's the difference between red and green chile.
Full disclosure - I worked with Andrea Feucht about 7 years ago at a software company. At the time I didn't know she was a foodie, but have since learned about her passion for and obsession with local food in NM and her ongoing food writing. My review of this book is based on my own experience living in Albuquerque from 1993 to 2015 and eating out a LOT at local restaurants in Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Taos and the surrounding area. I consider myself a local but this book still had value for me.