A Growing Appetite for Portland
I want to thank all the Portland-savvy readers who shared their eats and drinks picks over the past few days. Your enthusiasm is inspiring and made me want to stay in Portland for several more days. Here's to a Portland visit in 2007!
Before hitting highway I-5 Friday afternoon, we made a stop in the Hawthorne District for a quick stroll, and of course, a visit to Powell's Books for Home & Garden. One of the many specialty stores of the Powell's book empire, PBHG is a misleading, understated name for what could easily be the most comprehensive collection of cookbooks for sale in the country. For the stalwart devotees of New York's Kitchen Arts and Letters, this is not to say KAL is without its high standards of culinary stackdom. I love the place and will pop in when on the Upper East Side. However, PBHG is probably the first cookbook store where I began hyperventilating in excitement. To make matters worse, I had only an hour to scan the shelves.
Upping the ante is the open doorway that leads to Pastaworks, a gourmet shop with an amazing cheese selection. Essentially, you could shuffle back and forth between stores, researching recipes and searching for ingredients. How more cook-friendly can you get?
With my hour time limit expired, I surveyed the small mountain of books that accumulated at my feet. Here's what ended up in my shopping bag: "Look and Cook: A Cookbook for Children" by Tina Davis; "The Kitchen Book/The Cook Book" two novellas by Nicolas Freeling; "Cabbages and Kings: The Origins of Fruit and Vegetables" by Jonathan Roberts; "How to Be a Domestic Goddess" by Nigella Lawson (I couldn't say no to its $8.98 price tag); "Ice Cream: The Delicious History" by Marilyn Powell; and "Ready When You Are" by Martha Rose Shulman.
Complete with a falafel sandwich from Mediterranean Grill, one of the many food carts parked in the center of Portland's downtown district, I was all grins. Give me some more Portland, please.
Coming up: Wine trekking through Willamette Valley.
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