Our Daily Decisions on What to Eat

  Kristina Sepetys reviews We Are What We Eat: A Slow Food Manifesto by Alice Waters with Bob Carrau and Cristina Mueller Penguin Press, June 2021, Buy Local Link.   We are all part of nature’s cycles and rhythms, so slow food values are already inside every one of us. If we cook and eat and…

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A Harvest of Verse

Edible East Bay editor Cheryl Angelina Koehler reviews Too Many Seeds: Poems by Gabrielle Myers Finishing Line Press, release date December 3, 2021 I first got to know Gabrielle Myers in 2016 when she asked if we might like to review her just-published memoir, Hive-Mind. As a former chef in such notable East Bay establishments…

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‘A Dainty Feast of Almost Fairylike Perfection’

Anna Mindess reviews: At the Chinese Table by Carolyn Phillips WW Norton & Company, 2021, Buy Local Link Food and culture are inextricably intertwined. When the young Carolyn Phillips found herself in Taiwan, overwhelmed by the challenge of mastering Mandarin, it was food that provided the keys to learning and appreciating the language, history, and…

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A Winemaker Reflects

Laura Ness reviews: Lineage: Life and Love and Six Generations in California Wine by Steven Kent Mirassou Val de Grâce, release date September 7, 2021, Buy Local Link As a young man, Steven Kent Mirassou fancied himself a writer of novels. Despite his extensive family history of winemaking in California, Mirassou left his home in…

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Tomales Bay Feast

A book review by Kristina Sepetys   Table with a View: The History & Recipes of Nick’s Cove By Dena Grunt (Cameron Books, 2021) As businesses start to reopen and people tiptoe out for perhaps the first time in a year, many will take the occasion to discover (or rediscover) gems in their own backyard.…

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Comfort Food Essentials

 Kristina’s Bookshelf   This time of year, with lots of labor-intensive holiday meal preparation, I’m always happy to find collections of easy, satisfying meals that come together quickly and taste good even if I’m short an ingredient or don’t get the measurements quite right.   Sheet Pan Chicken: 50 Simple and Satisfying Ways to Cook…

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Foods for Winter Feasts

Kristina’s Bookshelf Here are three new cookbooks filled with hearty, satisfying recipes sure to transport you through the long, dark days of the winter holidays and beyond.   Cool Beans: The Ultimate Guide to Cooking with the World’s Most Versatile Plant-Based Protein, with 125 Recipes By Joe Yonan (Ten Speed Press, 2020) You may be…

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A Curious Baker Reinvents Traditional Favorites

Kristina’s Bookshelf Review by Kristina Sepetys   Fruit Cake: Recipes for the Curious Baker By Jason Schreiber (William Morrow Cookbooks, 2020)  “Fruit cake” conjures images of the alcohol-soaked, dried fruit and nut–studded firm loaves popular around the holidays. In perusing the 75 recipes in Jason Schreiber’s new cookbook, I found that it gives a big nod…

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Kristina’s Holiday Bookshelf 2020

Good Books by Local Authors for Reading and Giving By Kristina Sepetys J. Kenji López-Alt(photo: Aubrie Pick)   Every Night is Pizza Night by J. Kenji López-Alt, illustrated by Gianna Ruggiero Norton Young Readers, 2020 From Bay Area author and chef J. Kenji López-Alt and Oakland-based illustrator Gianna Ruggiero comes a charming children’s book about…

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