The Paley's Place Cookbook

The Paley's Place Cookbook

Recipes and Stories from the Pacific Northwest

By Vitaly Paley; Kimberly Paley; John Valls (Photographer)

Ten Speed Press, Hardcover, 9781580088305, 232pp.

Publication Date: October 2008


Nestled in a converted Victorian in Portland's trendy Northwest District, Paley's Place Bistro and Bar has been serving Vitaly Paley's creative, beautifully executed cooking for over a decade. Co-owner Kimberly Paley's joyous hospitality has helped make their restaurant into a West Coast destination. Both Paleys' unquenchable ardor for local, luscious, sustainably produced food and drink means the Paley's Place dining experience just keeps gets better.  With characteristic generosity, Vitaly and Kimberly bring their elegant, soulful fare home in The Paley's Place Cookbook. Chapters on appetizers; soups, salads, and sandwiches; pastas and grains; fish and shellfish; meat, game, and fowl; vegetable side dishes; and desserts are complemented by extras, including a primer on putting together a knockout Oregon cheese course and a bevy of recipes for hand-crafted and seasonal cocktails. Wine pairings point the reader to well-matched styles and makers from the Pacific Northwest and France.  Teaching the reader to create blissfully perfectdishes from the ground up, whether simple (Grilled Figs Wrapped in Prosciutto; Tomato-Bread Soup) or showy (Duck Wellington with Mole Sauce; Vegetable-Stuffed Morels with Green Garlic Confit and Parmesan Cream), the authors emphasize the building blocks of wonderful food: great ingredients and great technique.  Throughout the book, the Paleys introduce us to some of the many skilled food producers who make the Pacific Northwest a culinary treasure trove, and also take us inside the chef's thought process as he creates and refines his recipes. Evocative photographs—of finished dishes, gorgeous local foodstuffs, and the people who produce the food that gives so much pleasure—round out this personal, passionate, enlightening, and utterly delicious cookbook. 

About the Author

Ashley Gartland is a freelance food writer whose work has appeared in "MIX, Saveur" and "Tasting Table." Oregon's culinary scene stole her heart in 2006 and prompted a move to Portland, where she now lives with her husband and daughter. Read more about Ashley at

Praise For The Paley's Place Cookbook

"This is a cookbook that will be used until it's in tatters."
—Shelf Awareness

"With the release of The Paley's Place Cookbook, we can fall in love all over again with the Pacific Northwest."
—Portland Oregonian

"This scrumptious collection of recipes and stories from the owners of Paley'­s Place Bistro & Bar offers an intriguing mélange of Eastern European Jewish, Mediterranean, mainstream American, and Pacific Northwest culinary influences."
—Publishers Weekly

"Whenever people ask me where they should eat in Portland, the first place I recommend is Paley's. Vitaly's food is creative, spot-on, and always delicious. The Paley's Place Cookbook is the perfect complement to a great restaurant: a great book that both professional chefs and home cooks will enjoy for many years."  
—Ethan Stowell, chef/owner of Union Restaurant, Seattle "Vitaly and Kimberly Paley's good nature and good cooking fill this book with gastronomic joy abounding."  
—Fergus Henderson, author of The Whole Beast "The Paley's Place Cookbook is much more than a collection of wonderful recipes and wine pairings. It expresses the inventive and curious spirit of Vitaly and Kimberly Paley, whose enthusiasm for fresh seasonal ingredients and willingness to follow their instincts and palates is infectious. It makes you want to cook, eat, and drink with gusto!"  
—Daniel Johnnes, Wine Director for Daniel Boulud's Dinex Group