It’s only fitting that on Portland’s culinary alley—Middle Street—a fine bookstore with every imaginable title on food, wine, and culinary academia should sprout. In 2007, independent booksellers and rare-title hunters Don and Samantha Hoyt Lindgren opened their convivial and casual storefront space (think strains of indie rock and jazz, tables toppling with tantalizing titles, and a resident dog) to the public. Their deep, fascinating collection of books—everything from Michael Pollan’s controversial Omnivore’s Dilemmato antiques like 1939’s Wild Foods of Britain and classics such as Auguste Escoffier’s Ma Cuisine—is sure to delight lit-minded foodies. It’s the kind of place you could lose yourself for the afternoon, and you’re guaranteed to leave feeling hungry.
Insider Tip: The shop holds a “sweet” event every Saturday: a cookie exchange, where local amateur bakers share their best sugary bites.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.