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The Portlandia Cookbook: Cook Like a Local

av Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein, Jonathan Krisel

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"Food plays a very special role in Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein's award-winning satire Portlandia. Here are recipes for the dishes that define the show, from cult-raised chicken and Stu's stews to pickled veggies and foraged green salads. Complete with new full-color finished food photographs and illustrations, humorous stories and sidebars from the loveable food-obsessed Portlandia characters (such as Mr. Mayor, Peter and Nance, and Colin the chicken), and advice on how to choose a bed and breakfast and behave at a communal table, this is a funny cookbook--with serious recipes--for anyone who loves food"--Amazon.com.… (mer)
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I’m a sketch comedy junkie. There isn’t a sketch show I’ll turn my nose up at. I grew up absorbing everything from Kids in the Hall and Upright Citizens Brigade to The State and SNL. So much of what I think if funny stems from that era of sketch. While I love modern sketch shows like The Kroll Show and Key and Peele, I have a special nostalgic love for those 90’s era troupes. In fact it was Fred and Carrie’s playful skewering of 90’s nostalgia that endeared me to Portlandia.

One thing that creates great sketch comedy is character depth and Portlandia has this in spades. Characters and memes recur, crossover between sketches, and pop up at unexpected moments. Characters like Toni and Candace from the Women & Women First bookstore, Nina and Lance, and Spike are fan favorites because their personalities under-gird the Portlandia universe.

Portlandia is also a foodie’s sketch comedy show. There has been so much food related comedy even from the very first episode about a couple going to great lengths to make sure the chicken humanely raised. You also have the recurring Portland Milk Advisory Council, 911 Beets Emergency Hotline, and my recent favorite the Celery Salesman with Steve Buscemi.

A television show/cookbook crossover is a really innovative idea and if there was ever a show made for it, it’s Portlandia. I was excited about the opportunity to review this book and, as a fan, I had hopes that the show would gain greater depth because of it. And I mean that in most hipster way possible. (e.g. ‘Oh my gosh, you don’t know about Lance and Nina’s birthday cake recipe? How can you even suggest you love Portlandia?’)

The Portlandia Cookbook: Cook Like a Local has all the common ingredients of a modern cookbook from sections for main dishes and brunch to sidebars with jokes and recipe related diversions. The secret sauce is that every recipe is related to a sketch, character, or some other facet of the show. For example the appetizers section is sprinkled heavily with references to Nina’s birthday party and the Around the World in 80 plates sketches. Remember the “Brunch Village” finale from season two? There are recipes for Marionberry Pancakes and Cup ‘o Joe, Side of Dough in the brunch section of the book.

It easy to see that there is a ton of potential for an amazing goulash, unfortunately the result was a let down. The sections failed to add anything new and instead just served up old Portlandia moments. For example Malcolm’s recipe introduction Puree Home Comp-Onion soup is just a rehash of the jokes from the sketch.

Another quickly apparent shortcoming is how poorly characters translate into text. The book opens with authenticity sticklers Kath and Dave stressing the importance of having the right tools, techniques, and ingredients. This kind of thing has potential in my opinion. It’s not repeating old jokes and it’s in the spirit of both the cookbook and the show. But Kath and Dave work as characters because of their entire delivery. Their magic in their interplay and facial expressions. Unfortunately those things get lost when it’s just text on a page. The reader is left working with awkward segues like “Dave here!” or “Kath is nodding her head in a way that means: ‘Agree with Dave: Do Not Bother.”

It would be unfair to judge a sketch show crossover cook book by its comedy alone, so how were the recipes? Well, Danville, Kentucky is a long way from Portland, Oregon. (2,419 miles to be exact!) Many of the recipes called for ingredients that were hard to find like wild produce, non-standard spices, and even durian fruit. However, I think people in a more metropolitan area would have no trouble at all finding the correct items. At any rate, substituting a few premium ingredients for some from Appalachia’s finest “supermart” seemed to work okay. The dishes we tried turned out very tasty. My family especially loved the Bbussel sprouts with bacon. The french onion soup and Sichuan chicken wings are still on our list to try.

As a companion to the show, The Portlandia Cookbook was a little bland. Rather than adding freshness to brand it served reheated comedy with a side of awkward presentation. However, As a recipe book it does it’s job well. It offers some interesting and very executable twists on well-loved dishes. It also pushes the boundaries with some uncommon things like borscht, durian sofrito, and kappa jui jui tea. As a cookbook there is definitely something here for everybody from hipster foodies to sketch comedy loving home cooks. If you’re looking to geek out on Portlandia, you can safely skip this one. ( )
  erlenmeyer316 | Sep 21, 2015 |
We regularly welcome the gang from Portlandia into our home, so why not into our kitchen as well?

The Portlandia Cookbook: Cook Like a Local is packed with the characters from the TV show, but with the added benefit of some really tasty sounding recipes, even from the gutter rats. Some of the regular bits are represented as well (and yes, the recipe for Marionberry Pancakes from Fisherman's Porch does sound worth the wait in line). Even if you've not seen the show, or like the style of humor, the recipes still look worthwhile. I've easily got a half dozen to try, and even now have a name for "that thing you do with shrimp and feta cheese" which I didn't before. As a coffee geek, I also loved the map of Portland's Best Coffee Shops (a map of the city with coffeecup icons spread just about all over the city) and the Coffee Shop Manifesto, of which I am guilty of several.

Thanks to Blogging for Books for bringing this cookbook both to my attention and my door. It was an entertaining read, and I look forward to trying some of the dishes.

Rounded up from 3.5, since I like Fred and Carrie so much (and Jonathan, by extension, since he's one of the writers of the show.) ( )
  bookczuk | Dec 20, 2014 |
Disclaimer: I've only watched about three episodes of the show, but I was still easily able to recognize characters and their quirky mannerisms in the book. If I had never seen the show I would definitely been a lot more lost. While there are recipes (this is a cookbook after all), there are also many anecdotal sidebars, tips, and stories that refer back to the show and characters. I was hoping that there would be more vegan or vegetarian options, but alas, I believe there was only two or three vegan recipes, not including drinks (but plenty of vegetarian options). I actually was impressed with how good some of the recipes sound. I thought this would be mainly a humorous book, with cooking thrown in as a joke, but there are some pretty damn legit recipes in here. I have bookmarked: kale and quinoa bowl with tofu and mushrooms, tomatoes and snap peas with roasted corn chile dressing, and the tortilla espanola. The pictures looked heavenly and the recipes didn't look overly complicated so I think they are definitely worth a try.

After reading this book, I definitely want to start watching the show again, this book was laugh out loud funny! Unfortunately, only fans of the show or people who live in Portland will really get all the jokes, but as long as you're one of those two you will definitely love this humorous cookbook!

I received this book for free from Blogging for Books in return for my honest, unbiased opinion. ( )
  ecataldi | Dec 3, 2014 |
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"Food plays a very special role in Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein's award-winning satire Portlandia. Here are recipes for the dishes that define the show, from cult-raised chicken and Stu's stews to pickled veggies and foraged green salads. Complete with new full-color finished food photographs and illustrations, humorous stories and sidebars from the loveable food-obsessed Portlandia characters (such as Mr. Mayor, Peter and Nance, and Colin the chicken), and advice on how to choose a bed and breakfast and behave at a communal table, this is a funny cookbook--with serious recipes--for anyone who loves food"--Amazon.com.

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