Monday, June 9, 2014
Mailbox Monday: Portland Foodie Books
Thanks for joining me for Mailbox Monday! MM is a fun, bookish event where participants Show & Tell the books they got in the prior week.
MM was created by Marcia, who graciously hosted it for a long, long time, before turning it into a touring event. Mailbox Monday has now returned to its permanent home where you can link to your MM post.
Two books came into my house last week, both with a Portland foodie theme:
Food Lover's Guide to Portland, 2nd Edition, by Liz Crain. This is the updated version of Crain's indispensable guide to the producers and purveyors who supply the Rose City: bakeries, cheese makers and mongers, chocolatiers, ethnic markets, brewers, coffee roasters, distillers, cooking classes, farmers markets, and much, much more. The new edition features over 20 new full-length listings, 150 new businesses, and special sections on Portland's food carts and Hispanic markets. You can pre-order now from Hawthorne Books, where regular shipping is free, or from amazon.
Here is my review of the original edition of Food Lover's Guide to Portland, and my author interview of Liz Crain.
My-Te-Fine Merchant: Fred Meyer's Retail Revolution by Fred Leeson. Fred Meyer is a household name in the Pacific Northwest because the grocery store chain he started in 1922 is still going strong. Long before Costco or Walmart existed, and before Target started selling groceries, Fred Meyer pioneered the megastore, selling food, drugs, apparel, home furnishings, garden supplies, and more under one roof.
Leeson's book is the first full-length biography of Fred Meyer and a fascinating study of a man who shaped the way millions of people shop. You can buy the book on-line, the Kindle edition on amazon, or ask your local bookstore to order it.