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The Quotable Karen Brooks

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"Ten years ago, Portland was just a rumor, an insider's stopover for indie music and a small food uprising. While the rest of the country grew infatuated with rock-star chefs and outlandish theatrical dining, Portland built a new model from scratch — food first, do-it-yourself, custom-crafted for pure joy, and everyone invited to the table. I was fascinated." — Portland Monthly restaurant editor Karen Brooks, to Bon Appetit, about the inspiration to write her most recent book. [BA]