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Portland: A Food Biography
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In the decades before the old growth trees were scraped from the landscape, Portland’s wood was a verdant breadbasket, overflowing with huckleberries, chanterelles, venison. Today, Portland is seen as a quaint village populated by trust fund wunderkinds who run food carts, each serving something more precious than the last. But Portland’s culinary history tells a different story: the tales of salmon-people, pioneers and immigrants, each struggling to make this inviting land between the Pacific and the Cascades feel like home.
The foods that many people associate with Portland are derived from and defined by its history: salmon, berries, hazelnuts, beer. Portland is an eater’s paradise, and a cook’s playground. Full of wry humor and captivating anecdotes, Portland: A Food Biography chronicles the Rose City’s rise from a muddy Wild West village to a progressive, bustling town of merchants, brewers and oyster parlors, to the critical darling of the national food scene. Heather Arndt Anderson brings to life in lively prose the culinary landscape of Portland, then and now.
“A twisty culinary path from wapato wonderland, via boiled wheat mush and crab Louis salad, to Portland’s prominence as a land of lush local liquoring and foodcarts galore. Portland: A Food Biography is a fast and colorful run down that path, and at the end you may be panting for more—more food, more beverages, more time-tinged tales of eating in a bountiful place.”
—Richard H. Engeman, historian and author of Eating It Up in Eden: The Oregon Century Farm & Ranch Cookbook
- Peppered with anecdotes and artifacts of the people who forged Portland’s culinary landscape
- Relates historic and social life in Portland to a broader, national scale
- Offers a glimpse into the dietary habits of early eccentrics who began keeping Portland weird
- Recipes from pioneers and early restaurateurs that have had a lasting impact on the way Portlanders eat
Heather Arndt Anderson is a Portland, Oregon–based food writer. She is the author of Breakfast: A History (Rowman & Littlefield, 2013), a contributing writer to The Portland Mercury and the magazines Narratively, The Farmer General and Remedy Quarterly.