Thursday, September 11, 2014

Book Beginning: Food Lover's Guide to Portland, 2nd Edition, by Liz Crain


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I moved to Portland in 2002 with a small amount of money and a big appetite.

– from the author's Introduction to Food Lover's Guide to Portland, 2nd Edition, by Liz Crain.

Before researching and writing this book, I knew that Portland was blessed by bread – I just didn't know how blessed.

– from the first chapter, Bakeries.

Food Lover's Guide to Portland is the indispensable guide the producers and purveyors who make Portland such a foodie Mecca. Crain's updated directory of bakeries, cheese makers and mongers, chocolatiers, ethnic markets, brewers, coffee roasters, distillers, cooking classes, farmers markets, and much, much more is a must have for locals and visitors alike. 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 order directly from Hawthorne Books, where regular shipping is free, or from Powell's Books, where they may have signed editions available.

Here is my review of the original edition of Food Lover's Guide to Portland, and my original author interview of Liz Crain.


  1. Hi Gilion,

    No matter where we travel, the first stop is always to the Farmers Market, or the Artisanal Food Market!

    All those lovely sights and aromas, who can resist?

    Enjoy your book and thanks for hosting.

    My featured book this week is 'A Place For Us' by Harriet Evans.


  2. I hardly ever eat bread which I regret because bread is amazing! Maybe I should go to Portland ;) And I know what it's like to have hardly any money but loads of appetite! Thanks for hosting :) I hope you have a great weekend!
    Juli @ Universe in Words

  3. All those different foods sound amazing. I wouldn't mind being blessed by bread!

  4. I love the sound of the book and wish I could still eat all kinds of bread. Being gluten sensitive means I have to read about but not eat.

  5. I love bakeries and homemade breads. Noticed you on Google+ this morning, but I didn't think of Rose City Reader. Thank you for stopping by. Your blog is one of my favorites.

  6. I love bread and bakeries. I love when I smell bread baking in the early morning.

    I love when my bread is baking too...such a homey smell.

    Sounds like a good book...thanks for sharing.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Book Beginnings

  7. I suppose this would be a great book if ever venturing to Portland... lol

  8. Another great foodie read! I think I should dedicate just a year to reading books about food. There are so many good ones out there!

  9. I wish I'd had this book the last time we were in Portland! Will definitely get it for our next trip.
    (I missed Book Beginnings this week, but I'll be back!)

  10. Yummy beginnings. We do love to eat in Portland, too.


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