Launch Party: Alumna Karen Gaudette Brewer debuts new PNW seafood book

Karen Gaudette BrewerAlumna Karen Gaudette Brewer (B.A., 2000) will launch her new book “Seafood Lover’s Pacific Northwest: Restaurant, Markets, Recipes & Traditions” on November 7 at the University Book Store at 7 p.m. The seafood guide, Seafood Lovers Pacific Northwestwhich is officially published on November 4 by Globe Pequot Press, covers everything from seafood shanties to fine dining throughout Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia.

Brewer is a former UW Daily editor-in-chief and has served on the Department of Communication Alumni Board. She is an award-winning food, culture and lifestyles writer who began her career as a journalist with the Associated Press in San Francisco and with the Seattle Times. She later became a food writer for PCC Natural Markets and is now a member of the editorial team at, where she helps millions of home cooks answer the communal ‘What’s for dinner?’ question.

“My first food memory is the sound of my mom shaking fresh homemade doughnuts in a brown paper bag of sugar,” Brewer said. “My second is devouring piping hot taiyaki in Japan with my aunties.”

An avid cook herself, who said she feels incomplete when she goes more than a week without a meal of wild Alaskan salmon or halibut, Brewer shares menu highlights and regional recipes from top seafood restaurants, profiles of local fishmongers and markets, a guide to seafood festivals and culinary events, and detailed maps of the three regions in her book.

A book signing will follow the reading and audience Q&A.