ENTER BELOW FOR A CHANCE TO WIN A COPY OF BREAKFAST A HISTORY ALONG WITH A PAIR OF PASSES TO THE 2013 WORDSTOCK FESTIVAL BOOK FAIR.
Book, Breakfast, History and Food Cart geeks get ready… what a wonderful combination! That’s why in partnership with Wordstock and local author Heather Arndt Anderson, Food Carts Portland is pleased to announce a special giveaway. We’ll be giving away signed copies of Heather Arndt Anderson’s new book, Breakfast: A History along with pairs of Wordstock Festival Book Fair (aka “the Big Event) passes good for entrance on October 5 and 6, 2013.
HOW TO WIN
- Just tell us your favorite breakfast dish from a Portland Food Cart in the comments below. Enter as many times as you wish.
- You’ll get a bonus entry point to win if you can add a culinary literary reference to it. Try this for an example, “I love a sausage kolache from Potter’s Kolaches and Coffee while reading Ham on Rye by Charles Bukowski”.
- If you like Breakfast: A History’s Facebook Page we’ll even throw in an 2 (Two!) extra entry points for you for an even better chance to win.
In case your memory needs a jingle, here’s a list of Portland Breakfast Food Carts.
So what’s the deal with Food Carts, Breakfast and History? Heather Arndt Anderson explains,
Hey, did you know that food carts boast a centuries-long history? No? Well, if your interest has been piqued (or you’re that special kind of nerd that can’t choose between history and gastronomy) you’re in for a real treat.
Portland, as we all know, has perfected the food cart. But we didn’t invent it. Breakfast: A History has an entire chapter devoted to breakfasts eaten away from home, including the original food carts:
Pre-workday fast-food breakfasts are nothing new; they did not even originate in the 20th century. Victorian journalist Henry Mayhew described in London Labour and the London Poor (1851) the thousands of costermongers (street vendors) who walked into London in the pre-dawn hours and stopped at various coffee sellers’ carts or “early breakfast stalls” along the way to buy their breakfast—“a couple of herrings, or a bit of bacon, or whatnot,” perhaps a sausage or an egg sandwiched in a bread roll called a bap. After swallowing the coffee or tea and returning the mug, a stall owner could then continue on to their own stall or wagon, eating as they went.
I don’t know about you, but a sausage and egg in a bread roll still sounds right, even 150+ years after some wastrel starting hustling for a few shillings.
And it wasn’t just the usual western-style fare being hucked by street vendors. In southern Burma, where fresh fish is plentiful, a catfish chowder called mohinga is considered by many to be the national dish. Based on archaeological evidence, mohinga may have been prepared since as early as the 1st century, and has been hawked by street vendors as an “all-day breakfast” for at least a century.
Heather Arndt Anderson will be signing books and meeting readers at Wordstock on Saturday Oct 5 and Sunday Oct 6 so be sure to swing by her booth to say hello. Heather Arndt Anderson will also be hosting a free lecture at the Jack London Bar on Tues, October 1 at 6:30 pm. The topic? Breakfasts From the Silver Screen to the Small Screen. You can bet Food Carts Portland will be there. We’d love to meet you, so come on by and say hello.
About Wordstock: Wordstock is a literary art and education non-profit that celebrates and supports writing in the classroom and in the community. Our mission is to use the power of writing to effect positive change in people’s lives. Wordstock Festival 2013 takes place on October 3rd-6th… The red chair awaits you. Wordstock is the so-much-to-do-in-so-little-time, had-to-be-there festival. Come experience sensory overload for storytellers, story lovers—and everyone in between. The Wordstock Festival Book Fair takes place October 5 & 6 at the Oregon Convention Center.
About Heather Arndt Anderson: Heather Arndt Anderson is a Portland, Oregon-based plant ecologist and food writer. For the past ten years, she has been conducting botanical field surveys and wetland delineations, and writing technical reports for federal and state regulatory agencies.
Heather is the author of Breakfast: A History (New York: AltaMira Press, 2013) and wrote the Pacific Northwest chapter in the 4-volume Food Cultures of the World Encyclopedia (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2011). Her recipes have been published in the cookbook One Big Table: 600 Recipes from the Nation’s Best Home Cooks, Farmers, Fishermen, Pit-Masters, and Chefs, and she is a contributing writer to the magazines The Farmer General and Remedy Quarterly.
The Wordstock and Breakfast a History Contest Fine Print: The contest runs through Tues Oct 1, 2013 at 5pm when we’ll pick two winners using our foolproof random winner online robot software. The prize includes one Breakfast: A History book and a pair of Wordstock Book Fair passes on Saturday and Sunday October 5 and 6. See above for contest details.