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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

NW Life | Books | Food | local | Cooking

Savor The Season With New Pacific Northwest Cookbooks

Cook up delicious holiday dishes from these recent cookbooks with Northwest roots (and find inspiration for last-minute gifts). 

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Get Snackalicious With 'Pok Pok The Drinking Food Of Thailand'

Ready for some flavor-crazed snacking and sipping? The Pok Pok restaurant team's latest cookbook explores a subset of Thai cooking called "drinking food," largely unknown in the United States.

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Portland's Pix Weighs In (On A Scale!) With French Tea Cakes

Portland's Pix Patisserie chef rethinks French pastry, showing home bakers step-by-step how to turn out desserts with a twist. Example: cute-as-buttons Raspberry Almond Tea Cakes.

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A Russet/Rye Apple Pie That Brims With Northwest Flavors

Andrew Barton's "The Myrtlewood Cookbook" is all about seasonal home cooking with fresh Pacific Northwest ingredients, and his Russet/Rye Apple Pie arrives right on time.

NW Life | Food | local | Cooking

Waste Not-Want Not Onion Skin Powder Revs Up Cheese Biscuits

Transforming onion skins into powder reduces food waste and imparts depth of flavor to cheese biscuits from Portlander Sarah Marshall's new canning and preserving cookbook.

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Quick! Try Easy Soups From Scratch With Breads To Match

Portland's Ivy Manning shows us how to warm up when the chilly rains arrive: Soups from scratch with breads to match, on the table in one hour tops.

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Figs Meet Bleu Cheese In An Unexpected Place: An Upside-Down Mochi Cake

Sweet-savory upside-down fig cake from "My Rice Bowl" reflects Revelry chef/owner Rachel Yang's personal Korean-fusion cuisine.

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Pass The Cider Sampling Platter, Please

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. 

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Invasive Valley Trees Yield Perry-Poached Pear Frangipane

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.

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Sip Away Autumn Chills With Bauman's Apple Cranberry Warmer

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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Savor Locavore Dishes From A Fresh Crop Of PNW Cookbooks

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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A Perfect Thyme For Bourbon Cocktails And Radish Snacks

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

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Fresh Local Strawberries Sweeten 'Candy Is Magic'

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.

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

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.

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Celebrating Celery In 'Six Seasons' Of Vegetables

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."

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Warming Latin American Stews For A Chilly Spring

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.