Cooper publishes Nantucket dining guide

James Cooper of Wilton recently published his new e-book, Where to Dine on Nantucket. It provides food photographs and candid reviews of more than 40 of Nantucket’s eateries. The e-book contains more than 260 photographs taken of restaurants and of Nantucket itself, and ranks the restaurants from four stars down to zero stars.

Mr. Cooper and his family has been traveling to Nantucket at least once each year for over 20 years.

“We’ve learned a lot about the restaurants there, and this book gives me a chance to combine my photography with reviews and information about more than 40 of them,” he said. “While Nantucket is known for its fine dining, there are a lot of nice, smaller places and family restaurants we cover too.

“We tell you about the very best places to eat, and even suggest a couple you might want to skip,” he said.

The book includes at least one interior photograph of nearly every restaurant to help readers judge its atmosphere and décor. Since there are no longer any truly formal “coat and tie” restaurants on Nantucket, “resort casual” is acceptable dress everywhere on the island. From these ratings and descriptions readers may judge whether a restaurant is suitable for their children.

While this is Mr. Cooper’s first e-book, he has published 17 previous books. He has also written more than 800 columns as the Nantucket Restaurant Examiner and as the Fairfield County Food Examiner, and has written extensively about food, restaurants and food science.

“ has been really good to me,” he said. “I’ve gotten to write what I want and tell people where the best places are without any restrictions.”

Mr. Cooper will also be familiar as a performer with Troupers Light Opera Company and New Canaan Town Players. He has also been onstage at the Wilton Playshop and Westport Community Theater.

The dining guide is available as an e-book viewable on an iPad, Nook, Nexus or Surface tablets or an iPhone. The book contains no advertising. For full information, and free sample chapters, visit