John Gorham and Liz Crain
Welcome to Late Night Conversation. This week, Paul meets up with John Gorham and Liz Crain at Toro Bravo, a Spanish inspired tapas restaurant in Portland, Oregon. Liz and John are the co-creators of the recently released cookbook, Toro Bravo: Stories. Recipes. No Bull (McSweeney’s, 2013). Conversation topics include: the beauty of open book people and tight knit collaborations, John and Liz’s culinary trip to Spain, the benefits and consequences of throwing a party every night, and the potential need for an “art guard” at the Toro Bravo restaurant in Northeast Portland.
“I don’t want to be preachy; I don’t want a ‘how-to’ guide; I want a ‘this is what we do’ book.”
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About our guests:
John Gorham is chef-owner of Portland’s beloved Toro Bravo, Tasty n Sons and Tasty n Alder restaurants. Gorham has worked in top kitchens throughout the U.S. and around the world and is a four time James Beard Award nominated chef. Tasty n Sons received Willamette Week’s Restaurant of the Year award in 2010 and Gorham is the only chef to win this award three times — for Tasty n Sons, Viande and Toro Bravo. For Gorham, food is personal, and more than mere sustenance. His cookbook published by McSweeney’s in fall 2013 —Toro Bravo: Stories. Recipes. No Bull. — tells that story. It’s about the power of passion, relentlessness, and of course, food.
Liz Crain is a food and fiction writer as well as editor and publicity director based in Portland, Oregon. Her second book Toro Bravo: Stories. Recipes. No Bull. was published by McSweeney’s in fall 2013. Her first book — Food Lover’s Guide to Portland — has a second edition due from Hawthorne Books in 2014. Her writing has appeared in publications such as the Portland Zagat, The Guardian, Cooking Light, Budget Travel, The Progressive and The Sun magazine. Crain is also co-organizer of the annual Portland Fermentation Festival.