Liz Crain is the author of Food Lover’s Guide to Portland and coauthor of Toro Bravo: Stories. Recipes. No Bull., as well as Hello! My Name is Tasty: Global Diner Favorites from Portland’s Tasty Restaurants, and Grow Your Own: Understanding, Cultivating, and Enjoying Cannabis.  A longtime writer on Pacific Northwest food and drink, her writing has appeared in Lucky Peach, Food & Wine, the Sun Magazine, the Progressive, andThe Guardian. She is also an editor and publicity director at Hawthorne Books as well as co-organizer of the annual Portland Fermentation Festival.


Food Lover's Guide to Portland

  • nonfiction / guides


Ashley Gartland
The Oregonian

For residents and visitors alike, Food Lover’s Guide to Portland is a road map to finding the best of the best in America’s favorite do-it-yourself foodie Mecca. Navigate Portland’s edible bounty with this all-access pass to hundreds of producers, purveyors, distillers, bakers, food carts, and...Forward

Readings and events

Thursday, 22 June 2017 at 6:00 pm|

True Portland Launch Party at Reverend Nat's Cidery

Please come out and celebrate the launch of True Portland: The Unofficial Guide for Creative People with us at Reverend Nat’s Cidery & Public Taproom (open to the public, 21 and over) on Thursday, June 22nd from 6-10pm. Launch party highlights include: A Japan marketplace with local purveyors of Japanese food, drink, and goods sampling and selling their wares including Biwa/Noraneko/Parasol, Marukin Ramen, Yume Confections, Jorinji Miso, Kiriko Made, Wanpaku Natto, Seisuke Knife, Obon PDX, and Umi Organic. True Portland author, Teruo Kurosaki, and his esteemed Bridge Lab/Media Surf team will be flying in from Tokyo for the event. Reverend Nat will be pouring his Magnificent Seven hard cider made with Japanese apple varieties and sake yeast which is already on shelves in Japan. Culmination Brewing will be taking over one tap with their dry-hopped sour beer made with yuzu fruit. D.J. Jimbo will be spinning all sorts of good tunes. Travel Portland will be in attendance sharing information about the good work that they do. Rhonda Hughes and Liz Crain and other Hawthorne Books folks will be there with a Mt. Fuji-sized mountain of books for sale.

locationReverend Nat's Cidery & Public Taproom
1813 NE 2nd Ave., Portland, OR 97212

Friday, 23 June 2017 at 11:00 am|

True Portland Book Signing at PDX Tender Loving Empire

The new PDX Portland Airport Tender Loving Empire is hosting Teruo Kurosaki (flying in from Tokyo!) and Liz Crain for a book signing event for True Portland: The Unofficial Guide for Creative People on Friday, June 23rd from 11am-1pm. Those who stop by the international D Concourse Tender Loving Empire for this event will get to sip on some Commons Brewery beer (featured in the book!) sample some Alma Chocolates (also featured in the book!) and purchase copies of True Portland to get them signed by the author and editor. Some other folks and businesses featured in the True Portland and carried by Tender Loving Empire might make appearances as well such as Bee Local, Betsy & Iya, Egg Press, Gigantic Brewing, Quin, Salt & Straw, Smith Tea, and Woodblock Chocolate. Tender Loving Empire is a record label + marketplace for unique, handmade goods that supports artists and musicians with four Portland locations.

locationTender Loving Empire PDX Portland Airport
Concourse D, Portland, OR 97209

Sunday, 25 June 2017 at 12:00 pm|

True Portland Book Signing at The Good Mod

Please join Teruo Kurosaki and others from his esteemed Bridge Lab/Media Surf team and Liz Crain for this special book signing event for True Portland: The Unofficial Guide for Creative People on Sunday, June 25th from noon-2pm at The Good Mod. The Good Mod, featured in True Portland, is a sprawling mid-century design furniture shop that does custom restoration and design on West Burnside St. just up the road from Powell’s City of Books. It is one of Teruo Kurosaki’s favorite Portland furniture destinations so we are really looking forward to this event.

locationThe Good Mod
1313 W Burnside St., Portland , OR 97209


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