After 12 years as a software engineer at Adobe, Michael Natkin recently quit the tech world to focus full-time on food. He's currently on a national tour for his first cookbook, a beautifully designed hardcover titled Herbivoracious with 150 recipes and his own photographs (Harvard Common Press, $24.95). His next plan is to open his own small, innovative restaurant in Seattle spotlighting the sort of original, punchy dishes he creates on the blog he's operated since 2007.

To read the full story, go to the All You Can Eat blog on The Seattle Times.

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