Yes, You Will Love The Portlandia Cookbook. You Might Even Cook From It, Too.

published Nov 20, 2014
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The book: Portlandia by Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein with Jonathan Krisel

The angle: A celebration of foodie culture in true Portlandia style.

Recipes for right now: Wild Mushroom and Artichoke Tartines, Nacho Cheese Popcorn, Autumn Market Basket Salad, Korean Short Rib Stew, Smokey Bacon Pizza Bianca with Wild Greens, Y2K Apple Pie, Two-Banana Daiquiri

Who would enjoy this book? Portlandia-loving cooks.

1 / 5

Quick Facts

Who wrote it: Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein with Jonathan Krisel

Who published it: Clarkson Potter

Other highlights: I will say straight-up that I am a huge fan of Portlandia, as well as Fred and Carrie’s particular brand of snarky, on-point, and absurdist style of humor. Even so, I picked up this cookbook with caution. Would it be a total joke? Without Fred there to voice the lines, would all the humor fall flat? Would I find something to make for dinner?

My fellow Portlandia-lovers can rest easy — this book is perfect. It’s funny in all the right places, hits just the right note of self-mockery toward this decade’s foodie ‘splosion, and is also (rather surprisingly) a pretty decent cookbook. The recipes are legit. As in, yes, you can make them for your next dinner party, Saturday cookout, or bout of Battlestar Galactica binge-watching. And you probably will. (P.S. “We Can Pickle That!” had me in stitches.)

Find the book at your local library, independent bookstore, or Amazon: Portlandia by Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein with Jonathan Krisel

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