Toro Bravo Cookbook to be published by McSweeney’s

Portland’s small-plate guru John Gorham is teaming up with local writer Liz Crain to write The Toro Bravo Cookbook: The Making, Breaking and Riding of a Bull, due out fall 2013.

By Allison Jones January 19, 2012

The secrets of Portland’s top chefs continue to be revealed. Up next in the cookbook expose parade? John Gorham of Toro Bravo and Tasty n Sons will debut The Toro Bravo Cookbook: The Making, Breaking and Riding of a Bull next year, thanks to the publishers at San Fransisco’s fiercely independent publishing house McSweeney’s Books.

Gorham will co-write the irreverent tome with food writer Liz Crain, who penned The Food Lover’s Guide to Portland in 2010, photos will be shot by Portland food photographer David Lanthan Reamer, and additional illustrations will come courtesy of Tyler Adams (owner of Portland’s Grizzly Tattoo). A true Portland dream team!

The book will feature one hundred Toro Bravo recipes, tales from Gorham’s travels, and essays on Toro Bravo service and advertising.

From co-author Liz Crain: "We’ve been putting in the hours working on this book for awhile now and from day one chef-owner John Gorham and the entire Toro family has been adamant about getting the Toro Bravo story out there in its entirety with no compromises. Every last sweaty, dirty, salty and spicy detail that fuels the brave bull."

Stay tuned for more details!

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