Pacific NW Cookbooks to Seek Out
5 Books | by Seattle Met Magazine
My Rice Bowl
From James Beard Best Chef-nominee Rachel Yang, My Rice Bowl is a cookbook with 75 recipes based on her deeply comforting Korean fusion cuisine, inspired by cultures from around the world. As co-owner of the popular Seattle restaurants, Joule, Trove, and Revel, and Portland's Revelry, chef Rachel Yang delights with her unique Korean fusion—think noodles, dumplings, pickles, pancakes, and barbecue. Along with her husband, Seif Chirchi, Yang serves food that exemplifies cross-cultural cooking at its most gratifying. In the cookbook you’ll find the restaurants’ kimchi recipe, of course, but there’s so much more—seaweed noodles with crab and crème fraîche, tahini-garlic grilled pork belly, fried cauliflower with miso bagna cauda, chipotle-spiked pad thai, Korean-taco pickles, and the ultimate Korean fried chicken (served with peanut brittle shards for extra crunch). There are rice bowls too—with everything from lamb curry to charred shiitake mushrooms—but this book goes way beyond bibimbap. In many ways, the book, like Yang’s restaurants, is analogous to a rice bowl; underpinning everything is Yang’s strict childhood in Korea and the food memories it engrained in her. But on top you’ll taste a mosaic of flavors from across the globe, plus a dash of her culinary alma maters, Per Se and Alain Ducasse. This is the authentic, cutting-edge fusion food of a Korean immigrant who tried everything she could to become an American, but only became one when she realized that her culture—among many—is what makes America so delicious today.
The New Greenmarket Cookbook
"There's a kind of magic that the Greenmarket holds, that even in this most urbanized of landscapes, we can eat a locally grown Bosc pear whose glorious taste can cause our experience of the world to shift."—From the foreword by Jim Oseland, Saveur Founded in 1976 with 12 farmers in a parking lot, New York's famed Greenmarket has now grown to become the largest and most diverse network of outdoor urban farmers' markets in the country, with 54 markets and more than 230 participating family farms, bakeries, and fishermen. Celebrated chefs have long touted the produce available at these markets, sourcing ingredients for some of their best dishes. Now,The New Greenmarket Cookbook brings to life the variety, flavor, and personal connections that have made the Greenmarket a culinary destination known the world over. Following the natural cycle of a year at the market, with chapters organized by season, the book offers easy, delicious restaurant recipes from the top chefs who frequent the stands for ingredients and inspiration. With full–color photos to illustrate the simple–yet–spectacular dishes—think sugar snap pea and whipped-ricotta tartines, pavlova with strawberries and basil, cider–braised pork shoulder, dandelion green salad with pancetta, cantaloupe and hyssop popsicles, and lemon thyme panna cotta—The New Greenmarket Cookbook is a gorgeous, flavorful journey through a bountiful year at the Greenmarket. With recipes from: Jose Andres, Michael Anthony, Mark Bittman, April Bloomfield, Daniel Boulud, Melissa Clark, Dana Cowin, Amanda Hesser, Dan Kluger, Anita Lo, Michael Pollan, Eric Ripert, Audrey Saunders, Bill Telepan, Christina Tosi, and many more. "The Greenmarket provides our restaurant and neighbors with a variety of delicious, nutritious, and beautiful ingredients; the dishes we create are often inspired by walks through the market. It is also a meeting point with the growers, the people who are the most passionate and knowledgeable about that food. It is one of our most precious resources in New York City."—Michael Anthony, Executive Chef, Gramercy Tavern
The Myrtlewood Cookbook
Experience beautiful home cooking that takes its cues from the kitchen gardens and forest harvests of the Pacific Northwest. Andrew Barton and his friends run Secret Restaurant Portland, a monthly supper club. After hosting dinners for five years, a culinary style emerged that reflected his practical approach to cooking: accessible recipes alive with flavor, lovely on the plate and the palate. The Myrtlewood Cookbook brings forth 100 recipes that amplify the tastes, colors, and textures of summer tomatoes, fall mushrooms, winter roots, and spring greens. You will gain nearly as much from reading these recipes as from cooking them. Whether you are inspired to make Nettle Dumplings in Sorrel Broth, Candied Tomato Puttanesca, or Russet/Rye Apple Pie, be prepared to swoon under the spell of Myrtlewood.* *The Myrtlewood tree is found on the same ground as fiddlehead ferns, nettles, and other wild foods characteristic of the Pacific Northwest. The plates, bowls and cutting boards carved from Myrtlewood shown in this book connect to the land where this cookbook was created.
Growing a Farmer: How I Learned to Live Off the Land
Kurt Timmermeister, disillusioned with the cases of frozen chicken breasts ('chicken popsicles') and packaged foods he served at his Café Septiemes, bought ramshackled house on Vashon Island, a rural island community a short ferry ride away from downtown Seattle. He yearned to get back to what's real - in this case, real food. And while not entirely certain what that is or what it will mean, he knew he wanted to try. The rest of the book is that journey. Each chapter explores one aspect of his newfound life, describing the challenges of trying to make a farm profitable. A chapter on cows spotlights Kurt's first dairy heifer, Dinah, including her attempt to hump him and Kurt's painful hand-milking days. Another chapter focuses on Kurt's failed endeavor selling vegetables. Readers follow Kurt's evolution into a farmer while learning valuable tips (What is the best way to take honey from your beehive? How do you organize a pig slaughter? How do you ensure you make a profit?). Inspiring and practical, Growing a Farmer is a heartfelt story of one's relationship to food, the land, and the lifestyle of a farmer. We end with him hosting dinners once a week and selling cheese, uncertain he can ever make this work but enjoying every minute of it.
Hello! My Name Is Tasty
From the authors of the Toro Bravo cookbook, here are recipes from Portland’s favorites, Tasty n Sons and Tasty n Alder, the restaurants that reinvented the brunch scene (and then every eating hour after that) with supremely satisfying dishes. First, throw away your pick-an-egg, pick-a-toast idea of brunch. Next, reconsider what to eat (and drink) every hour of the day. That was the plan with Portland chef John Gorham’s Tasty n Sons and Tasty n Alder. Now Hello! My Name Is Tasty! is going to heat up your home kitchen with these satisfy-all-cravings global diner favorites like Bim Bop Bacon and Eggs and Monk’s Carolina Cheesesteak. The food has strong roots in the American Southeast, where Gorham earned his culinary stripes but tastes from Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America also have a strong standing. Welcome to the ever-expanding world of John Gorham’s appetites. If you get thirsty, stir up something adventurous like a Dim Summore Bloody Mary or a Grown-Ass Milkshake.