Last week Sheldon Simeon walked into Costco in Kahului on Maui and saw his cookbook, “Cook Real Hawaiʻi” ($35, Clarkson Potter/Penguin Random House) on the shelves. It was a surreal moment for the Hilo-born chef.
“I not going lie,” he says. “I got kinda emotional. I saw it sitting next to Éric Ripert’s [cookbook] and it was just crazy.”
Simeon, best known as a two-time finalist on Bravo’s hit show, “Top Chef,” released his first cookbook (written with the help of Garrett Snyder) in late March, and it’s filled with recipes for dishes many of us who grew up in