Andy Ricker “Pok Pok Noodles: Recipes from Thailand and Beyond”
Thursday, August 29, 7:30pm, Powell’s City of Books (1005 W. Burnside St., Portland)
From chef and bestselling author Andy Ricker comes this definitive guide to the most delicious and time-honored noodle dishes of Thailand with recipes anyone can make at home.
From iconic dishes like phat thai and phat si ew to lesser-known (at least Stateside) treasures like kuaytiaw reua (boat noodles), noodles represent many of the most delicious and satisfying dishes in the Thai culinary canon. In POK POK Noodles, chef Andy Ricker shares recipes for his favorites—including noodle soups, fried noodles, and khanom jiin, Thailand’s only indigenous noodle. Filled with stunning food and location photography and the thoughtful, engaging storytelling that has earned Ricker legions of fans, this book will become an instant classic for armchair travelers and lovers of Thai food and culture.
Andy Ricker worked in restaurants all over the world before opening his first restaurant, Pok Pok, in Portland. He has since gone on to open Whiskey Soda Lounge, Pok Pok Noi, and Pok Pok Wing in Portland, and Pok Pok NY in Brooklyn.
Phil Busse “Southern Oregon Beer: A Pioneering History”
Thursday, August 29, 7:30pm, Powell’s on Hawthorne (3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland)
The origin of brewing in southern Oregon is a lively tale of mid-nineteenth-century gold rushes, brawling German immigrants, irrepressible women and hometown pride. In the boomtown of Jacksonville, two pioneering brewers competed to quench the thirst of miners and ranchers, and soon breweries began popping up elsewhere. But as railroads spread across the West, they brought rival beer brands with them, and the onset of Prohibition stifled the industry altogether. Yet resourceful Oregonians continued to cultivate hops, and by the turn of the twenty-first century, small-town brewers like Caldera Brewing Company in Ashland and Climate City Brewery in Grants Pass were once again stepping into the spotlight. Author Phil Busse, longtime Oregon journalist, traces the pioneering spirit of southern Oregon’s first brewers to today.
Phil Busse is a Wisconsin-raised and Oregon-based writer. After graduating from Middlebury College in Vermont, he started his writing career with San Francisco Weekly. He has written for Eugene Weekly and helped start the Portland Mercury, where he was managing editor. Phil is the executive director for the Media Institute for Social Change and is the publisher and editor for the Rogue Valley Messenger, which provides news, entertainment and, yes, beer reviews to southern Oregon.