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The Myrtlewood Cookbook

Pacific Northwest Home Cooking

7 x 10-1/2; $27.95

272 pages

ISBN: 9781632171412

Stemming from an underground supper club, this locally produced cookbook--which was funded by a Kickstarter campaign and sold out its first printing--is just the sort of inspired creation that could only have come from Portland, Oregon.

This is beautiful home cooking with strong Pacific Northwest influences, photographed in and around a home kitchen in real time. Andrew Barton has co-run Secret Restaurant Portland (a monthly supper club) for over six years. A preschool teacher by day, Andrew is a culinary autodidact—having spent no time in a restaurant kitchen—who has invested time, passion, and intent to learn and practice the art of cooking. He grows a full kitchen garden, absorbs the influence of such masters as Nigel Slater, Mollie Katzen, and Deborah Madison, and develops his own recipes inspired by his close friends, his travels, and his family history. The results are inspired, original, and charming. Andrew has a highly tuned food sense, and he expresses his invitingly casual but intentional way in the kitchen in each and every recipe. You will gain nearly as much from reading these recipes as from cooking them.

ANDREW BARTON is a preschool teacher by day. He has co-run Secret Restaurant Portland since 2010, putting on dinners for 15 to 60 people, themes and style varying upon location and inspiration. He also curates, edits, designs, and letterpress prints a series of books under the name Two Plum Press. 
 
 
PETER SCHWEITZER is a freelance photographer who has captured the mood of Secret Restaurant Portland since 2012. For over ten years he worked on a continual documentary project, photographing a moment from his life every day between 2006 and 2017.

“Andrew Barton’s voice is warm and his food is beautiful. The sense of place—the ambiance—will draw you in and make you feel freshly appreciative of simple, everyday possibilities. In a world overflowing with cookbooks, this quiet gem stands out.”
— Mollie Katzen, author of the Moosewood Cookbook
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