Bring Big Island cooking to your home kitchen! From cover to cover, Top Chef fan favorite and acclaimed chef Sheldon Simeon celebrates the vibrant and complex cuisine of Hilo. Simeon’s inspiration stems from his Hawaiian roots: backyard cookouts and his mother’s life-of-the-party spirit. With locally sourced recipes for mouthwatering coconut shrimp, malasadas, and pog, his ‘ohana-style meals are perfect for any quarantine staycation.
The story of Hawaiian cooking, by a two-time Top Chef finalist and Fan Favorite, through 100 recipes that embody the beautiful cross-cultural exchange of the islands.
Even when he was winning accolades and adulation for his cooking, two-time Top Chef finalist Sheldon Simeon decided to drop what he thought he was supposed to cook as a chef. He dedicated himself instead to the local Hawai‘i food that feeds his ‘ohana—his family and neighbors. With uncomplicated, flavor-forward recipes, he shows us the many cultures that have come to create the cuisine of his beloved home: the native Hawaiian traditions, Japanese influences, Chinese cooking techniques, and dynamic Korean, Portuguese, and Filipino flavors that are closest to his heart.
Through stunning photography, poignant stories, and dishes like wok-fried poke, pork dumplings made with biscuit dough, crispy cauliflower katsu, and charred huli-huli chicken slicked with a sweet-savory butter glaze, Cook Real Hawai‘i will bring a true taste of the cookouts, homes, and iconic mom and pop shops of Hawai‘i into your kitchen.
About the Author
Sheldon Simeon lives on Maui and is the chef and owner of Tin Roof, where he serves local Hawai’i favorites. His restaurant Lineage was named one of Bon Appétit’s top 50 new restaurants. Simeon was a finalist and voted Fan Favorite on seasons 10 and 14 of Top Chef.
“An incredible primer on the delights of Hawai‘i’s food, and a heartfelt portrait of Simeon’s own family history there.”—Eater, “The 17 Best Cookbooks of Spring 2021”