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In a very large bookstore combine: four great books about food, one baker, one salumist, one historian, one homesteader, and a healthy dash of public speaking. Mix in a friendly crowd and enjoy—you’ve just created the very mouthwatering month of January food events at Powell’s. 

Olympia Provisions: Cured Meats and Tales from an American Charcuterie by Elias Cairo and Meredith Erickson

Portland’s own cured meats legend and pâté pro, Elias Cairo of Olympia Provisions delves into his Greek roots, memories of apprenticing in the Swiss Alps, and the OP restaurants’ recipes to recount the origins of Oregon’s first USDA-certified salumeria.

When: Monday, January 4, 7:30pm
Where: Powell’s City of Books

The Nerdy Nummies Cookbook: Sweet Treats for the Geek in All of Us by Rosanna Pansino 

Nerdy Nummies is Rosanna Pansino’s wildly popular internet show that combines its creator’s passion for baking with all things nerdy. Video games, math, science fiction, and comics inspire the recipes in Pansino’s first cookbook, which features recipes like dinosaur fossil cake, moon phase macarons, and the periodic table of cupcakes. 

When: Sunday, January 10, 12pm
Where: Powell’s at Cedar Hills Crossing

First Bite: How We Learn to Eat by Bee Wilson

Picky eaters, healthy nations, and obesity epidemics — the common denominator of the way we eat is taste. Food writer and historian, Bee Wilson, speaks with psychologists, neuroscientists, and nutritionists explore how humans teach themselves and each other eating habits and whether those habits are malleable. 

When: Tuesday, January 19, 7:30pm
Where: Powell’s City of Books

Craft Distilling: Making Liquor Legally at Home by Victoria Redhed Miller

Who hasn’t dreamed of brewing up some ‘shine from their very own still? Victoria Redhead Miller, homesteader and writer, walks readers through the process of making distilled spirits at home, from whiskey to rum, and the licensing process to do so legally. The cast of Lawless would be proud. 

When: Thursday, January 26, 7:30pm
Where: Powell’s City of Books

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