Pete Van Leeuwen “Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream”
Sunday, August 2, 4pm, Powell’s City of Books (1005 W. Burnside St., Portland)
A collection of delicious and flavorful frozen treats made from simple, natural ingredients easily found in most pantries from Brooklyn’s beloved and wildly popular ice cream emporium.
The Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream Book includes ice cream recipes for every palate and season, from beloved favorites like Vanilla to adventurous treats inspired by a host of international culinary influences such as Masala Chai with Black Peppercorns and Apple Crumble with Calvados and Crème Fraîche. Each recipe—from the classic to the unexpected, from the simple to the advanced—features intense natural flavors, low sugar, and the best ingredients available.
Determined to revive traditional ice cream making using only whole ingredients sourced from the finest small producers, Ben, Pete, and Laura opened their ice cream business in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, with little more than a pair of buttercup yellow trucks. In less than a decade, they’ve become a nationally recognized name while remaining steadfast to their commitment of bringing ice cream back to the basics: creating rich flavors using real ingredients.
Richly illustrated, told in a whimsical style, and filled with invaluable, easy-to-follow techniques and tips for making old-fashioned ice cream at home, The Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream Book includes captivating stories—and an explanation of the basic science behind these delicious creations. Enjoy these irresistible artisanal delights anytime—The Van Leeuwen Ice Cream Book shows you how.
Wearing many hats, Peter Van Leeuwen bounces back and forth between Van Leeuwen’s Brooklyn home base and LA, where he oversees the entire west coast expansion operation. As circumstance would have it, Pete’s bi-coastal situation has seen him forced into splitting in half, his collection of records and instruments and so he was quite relieved to learn that his entire girlfriend and two whole dogs would be joining in California.
Steven Shomler “Portland Beer Stories: Behind the Scenes with the City’s Craft Brewers”
Thursday, August 13, 7:30pm, Powell’s City of Books (1005 W. Burnside St., Portland)
Portlanders have got it made. Not only is the city filled with nearly countless breweries, brewpubs, bottle shops and homebrew supply venues, but also the people who created the community are nothing short of fascinating. Saddle up to the bar and get to know the stories of the men and women brewing some of the country’s most exciting beer and cider, from the origin of Ecliptic Brewing to a personal account of a beer truck driver. When you are looking for an adventure outside the city limits, try out one of the seven beer road trips to other Northwest towns (with a designated driver, of course). Join author Steven Shomler for a hop through Brewvana.
Steven Shomler is a writer and radio host living in Portland. He is the festival coordinator for the Portland Spring Beer and Wine Fest, the largest spring beer festival in the U.S. and is one of the co-founders of the Portland Summer Food Cart Festival. A former mortgage banker and chaplain, Steven shares his adventures at www.StevenShomler.com. This is his second book.
Jeff Alworth “The Beer Bible”
Monday, August 31, 7pm, Powell’s at Cedar Hills Crossing (3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton)
Like The Wine Bible (550,000 copies in print) for beer, this is a category-killing expert guide to the beers of the world: how to taste, what to drink; the history, the processes, the ingredients, the breweries; the romance and, ultimately, the pleasure of the sip-all style by style.
It’s finally here—the comprehensive, authoritative book that does for beer what The Wine Bible does for wine. Written by an expert from the West Coast, where America’s craft beer movement got its start, The Beer Bible is the ultimate reader- and drinker-friendly guide to all the world’s beers.
No other book of this depth and scope approaches the subject of beer in the same way that beer lovers do—by style, just as a perfect pub menu is organized—and gets right to the pleasure of discovery, knowledge, and connoisseurship. Divided into four major families—ales, lagers, wheat beers, and tart and wild ales—there’s everything a beer drinker wants to know about the hundreds of different authentic types of brews, from bitters, bocks, and IPAs to weisses, milk stouts, lambics, and more. Each style is a chapter unto itself, delving into origins, ingredients, description and characteristics, substyles, and tasting notes, and ending with a recommended list of the beers to know in each category. Hip infographics throughout make the explanation of beer’s flavors, brewing methods, ingredients, labeling, serving, and more as immediate as it is lively.
The book is written for passionate beginners, who will love its “if you like X, try Y” feature; for intermediate beer lovers eager to go deeper; and for true geeks, who will find new information on every page. History, romance, the art of tasting, backstories and anecdotes, appropriate glassware, bitterness units, mouthfeel, and more—it’s all here. Plus a primer on pairing beer and food using the three Cs— complement, contrast, or cut. It’s the book that every beer lover will read with pleasure, and use with even more.
Jeff Alworth has been writing about beer for more than 15 years. He is the author of The Beer Tasting Toolkit, and has also written for Draft Magazine, All About Beer, Sunset, The Oregonian, and other publications, as well as his popular site, Beervana. He lives in Portland, Oregon, in the heart of the world’s craft beer belt, the Pacific Northwest.