**Upcoming book signing events below!
Almost two years ago to the day the phone rang early (well early for me if it is not 10AM yet) and for some odd reason I woke up from a sound sleep and answered the phone. An easy on the ears female voice identified herself as an editor from the publishing company History Press West and inquired if I would be interested in writing a book. After tirelessly blogging for Enobytes and OregonLive about wine and food for more than seven years, there are two words than can shake me from a slumber and they are editor and book. There was a brief moment of convincing myself the phone call was not a prank and I immediately realized I was not dreaming. If I had been dreaming, it would have been a film producer asking me to write a screenplay, not a book. A couple more phone conversations and we conceptualized and contracted for a non-fiction manuscript about the progression of food and wine in the Pacific Northwest from its modest beginnings to the present day critically acclaimed superstardom this region has recently obtained.
To this day, how and why I was chosen to undertake such an honorable project escapes me but I have always been lucky. Not as lucky as Lewis and Clark who figure prominently in this manuscript, as well they should, but because no book about the history of the Pacific Northwest would be complete without an ode to the Corps of Discovery.
With that in mind (being the one chosen to tell this tale, not the lucky part) I approached the subject with a sincere respect for the subject matter. Striving to keep the dialogue lively and accurate, while remaining entertaining was important to telling the story but it was secondary to my real goal. First and foremost I wanted to convince anyone who seeks the ultimate food and beverage experience to head to the Pacific Northwest. Here they can experience firsthand the gastronomic delights and the veracity of our ferocious fermentations or vinous vinifications. Hopefully the story will inspire you to adopt my personal mission statement which is a commitment to celebrate hospitality with pride.
Now here we are today and my book, A History of Pacific Northwest Cuisine: Mastodons to Molecular Gastronomy was released in the American Palate series published by History Press West. It is for sale in print and electronic media at Amazon,Barnes and Noble and here in Portland at Powell’s Books.
Telling the story from a historical point of view in my voice proved to be more difficult than I had anticipated. Check out the disclaimer—it is viewable on Amazon’s “look inside” feature. Or even better order a copy or download the Kindle version.
I think our publicist describes it quite aptly when they say, “With a dash of humor and a sprinkling of recipes, culinarian Marc Hinton chronicles the bounty of the Pacific Northwest from the mastodon meals of the earliest inhabitants to the gastronomic revolution of today. In this lively narrative, learn how Oregon’s and Washington’s chefs have used the region’s natural abundance to create a sumptuous cuisine that is stylish yet simple and how winemakers and brewers have crafted their own rich beverage traditions. From potlatches to Prohibition, seafood to sustainability and Lewis and Clark to James Beard, Hinton traces the events and influences that have shaped the Pacific Northwest’s edible past and created a delectable fare that has foodies and enophiles from around the world clamoring for a taste.”
Pacific Northwest Cuisine will make a great gift for foodies, culinarians, enophiles and anyone else seeking to learn how the Pacific Northwest became the hottest food and wine scene in the world.
Join me at these upcoming book signing events to receive your autographed copy!
Friday, November 22nd from 11-1PM
Barnes & Noble Lloyd Center
1317 Lloyd Center
Portland, OR 97232
Friday, November 22nd from 2-3:30PM
Barnes & Noble Clackamas Town Center
12000 SE 82nd Avenue, Suite 1176
Portland, OR 97086
Friday, November 22nd from 5-7PM
Barnes & Noble Tanasbourne
18300 NW Evergreen Parkway
Beaverton, OR 97006
Sunday, December 1st from 12-4PM
Oregon Historical Society
1200 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR 97205
Sunday, January 12 7:30 PM
Powell’s City of Books
1005 W. Burnside St.
Portland, OR 97209