Toro Bravo East Coast Book Tour

December 5th, 2013

Our second night in D.C. Dinner at Toki Underground. So good and so fun. There was crawling on the floor dancing. What happens in D.C. stays in D.C...

The bulls have been running and we’ve been running hard for the past few weeks with stops on the Toro Bravo book tour in Brooklyn, Baltimore, D.C., Jersey City and more. The East Coast portion of the tour was pretty rockstar with five to six of us depending (chef-owner John Gorham, me, charcuterie manager Josh Scofield, book editor and Lucky Peach managing editor Rachel Khong, DJ Waffle aka Mike Wathen, John’s brother Brian Gorham) riding from one stop to another in a stolen rented van.

Our friend DJ Waffle from Jersey City played sweet tunes at every event, Toro’s charcuterie manager Josh Scofield cooked and served up all sorts of treats from the book, John, Rachel and I held discussions about everything that went into the book and, of course, there was always plenty of cava and Basque cider flowing. We definitely burned the candle on both ends just like we did this time last year when we were in Madrid and Barcelona for the book. And just like that trip we never got any more hours of sleep a night than can be counted on one hand. We hit it hard and it was a blast.

All of the events were super well attended and fun, fun, fun. Thanks to everyone who came out and made them just that. We love you and we couldn’t be happier with how well the book has been received on the road, in the wide world and here at home in our beloved Portland. Very happy. Rather than write about each event at powerHouse Arena, Atomic Books, 826DC and Jersey Wine & Spirits I’m going to throw a whole bunch of photos up here and you can see for yourself. Hope you’re doing well, eating well & reading all sorts of great books!

Our first night! Book event at powerHouse Arena in Brooklyn. So fun! Photo courtesy of Krzysztof Poluchowicz.

Lining up at powerHouse for Josh's Toro cured meats, spherical olives inspired by our trip to Tickets in Barcelona, cava, Basque cider and more. Photo courtesy of Krzysztof Poluchowicz

The line didn't get shorter...

Rachel and me with the bullseye of a book!

Next stop D.C.! At 826DC pre-event with executive director Joe Calahan.

John and his brother Brian. Looooove Brian!

Rachel and me in 826DC's Museum of Unnatural History.

Josh's incredible spread of foods from the book.

Family affair. Left to right: John's aunt Robin, brother Brian, stepdad Gene, John and I.

Laaaaater that night Waffle, John and Josh at Toki Underground. Loved it so much!

This explains the above photo. John ordered A LOT of "desserts" for the kitchen.

Mystery NPR interview shot that will run very, very soon!

Waffle at Kabob Palace in D.C. where John filled the table with food as he does and we ate as if we hadn't eaten in days. Really good.

Atomic Books in Baltimore!

I wish Atomic Books was closer -- I'd be there all the time...

Our talk at Atomic with slides from the book.

DJ Waffle in the house!

Road food on the way back to NY -- Bojangles!

Jersey City Wine and Spirits!

Eating, drinking and being merry.

Excellent music.

Into Manhattan and last meal in K-Town at Cho Dang Gol.

Freakishly delicious.

Thanks to everyone who came out and ate, drank and was merry with us! We had an incredible time and want more! We’re thinking the next tour is going to be a Midwest one. More details soon here. Till we meet again!

Cooking from Lucky Peach

March 26th, 2012

I decided to cook up this blackened bluefish recipe in the second issue of Lucky Peach...

I’ve been pretty loud and clear about my love of Lucky Peach magazine published by McSweeney’s. I wrote about it here in late November but at that point I had yet to cook from it. (We also hadn’t sealed the deal for the Toro Bravo Cookbook with McSweeney’s, fall 2013, at that point…) Now that I’ve cooked from it — and now that issue number three has hit the shelves — I’m putting photos of a couple of the things I’ve made here. That’s it. Oh, and go get yourself a copy if you don’t have it already. It really just keeps getting better and better.

I got the fixings together -- homemade miso mayo made with my year-plus old homemade miso, pickles, spicy chips and thinly sliced iceberg.

I blackened dover because that was what looked best at the market...

And then I put it all together in between buttered and broiled ciabatta. So fucking delicious. Cook this!

I made a custardy breakfast sandwich with the leftover blackening spices, miso mayo, iceberg and some cheddar on ciabatta.

The third and latest issue of Lucky Peach, on shelves now, has this story by Rachel Khong...

Including a recipe for this Two Minute Chocolate Mug Cake that I've made a couple times now. It's not so pretty but it is fun, quick and tasty.


Lucky Peach

November 28th, 2011

Second issue of Lucky Peach hot off the presses!

Have you read this magazine? This second issue just arrived in my mailbox and I love it. The moment I heard that McSweeney’s was coming out with a food magazine I got a subscription. After the first two issues I can’t recommend Lucky Peach enough. I’m not the only one that loves it. This is the kind of food/drink magazine I’ve been dreaming of for a long time.

In Lucky Peach you won’t find page after page of fussy kitchen and food shots that require stylists and production teams and you won’t have to page through seemingly endless glossy ads until you get to the meat of the matter. There are paintings of past-its-prime blue cheese, recipe corrections composed in comics, how-to photos for killing and cleaning fish, and stickers! (The mock fruit stickers — you know these kinds of stickers but funny — are between page 112 and 113 in the second issue.) There’s cursing. There’s a haiku about corn with miso butter and bacon. There are honest and original stories with strong voices that you haven’t heard before that make you laugh, think and feel and want to cook and eat. It’s real, raw and it’s ripe for the picking. Go get yourself a Lucky Peach.