I’ve been writing about food and drink in Portland since 2003 and apparently ten is the lucky number because 2013 forward has been incredible to me. I coauthored Toro Bravo: Stories. Recipes. No Bull. with chef John Gorham in fall 2013 with McSweeney’s, authored the second edition of Food Lover’s Guide to Portland in fall 2014 with Hawthorne and immediately following the launch of that I got to host author and longtime New York Times writer Mark Bittman and longtime Food & Wine Magazine Editor-in-chief Dana Cowin at my favorite bookseller Powell’s Books for their respective new cookbooks: How to Cook Everything Fast and Mastering My Mistakes in the Kitchen. Added bonus: I got to swig from my lucky flask with both of them. A decade of doing it to it has proved quite fruitful. And it’s nice to fill my flask now with Bulleit Rye as opposed to Seagram’s. Yeah, life is looking up.
I recorded the audio of both for anyone who couldn’t make the book events because both authors are so charming and insightful. So that’s my gift to you. Standout from the Bittman audio: I make a joke about him and prostitutes mid-way through. Standout from the Cowin audio: We laugh about drinking from my flask and field a couple questions/comments from Marius Pop of Nuvrei.
I’m posting a few photos from both events and I have to say that I’m very happy that Food Lover’s Guide to Portland looks so pretty with both books. A very colorful and charming crew. Cheers to bright, bold colors and bright, bold living in 2015!
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