Douglas Trattner

Douglas Trattner has been a full-time freelance writer for more than a decade, covering every inch of Cleveland for local, regional, national, and international publications. Food Network magazine, the Miami Herald, the Globe and Mail, and Wine & Spirits have all featured his work. Douglas was named Best Critic in Ohio by the Society of Professional Journalists for his long tenure as dining editor of Cleveland Scene. Douglas is the founder and managing editor of Fresh Water Cleveland, a digital magazine that covers Northeast Ohio's most engaging people, businesses, and organizations. He still writes weekly food reviews. Douglas and chef Michael Symon co-authored two New York Times best-selling cookbooks, Carnivore and 5 in 5.

Douglas felt there was little more to learn about his hometown after so many years of professional writing about it. During the research for this book, he reexamined his favorite city from top to bottom with fresh eyes. He left the project with a newfound love for Cleveland, discovering new stores, restaurants, museums, and hidden gems. With his wife, two dogs, and four chickens, he lives in Cleveland Heights.