powerHouse Books is pleased to announce the February, 2024 release of

Ode to Travel 

By Patrick Trefz

Introduction by Christian Beamish, David Kinch, and Jim Denevan

Includes three dozen regional recipes!

For his third powerHouse title, acclaimed chef, surfer, filmmaker, and award-winning photographer Patrick Trefz scours the globe to hone in on spots offering tasty visuals of innovative local dishes, supreme surfing nooks, and camaraderie with fellow chef surfers.

From Tunis to Teahupo’o, Stornoway to Salina Cruz, New York to Berlin, São Paolo, and Paris—Patrick Trefz mixes the metropolitan and the deeply rural by bringing food and culture from across the globe.


Famed throughout the surf world for his decades of magazine-cover-worthy images, Trefz has become known in food circles for his work documenting the farm-to-table movement and championing traditions of regional cuisine. Ode to Travel captures Trefz’ innate ability as a traveler to become part of the scenes he finds himself in—not merely as an observer, but as a participant. Connecting landscape and seascape, people and food, Ode to Travel celebrates a world view of a globe deeply layered, how cultures define communities from the ground (and the sea) up in the form of its food and traditions, and the simple pleasures that bring color to living. Ode to Travel includes 35 recipes from the places Trefz has come to know intimately; each recipe included is an invitation to experience the local communities through their flavors and traditions. Includes contributions by monumental land artist Jim Denevan, three-star Michelin chef and Manresa restaurateur David Kinch, and Voyage of the Cormorant author and Surfboards California owner and craftsman Christian Beamish.

"Trefz’ immersion in the cuisines of the regions he has visited is reflected in his own cooking and in the pages of this book. The recipes are organic, immediate, and in the fullest sense of the word, nourishing. Trefz’ travels in the Basque country in particular have made a lasting impression on him. His home in the Santa Cruz mountains has a similar feeling as might be found outside Zarautz – fog-shrouded forests looming over a cold sea. As he cooks on an open fire, thick cuts of beef soaked in oil and salted, one half expects shepherds to emerge from the woods with an extra skin of wine.”
— Christian Beamish

Patrick Trefz is an award-winning art, documentary, and action photographer and filmmaker. He has been recognized for three critically acclaimed feature-length documentaries Thread (2007), Idiosyncrasies (2010) and Surfers’ Blood (2016), and has directed multiple music videos, commercials, and shorts. Trefz’ work is known nationally and internationally for work in publications including Surfer, Big, Geo, and The New York Times, and is the author of the photography books Thread (2009), and Surfers’ Blood (2012), both published by powerHouse Books. His commercial clients include Nike, Jansport, Quiksilver, Red Bull, Patagonia, Vans, and Krammer & Stoudt. Trefz lives and works in Santa Cruz, California.

Christian Beamish, former Associate Editor at The Surfer’s Journal in the aughts, built an 18-foot Shetland Isle beach boat, the maiden voyage of which down the coast of Baja California resulted in his book Voyage of the Cormorant (Patagonia Books, 2012). Beamish currently lives in Carpinteria, California with his wife and two children, and shapes surfboards for his company Surfboards California.

David Kinch is an American chef and restaurateur. He owns and operates Manresa, a restaurant with strong French, Catalan, and Japanese influences, in Los Gatos, California, which was awarded three Michelin stars in 2016, and named one of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants by Restaurant Magazine, in addition to America’s Top 50 Restaurants by Gourmet. Kinch’s culinary philosophy is fostered by the terroir, and the ingredient-driven cooking and modern technique he has studied around the world.

Jim Denevan is an American artist who creates temporary land art. He is also the founder of the massive site-specific food events Outstanding in the Field, a global traveling farm dinner series hosting between 130-200 people over a five-hour time span. His main gig is land art and sand drawings, a passion which came to Denevan when surfing; viewing beaches as empty canvases, he envisioned creating earth art right on the beach. His creations usually last a few hours before being washed away by the tides. In March 2010, Denevan was commissioned by The Anthropologist to create a large-scale drawing on Lake Baikal, Siberia, and is the world’s largest single artwork. A documentary of the journey and artwork called Art Hard was released in 2011.

A partial preview is available here: Ode to Travel

Food / Travel / Photography
Hardcover, 10.25 x 8.25 inches, 472 pages
ISBN: 9781648230134, $39.95 US / $55.20 CAN

High-res scans to your specification are available upon request; scanning from the book or lifting images from the mechanical file are strictly prohibited. Mandatory credit line: From Ode to Travel by Patrick Trefz with an introduction by Christian Beamish, David Kinch, and Jim Denevan, published by powerHouse Books.

Ode to Travel is available to pre-order now through our website and book retailers.

Ode to Travel
By Patrick Trefz with an Introduction by Christian Beamish, David Kinch, and Jim Denevan

Hardcover, ISBN 9781648230134


Available for consumer purchase through our distributer Simon & Schuster here.
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