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Powell's Books on Hawthorne
Powell's Books on Hawthorne
3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
Portland, OR 97214
Monday - Thursday: 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Friday - Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Sunday: 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
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From appropriately funky beginnings in a slightly funky neighborhood, Powell's on Hawthorne has grown into the largest used and new bookstore on Portland's east side.
Located in a vibrant, diverse, and highly desirable neighborhood, Powell's on Hawthorne now covers more than 10,000 square feet of retail space and offers more than 200,000 used and new books. The atmosphere is relaxed, but the store is big enough to warrant a map. Not as extensive as the labyrinth at the City of Books, Powell's on Hawthorne is divided into just three rooms, each named for a neighborhood landmark: Madison, Hawthorne, and Tabor. The latter is named for Mt. Tabor, the world's only extinct volcano residing within city limits.
Powell's on Hawthorne hosts lively and interesting author readings several times each week in its Tabor Room. Adjacent to the reading space, readers congregate in The Fresh Pot, an inviting corner of the store serving delicious homemade pastries and other sweet delights, along with some of the best coffee in a town that really knows its coffee.
Judy Jewell says, "My favorite thing about working at the Hawthorne store is the lively feeling of community I get from my co-workers and customers. I think next best is the great used books we see here. You just never know what's going to turn up or who's going to turn up to buy it. Like the other day, we got in this copy of Huber the Tuber, a book about tuberculosis. We thought it was goofy and charming so we put it in the front window. That same afternoon, a customer snatched it up, saying it was her first book. Her father had been a lung doctor, and the book had come out when she was a toddler. She was way thrilled and we were all pretty tickled about it." --
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Here are just some of the books we're talking about at Powell's.
Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone
I come across many, many cookbooks and more often than not take them home to try them out. This cookbook has quickly become one of my favorites. Every recipe — really, every one! — that I've tried so far has been excellent — not just good or successful, but above and beyond what I expected. There's no shortage of material, either; this cookbook is huge, is sturdy, and will last a lifetime. Most recipes are very easy, and I love Madison's clarity (at the beginning she tells you what size carrot, onion, or garlic she assumes). The introduction is thorough and relevant for cooks at any level, bringing cooking back to its essence: experimentation, fresh ingredients, and pleasure. And, as Madison states on the cover, you don't have to be a vegetarian to enjoy these recipes; you could add meat to many, and the book is worth keeping for its extensive section on vegetables and side dishes alone. If I had a kitchen fire, this is the cookbook I'd rescue.
Recommended by Jill Owens November 23, 2013
Rick Bayless's Mexican Kitchen
A great overview of regional Mexican cooking with recipes and text, Rick Bayless's Mexican Kitchen also features ingredients and dishes not typically found in U.S. Mexican restaurants.
Recommended by Paul S. November 23, 2013
The Gift of Southern Cooking
Of the 400-plus cookbooks I have, this is hands-down my all-time favorite. Everything I've ever made from it has been amazingly yummy. I've had multiple people say the apple cake with caramel glaze is the best cake they've ever had, the fried chicken method is legend-worthy, and if you make the deviled eggs using the homemade mayonnaise, you'll never look back. It's also an incredible and moving account of the backgrounds of and friendship between the two Southern chefs that breaks the mold.
Recommended by Robin November 23, 2013
Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking
With all due respect to Julia Child and Mark Bittman, as a born and bred Georgia boy, I'd like to call your attention to Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking. A well-honed mélange of English, French, and African traditions, Southern cooking is perhaps the earliest strain of real American cuisine and the ultimate comfort food, as far as I'm concerned. This cookbook is a wide-ranging collection of over 750 recipes covering breakfast to dessert and anything in between. The luscious layer cakes and fluffy biscuits are there, but with recipes ranging from a bright citrus and fennel salad to "Dixie cassoulet" and, of course, mouthwatering collards complete with "pot likker," I promise it's not all about the butter, y'all.
Recommended by Patrick November 23, 2013
Anthony Bourdain's Les Halles Cookbook
Witty, sarcastic, profane... everything that makes Bourdain Bourdain. Les Halles Cookbook is full of great recipes, handy techniques, and the stories that launched Bourdain's writing and television careers. A must-read for any Kitchen Confidential or No Reservations fan.
Recommended by Gary C. November 23, 2013
The Flavor Bible
While not exactly a cookbook, Page and Dornenburg provide a thoroughly researched list of flavor "affinities" for thousands of ingredients. If you find yourself staring into a bare cupboard or fridge, flip this bad boy open for some inspiration and get creative.
Recommended by Bradley G. November 23, 2013
Better Homes and Gardens
I am not an experienced cook and I spent my 20s and 30s being a vegetarian, so this book is my absolute go-to book for basics and for cooking meat. I have owned my copy for 35 years. I rolled my eyes when my mother gave it to me and I cherish it now.
Recommended by Maggie L. November 23, 2013
The Science of Good Cooking
I'm one of those people who like to personalize every recipe they get. I like knowing why certain ingredients are important to a recipe. The Science of Cooking not only has good recipes but also teaches important cooking techniques and has a glossary of important cooking equipment. This cookbook is good for beginners as well as experienced cooks. Each recipe comes with a scientific explanation and includes tips on how to best pick the ingredients to match your tastes.
Recommended by Paul J. November 23, 2013
America's Test Kitchen Family Cookbook
I consult this cookbook almost every day for guidelines to help me to get the best results. All of the recipes have been tested, and it also makes recommendations for the best cookware, canned goods, pastas, utensils, herbs and spices, and all the other accoutrements of cooking.
Recommended by Genevieve November 23, 2013
The Joy of Cooking
I come from a line of smart, independent women who swear by The Joy of Cooking — my mom and aunts received copies of it from their mom when they struck out on their own, and I got this 75th anniversary edition from them when I turned 18. It's a tome, yes, but it's also the only cookbook I consult with regularity because it has absolutely everything in it: not only recipes but also cocktails, techniques, household hints, etiquette, and more! I feel so much more confident in my abilities to feed myself, cook for others, and entertain because of this book, and you can bet that if I have a daughter, she'll be getting the latest edition from me.
Recommended by Sarah C. November 23, 2013
How to Cook Everything: The Basics
Full of straightforward, well-crafted recipes and amazingly beautiful step-by-step photos, this cookbook is a goldmine for chefs of all levels. Though it works well for even the most seasoned of culinary wizards, beginners will be especially delighted by the approachable tone and plethora of classic dishes contained within the book's nearly 500 pages. Add the expert instruction of universally loved author Mark Bittman and you've got the perfect cookbook.
Recommended by Angie D. November 23, 2013
New Best Recipe
If I have to pick one book, I want it to be the book that explains in detail how it tested multiple versions of each recipe, what the results were, why the authors picked the one they decided was best, and what variations they suggest. At a thousand fully-explained recipes, this dictionary-size reference book is the first one I consult for everything from eggplant Parmesan to steamed mussels to carrot cake. Much more authoritative than Googling, it's the Consumer Reports of classic recipes.
Recommended by Suzanne G. November 23, 2013