Local Cookbook represents Hawaii in the National Book Festival

Posted on: September 21, 2021 | Category: News

Cook Real Hawaii book cover and Chef Sheldon SimeonThe 2021 National Book Festival is being held virtually now through September 26th with the theme, “Open a Book, Open the World.”

Each state is allowed to showcase a local title in the “Great Reads from Great Places” book pick. For the Aloha State, the Hawaii Center for the Book has selected “Cook Real Hawai’i: A Cookbook” by Maui chef Sheldon Simeon and co-author Garrett Snyder. Published by Clarkson Potter, the cookbook tells the cross-cultural story of Hawaii’s local style cooking through photography, stories and recipes for dishes like wok-fried poke, pork dumplings made with biscuit dough and crispy cauliflower katsu. Sheldon Simeon shows readers 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. Borrow a copy of  “Cook Real Hawai’i: A Cookbook”.

Watch a video interview of Chef Sheldon Simeon with HSPLS librarian Kylie Flood, with introductions by Hawaii State Librarian Stacey Aldrich and Hawaii Center for the Book’s state coordinator Marya Zoller.

In state observance of Statehood Day, all public libraries and library support offices will be closed
on Friday, August 19, 2022.