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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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.
by Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild,
"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."
by Ferran Adrià, head chef at ElBulli,
"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."
by Stephen Malkmus,
"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."
by Andrew Zimmern, co-creator and host of Bizarre Foods,
"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."
by Karen Brooks, author of The Mighty Gastropolis,
"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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