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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: McSweeney's Insatiables (24 Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1938073576
  • ISBN-13: 978-1938073571
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 23.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,163,727 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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""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"
"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 Adria, head chef at ElBulli
"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
So many of my Portland friends have recommended that I eat at Toro Bravo, over the years, that I couldn't ignore their suggestion. I've loved the restaurant's many ferments, amazing food, and entire aesthetic. In the Toro Bravo cookbook, Chef John Gorham, collaborating with writer Liz Crain, has not only made the flavors of Toro Bravo accessible to home cooks with excellent, easy-to-follow recipes, but shared fascinating stories of his journey to the helm of some of Portland's best restaurants. This book is filled with culinary inspiration." --Sandor Katz, author of "Wild Fermentation and The Art of Fermentation"
"An amazing story of a man's life and the buillding of a great restaurant. I loved it." --Gus Van Sant

Here in Portland, Toro Bravo carves an uncommon niche--simultaneously adventurous and comforting. This cookbook, like the restaurant itself, tells the story of one restless spirit's search for home. These are recipes you'll want to both cherish and share." --Carrie Brownstein, creator of "Portlandia"
"John Gorham seemingly mind-reads what we want to eat: comfort and craft

"These guys make Portland one of the most exciting restaurant cities in the world today." Mario Batali
""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"
"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 Adria, head chef at ElBulli
"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
So many of my Portland friends have recommended that I eat at Toro Bravo, over the years, that I couldn't ignore their suggestion. I've loved the restaurant's many ferments, amazing food, and entire aesthetic. In the Toro Bravo cookbook, Chef John Gorham, collaborating with writer Liz Crain, has not only made the flavors of Toro Bravo accessible to home cooks with excellent, easy-to-follow recipes, but shared fascinating stories of his journey to the helm of some of Portland's best restaurants. This book is filled with culinary inspiration." Sandor Katz, author of "Wild Fermentation and The Art of Fermentation"
"An amazing story of a man's life and the buillding of a great restaurant. I loved it." Gus Van Sant
"Here in Portland, Toro Bravo carves an uncommon nichesimultaneously adventurous and comforting. This cookbook, like the restaurant itself, tells the story of one restless spirit s search for home. These are recipes you ll want to both cherish and share." Carrie Brownstein, creator of "Portlandia"
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"
I ve known John Gorham for over a decade, since I first got to town and he turned me down for a job. Since that fateful rainy morning, we ve cooked together, confided in each other, commiserated (read: partied) together, and grown up significantly. Toro Bravo is the greatest expression of who John really is: nostalgic, spirited, brutally honest, fun as hell, and one of Portland s all-around-greatest chefs. The Toro Bravo cookbook captures his vision, ferocity, determination, and hilarity. Jason French, chef/owner of Ned Ludd
"John Gorhams' cookbook is as outrageously delicious as his food, as lively as his restaurant (my second home in Portland), and as personable as he is. It is a shining testament to authentic cooking. Paying homage to the Spanish tradition and expressed in personal terms, John's cooking is entirely unique." Paul Bertolli
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"
"Reads like a memoir on a motorcycle with plenty of refreshment along the way. " "Culinate""

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 & Wine, Travel + Leisure, Sunset, Portland Monthly, and Bon Appetit.


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