Foodie Book Events in October

Learn which culinary stars will be visiting Portland this fall for book readings and tell-all Q&A sessions.

By Tuck Woodstock September 17, 2013

Check out which culinary minds are coming to town in October, featuring the folk behind Kinfolk Magazine and a guide to starting your own neighborhood soup night: 

Tuesday, October 1 at 7:30 pm, Powell's City of Books, 1005 W. Burnside St.

When the now-ubiquitous Mastering the Art of French Cooking was first published in 1961, Julia Child was already nearly 50 years old. In Julia Child Rules, Karen Karbo explores the first half-century of the celebrated cook’s life, recounting Child’s journey from California to New York to Sri Lanka to Paris to American television. Karbo incorporates her own personal experience and existential wisdom along the way, crafting a book that focuses more on living than cooking. 

Monday, October 21 at 7 pm, Powell's City of Books, 1005 W. Burnside St.

At her legendary La Varenne Cooking School, Anne Willan taught classic French culinary techniques to hundreds of amateur foodies. In One Souffle at a Time, Willan shares her culinary wisdom and experience with those of us unable to manage a trip to France. The memoir includes Willan’s personal biography, her thoughts on the food-world’s biggest names, and fifty of her favorite recipes, from Coquille St. Jacques to Chocolate Snowball.

Tuesday, October 22 at 7:30 pm, Powell's City of Books, 1005 W. Burnside St.

Kinfolk Magazine, a quarterly publication for young food enthusiasts and adventure-types, has won readers over with its straightforward sensibility and communal vibe. The Kinfolk Table, a cookbook from the magazine’s creators, plays off the mag’s simple appeal with 45 profiles of home cooks, bloggers, chefs, writers, bakers, crafters, and artisans. Each profile includes favorite recipes and tips for entertaining in a modest, beautiful style.   

Wednesday, October 23 at 7 pm, Annie Bloom’s Books, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy.

Food blogger and health-conscious chocolate lover Kelly Brozyna has concocted 80 recipes guaranteed to satisfy a sweet tooth while sticking to strict dietary restrictions. The nutrient-dense, cocoa-centric treats avoid gluten, grains, and dairy, instead relying on ingredients such as nut flours, dates, and stevia. The decadent recipes include cherry cordial fudge, chocolate swirl cheese Danish cake, and chocolate crepe cake with coconut cream.

Sunday, October 27 at 2 pm, Pastaworks on Hawthorne, 3735 SE Hawthorne Blvd.

A new style of neighborhood gathering, soup nights are trending across the United States. Guests bring dishes, silverware, and perhaps a bit of bread, and the host provides steaming pots of soup. In SoupNight, Maggie Stuckey presents a practical guide to starting and hosting a soup night, including nearly 100 soup recipes and 40 suggested side dishes.

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