Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Review: Portland Food Cart Stories

In Portland Food Cart Stories, you will find 40 food cart stories, about the owners of 30 food carts, organized into eight parts: author's introduction, Iconic Food Carts, people who moved to Portland to open food carts, breakfast food carts, food cart boosters, vegetarian food carts, ethnic food carts, and comfort food carts.

The book is more than a guide to Portland’s trendiest eating scene. As promised, Shomer tells the stories behind the carts – how the owners decided what they would make, where they got the crazy names, and how to explain the sometimes insanely loyal followings. You will feel like a friend next time you step up to the window.

I confess I'm not as adventurous as I could be about Portland's food carts. I'm here in Food Cart Mecca and I rarely venture beyond my favorite Grilled Cheese Grill. But if anything can inspire me, it is this book. Now I'm ready to venture out.

Shomler is the go-to guy when it comes to Portland's food cart scene. Whether you live here or are planning a visit, prep yourself with his book and go mobile with his social media: website,; Facebook page, Portland Food Cart Adventures; and Twitter @GR8FoodCartsPDX.


Steven Shomler's new book, Portland Beer Stories, is brand new this month.  You can find Portland Food Cart Stories at Powell's or on amazon, in paperback or Kindle.

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