Foodie Book Events in September

The City of Books is at it again, bringing headlining culinary stars together for another month of book readings and tell-all Q&A sessions.

By Allison Jones and Tuck Woodstock August 15, 2013

Powell's upcoming cookbook events will feature culinary wisdom from the minds behind Portland’s Le Pigeon, Toro Bravo, and Kenny & Zuke’s Delicatessen. Don't miss 'em:

By Gabriel Rucker, Andy Fortgang, and Lauren Fortgang
Thursday, September 19 at 7:30 pm, Powell's City of Books, 1005 W. Burnside St. in Portland

This debut cookbook from Portland’s own James Beard Award-winning chef Gabriel Rucker features 125 progressive-yet-playful recipes from his phenomenally popular East Burnside restaurant, Le Pigeon. The book brims with uncommon delicacies and envelope-pushing twists—Elk Tongue Stroganoff and Lamb Belly BLT, anyone?—and Le Pigeon’s Andrew and Lauren Fortgang contribute their expert wine recommendations and stellar dessert recipes, respectively.

By John Gorham and Liz Crain
Saturday, September 21 at 4 pm, Powell's City of Books, 1005 W. Burnside St. in Portland

Patrons of Portland’s Spanish-inspired Toro Bravo will cherish this book's 95 straight-from-the-restaurant recipes, from simple small plates to homemade chorizo. But like any good cookbook, “Toro Bravo” is more than a collection of recipes: it also explores the life story of Toro Bravo’s trailblazing chef John Gorham, recounting his grandfather’s crab-shack dance club, his influential trips to Spain, and his first forays into the restaurant business.

By Nick Zukin and Michael Zusman
Sunday, September 22 at 11 am, Powell's City of Books, 1005 W. Burnside St. in Portland

The Artisan Jewish Deli at Home doesn’t merely celebrate the new wave of artisan Jewish delis that have sprung up across the country; it provides the tools for any deli enthusiast to whip up crispy potato latkes, homemade pastrami, chocolate babka French toast, and everything in between. The book also features first-hand reports from modern Jewish eateries across America, including Portland’s own Kenny & Zuke’s Delicatessen.

By Nick Saul and Andrea Curtis 
Monday, September 30 at 7:30 pm, Powell's on Hawthorne, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd. in Portland

When Nick Saul became executive director of The Stop in 1998, he transformed a cramped, dreary food bank into an internationally respected Community Food Center with gardens, a greenhouse, and a revolutionary mission. Now he’s co-written a book arguing for healthy food, strong communities, and political empowerment. This personal tale is sure to leave you politically inspired… and perhaps a bit hungry.

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Friday, September 20 from 2 to 4 pm, $5
Heathman Hotel Broadway and Symphony Rooms, 1001 SW Broadway 

Chat about everything from school lunches to salt blocks with twenty of Oregon's favorite food experts at this cookbook signing. Authors will be eager to sell, sign, and discuss their cookbooks, and Chef Michael Stanton of the Heathman will provide light refreshments. This event open to the public for a suggested donation of $5. Participating writers include Le Pigeon's Gabe Rucker and Portland Monthly's own Karen Brooks, as well as a variety of national cookbook authors. Check out the full line-up here.

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