You've grown to rely on Yelp to get your restaurant recommendations. At the end of the day, though, it's still just a bunch of social media geeks who like to post about food on the internet. [box type="tick"]If you want to take your recommendations from folks who know food like Taylor Swift knows what teenage girls want to listen to, you'll probably be better served by reading Where Chef's Eat: A Guide to Chefs' Favorite Restaurants.[/box]
Authored by Joe Warwick, the 700-page book details over 2,000 restaurant recommendations around the world from 400+ actual chefs. After all, who better to turn to for the best places to eat than those who fashion great food for a living? Sure, you'll probably be taking advice from some food snobs, too, but at least these food snobs actually spend as much time in the kitchen as the cooks in the restaurants they review.
Where Chef's Eat cover the gamut of eating joints, from bargain noodle shops to rich people haunts to neighborhood eateries to specialty dining destinations, so it should serve you well whether you're a struggling artist with a discerning palate or a finance executive who enjoys eating well. It's not just a randomly slapped-up mass of recommendations either -- the book includes full reviews, quotes from the chefs, and maps, all arranged in an organized system that makes it easy to find what you need. That way, you can use it both as light entertainment reading or as a hard-and-fast guide when you need to find a great restaurant in a jiffy.
Amazon has Where Chef's Eat: A Guide to Chefs' Favorite Restaurants available now, priced at $13.