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Dining, SFoodie Eat, Drink, and Be Literary: Experience Litquake at Its Most Erudite and Exquisite

Eat, Drink, and Be Literary: Experience Litquake at Its Most Erudite and Exquisite

Who says you can’t read about cake and eat it too? As San Francisco gears up for its 16th annual Litquake — a weeklong festival of literary wonder that fosters an interest in literature for readers and writers of all ages…
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Dining, SFoodie Bay Area Book Festival: Food Trucks, Cookbook Panel This Weekend

Bay Area Book Festival: Food Trucks, Cookbook Panel This Weekend

Over 300 authors and 50,000 books make a debut splash at the Bay Area Book Festival this weekend in downtown Berkeley, near the BART station. The festival is free and for the hungry amongst us, there will be food trucks,…
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Dining, SFoodie Two Bay Area Authors Investigate Everything About Yogurt

Two Bay Area Authors Investigate Everything About Yogurt

What are the chances that two Bay Area food writers would release books on the same topic within the same month? Well, it happened, and it’s a pretty specialized topic at that. Yogurt Culture: A Global Look at How…
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Dining, SFoodie Heather Hardison's Homegrown Is Basically the Cutest Gardening Book Ever

Heather Hardison's Homegrown Is Basically the Cutest Gardening Book Ever

Not quite a gardening manual, not really a cookbook, and certainly better illustrated than the Farmers’ Almanac, Heather Hardison’s beautifully designed Homegrown: Illustrated Bites From Your Garden to Your Table is the Berkeley illustrator’s effort at exporting the California…
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Dining, SFoodie S.F.'s 'Milk Maid' Wants to Help You Make Cheese

S.F.'s 'Milk Maid' Wants to Help You Make Cheese

Louella Hill was on a break from college, working at an agriturismo in Tuscany, when the neighboring farm needed help. It turned out to be a sheep dairy. "The moment I walked into that milking parlor and saw the…
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Dining, SFoodie <i>Benu</i> the Cookbook is Gorgeous (But Not to Be Cooked From)

Benu the Cookbook is Gorgeous (But Not to Be Cooked From)

One doesn’t buy a book like Corey Lee’s Benu thinking she’ll actually make something from it. After all, when an ingredient list for a dish simply called “oyster, kimchi, pork belly” calls for sodium hexametaphosphate, low-acyl gellan gum, calcium…
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Dining, SFoodie A Kosher Winery Opens in Berkeley, With a Cookbook Debut, Too

A Kosher Winery Opens in Berkeley, With a Cookbook Debut, Too

That a new winery opened in Berkeley isn’t so newsworthy these days; many winemakers are discovering they can make just as good wine in an urban setting, even if they have no views of vineyards to wake up to every…
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Dining, SFoodie The Healthy Mind: Brain-Boosting Foods Star in New Cookbook by Rebecca Katz

The Healthy Mind: Brain-Boosting Foods Star in New Cookbook by Rebecca Katz

When it comes to discussing the healing properties of food, there is perhaps no better local advocate than Rebecca Katz. The founding director of Healing Kitchens Institute at Commonweal in Bolinas, and executive chef of the annual Food is Medicine…
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Dining, SFoodie "Vegan Challenge" Author Offers Tips to Reduce Animal Product Consumption

"Vegan Challenge" Author Offers Tips to Reduce Animal Product Consumption

Now that we’ve all had plenty of time to abandon our New Year’s resolutions to eat better, it’s the perfect time to pick up a new edition of a book by Oakland author and activist Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, called The 30-Day…
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Dining, SFoodie Chez Panisse Chef Wants to Help You Master the Basics in New Book

Chez Panisse Chef Wants to Help You Master the Basics in New Book

With all the cookbooks from the Bay Area’s beloved restaurants — Bar Tartine, Tacolicious, and Brown Sugar Kitchen, to name a few – that came this past fall, it was easy to overlook Twelve Recipes by Cal Peternell (Harper Collins), a chef…
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Dining, SFoodie Wealth of Techniques Shared in Bar Tartine's New Cookbook

