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Home Cooking: New Classic Cookbooks

Sat, Nov 9, 2019 from 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
1119 SW Park Ave Portland, OR 97205

Two new cookbooks destined to become classics that home cooks will reach for again and again. John Becker and Megan Scott have spent nearly a decade revising and updating one of the most iconic American cookbooks, a veritable kitchen bible, Joy of Cooking. The new edition features more than six hundred new recipes, with updates reflecting the latest ingredients and techniques available to today’s home cooks. In Vietnamese Food Any Day, Andrea Nguyen draws on decades of experience, as well as the cooking hacks her mom adopted after fleeing from Vietnam to America, to shows you how to use easy-to-find ingredients to create true Vietnamese flavors at home. Moderated by Liz Crain, co-author of Hello! My Name Is Tasty and the forthcoming Dumplings Equal Love.

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John Becker

John Becker grew up surrounded by the natural and gastronomic splendor of the Pacific Northwest. Spending his childhood between Portland, Oregon and Cincinnati, John learned to appreciate a range of approaches to cooking. His father taught him the art of improvisation in the kitchen, and his mother instilled in him open-mindedness and a love of bold flavors and spice. After earning a degree obsessing over the writings of Irish Modernist James Joyce, John helped publish seventeen collections of literary essays. John has now turned exclusively to matters culinary, ensuring that Joy will continue to meet the high standards expected by its readership. John currently lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife, Megan, and their two cats, Loki and Kishu.
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Andrea Nguyen

Andrea Nguyen is an author, teacher, and consultant in the San Francisco Bay Area. Born in Vietnam, she came to the United States at the age of six. She has written six cookbooks: Vietnamese Food Any DayInto the Vietnamese KitchenThe Banh Mi HandbookAsian DumplingsAsian Tofu and The Pho Cookbook, which won the 2018 James Beard Foundation Award for the Best Single Subject Book. She also edited Unforgettable, a biography cookbook about culinary icon Paula Wolfert. Andrea's food writing has appeared in the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Saveur, Lucky Peach, and Cooking Light.
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Megan Scott

Megan Scott is the newest member of the Joy clan. She has worked for the cookbook since 2010, when she and John met and immediately bonded over a shared love of blue cheese and Cheddar biscuits. Megan's culinary education began in the South, where she learned to cook from a long line of matriarchs. She grew up in a farming family, shucking corn and snapping green beans for as far back as she can remember. She has been a cheesemaker's apprentice, a baker, and an assistant pastry chef, and in addition to her work for Joy she is the culinary director of a creative culinary agency in Portland, Oregon.
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Liz Crain

Liz Crain is the co-author of the Toro Bravo and Hello! My Name is Tasty cookbooks and author of Food Lover’s Guide to Portland and Grow Your Own: Understanding, Cultivating, and Enjoying Cannabis. She is a cofounder of the annual Portland Fermentation Festival. Her forthcoming solo cookbook Dumplings Equal Love publishes in fall 2020.
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