Portland has a small, tight-knit food community. Since moving here in 2002 I've recognized that more and more every year. Everyone seems to know everyone in the culinary world and it's a very supportive and celebratory community for the most part. Sure, there's competition but not nearly as much as in many cities and it's usually friendly competition. All of this speaks to why I was really surprised to find out that a book of the same title as mine is coming out this fall -- Food Lovers' Guide to Portland, Oregon by Laurie Wolf.
I heard about it first through the grapevine a few weeks ago and went straight to the source. Wolf confirmed that, yes, she is writing a book with the same title. I have to add here that I think it's a good thing that you can't copyright titles. I wouldn't want it any other way. I'm surprised, however, that someone would do this.
I've researched, written and promoted my book for the past five years -- no small feat. Luckily, Sasquatch Books and I were already planning a reprint and future revision of my book. Now I just have to burn the midnight oil for the latter so that my revised edition comes out at the same time as Wolf's. I may be challenging someone to a Food Lover's Guide to Portland duel this fall. We shall see. Silver linings.