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St. Petersburg publishing a cookbook with local restaurant recipes for coronavirus relief

A new book launched by the city features recipes from over 30 local restaurants.

ST. PETERSBURG — Eating out hasn’t been the same since the pandemic, though there’s good news for foodies in the Sunshine City. A new cookbook will soon help locals recreate iconic dishes at home, all while supporting the restaurants they love.

St. Pete Eats: A Cookbook features recipes from over 30 local eateries. Starting Friday, cookbooks can be purchased for $20 from or participating local retailers and restaurants.

St. Petersburg Deputy Mayor and City Administrator Kanika Tomalin created "St. Pete Eats: A Cookbook." [ Courtesy of the city of St. Petersburg ]

St. Petersburg Deputy Mayor and City Administrator Kanika Tomalin partnered with over 30 local restaurants to create the book. St. Pete Eats is a continuation of the Healthy St. Pete initiative Tomalin launched in 2015, which aims to bring a culture of health and wellness education across the city.

“In this cookbook, I’ve shared some of my own favorite recipes, and have enlisted the expertise of some of St. Pete’s finest chefs to give you an authentic culinary experience that can only be found in St. Pete,” Tomalin said in a news release.

Related: Healthy St. Pete aims to create a culture of wellness citywide

“We can change health outcomes when we work together,” St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman said in the release. “That is why I am excited about this cookbook. It is a vibrant illustration that great food and great health can coexist, especially in St. Petersburg.”

Books purchased online will benefit the city’s Fighting Chance Fund, an emergency grant program launched to help local small businesses impacted by the coronavirus. Proceeds from books bought at local retailers will go directly to those businesses.

Related: St. Petersburg offers cash to businesses and workers affected by coronavirus shutdown

Participating restaurants include:

  • Bella Brava
  • Birch & Vine
  • Brooklyn South
  • Callaloo
  • Ceviche
  • Datz
  • Dr. BBQ
  • Ford’s Garage
  • Fresco’s Waterfront Bistro
  • Hawthorne Bottle Shoppe
  • Intermezzo Coffee & Cocktails
  • Kahwa Coffee Roasters
  • La V
  • The Mandarin Hide
  • Noble Crust
  • Pacific Counter
  • Paul’s Landing
  • Pipo’s
  • Punky’s
  • Red Mesa
  • Rococo Steak
  • Rollin’ Oats Market & Cafe
  • Saigon Blonde
  • Sea Salt
  • TeBella Tea Company
  • The Floribbean
  • The Left Bank Bistro
  • The Lure
  • The Mill
  • The Tavern at Bayboro
  • Trophy Fish

You can also find the book at Asylum Sights & Sounds, Bananas Records Warehouse, Daddy Kool Records, St. Petersburg City Hall, Tombolo Books and Wilson’s Book World. The city published a map with all retail locations: