Posted by Michael Andersen (News Editor) on August 9th, 2013 at 8:18 am
Portland has been exporting its biking expertise for years, but the explosion of independent publishing is helping that happen faster than ever.
Case in point: Four new books by young local authors, all currently in development, poised to document and spread local bike wisdom around the city, the region and the country. One’s about moving by bike, one’s about bike touring, one’s about bike-inspired cooking and one is a popular-audience introduction to the role bikes can play in economic growth.
With the days getting shorter and book season approaching, here’s a cheat sheet on a few projects in the works, and how to get ahold of them.
Moving by Bike: The Book
Stephanie Routh, $15 during current Kickstarter campaign
The Oregon Walks executive director (and potential world record holder for participating in the most bike moves and for leading the biggest) edits 23 contributors who share their relocationary wisdom in about 80 pages.
The Culinary Cyclist: A Cookbook and Companion for the Good Life
Anna Brones, $9.95 from Elly Blue publishing
This cookbook is bike-related mostly in that it uses bikes as an icon of simplicity and self-reliance. Brones, “a Swedish Portlander currently living in Paris,” has created a “guide to hedonistic two-wheeled living. Recipes are all gluten free and mostly vegan and include such decadent basics as Sea Salt Chocolate Cake and baked eggs in avocado halves (it may just be the perfect breakfast) are paired with cheerful instructions for gracefully hosting a dinner party, gifting food, bulk shopping by bicycle, and two-wheeled picnics.”
It’s text-rich and tastefully hand-illustrated by Johanna Kindvall.