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Foodways: Kate Lebo & Cecily Wong

Sat, Nov 13, 2021 from 10:00 am - 11:00 am PST
1111 SW Broadway Portland, OR 97205

A discussion about the way food shapes the way we experience the world, and who we are, with Kate Lebo (The Book of Difficult Fruit), Cecily Wong (Gastro Obscura), and moderator Liz Crain (Dumplings Equal Love).

Inspired by twenty-six fruits, in The Book of Difficult Fruit the essayist, poet, and pie lady Kate Lebo expertly blends natural, culinary, medical, and personal history. What makes a fruit difficult? Its cultivation, its harvest, its preparation, the brevity of its moment for ripeness, its tendency toward rot or poison, the way it might overrun your garden. Here, these fruits will take you on unexpected turns and give sideways insights into relationships, self-care, land stewardship, medical and botanical history, and so much more. Kate Lebo’s unquenchable curiosity promises adventure: intimate, sensuous, ranging, bitter, challenging, rotten, ripe. After reading The Book of Difficult Fruit, you will never think of sweetness the same way again.

Wonder is around every corner, and on every plate. In Gastro Obscura, Cecily Wong and the curious minds behind Atlas Obscura now turn to the hidden curiosities of food, which becomes a gateway to fascinating stories about human history, science, art, and tradition. This breathtaking guide transforms our sense of what people around the world eat and drink. But far more than a menu of curious minds delicacies and unexpected dishes, Gastro Obscura reveals food’s central place in our lives as well as our bellies, touching on history, culture, travel, and more.

 

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Kate Lebo

Kate Lebo's first collection of nonfiction, The Book of Difficult Fruit, was published by FSG in April 2021. She is the author of the cookbook Pie School (Sasquatch Books), the poetry chapbook Seven Prayers to Cathy McMorris Rodgers (Entre Rios Books), and co-editor with Samuel Ligon of Pie & Whiskey: Writers Under the Influence of Butter and Booze (Sasquatch Books). Her essay about listening through hearing loss, "The Loudproof Room," originally published in New England Review, was anthologized in Best American Essays. She is an apprenticed cheesemaker to Lora Lea Misterly of Quillisascut Farm. She lives in Spokane, Washington.

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Cecily Wong

Cecily Wong is a writer at Atlas Obscura and the author of two novels. Her debut novel, Diamond Head, was a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Selection, recipient of an Elle Readers’ Prize, and voted a best debut of the 2015 Brooklyn Book Festival. Her second novel, Kaleidoscope, will be published in 2022. Her work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the LA Review of Books, Self magazine, Bustle, Atlas Obscura, and elsewhere. She lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband and daughter. She is the co-author of Gastro Obscura.

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Liz Crain

Liz Crain is the author of Food Lover’s Guide to Portland, and coauthor of the cookbooks Toro Bravo and Hello! My Name Is Tasty, as well as Grow Your Own: Understanding, Cultivating, and Enjoying Cannabis. Her latest is the cookbook Dumplings Equal Love. She is a longtime writer on Pacific Northwest food and drink, and her writing has appeared in Lucky PeachFood & Wine, the Sun magazine, the Progressive, and the Guardian. She is also a seasoned copywriter, fiction writer, as well as co-organizer of the annual Portland Fermentation Festival.

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