Eat My Words Hits Portland

September 27, 2010

Mark your calendars for the Portland Culinary Alliance’s second annual “Eat My Words” culinary book event and luncheon, which takes place on Saturday, October 2, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Cookbook authors signed on for the day include Vitaly Paley and Cory Schreiber (both from Portland) and Ethan Stowell (from Seattle). The trio will offer their insights on cookbook writing from a chef’s perspective, followed by lunch featuring their recipes.

Hosted by cookbook author Diane Morgan and chef/owner Adam Sappington of The Country Cat Dinner House, this year’s event will include renowned Portland and Seattle chefs and culinary entrepreneurs, including:

Vitaly Paley and Robert Reynolds, “The Paley’s Place Cookbook: Recipes and Stories from the Pacific Northwest,” Ten Speed Press

Cory Schreiber and Julie Richardson, “Rustic Fruit Desserts: Crumbles, Buckles, Cobblers, Pandowdies, and More,” Ten Speed Press

Ethan Stowell, “Ethan Stowell’s New Italian Kitchen,” Ten Speed Press

Piper Davis and Ellen Jackson, “The Grand Central Baking Book,” Ten Speed Press

Mark Bitterman, “Salted: A Manifesto on the World’s Most Essential Mineral, with Recipes,” Ten Speed Press

This accomplished panel of author/chefs will each discuss their unique experience in cookbook writing, including such topics as:

· Conceptualizing the book idea

· Landing a book deal

· Working with a professional writer

· Balancing the hectic schedule of running a thriving business while tackling a book project

· Recipe development, writing, and testing

· Formatting restaurant recipes for home cooks

· Photography and design

· Promoting the book

Following the discussion, the audience is encouraged to participate in a question-and-answer session in which the authors will “tell all” about the book-writing process. Then, Gracie’s Chef Mark Hosack and team will prepare lunch featuring recipes from the featured authors’ books.

Eat My Words will draw chefs and culinary entrepreneurs interested in having their own book published, as well as writers, cookbook collectors, and fans of the Pacific Northwest epicurean scene.

The event will be held at the Hotel deLuxe located at 729 SW 15th Avenue in downtown Portland.

Tickets are $65, or culinary professionals are invited to become a member of the Portland Culinary Alliance and receive a discounted ticket price of $50. Price includes morning coffee and pastries provided by Piper Davis of Grand Central Bakery, admission to the symposium, and lunch featuring recipes from the chefs’ cookbooks. To request more information, visit, or e-mail Andrea Slonecker at

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