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ORIGINAL ESSAYS The Adventurer vs. the Scholar by Liz Crain, for Powell's Books Blog

Posted by Liz Crain on 29 Jun 2017

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Recently I spent a good amount of time watching the great PBS food series The Mind of a Chef. The show typically sticks with one chef for several episodes — shadowing them at their restaurant(s) and with their staff, and also traveling with them into the wider world of their inspiring culinary adventures.

I’d watched most of the episodes already, and I rewatched the Gabrielle Hamilton ones (she’s an inspiring chef and author of one of my favorite food memoirs, Blood, Bones and Butter)....Forward

Liz Crain

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Liz Crain

Author of True Portland

Left to right: Rhonda Hughes, Teruo Kurosaki, Liz Crain. Right before the party started. Kanpai!

True Portland Book Launch Party

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Wow. What a party. Thank you so much to everyone who came out for our Hawthorne Books + Media Surf/Bridge Lab + Reverent Nat’s Hard Cider True Portland: The Unofficial Guide for Creative People book launch party last Thursday night. 500+ people came out and raised their glasses (filled with Nat’s delicious Magnificent 7 made with seven Japanese apple varieties from Kiyokawa Family Orchards, Culmination Brewing’s dry-hopped yuzu sour +++) with us including Teruo Kurosaki and his Japan posse, all...Forward

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Liz Crain

Author of Food Lover's Guide to PortlandTrue Portland

Yusuke Sezaki and Liz Crain

Fermentation Future Forum 2017, Tokyo, Japan

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I had the extremely good fortune to be invited to speak at Tokyo’s first annual Fermentation Future Forum (F3) a couple of weeks ago. The forum was organized by cultural luminary Teruo Kurosaki and his bright and creative staff. Kurosaki-san is a world renowned designer, former owner of Idee, founder of the Tokyo United Nations University Farmers Market, publisher-owner of Media Surf, owner-founder of Midori coworking spaces, Freedom University and much, much more. I have had the pleasure of...Forward

Ariel Gore

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Ariel Gore

Author of The End of Eve

The Year We Were Jewish: My Mother, Rachel Dolezal, White Nationalism, and Me

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Whenever I do a reading from The End of Eve, a memoir about my crazy mother’s last dying years, someone in the audience inevitably asks me if I think my mother would have liked the book.
“She would have loved it,” I say, “if it hadn’t been about her.” And I think that’s true.
It honestly pained my mother when anything negative went unsaid. She regularly panned other people’s memorial services if she thought the deceased’s Jungian “shadow” had been left out of the...Forward

Monica Wesolowska

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Monica Wesolowska

Author of Holding Silvan

Bus Talk: On Being a Memoirist in Public

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Here we are, two strangers, side by side. We don’t have to talk, do we? The din of sixty prepubescent sixth graders on a field trip is enough for me. I have a book in my bag to read. And yet, as the school bus pulls from the curb, the inevitable small talk between us begins. You ask, “What do you do when you aren’t chaperoning field trips?”

Now here’s the beauty of having published a memoir. Gone are the days of small talk with strangers. In a moment, this conversation will go one...Forward