Passion & Palate: Recipes for a Generous Table Purchase »

Passion & Palate: Recipes for a Generous Table

“In the creation of Passion & Palate with John Howie we discovered a man who deeply cares about serving in ways beyond himself. His restaurant philosophy is centered on the belief of ‘guests first’. Family is a priority for him and therefore for those who work with him. He feels he has been blessed in life to be able to use his talent and gifts to serve others, to give to those in need, and to create a more connected and vibrant community. We offer you his story, recipes, and tips for life.” -Jody and Nancy

Look inside »

The recipes in Passion & Palate have been tested in home kitchens by over 350 recipe testers. They work.

Wine pairings are included with the recipes. You’ll find the ‘life is too short’ pick and the ‘just because it’s inexpensive doesn’t mean you’re cheap’ option.

Throughout the book you will find stories of commitment, attention to detail, overcoming challenges and giving back.


Passion and Palate sample - chefsPassion and Palate sample - pork loinPassion and Palate sample - thai soup

“John’s food is as warm and soulful as his heart and as focused and driven as his mind. This cookbook is well rounded to use at home for every season and for every occasion. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!”

Maria Hines, Chef/Owner, Tilth and Golden Beetle Restaurants

“I prepared a menu for Sunday dinner including the Pork Ribs, Citrus Rice and Mojito Fruit Salad for a group of four. The meal had the feel of an elegant or “topshelf” version of a backyard BBQ. Each dish had a refreshing twist with different textures and unexpected flavors. The meal was enjoyed by all! The meat was so moist and tender. The unique blend of spices for the rub was appreciated by my guests as was the aroma and hint of flavor from the cedar plank. The two men commented that these were the best ribs they had ever had!”

— Gail - Recipe Tester

“I have learned that his greatest success is the attention he gives towards his family, friends and community. John has mastered the craft of balancing life with business.”

— Erik Liedholm, Partner, Company wine Director – Advanced Sommelier John Howie restaurant Group

“I didn’t have much experience under my belt, I learned every night in the kitchen. One of the greatest things about Seastar was the sense of community there. I’ve never experienced a group of people working so hard to provide the perfect customer experience. And I think this attitude came from chef Howie’s own commitment to guest service.”

Elissa – Intern/Blogger 17 and Baking

“I made the potato lasagna recipe to go with ham on Easter and it was perfect! It got raves from my family. I will make this many more times, I can assure you.”

— Laurie, Recipe Testers

“What a great cookbook for every kitchen! Flavors and tastes for everyone. John is a talented, gifted chef whose work we have had the privilege of experiencing in our home, as well as in his wonderful restaurants. Now that he shares his recipes in Passion & Palate, we can carry on with delicious food no matter where we are.”

Karen and Jamie Moyer - World Series-Winning All-Star Pitcher