Thanks to the city’s ravenous community of food lovers, Portland is a must-stop destination on any cookbook or culinary tome tour. Check out these events coming to town in May.
Janet Fletcher's Cheese and Beer
Sunday, May 5 at 2 pm, Pastaworks on Hawthorne (3735 SE Hawthorne Blvd)
Two of Portland's favorite things combine in this sweet little book about pairing artisan cheese and craft beer. Cheese authority Janet Fletcher (the San Francisco Chronicle's weekly cheese columnist) will share tips for perfectly pairing a wide variety of cheeses with everything from IPAs to Trappist ales, suggestions for storing and serving cheese, and her favorite domestic and imported breweries.
Shauna Ahern's Gluten-Free Every Day
Tuesday, May 7 at 7:30 pm, Powell's City of Books (1005 W. Burnside St.)
Shauna Ahern—author of the bestselling Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef and her wildly popular blog of the same name—is back with a new cookbook of simple gluten-free recipes for weeknight dinners, one-pot wonders, and make-ahead meals, as well as practical tips on how to stock a gluten-free pantry and bake delicious desserts without gluten.
Maneet Chauhan cooks from Flavors of my World
Tuesday, May 7, at Quartet Restaurant (1910 SW River Dr), $95
James Beard Award winning chef and four-season judge on Food Network's Chopped Maneet Chauhan will be in Portland one night only promoting her new cookbook. Dinner will include three courses from the book, a specialty cocktail and wine pairings, and a signed copy of Flavors of the World. Call Quartet for reservations at 503 -222-7300.
Jessie Oleson Moore's The Secret Lives of Baked Goods
Saturday, May 11 at Crafty Wonderland (Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE MLK Jr. Blvd)
The new cookbook from Jessie Oleson (the blogger known as CakeSpy) dives into the fascinating and often surprising histories of the cakes, pies, bars, and cookies of the past and present—from birthday cake and Girl Scout cookies to pumpkin pie and red velvet cake.
Ivy Manning's Crackers and Dips & Andrea Slonecker's Pretzel Making at Home
Saturday, May 25 at 2 pm, Pastaworks on Hawthorne (3735 SE Hawthorne Blvd.)
Two local food gurus will come together for a delicious exploration of DIY snacks, from sweet and savory homemade crackers and dips (made with whole grains, real butter, cheese, fresh spices, and without preservatives) to pretzels warm from the oven, from traditional German varieties to creatives takes like Philly cheesesteak pretzel pockets and fried pretzels with cinnamon sugar.
Sherri Brooks Vinton's Put 'em Up! Fruit: A Preserving Guide & Cookbook
Tuesday, May 28 at 7:30 pm, Powell's City of Books (1005 W. Burnside St.)
A preserving guide and cookbook all in one, Sherri Brooks Vinton's creative collection has 80 inventive recipes for preserving 18 kinds of fruit, from apples, blackberries, blueberries, and cherries to cranberries, lemons, quince, plums, rhubarb, and tomatoes (as well as 80 more recipes for using your DIY preserves in main dishes, side dishes, desserts, and cocktails). Putting up the harvest has never been so delicious!
Barbara Damrosch The Four Season Farm Gardener's Cookbook
Thursday, May 30 at 7 pm, Powell's at Cedar Hills Crossing (3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd, Beaverton)
Barbara Damrosch and Eliot Coleman are two of America's foremost organic gardeners and local-eating authorities. From the hear of their Four Season Farm in Maine, they've written this comprehensive new book on how to grow what you eat and cook what you grow. It's really two books in one: a step-by-step garden guide that works no matter how big or small your plot, with easy-to-follow instructions and plans for different gardens, and a complete four-season cookbook with 120 recipes.