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Gorham creates Spanish-style dishes with layered and complex flavors. Recipes are augmented with the personal history of their evolution in Gorham's kitchen, making Toro Bravo a bit like enjoying dining at the chef's table at this favorite Portland restaurant.
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At the heart of Portland's red-hot food scene is Toro Bravo, a Spanish-inspired restaurant whose small plates have attracted a fiercely loyal fan base. But to call Toro Bravo a Spanish restaurant doesn't begin to tell the whole story. For chef John Gorham, each dish reflects a time, a place, a moment. For Gorham, food is more than mere sustenance. The Toro Bravo cookbook is an honest look behind the scenes: from Gorham's birth to a teenage mother who struggled with drug addiction, to time spent in his grandfather's crab-shack dance club, to formative visits to Spain, to becoming a father and opening a restaurant. Toro Bravo also includes 95 of the restaurants recipes, from simple salads to homemade chorizo, along with an array of techniques that will appeal to both the home cook and the most seasoned, forearm-burned chef.

Review:

"Toro Bravo is so much more than a cookbook (though it does a damn fine job of being just that). It's a passionate story of how one great chef found his way by following his heart and trusting his gut. It's a practical guide and a culinary cri de coeur. This is the real deal. It's the book I'm going to press into everyone's hands. I love it like mad." Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild

Review:

"John Gorham is a chef with a unique personality; he is magic. In his book Toro Bravo, he puts all his passion and soul into sharing Spanish cuisine with Americans. I'm certain both professional chefs and home cooks will love it." Ferran Adrià, head chef at ElBulli

Review:

"You're gonna love this cookbook. Toro Bravo brought something special to Portland when it opened, and still does: easy-to-love, Spanish-style food in a non-fussy atmosphere." Stephen Malkmus

Review:

"The Toro Bravo cookbook is unique in its storytelling: John's personal story, the stories of the restaurant's evolution, the stories behind the recipes. Toro Bravo's magic lies in its ability to seamlessly merge the art of cooking with the commerce of dining: these are small plates, with big ideas." Andrew Zimmern, co-creator and host of Bizarre Foods

Review:

"John Gorham seemingly mind-reads what we want to eat: comfort and craft popping with salty, sweet, spicy flavors. No one better translates Portland's raging gustatory desires and DIY spirit. This book captures the joy of Toro Bravo; all heart, no bull." Karen Brooks, author of The Mighty Gastropolis

About the Author

Liz Crain is the author of Food Lover's Guide to Portland. A longtime writer on Pacific Northwest food and drink, her writing has appeared in Cooking Light, Budget Travel, VIA Magazine, The Sun Magazine, The Progressive, Portland Monthly, and Culinate. She is also an editor and publicity director at Hawthorne Books, an independent literary fiction and non-fiction house in Portland.

John Gorham is a four-time James Beard nominee. He is the chef and owner of Portland's beloved Toro Bravo and Tasty N Sons. Tasty N Sons received Willamette Week's Restaurant of the Year award in 2010. Gorham is the only chef to win this award three times for Viande, Tasty N Sons, and Toro Bravo.

David Reamer is a Portland-based food photographer whose photography has been featured in GQ, Food and Wine, Travel + Leisure, Sunset, Portland Monthly, and Bon Appétit.

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Craig Ensz, January 2, 2014 (view all comments by Craig Ensz)
A great place to eat and now it's in print. Wonderful and just a little bit different recipes.
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hurrahburrah, December 13, 2013 (view all comments by hurrahburrah)
A wonderful restaurant and now a cookbook! I am very excited to get Chef Gorham and Ms. Crain's new book and start trying out the recipes and serving my family the dishes for which Toro Bravo is so rightly famous! I've been reading Ms. Crain's contributions to Portland Monthly and she has a very friendly and readable style and Chef Gorham is a local star. I recommend this book to anyone hip to the hot Portland food scene, those who enjoy Spanish 'small plates', people who like to entertain, or folks who want a to spice up their cooking repertoire.
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journa, November 16, 2013 (view all comments by journa)
Can't wait to get my own copy of this book!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781938073571
Subtitle:
Stories. Recipes. No Bull.
Author:
John Gorham and Liz Crain
Author:
Crain, Liz
Author:
Gorham, John
Author:
Reamer, David
Publisher:
McSweeney's Insatiables
Subject:
Spanish
Subject:
Cooking and Food-Spanish and Portuguese
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20131015
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9 x 9 in

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Product details 336 pages McSweeney's Insatiables - English 9781938073571 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Gorham creates Spanish-style dishes with layered and complex flavors. Recipes are augmented with the personal history of their evolution in Gorham's kitchen, making Toro Bravo a bit like enjoying dining at the chef's table at this favorite Portland restaurant.

"Review" by , "Toro Bravo is so much more than a cookbook (though it does a damn fine job of being just that). It's a passionate story of how one great chef found his way by following his heart and trusting his gut. It's a practical guide and a culinary cri de coeur. This is the real deal. It's the book I'm going to press into everyone's hands. I love it like mad."
"Review" by , "John Gorham is a chef with a unique personality; he is magic. In his book Toro Bravo, he puts all his passion and soul into sharing Spanish cuisine with Americans. I'm certain both professional chefs and home cooks will love it."
"Review" by , "You're gonna love this cookbook. Toro Bravo brought something special to Portland when it opened, and still does: easy-to-love, Spanish-style food in a non-fussy atmosphere."
"Review" by , "The Toro Bravo cookbook is unique in its storytelling: John's personal story, the stories of the restaurant's evolution, the stories behind the recipes. Toro Bravo's magic lies in its ability to seamlessly merge the art of cooking with the commerce of dining: these are small plates, with big ideas."
"Review" by , "John Gorham seemingly mind-reads what we want to eat: comfort and craft popping with salty, sweet, spicy flavors. No one better translates Portland's raging gustatory desires and DIY spirit. This book captures the joy of Toro Bravo; all heart, no bull."
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