Edible Art Show

Art and food are close partners at Edible East Bay,
but we’re snuggling up even closer at our art show next weekend.

Please join us!




magazine_covers_flataf537c8efbccOpening reception
Sunday March 9, 1–4pm

Women’s Cancer Resource Center
5741 Telegraph Ave, Oakland

Celebrate eight and a half beautiful years of Edible East Bay with some of the artists whose work has been featured on our pages. Buy some art for your wall, buy some cards, or just admire the collection as you listen to live music and sample foods made by some of our local cottage food crafters. Admission is free to both the opening and the art show, which runs through June 25.
For more information: wcrc.org
Click on the names of the participants in the show to see more about them:

Shari DeBoer
Iris Gottlieb
Cristian Guerrero
Helen Krayenhoff
Alan Leon
J.R. Nelson
Dawline Oni-Eseleh
Margo Rivera-Weiss
Luz Marina Ruiz
Celia Wedding
Wendy Yoshimura

Food samplings
Mothers Know Best KombuchaNiles PieJam On,
Brown Dog Mustard CoTwo Mammas’ Vegan Kitchen,
Mollie Rose Baking Company

Music: Little Spike

Painting detail: Cris Guerrero



Urban Farm Day!

Saturday, March 1, noon–5pm
BioFuel Oasis Urban Farm Store
1441 Ashby Avenue, Berkeley
biofueloasis urban farm day


What better time than this weekend to get on that project of starting (or expanding) your backyard urban farm? Head over to Biofuel Oasis in Berkeley and you can tap into some information and inspiration at these free demos and workshops:

biofuel_oasis1pm: What You Need to Start a Beehive in Your Backyard with BioFuel Oasis co-owner Jennifer Radtke.

2pm: How to Start Making Your Own Kombucha Demo with Nishanga Bliss, author of Real Food All Year.

3pm: Backyard Chickens:  How to Get Started with Rebecca Daun-Widner, who welcomes experienced chicken keepers too.

4pm: Creative Ways to Conserve and Reuse Water with Christopher Shein, author of Vegetable Gardner’s Guide to Permaculture.

Free kombucha and fermented food to try! Fun farm and art kid activities all afternoon.

If you can’t make it, but find yourself interested nonetheless, check out the BioFuel Oasis class list here.

Illustration by Margo Rivera-Weiss.



Food and Art: New Books

Reviews by Kristina Sepetys

Art of Simple Food II:
Recipes, Flavor,and Inspiration from the New Kitchen Garden,
by Alice Waters (Clarkson Potter, 2013)

In her latest cookbook, The Art of Simple Food II, Chez Panisse owner Alice Waters, together with chef Kelsie Kerr and illustrator Patricia Curtan, seek to inspire readers to garden and cook at home with 200 new recipes which use the many delicious varieties of vegetables, fruits, and herbs that can be cultivated in a kitchen garden or found at local farmers’ markets. Look for inspired recipes like: Escarole Soup with Poached Egg, Black Mission Figs Roasted with Wild Fennel, Rocket Salad with Babcock Peaches and Basil, Moroccan Asparagus and Spring Vegetable Ragout, and Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic.


Art and Appetite: American Painting, Culture, and Cuisine,
ed. Judith A. Barter (Art Institute of Chicago and Yale University Press, 2013)

Artists have long used food in their work to celebrate and critique society, and to express ideas about politics, race, class, and gender. Through images, essays, and a selection of vintage recipes, Art and Appetite explores depictions of food in American art. Essays address topics like the horticultural and botanical underpinnings of still-life painting, alcohol consumption in the United States, Thanksgiving, and the commercialization of food in Pop art. The book, which is based on an extensive exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago, features works by artists like John Singleton Copley, the Peales, Lilly Martin Spencer, William Merritt Chase, Elizabeth Paxton, Stuart Davis, Edward Hopper, Alice Neel, Wayne Thiebaud, and Roy Lichtenstein, among many others.


The Art of Fermentation: An In-Depth Exploration of Essential Concepts
and Processes from Around the World

by Sandor Ellix Katz (Chelsea Green, 2012)

I reviewed this book previously, but it’s so good I had to mention it again. Here, Katz, winner of the James Beard 2013 award for Best Reference and Scholarship, outdoes the significant scope of his previous book, Wild Fermentation, with more than 500 pages covering the history, concepts, and processes related to fermentation. You’ll find more narrative than recipes in this highly readable book, which is possibly the most comprehensive on the subject available.


Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking,
by Nathalie Dupree, Cynthia Graubart (Gibbs Smith, 2012)

Winner of the 2013 James Beard award for American Cooking, cookbook author and television show host Nathalie Dupree and Cynthia Graubart serve up more than 720 pages, 600 recipes, and hundreds of step-by-step photographs in the most exhaustive book in many years on foods of the South (what Dupree calls the “Mother Cuisine” of American cooking). Find techniques for basics like scrubbing a country ham, tips to help conquer fears of fat that might be holding you back from producing flaky piecrusts and delectable biscuits, and little-known terms like spatchcocking, swimpee, and maque choux. Traditional recipes and modern variations include dishes like Classic Caramel Cake, Squash Casserole, Country Captain, Butter Pecan Cheesecake, Buttermilk Corn Sticks, and Corn and Squash Pudding.

The Simple Art of EatingWell,
by Jessie Price (Countryman Press, 2013)

Another James Beard Award finalist, this one for best Healthy Focus, includes the best recipes and advice from nearly 20 years at EatingWell magazine. It offers more than 400 recipes, half of which can be prepared in under 45 minutes, with most calling for fewer than 10 readily available ingredients. Key techniques are illustrated with helpful step-by-step photos for classic dishes like chile, lasagna, fried chicken, and macaroni and cheese prepared in delicious and healthy ways.