Portlanders Scott and Megan Becker worked on the 9th edition of "Joy of Cooking."

Portlanders Scott and Megan Becker worked on the 9th edition of “Joy of Cooking.”

Simon and Schuster

 

  

  • After her husband’s death in 1931, Irma Rombauer was desperate to earn a living to support her family. So she compiled a cookbook she called “Joy of Cooking.” That cookbook has now sold more than 18 million copies, and Rombauer’s great grandson, Portlander John Becker, just released the ninth edition with his wife Megan Scott.

 

  

  • “Be true to yourself.” That was one of the last things Portland chef Carlo Lamagna’s father told him before he died. Since then, Lamagna has incorporated his family’s Filipino recipes into every kitchen he’s worked in. Now, he is the owner of the restaurant Magna, which is dedicated to his father’s memory. We talk with Lamagna about food’s connection with culture, grief and family.

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