7 Cookbook Events To Get You in the Kitchen

Top local and national authors bring their foodie focus to Powell's, Pages and Plate, and local event spaces to cook, read, and answer your burning questions.

By Allison Jones September 3, 2014

←Liz Crain's Food Lover's Guide to Portland (2nd edition)

Thursday, September 11, 7:30 pm, Powell's City of Books (1005 W. Burnside St., Portland)

This panel discussion featuring Nick Zukin (food writer and owner of Mi Mero Mole), Brett Burmeister (Food Carts Portland), Gabe Rosen (Biwa), and Nat West (Reverend Nat's Hard Cider) will explore writer Liz Crain's newly updated road map to finding the best of the best in America's favorite do-it-yourself foodie mecca. In the second edition, readers get 20+ new full listings, 150+ new businesses, a new food cart chapter, and an Hispanic market section. Whether you've lived in Portland your entire life, are visiting for business or pleasure, or are a hungry transplant—this book helps you find all that is delicious in Portland.

Samuel Fromartz's In Search of the Perfect Loaf: A Home Baker's Odyssey

Sunday, September 14, 7:30 pm, Powell's City of Books (1005 W. Burnside St., Portland)

Journalist Samuel Fromartz will be joined in conversation with Tim Healea, owner and head baker of Little T American Baker, to discuss Fromartz's approach to home baking.  was offered the assignment of a lifetime: to travel to France to work in a boulangerie. Fromartz has traveled across the United States and Europe, perfecting his sourdough in California, his whole grain rye in Berlin, and his country wheat in the South of France—along the way, he met historians, millers, farmers, wheat geneticists, sourdough biochemists, and everyone in between, learning about the history of breadmaking, the science of fermentation, and more. The result is an informative yet personal account of bread and breadbaking, complete with detailed recipes, tips, and beautiful photographs. 

Chrystal Carver's Sweet & Simple Gluten-Free Baking

As a full-time working mom at a leading biotechnology company, Portland's own Chrystal Carver understands the need for delicious, quick and easy baked goods and sweets that her gluten-intolerant daughters can enjoy. Inspired to develop gluten-free baked items rivaling those made with wheat flour, the recipes in Carver's new book share quick and low-maintenance preparations of “sweet & simple” gluten-free baked good including key lime pie, brownies, snickerdoodles, pineapple upside-down cake, chocolate chip muffins, and a whole chapter on frostings. Want to learn more? Head to one of Carver's upcoming cookbook events:

  • Sept 6 and 7 from 10 am to 4 pm at the Gluten Free Food Allergy Fest at the Holiday Inn Portland Airport Hotel
  •  Sept 27 from 11 am to 1 pm at Kitchen Kaboodle’s Orenco Station
  • October 3 First Friday Evening Event and Book Signing at the Medley Tea House Café in Multnomah Village
  • October 4 at the Beaverton Farmers Market
  • Oct 5 from 1 pm to 3 pm at Kitchen Kaboodle’s NE Broadway store

David & Lesley Solmonson's The 12 Bottle Bar: A Dozen Bottles. Hundreds of Cocktails.

Thursday, September 18, 7:30 pm, Powell's on Hawthorne (3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland)

Build a complete home bar with just 12 key bottles, yielding more than 200 different cocktails for less than $3 a drink—it's a system, a tool kit, a recipe book. This book shows how to make classic and unique mixed drinks, including sours, slings, toddies, and highballs, plus the perfect Martini, the perfect Manhattan, and the perfect Mint Julep. 

Kirsten & Christopher Shockey's Fermented Vegetables: Creative Recipes for Fermenting 80 Vegetables & Herbs in Krauts, Kimchis, Brined Pickles, Chutneys, Relishes & Pastes

Wednesday, September 24, 7:30 pm, Powell's City of Books (1005 W. Burnside St., Portland) 

Even beginners can make their own fermented foods! This guide includes in-depth instruction for making kimchi, sauerkraut, and pickles and then offers more than 120 recipes, using the same basic methods, for fermenting 64 different vegetables and herbs. You'll discover how easy it is to make dozens of exciting dishes, including pickled Brussels sprouts, curried golden beets, carrot kraut, and pickled green coriander. The recipes are creative, delicious, and healthful, and many of them can be made in small batches—even just a single pint. 

Erin Scott's Yummy Supper: 100 Fresh, Luscious & Honest Recipes from a Gluten-Free Omnivore

Sunday, September 28, 3 pm, Pastaworks on Hawthorne (3735 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland)

Every health-related culinary trend reaches a tipping point at which it must either evolve or become a cultural cliche; in the case of gluten-free eating, award-winning blogger Erin Scott is the new face of modern, fresh, gluten-free cooking and living. Erin has devoted her life to family-friendly gluten-free cooking as realized through fresh, seasonal, real food; honest ingredients; and simple and delicious recipes devoid of the usual gums normally used as fillers in stodgy gluten-free cooking. With practical chapters like "Slurp," "Nut," "Egg," and "Sea," the book covers the entire family meal with instructions and asides that are flexible, playful, and tasty.

Erin Scott will also make an appearance at Pages to Plate (6306 SW Capitol Hwy), Saturday, September 27 at 6:30 pm. This informative $25 class includes demonstration and samples of two recipes, beverages, and your very own copy of Yummy SupperCall 503-546-3737 to reserve a space.

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