Amelia Levin

Amelia Levin is Chicago-based freelance writer, cookbook author, former magazine editor and certified chef focusing on food, food service and the restaurant industry. Her work has appeared in a variety of magazines and newspapers, as well as online. Visit her website at



Once considered a city simply of steakhouses and deep-dish pizza joints, Chicago has morphed into a vibrant and rich collection of second-generation, energetic chefs seeking to forge strong relationships with local producers and the diners they look to inspire. Master Chef Rick Bayless, Stephanie Izard of Girl & the Goat, Tony Mantuano of Spiaggia, and Paul Kahan with his slew of award-winning restaurants are just a few of the top chefs making headlines not only in Chicago’s food pubs but also nationwide. 
Chicago Chef’s Table is the first cookbook to gather Chicago’s best chefs and restaurants under one cover. Profiling signature “at home” recipes from over fifty legendary dining establishments, the book is a celebration of the farm-to-table way of life and modern Midwestern cuisine. Full-color photos throughout highlight fabulous dishes, famous chefs, and Chicago landmarks.

“Chicago Chefs Table does an amazing job capturing Chicago cuisine, from street food to the fine dining institutions of the city. Use this book as a guide to experience all that Chicago has to offer.”—Paul Kahan, Executive Chef/Owner, Blackbird Restaurant Group (Blackbird, Avec, BigStar, Publican)

“Amelia’s work accurately captures what we Chicagoans know­—that our city is one of the world’s great food cities. As you turn the pages, you can hear the raucous sounds of bustling dining rooms, watch the seeming chaos of the kitchen at full throttle, and smell and taste culinary creations as diverse the city itself. This book brings us the heartbeat of our food-centric city and lets us peer into Chicago’s vibrantculinary soul. As I read it, I couldn’t be prouder.” —Christopher Koetke, MBA, CEC, CCE; Executive Director, Kendall College School of Culinary Arts; Vice President Laureate International Universities Center of Excellence in Culinary Arts

“As a Chicago chef, I am very proud of our ever growing and changing culinary scene. The chefs, stories, and recipes gathered in this book are a great showcase of what our amazing city has to offer!”—Stephanie Izard, Chef/Owner, Girl & the Goat and author of Girl in The Kitchen: How a Top Chef Cooks, Thinks, Shops, Eats and Drinks

Rights: Lyons Press, World



Featuring 125 recipes, plus profiles about people who grow and cook near Lake Michigan, culinary lore, history and geography of the lake, and food travel information.

Rights: Storey Press, World