Ever since opening Toro Bravo, chef and restaurateur John Gorham has resided in the uppermost echelons of Portland chefdom, and now, his second cookbook, Hello! My Name Is Tasty: Global Diner Favorites from Portland's Tasty Restaurants, is landing on bookshelves on August 15, 2017. Get a sneak peek with the spreads below.
Hello! My Name Is Tasty runs 288 pages and focuses on recipes from Gorham’s Tasty N Sons and Tasty N Alder restaurants for brunch, lunch, and dinner, but the chef tells Eater he also goes off script. “We included the recipes that had the most meaning to us,” he says. “The ones that were really close to the heart, either through childhood or because of the people who taught them to us.” The recipes appear to be the marrow of the Tasty kitchens — the recipes and stories that played a formative role in developing the restaurants.
Accordingly, the cookbook includes both tapas-style smallplates and full-size entrees. While no rare regional spice is off limits, every dish is seen through an American-diner lens. Smoked salmon hash sits alongside Gorham’s iconic shakshuka, an Israeli dish of tomato and baked egg (find the recipe below). For dinner, there are both peel-and-eat Carolina shrimp and bulgogi short ribs.
Take John Gorham’s new cookbook for a test drive with the preview below. Gorham teamed up with Portland author Liz Crain to write it, as he did with his first cookbook, Toro Bravo: Stories. Recipes. No Bull. Photos are furnished by Portland photographer David Reamer.
Hello! My Name Is Tasty comes out on Sasquatch Books on August 15, and it’s now available for pre-order. The Toro Bravo group is also throwing a release party that’s open to the public at Plaza Del Toro, on August 15, from 6 to 9 p.m.