Wealth of Techniques Shared in Bar Tartine's New Cookbook

Bar Tartine: Techniques and Recipes by Nicolaus Balla and Cortney Burns (Chronicle Books) is one of the more unusual cookbooks I’ve seen. It’s an astounding look inside the culinary minds of those behind the stove of one of San Francisco’s…
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Dining, SFoodie Thinking of Starting Your Own Food Biz? Here's Help

Thinking of Starting Your Own Food Biz? Here's Help

Seems like everyone wants to quit their day job to open their own artisanal mustard company these days. But while doing it may seem glamorous, how sustainable of a business idea do you really have? Susie Wyshak, an Oakland-based food business…
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Dining, SFoodie Chocolate Guru Alice Medrich Demystifies Alternative Grains

Chocolate Guru Alice Medrich Demystifies Alternative Grains

I’ll admit I sometimes roll my eyes when it comes to the whole gluten-free thing, so a gluten-free cookbook is not one I’d particularly seek out. But here is one that just happens to be gluten-free, in which Alice Medrich…
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Dining, SFoodie A Manual to Add More Greens and Grains to Your Diet

A Manual to Add More Greens and Grains to Your Diet

With the season of excess nearly upon us, it’s quite a relief to get a cookbook like Molly Watson’s Greens + Grains: Recipes for Deliciously Healthful Meals from Chronicle Books dropping right about now. It’s a smaller book, one that…
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Dining, SFoodie New Cookbook Invites You to Get Artsy, Give Back, and Explore Recipes from Your Favorite Oakland Restaurants

New Cookbook Invites You to Get Artsy, Give Back, and Explore Recipes from Your Favorite Oakland Restaurants

If you’ve been wondering how to get your hands on Pizzaiolo’s meatball recipe or Ramen Shop’s black sesame sandos (I know I have), well, now you can. And they’ll come alongside some fantastic art. Arts & Eats Oakland is the…
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Dining, SFoodie Gabrielle Hamilton's New Book Celebrates Simple, Elegant Cooking

Gabrielle Hamilton's New Book Celebrates Simple, Elegant Cooking

When I first read Gabrielle Hamilton’s Blood, Bones, and Butter, I quickly surmised that she simply couldn’t be that good of a chef. Not because she was a woman or because lacked professional training; but because someone who wrote…
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Dining, SFoodie Portlandia Cookbook Leads To Hilarious Fake Menus

Portlandia Cookbook Leads To Hilarious Fake Menus

If you're a hipster, then you've probably already spent at least a few afternoons binge-watching the perceptive, sharp, and incredibly funny satire that is Portlandia. The Peabody-winning comedy spends its seasons gleefully mocking hipsters, punks, hippies, foodies, and anyone else…
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Dining, SFoodie The Moosewood Cookbook Marks 40 Years in Print with New Edition

The Moosewood Cookbook Marks 40 Years in Print with New Edition

When something is as familiar – and splatter stained – as the original Moosewood Cookbook, admittedly, it’s hard to look at it with new eyes. But a 40th anniversary edition is out from Ten Speed Press, the same Berkeley outfit…
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Dining, SFoodie Falling Into the Cult of Ottolenghi in San Francisco

Falling Into the Cult of Ottolenghi in San Francisco

Walking towards the San Francisco Jewish Community Center Friday night to hear Yotam Ottolenghi, I fell into a pack of people all clutching copies of Jerusalem, Plenty or the latest one to come out, Plenty More. I couldn’t help but…
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Dining, SFoodie Charles Phan's New Cookbook Lets You Visit the Slanted Door From Your Kitchen

Charles Phan's New Cookbook Lets You Visit the Slanted Door From Your Kitchen

Whenever out-of-towners ask me the all-important question of where to eat when visiting San Francisco, I almost always recommend The Slanted Door. In restaurant years, it’s been there forever, I know, it’s far from a hipster spot of the moment.…
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