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OPB’s Oregon Art Beat: Chefs as Storytellers

A cookbook is more than a collection of recipes—it’s a book full of stories exploring the central role of food in our lives. Join us for a lively conversation about the intersection of food, culture, cooking and storytelling with some of Portland’s most innovative chef/authors: Naomi Pomeroy, Ken Forkish, Greg Denton and Gabrielle Quinonez Denton, and Ellen Jackson. And, award-winning writer Diana Abu-Jaber incorporates all the flavors of life in her memoir Life Without a Recipe. With OPB’s Oregon Art Beat host, Katrina Sarson.

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Diana Abu-Jaber

Diana Abu-Jaber is the award-winning author of four novels and two memoirs, including the best-selling Crescent and The Language of Baklava. Her work has been translated into nearly 20 languages and much of her writing concerns growing up in a Jordanian-American, food-obsessed family. For years she wrote book, film, and oh so many restaurant reviews for The Oregonian. She teaches literature and writing at Portland State University and her family divide their time between Miami, Florida, and Portland, Oregon.
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Greg Denton and Gabrielle Quiñónez Denton

Greg Denton and Gabrielle Quiñónez Denton are the chefs and owners of the critically acclaimed Ox Restaurant in Portland, OR. The James Beard Award finalists and Food & Wine best new chefs have earned rave reviews and legions of fans for their creative and edgy cooking.
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Ken Forkish

Ken Forkish is the author of the James Beard and IACP Award-winning book Flour Water Salt Yeast and The Elements of Pizza. He is the owner of the popular Portland restaurants Ken’s Artisan Bakery, Ken’s Artisan Pizza, and Trifecta Tavern & Bakery.
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Ellen Jackson

Ellen Jackson received her culinary training at the New England Culinary Institute before working for 12 years as a pastry chef in some of Portland's best restaurants. She is a cookbook author, food writer, food stylist, and recipe developer. She wrote The Chefs Collaborative Cookbook, is the co-author of The Grand Central Baking Book, and contributed to The Paley's Place Cookbook. Most recently, she is the author of The Lemon Cookbook (Sasquatch Books), published in April 2015 and Classic Cookies with Modern Twists (Sasquatch Books).
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Naomi Pomeroy

Naomi Pomeroy won the James Beard Award for Best Chef Pacific Northwest in 2014, was named a Best New Chef in Food & Wine in 2009, and has been featured in Bon Appétit, Elle, and O, The Oprah Magazine, along with appearances on Top Chef Masters and Knife Fight. After launching Family Supper, clarklewis, and Gotham Tavern, Naomi opened Beast in 2007 and with her husband, Kyle Linden Webster, the bar Expatriate in 2013. She lives in Portland, Oregon.
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Katrina Sarson

Katrina Sarson is a co-host and a producer on Oregon Public Broadcasting's arts documentary show, Oregon Art Beat. In addition to her work for Art Beat and OPB, Katrina has worked in television production for more than 15 years, starting at Chicago's PBS station WTTW and spending more than a decade as an independent producer in Illinois, Colorado, and Oregon. She has also produced and written for PBS, HGTV, Food Network, ESPN, and others. Her works has been recognized with four regional Emmy Awards: one at WTTW and three for Oregon Art Beat. Katrina holds a Bachelor's degree from Northwestern University and also a Master's degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She enjoys living in Oregon, especially visiting Central Oregon and the Coast, eating locally grown food, and meeting artists all over the state.
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