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Inside ‘Hartwood,’ a Stunning Chronicle of Tulum’s Hippest Restaurant

The Yucatan-focused cookbook hits shelves this October.

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Hillary Dixler Canavan is Eater's restaurant editor and the author of the publication's debut book, Eater: 100 Essential Restaurant Recipes From the Authority on Where to Eat and Why It Matters (Abrams, September 2023). Her work focuses on dining trends and the people changing the industry — and scouting the next hot restaurant you need to try on Eater's annual Best New Restaurant list.

Here now is a look inside the upcoming cookbook Hartwood, straight from the acclaimed restaurant of the same name in Tulum, Mexico. Husband and wife owners Eric Werner and Mya Henry have been growing something of a cultish following since opening Hartwood off a "jungle road" in Tulum in 2010. The restaurant is very off-grid — all cooking is done over the open flames of a hand-built oven and grill. The ingredients are local, the waste is composted, and the setting is beyond gorgeous.

In the book, Werner and Henry attempt to capture the world of Hartwood with an in-depth look at the techniques and Yucatan ingredients they use. And they had some key helpers to make this happen: sumptuous photography from Gentl & Hyers capture the magical, beach-y setting, and with a foreword from René Redzepi and shared bylines with Christine Muhlke and Oliver Strand, there's some serious firepower right on the cover.

Hartwood is published by Artisan and hits shelves on October 20 (pre-order on Amazon). Without further ado, a sneak peek inside:

From Hartwood by Eric Werner and Mya Henry (Artisan Books). Copyright © 2015. Photographs by Gentl & Hyers.