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Jo Mancuso


Jo Mancuso worked for the San Francisco Examiner for 20 years, on the news/copy desk, for the Sunday magazine and as editor of the weekly food and home sections. She also did feature-writing for the paper and won a Society of Professional Journalists award for best feature story (print). Previously she worked for the Oregonian, Oregon Journal and Idaho Free Press. She graduated from the University of Oregon.

Jo considers herself a “tentative home cook”  who enjoys reading recipes as short fiction or poetry but lacks culinary confidence and training. She enjoys collaborating with food professionals to adapt their commercial-kitchen dishes — sourcing ingredients, using equipment at hand, tips and "hacks," presentation and serving suggestions — for the home cook.

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Recent Articles

local | Books | Food | NW Life | Cooking

Pass The Cider Sampling Platter, Please

OPB | Oct. 19, 2017 2:45 p.m.

Ciders and makers around the United States and Canada are profiled but the Pacific Northwest is well-represented in "Tasting Cider," a guide that packs in lots of info for novices and aficionados, plus a few recipes. 

local | Books | Food | NW Life | Cooking

Invasive Valley Trees Yield Perry-Poached Pear Frangipane

OPB | Oct. 19, 2017 2:45 p.m.

Pears have become a top invasive tree in the Willamette Valley but hard cider crafted from fruits picked in abandoned orchards makes for sweet sipping — and baking.

local | NW Life | Food | Cooking

Sip Away Autumn Chills With Bauman's Apple Cranberry Warmer

OPB | Oct. 10, 2017 1:30 p.m.

The fall harvest underway in Oregon's Willamette Valley orchards yields pure apple juice from dozens of varietals, for brewing this quick, flavorful stovetop drink.

local | Books | Food | NW Life | Cooking

Portland Chef's Viet-Creole Gumbo Steeped In Family History

OPB | Sept. 19, 2017 2:45 p.m. | Portland

From a new cookbook of Portland restaurant recipes, Anh Luu's Vietnamese-Creole gumbo tells the story of her family's journey from Vietnam to New Orleans to Oregon.

local | NW Life | Food | Cooking

Go Big With Portland's 'Tasty' Diner Favorites At Home

OPB | Sept. 8, 2017 2:45 p.m.

Portland's "Tasty" epicurean team has crammed a new cookbook with global diner favorites for any time of day. Fermenting super versatile kimchi is way easier than you think.

Books | Food | NW Life | Cooking

Savor Locavore Dishes From A Fresh Crop Of PNW Cookbooks

OPB | June 17, 2017 2:30 p.m.

Local fruits and vegetables star in a fresh crop of Pacific Northwest cookbooks and we've pulled six intriguing but simple recipes, from Dandelion Salad Sandwich to Roasted Strawberry Purée.

local | NW Life | Food

Dial Heat Up Or Down In 'Fiery Ferments' Carrot-Lime Salad

OPB | June 15, 2017 6 p.m.

Spicy Carrot and Lime Salad is an ideal starter recipe from "Fiery Ferments." It's quick and easy, plus you can dial the pepper heat from mild to mouth-on-fire.

local | NW Life | Food | Cooking

'PNW Veg' Recipe: Tofu That Actually Tastes Like Something

OPB | June 13, 2017 8:15 a.m.

Crispy, well-seasoned tofu? A reinterpreted caprese salad is among 100 recipes in Kim O'Donnel's new "PNW Veg," celebrating our region's plant-based culinary bounty.

local | NW Life | Food | Cooking

A Perfect Thyme For Bourbon Cocktails And Radish Snacks

OPB | June 9, 2017 4:15 p.m.

Celebrate June's long days (and evenings) sipping Bourbon Thyme Cocktails from Parkdale farmer Andrea Bemis — a food blogger turned cookbook author.

local | Books | Food | NW Life | Cooking

Fresh Local Strawberries Sweeten 'Candy Is Magic'

OPB | June 8, 2017 12:45 p.m.

In her debut book "Candy is Magic," Portland's Jami Curl reveals her secrets for transforming sugar and fresh local berries into delectable sweets at home.

local | NW Life | Food | Cooking

A Dandy Salad Sandwich From Jenn Louis' 'Book Of Greens'

OPB | June 4, 2017 9:30 a.m.

In "The Book of Greens," Jenn Louis – chef/owner of Ray restaurant in Portland – has created a distinctive, completely portable salad: the Dandelion Salad Sandwich.

local | NW Life | Food | Cooking

Celebrating Celery In 'Six Seasons' Of Vegetables

OPB | June 1, 2017 5 a.m.

Joshua McFadden, chef/owner of Portland restaurants Ava Gene's and Tusk, recalibrates spring, summer, fall and winter home cooking in "Six Seasons: A New Way with Vegetables."

local | NW Life | Food | Cooking

Warming Latin American Stews For A Chilly Spring

OPB | March 10, 2017 7:15 p.m.

During these dreary, so-called spring months, Latin American stews — takeaway from a local cart or concocted in your kitchen — will chase away the chill.

Nation | local | Politics | News

Ron Wyden Town Hall Fills David Douglas Gymnasium

OPB | Feb. 25, 2017 5:35 p.m. | Portland

Town halls around the country have been scenes of raucous crowds in recent weeks — some furious with the start of the Trump administration, others more relaxed.

Business | Agriculture | local | Food | NW Life | Cooking

Filberts Vs. Hazelnuts: Celebrate Oregon's Nutty Late-Fall Bounty

OPB | Dec. 2, 2016 4:15 p.m.

Whether you call them hazelnuts or filberts, this season's abundant Willamette Valley crop is in, and it's time to celebrate a rebound led by the Oregon State University-developed Jefferson tree.

Family | local | NW Life | Food | Cooking

Thanksgiving Tips, Memories From Oregon Purveyors Of Food And Drink

OPB | Nov. 23, 2016 2 p.m. | Portland

What makes Thanksgiving special for food and drink purveyors around Oregon? Nostalgia, tradition and gravy.

local | Books | Food | NW Life | Cooking

Celebrate A Cornucopia Of New Pacific Northwest Cookbooks

OPB | Nov. 22, 2016 11:45 a.m.

Enjoy a sampling of tempting dishes and culinary wisdom from a cornucopia of cookbooks published recently in the Pacific Northwest.

local | Books | Food | Cooking

Pacific Northwest Pies: All About The (Cran)berries

OPB | Nov. 21, 2016 4 p.m.

The approachable new "Art of the Pie" cookbook's Olympic Peninsula author knows how to slice it for fall-winter holidays: In the Pacific Northwest, pie-baking is all about the (cran)berries.

Books | Food | Cooking

Kitchen Techniques Flavor Naomi Pomeroy's New Cookbook

OPB | Nov. 20, 2016 6 a.m.

Award-winning Portland chef Naomi Pomeroy shares hard-earned know-how in her new cookbook, "Taste & Technique." Try her Pan-Seared Wild Mushrooms with Parsley and Parmesan as a Thanksgiving side.

Books | Food | NW Life | Cooking

Roasted Garlic And Baba Ganoush Fire Up Northwest Flavors

OPB | Nov. 19, 2016 6 a.m.

Vancouver, B.C., restaurant chef Andrew Richardson's new cookbook offers fired-up Northwest flavors in these two simple recipes for versatile Whole Roasted Garlic and creamy Baba Ganoush.