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Karen Brooks Investigates The Mighty Gastropolis

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Portland has become one of the top food destinations in the country in recent years. Bold experiments in hybrid cuisines, food carts, and two-hour waits have become staples of the local food scene, which continues to draw national media attention. 

Karen Brooks has been following the Portland food scene — first in the pages of The Oregonian and now at Portland Monthly. Her new book, The Mighty Gastropolis, investigates how a small city like Portland became one of the major national food hubs. Through conversations with Portland’s famed chefs (many of whom provided recipes for their most popular menu items), Brooks examines the personalities and dishes that made the city’s gastronomic scene what it is today.

Are you in the restaurant industry in Portland? How did you experience its rise to prominence? Where do you want to see it go next?

Editor’s note: Karen Brooks is reading from her new book Friday at Powell’s City of Books.

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OPB | Broadcast: Jan. 4, 2013