Powell’s Books Presents the Following Food Events in November
Tod Davies “Jam Today: A Diary of Cooking with What You’ve Got (Revised and Updated)”
Thursday, November 9, 7:30pm, Powell’s on Hawthorne (3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland)
The original cult classic, in an abundantly updated edition. It’s still true: Today the kitchen, tomorrow the world!
Everyone loves to eat—or they should. But anyone hungry, or in charge of hungry loved ones, needs Tod Davies on their shelf to cheer them on when they ask, “What on earth am I going to make for dinner?” Nourishing in every sense of the word, this memoir/support system has been the guide readers turn to for eating, cooking, and living well.
Now fully updated, it’s time to jam again—with new stories from Davies’s kitchen, her latest adventures with techniques and ingredients, and an entire section devoted to sparking the creativity necessary to make a dish of your very own.
Tod Davies is the author of The History of Arcadia series —Snotty Saves the Day, Lily the Silent, and The Lizard Princess—as well as the cooking memoirs Jam Today: A Diary of Cooking With What You’ve Got and Jam Today Too: The Revolution Will Not Be Catered. Unsurprisingly, her attitude toward literature is the same as her attitude toward cooking—it’s all about working with what you have to find new ways of looking and new ways of being, and in doing so, to rediscover the best of our humanity. Davies lives with her husband, the filmmaker Alex Cox, and their two dogs, Gray and Pearl, in the alpine valley of Colestin, Oregon.
Deb Perelman “Smitten Kitchen Every Day: Triumphant and Unfussy New Favorites”
Wednesday, November 15, 7:30pm, Powell’s City of Books (1005 W. Burnside St., Portland)
Deb Perelman, award-winning blogger and New York Times best-selling author of The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook, understands that a happy discovery in the kitchen has the ability to completely change the course of your day. Whether we’re cooking for ourselves, for a date night in, for a Sunday supper with friends, or for family on a busy weeknight, we all want recipes that are unfussy to make with triumphant results.
Deb thinks that cooking should be an escape from drudgery. Smitten Kitchen Every Day: Triumphant and Unfussy New Favorites presents more than one hundred impossible-to-resist recipes—almost all of them brand-new, plus a few favorites from her website—that will make you want to stop what you’re doing right now and cook. These are real recipes for real people—people with busy lives who don’t want to sacrifice flavor or quality to eat meals they’re really excited about.
You’ll want to put these recipes in your Forever Files: Sticky Toffee Waffles (sticky toffee pudding you can eat for breakfast), Everything Drop Biscuits with Cream Cheese, and Magical Two-Ingredient Oat Brittle (a happy accident). There’s a (hopelessly, unapologetically inauthentic) Kale Caesar with Broken Eggs and Crushed Croutons, a Mango Apple Ceviche with Sunflower Seeds, and a Grandma-Style Chicken Noodle Soup that fixes everything. You can make Leek, Feta, and Greens Spiral Pie, crunchy Brussels and Three Cheese Pasta Bake that tastes better with brussels sprouts than without, Beefsteak Skirt Steak Salad, and Bacony Baked Pintos with the Works (as in, giant bowls of beans that you can dip into like nachos).
And, of course, no meal is complete without cake (and cookies and pies and puddings): Chocolate Peanut Butter Icebox Cake (the icebox cake to end all icebox cakes), Pretzel Linzers with Salted Caramel, Strawberry Cloud Cookies, Bake Sale Winning-est Gooey Oat Bars, as well as the ultimate Party Cake Builder—four one-bowl cakes for all occasions with mix-and-match frostings (bonus: less time spent doing dishes means everybody wins).
Written with Deb’s trademark humor and gorgeously illustrated with her own photographs, Smitten Kitchen Every Day is filled with what are sure to be your new favorite things to cook.
Deb Perelman is a self-taught home cook, photographer, and the creator of smittenkitchen.com. She is the author of the New York Times best-selling The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook, which won the IACP Julia Child Award. Deb lives in New York City with her husband, son, and daughter.
Jim Meehan “Meehan’s Bartender Manual”
Monday, November 27, 7:30pm, Powell’s City of Books (1005 W. Burnside St., Portland)
From the best-selling author of The PDT Cocktail Book comes the first definitive guide to teach readers—be they professional bartenders or amateur cocktail enthusiasts—the art of bar building.
Interest in craft cocktails has reached fever pitch, with every city in the country boasting at least one craft cocktail bar. Whether you’re a professional looking to take your bar game to the next level, or a passionate amateur interested in better understanding concepts like batching, mise en place, or the mechanics of drink making, Meehan’s Bartender Manual is the definitive guide to the art of bar building. Featuring chapters on the history of the cocktail and bar; hospitality, service, and etiquette; home and professional bar design; and tools and machinery, Jim’s authoritative yet engaging voice is on full display. This hardworking, practical bar book also includes the 100 cocktail recipes that every serious cocktail aficionado should know, groundbreaking never-before-published information on spirits from around the world, and unprecedented access to Meehan’s creative process. The incredible content in this densely informative, yet completely approachable manual is matched only by its gorgeous photography and elevated package design, making it an instant classic to be enjoyed now, and for years to come.
Jim Meehan is a bartender, educator, author of the The PDT Cocktail Book, and winner of the 2015 Tales of the Cocktail Best Bar Mentor Award. He has worked at some of New York City’s most popular restaurants and bars including Five Points, Gramercy Tavern, Pegu Club, and PDT. In addition to his work behind bars, Meehan edited eight editions of Food & Wine’s annual cocktail book and currently serves as drinks editor for TastingTable.com. His work has been featured in magazines, newspapers, books, and apps; on television and radio; and in a feature-length movie. He and his family reside in Portland, Oregon, where he operates his consulting firm Mixography Inc.