The 300-page cookbook, "dedicated to those crazy souls who sacrifice their blood, sweat and flesh to keep us full of fine food and art," showcases tattoos, all of them of the food variety, from national star chefs like Marc Forgione, Rick Tramonto, Gabriel Rucker, Jesse Schenker and even Andy Ricker -- plus a slew of Colorado chefs, including Jonathan Power (the Populist); Matt Selby (former exec chef of the Corner House); Brandon Biederman (Steuben's and Ace); Mark DeNittis (Center of the plate specialist, Sysco); and Aaron Bennett (Chef's Club By F&W Magazine).
Each full-page photo of the tatted chef is accompanied by a career bio, along with personalized reasons behind the ink. "Most of my tattoos are food-related and/or family-related, so it's easy to say that they are things close to my heart," reveals Biederman, who credits most of his tattoos to local ink artist Josh Ford.
The recipes, most of which are friendly toward home cooks, are relatively basic and easy to follow, but the real reason to stuff this book into someone's stocking is the ink photography, which is just plain fun to peruse. And just looking at all that intricate ink makes me want one more thing for Christmas: a tattoo.
Eat Ink, priced at $22, is available on Amazon.com, and at Super Ordinary at the Source.