How did the book come to be?
The book journey all started with a phone call last spring, from Philadelphia-based Quirk Books. My soon-to-be editor reached out to me with the concept already in mind: 50 recipes from Jersey Shore restaurants. Which restaurants? That would be my job to figure out.
Who is the book targeted to?
The intended audience for the book is anyone who lives or has lived, visits or dreams of visiting the Jersey Shore. Locals will love it just as much as the tourists. It is really much more than a cookbook. The book contains background and the inside scoop on each restaurant: where to sit, their most popular dishes, what the regulars know, in addition to where they source their food and what their experience was recovering from Hurricane Sandy.
Who took the photos?
The photographer is Thomas Robert Clarke. Everyone who has seen the book thus far comments on how great the photography is. He had a harder job than I did, I think, since he had to physically get to each restaurant over the summer for multiple photos. He is amazing. Tom does a lot of work for Edible Jersey and has won some pretty impressive awards.