Portland: A Food Biography

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“Drawn out in glorious detail in Arndt Anderson’s loving biography of her hometown, she offers the conclusion evident to fellow natives and transplants alike: ‘Portland is a gustatory wonderland.’ Finally, we understand why.”—Michael Zusman, author of Artisan Jewish Deli at Home 

Today, Portland is seen as a quaint village of trust fund wunderkinds, each running food carts serving something more precious than the last. But Portland’s culinary history tells a different story: the tales of salmon-people, pioneers and immigrants, each struggling to make this inviting land between the Pacific and the Cascades feel like home.

Full of wry humor and captivating anecdotes, Portland: A Food Biography chronicles the Rose City’s rise from a muddy Wild West village to the critical darling of the national food scene.