Maybe you read it (or heard ads for it on the radio...) and maybe you didn't but the March issue of Portland Monthly bore the same title as that of my forthcoming book that I've been researching and writing since fall 2008. I got a lot of calls and emails about this way back when so I thought I'd belatedly set the record straight here. Yes, they used the name of my book on their cover, in their advertising campaign, and for a feature without consulting me or my publishing house. No, I'm not included in the issue.
Moving right along to the sunny side I'd like to acknowledge some books about Portland food and drink that have inspired me. The books in the photo below are great and I've learned a lot from them even though they're a little dusty.
Another book that helped my own book along was Katy Calcott's Food Lover's Guide to Seattle. I love her book and I had wanted to write a book like hers about Portland food and drink culture for a while. Finally, I wised up and thought why not ask Sasquatch Books to publish mine? Before signing the contract to write Food Lover's Guide to Portland I got to talk with Katy about her experience researching and writing Food Lover's Guide to Seattle. She gave me some great advice that kept me sane.
There are loads of other fantastic books lining my shelves that inspired me as I researched and wrote Food Lover's Guide to Portland -- most importantly Patricia Wells' The Food Lover's Guide to Paris, and Patricia Unterman's San Francisco Food Lover's Guide. These are both fantastic books and if you pack them in a travel bag I doubt you'll regret it despite the fact that they're both pretty hefty.
As far as size goes I'm guessing my book weigh in at about a pound on it's pub. date of July 1st. More details soon on my open-to-the-public book launch party...
If you're a bookstore and you want to order books: PGW
If you're a non-trade business and you want to order books: Sasquatch Books