Powell’s Books Presents the Following Food Events in May
Jack Bishop of America’s Test Kitchen “”Vegan for Everybody: Foolproof Plant-Based Recipes for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and In-Between”
Monday, May 1, 7pm, Powell’s at Cedar Hills Crossing (3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton)
In this cookbook, America’s Test Kitchen decodes and demystifies vegan cooking, so you can reap its many benefits and avoid the pitfalls of bland food, lack of variety, and overprocessed ingredients. You’ll find approachable, fresh, vibrant recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and in between.
Veganism is going mainstream. The benefits of consuming fewer animal products appear frequently in the news, and public figures and celebrities have openly embraced the tenets of a vegan diet, bringing it further into the food consciences of baby boomers, millennials, and postmillennials alike. Whether exploring a vegan diet for health, environmental, or political reasons, more and more people are looking to get hearty, plant-based meals onto their table. But eating vegan can seem overwhelming: Will it be flavorful? Satisfying? Easy to make? And it’s easy to rely on processed foods. America’s Test Kitchen addresses head-on what intimidates people: finding great-tasting and filling vegan protein options, cooking without dairy, preparing different whole grains and vegetables, and even baking. With more than 200 vibrant, foolproof recipes including proper day-starters, “cheesy” pizza you’ll actually want to eat, filling vegetable-and-grain bowls, new dinner favorites, appetizers, DIY staples, and the ultimate birthday cake, this cookbook has something satisfying for everyone—the committed vegan or simply those looking to freshen up their cooking.
America’s Test Kitchen is a real 2,500 square foot test kitchen located just outside of Boston that is the home to more than three-dozen full-time cooks and product testers. America’s Test Kitchen publishes two magazines, Cook’s Illustrated and Cook’s Country, with a combined 1.3 million+ subscribers, and dozens of top-selling cookbooks. We have published more than 145 cookbooks, and that number continues to grow with many new books in development.
Jack Bishop is the chief creative officer of America’s Test Kitchen. He was part of the original team that started America’s Test Kitchen, beginning with the launch of Cook’s Illustrated in 1993. Jack directed the launch of Cook’s Country magazine in 2005 and the building of the company’s book publishing division. He is the tasting lab expert on America’s Test Kitchen and Cook’s Country from America’s Test Kitchen. Jack leads the creative teams working on the company’s television shows, magazines, books, websites, and online cooking school. Jack is the author of several cookbooks, including Vegetables Every Day and The Complete Italian Vegetarian Cookbook.
Michael Ruhlman “Grocery: The Buying and Selling of Food in America”
Wednesday, May 17, 7:30pm, Powell’s City of Books (1005 W. Burnside St., Portland)
A James Beard Award–winner investigates the modern American supermarket to reveal how our food is sourced, sold, and consumed.
In Grocery, bestselling author Michael Ruhlman offers incisive commentary on America’s relationship with its food and investigates the overlooked source of so much of it—the grocery store.
In a culture obsessed with food—how it looks, what it tastes like, where it comes from, what is good for us—there are often more questions than answers. Ruhlman proposes that the best practices for consuming wisely could be hiding in plain sight—in the aisles of your local supermarket. Using the human story of the family-run Midwestern chain Heinen’s as an anchor to this journalistic narrative, he dives into the mysterious world of supermarkets and the ways in which we produce, consume, and distribute food. Grocery examines how rapidly supermarkets—and our food and culture—have changed since the days of your friendly neighborhood grocer. But rather than waxing nostalgic for the age of mom-and-pop shops, Ruhlman seeks to understand how our food needs have shifted since the mid-twentieth century, and how these needs mirror our cultural ones.
A mix of reportage and rant, personal history and social commentary, Grocery is a landmark book from one of our most insightful food writers.
Michael Ruhlman has collaborated on several bestselling cookbooks, including The French Laundry Cookbook, Bouchon, and Alinea. He is the author of critically acclaimed books including The Soul of a Chef, The Elements of Cooking, Ratio, and Ruhlman’s Twenty. Ruhlman has written about food and cooking for the New York Times, Gourmet, Food Arts, and other publications. He lives in New York City.