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The Mighty Gastropolis: Portland: A Journey Through the Center of America's New Food Revolution Paperback – December 26, 2012
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"Foie gras, grilled pigeon, and the tastiest fried egg sandwich around: It's all here in Karen Brooks's lively account of America's new great food city. Oh, and there are 50 terrific recipes, too." - James Oseland, editor-in-chief of Saveur and author of Cradle of Flavor
"An insider's tour of a city where the only use for a Michelin star is to have it dipped in chocolate or fried in duck fat. If you want to explore the ingenius outsider cooks, the obsessive impulses, and the raging gustatory dishes behind America's newest food capitol, Karen Brooks is your guide." - Mike Thelin, commentator for Unique Eats, The Cooking Channel, and co-founder of Feast Portland
"Brooks offers a keen insight and an almost literary style that sets her apart from most food writers." - The Oregonian
"Brooks, Bosker, and Gelber don't just guide you through Portland's food revolution through their vivid descriptions. They introduce you to every player behind it . . . with personal remarks, recipes, and tips. If you find yourself salivating just as much as we are but can't afford a flight to Portland just yet, The Mighty Gastropolis is the next best thing." - ANNE DOLCE, The Daily Meal
"By the book's end, you'll have plotted a new eating itinerary, with stops for Le Pigeon's beef cheek Bourguignon, Tastebud's pizza or the Sugar Cube's brownie sundae. For out-of-towners, the book jacket doubles as a map of Portland's dining destinations." - Michael Russell, The Oregonian
"Ever wonder how Portland, Oregon, became one of America's top food cities almost overnight? Who better to tell the pork-filled, caffeine-fueled, unconventional story than the Rose City's biggest fan and insatiable eater Karen Brooks. By profiling food cart rebels, supper club renegades, and local chef heroes, Brooks paints a vivid picture of a city thriving with creativity, passion, and an anything-goes attitude for all things edible. Brooks isn't just a chronicler of her city's food revolution-she (and this book) are a part of it." - Andrew Knowlton, Bon Appétit Restaurant and Drinks Editor
"Karen Brooks, the definitive writer on Portland's food scene, makes a mighty case that our culinary neighbors have more than a food scene, they have a revolution. The Mighty Gastropolis uses chef profiles, essays and pivotal recipes to argue that Portland's wild, "casual gastronomy" provides fine food to a mass audience in a way that no other American city does." - Rebekah Denn, Seattle Times
"Scattered among the book's richly photographed pages are 50 of Portland's most obsessed-over recipes. I imagine the original version of Tastebud's Original Berry Cobbler -- made with Oregon berries and baked in a wood-fired oven-is truly divine, but even with supermarket fruit, this was awesome." - Kimberly Masibay, Fine Cooking magazine
"The definitive guide to Portland's scrappy, endlessly inventive food culture." -- Sara Dickerman, The New York Times
"The definitive guide to Portland's utterly singular, lo-fi culinary scene." - Josh Ozersky, Time Magazine food columnist
About the Author
Teri Gelber is a James Beard award-winning food writer living in Portland, Oregon.
Gideon Bosker is a writer and photographer who lives in many places, including Portland, Oregon. With Karen Brooks, he is the co-author of the cult classics Patio Daddy-O, Atomic Cocktails and Dude Food.
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Top Customer Reviews
This is a bubbly, fun, well written romp through Portland's food scene and why it is in the unlikely forefront of new ideas about how to cook, how to serve and how to eat food of every kind.
This is absolute required reading for anyone into Portland's food scene, and a must-read for anyone living in Portland. If anyone is not aware of what's going on here while they go about their daily lives, this will be an eye-opener. For anyone outside of Portland who has an interest in food, or spends any time watching Bourdain or any of the chef-based Food Network shows, this should cause a flurry of activity on Expedia. (The local travel bureaus should be very thankful for this book.)
I have interviewed a few of the subjects profiled in The Mighty Gastropolis. Karen digs deep into the chefs' and the artisans' backgrounds, giving us a new appreciation for the restaurants and shops we visit. These are obsessed talented folks who do what they do incredibly well. And their obsessions are our gain (experiential AND on the scale!) Thanks to Karen for giving us cause to appreciate the bounty -- and the talent -- we have here in Oregon.
I'm not a voracious book reader by any means. But this one I consumed in two sittings the day it was released. I will be going back to read it again, and will someday foray into the recipes. As someone who has a small business built around showcasing the people who make up the Portland food scene, many of whom are in this delicious book, I can't recommend The Mighty Gastropolis more emphatically than to say put down your fork and pick up your reader.
Don't worry, it'll all still be there when you're done.
Not only does Karen Brooks write pregnant phrases like "pork is the new salmon" in the Northwest--not a slim insight for a writer who cut her eye teeth as a writer on one of the earliest vegetarian cook books--she does so with an incisive analysis of a scene that not only represents a sea change in Portland, it symbolizes a revolution in eating in America. It is about "democracy in America" where the "prophets" of cuisine are dressed down (like all the prophets were) uttering new truths about not only what to eat and how to cook, but how to eat. This is a revolutionary response to "fast food living" that incorporates the American struggle for finding home, nourishment and joy at prices attainable for the common man (and woman). In fact, Ms. Brooks is the prophet spirit herself, who perceived the revolution as it was happening on the ground, and in highlighting it, brought it momentum. Kudos to the achievement! This book is way, way beyond a travelogue in import, but anyone wanting to know how to live in Portland, wanting to visit, wanting to bring some of Portland's revolution to where they live, should be nourished by this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very interesting and well written review of the dining experience in one of the most intriguing cities in the world (I live in Vancouver BC). Read morePublished 23 months ago by Anthony Wilson
I'm a person who reads cookbooks, and this is a winner to read. I haven't tried recipes - so I can't comment on that - but if you are a foodie, this is just good food porn.Published 24 months ago by K. Greenwood
Loved this book -- read it before visiting Portland and went to a few of the restaurants in the book, they were all amazing.Published on December 30, 2013 by Amber
awesome awesome book. Portland is such a great food town and now I know why. The author explains beautifully how Portland got to have the reputation it has. Read morePublished on November 23, 2013 by R Ryanson
Very interesting and in-depth narrative of the wonderful and off-beat chefs who left lucrative jobs in big cities to come to a place where anything goes in the food world. Read morePublished on June 14, 2013 by R. Curtis
I bought this as a gift for my brother and sister-in-law. They had to move away from Portland and I thought this book would be a great way to bring the food to them. Read morePublished on April 15, 2013 by Maile Harvard
The cookbook has great recipes, but some of the pages are stuck together. They should have been trimmed and cut and apparently it was missed. Read morePublished on April 2, 2013 by Ruben Cabral
By the time you get through all the prose and fluff , you have lost interest in the content. Forcecd myself to read it due to my interest in Portland, but found it was tiresome... Read morePublished on April 2, 2013 by Washer