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Renee Erickson gently pulls at the strings of restaurant culture and makes it all seem more relaxed, with a sense of generous ease. Her restaurants are full of light, artwork, and good conversation. She's not afraid to tell a simple story with her food, but it's marked with details that make you linger admiringly: the huge handful of herbs and spritz of lime that wake up a pile of braised greens, the soft fishy smoke of herring rillettes on crusty toast, whisper-thin slivers of octopus dressed with the very best olive oil and salt. Each of her spaces is discreetly programmed to delight…

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Renee Erickson reads from her new book, A Boat, a Whale & a Walrus, on Wed Oct 1 at the Book Larder, 4252 Fremont Ave N, 6:30 pm, $5 or free with book purchase.