Powell’s Books Presents the Following Food Events in April
Jenn Louis “The Book of Greens: A Cook’s Compendium of 40 Varieties, from Arugula to Watercress, with More Than 175 Recipes”
Sunday, April 23, 2pm, Powell’s City of Books (1005 W. Burnside St., Portland)
An encyclopedic reference with 50 types of greens—plus 150 recipes for creative vegetable-centric dishes, ranging from salads to soups to mains to even desserts—from Portland chef Jenn Louis, a former Food & Wine Best New Chef, James Beard Foundation Award semifinalist for Best Chef Northwest, and contestant on Top Chef Masters.
Jenn Louis is a beloved chef with two acclaimed restaurants in Portland, Oregon. She is also a former contestant on Top Chef Masters and the author of the cult favorite Pasta By Hand. In The Book of Greens, Louis offers unique yet simple ways to incorporate greens into your cooking repertoire. Not strictly a vegetarian cookbook, this comprehensive guide features 150 recipes with three to five ways to incorporate each green into a menu—-whether as a main ingredient; as a dominant component in a meat, fish, or pasta dish; in soups and stews; or as a side dish, salad, or even dessert. The Book of Greens is also a love letter to all greens bright and beautiful, packed full of information about origin, season, flavor, and nutrition along with practical advice on how to shop for, explore, store, clean, refresh, and coax the most flavor out of each.
Jenn Louis is the chef/owner of the Portland, Oregon, restaurants Lincoln and Sunshine Tavern. A Food & Wine Best New Chef and a James Beard Foundation Award semifinalist for Best Chef Northwest, Louis’s culinary career spans nearly two decades. In addition to operating two popular restaurants, Louis is also the proprietor of Culinary Artistry, a full-service catering company and one of the top event planning companies in Portland. Louis has appeared on Top Chef Masters, as well as ABC’s The Chew, and her work has also been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Food & Wine, Bon Appetit, the New York Times, and Shape, among others. She has appeared at notable culinary events across the US, including the SoBe Wine & Food Festival, FEAST Portland, and the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen. Her first cookbook, Pasta by Hand, was published by Chronicle Books and nominated for an IACP Award. KATHLEEN SQUIRES is a freelance food writer whose work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Saveur, National Geographic Traveler, Time Out New York, and New York Magazine.
Jess Thomson “A Year Right Here: Adventures with Food and Family in the Great Nearby”
In conversation with Diane Morgan, author of Salmon
Sunday, April 23, 7:30pm, Powell’s City of Books (1005 W. Burnside St., Portland)
Armed with “The Here List” and a Type-A personality, Seattle-based writer and cookbook author Jess Thomson sets out to spend a year exploring the food of the Pacific Northwest with her family. Planning to revel in the culinary riches of the region and hoping to break her son, Graham, of his childhood pickiness, the adventures into the great nearby include building a backyard chicken coop, truffle hunting in Oregon, and razor clamming on the Washington coast. Her plans to spend “a year right here” are complicated by efforts to help Graham overcome some of the mobility limitations of cerebral palsy, and thwarted further by her own limitations that come to the fore when she attempts the “Gourmet Century,” a hilly one-hundred-kilometer bike ride with gourmet food stops along the way.
With touching, funny, sometimes devastating stories that we all can relate to, Jess pulls the reader in as she abandons “The Here List” and learns that letting go can be just as important as holding on.
Jess Thomson is a freelance writer and the author of Dishing Up Washington, Pike Place Market Recipes, and Top Pot Hand-Forged Doughnuts; and coauthor of A Boat, a Whale, and a Walrus.
Peter Gethers “My Mother’s Kitchen: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and the Meaning of Life”
Friday, April 28, 7:30pm, Powell’s City of Books (1005 W. Burnside St., Portland)
A funny, moving memoir about a son’s discovery that his mother has a genius for understanding the intimate connections between cooking, people and love.
Peter Gethers wants to give his aging mother a very personal and perhaps final gift: a spectacular feast featuring all her favorite dishes. The problem is, although he was raised to love food and wine he doesn’t really know how to cook. So he embarks upon an often hilarious and always touching culinary journey that will ultimately allow him to bring his mother’s friends and loved ones to the table one last time.
The daughter of a restaurateur—the restaurant was New York’s legendary Ratner’s—Judy Gethers discovered a passion for cooking in her 50s. In time, she became a mentor and friend to several of the most famous chefs in America, including Wolfgang Puck, Nancy Silverton and Jonathan Waxman; she also wrote many cookbooks and taught cooking alongside Julia Child. In her 80s, she was robbed of her ability to cook by a debilitating stroke. But illness has brought her closer than ever to her son: Peter regularly visits her so they can share meals, and he can ask questions about her colorful past, while learning her kitchen secrets. Gradually his ambition becomes manifest: he decides to learn how to cook his mother the meal of her dreams and thereby tell the story of her life to all those who have loved her.
With his trademark wit and knowing eye, Peter Gethers has written an unforgettable memoir about how food and family can do much more than feed us—they can nourish our souls.
Peter Gethers is an author, screenwriter, playwright, book editor, and film and television producer. His eleven previous books include The Cat Who Went to Paris, the first in a bestselling trilogy about his extraordinary cat, Norton. He is also the cocreator and coproducer of the hit off-Broadway play Old Jews Telling Jokes. He lives in New York City, Sag Harbor, New York, and, whenever possible, Sicily.
Jami Curl “Candy Is Magic: Real Ingredients, Modern Recipes”
Sunday, April 30, 2pm, Powell’s City of Books (1005 W. Burnside St., Portland)
This game-changing candy cookbook from the owner of Quin, a popular Portland-based candy company, offers more than 200 achievable recipes using real, natural ingredients for everything from flavor-packed fruit lollipops to light-as-air marshmallows.
Jami Curl, candy-maker extraordinaire and owner of the candy company Quin has been called the “new Willy Wonka” by Bon Appetit. Her debut book, Candy is Magic, includes the recipes that have made Quin a favorite with local and national media, foodies, chefs, and bloggers. But Candy is Magic is not just a candy book. Instead, Jami’s approach to candy forms the foundation for a world of other confections—from bacon glazed with maple and black pepper caramel to a clever Chocolate Magic Dust that can be turned into chocolate pudding, chocolate sauce, and even a chocolate lollipop. Packed with more than 200 recipes for totally original confections like Whole Roasted Strawberry Lollipops, Bergamot Caramels, Fig & Coffee Gumdrops, and Pinot Noir cotton candy, as well as serious tips and advice for making amazing candy at home, Candy is Magic is poised to become the category-killing candy cookbook.
Jami Curl is the founder and owner of Quin, a Portland-based candy company she founded in 2013 with a philosophy that supports local food artisans.