By Cheryl Angelina Koehler glean (glēn), v.t & v.i. [ M.E. glenen; OFr. glener; LL. glennare < Celt.; cf. OIr. dīgleinn, he gleans] 1. to collect (grain left by reapers). 2. to collect the remaining grain (from a field). 3. to collect (facts etc.) gradually or bit by bit. (Webster’s New World Dictionary) The heat…

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TAPEO BY THE BAY: Quixotic Travels Through Small-Plate Terrain   STORY AND PHOTOS BY MARK MIDDLEBROOK   Once upon a time in a village east of San Francisco whose name I need not mention, there lived a fellow who had traveled in Spain and there absorbed the culture of the tapas bar. This Don Bigote…

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BY PETER CHASTAIN, EXECUTIVE CHEF, PRIMA RISTORANTE, 1522 N. MAIN, WALNUT CREEK I didn’t eat persimmons as a child except in the form of “pudding” or cake made from Hachiyas. When I met my wife in Japan and was introduced to her grandmother, that all changed. She had a small orchard on a hill the…

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The Unknown Vineyards of Contra Costa County Story by Derrick Schneider Photos by Melissa Schneider Imagine an upstart winemaker fleeing Contra Costa County’s prestigious but high-priced vineyards for the dirt-cheap farmland in the unknown Napa Valley. In the early twentieth century, Martinez and Oakley, not Rutherford and St. Helena, were darlings of the wine world.…

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Mexico’s Daily Bread Story by Romney Steele | Photos by Gwendolyn Meyer Named by the Spanish, this flat, unleavened corn bread is used for many of the dishes we’ve come to know and love as Mexican food: tacos, enchiladas, quesadillas, and many other antojitos (snack foods). Not unlike unleavened breads from other cultures, in Mexico,…

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Persimmons & Pomegranates  By Barbara Kobsar I look forward to the Fall months as much for the seasonal produce as for the radiant colors. As I give a final sigh for the last harvest of California stone fruits, a fresh crop of picture-perfect persimmons comes along to fill the void. On my daily travels around…

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  On the Cover: “Backyard Pears” by Cheryl Koehler EDITOR’S MIXING BOWL AFTERTASTES Letters to the Editor FOOD FOR THOUGHT Life, Death & Bialys Ripe For Change ON GLEANING   TORTILLAS Mexico’s Daily Bread         OH NUTS! WHAT’S IN SEASON Persimmons & Pomegrantaes         SEASONAL RECIPES By Peter Chastain, Executive Chef at…

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Story and Photos by Cheryl Koehler glean (glēn), v.t & v.i. [ M.E. glenen; OFr. glener; LL. glennare < Celt.; cf. OIr. dīgleinn, he gleans] 1. to collect (grain left by reapers). 2. to collect the remaining grain (from a field). 3. to collect (facts etc.) gradually or bit by bit. (Webster’s New World Dictionary)…

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Plenty of books on sustainable agriculture have come out in recent years, but if you’ve been waiting for the movie, it’s here. Acclaimed Bay Area documentary filmmakers Jed Riffe and Emiko Omori have produced Ripe for Change, an insightful look at efforts to change the culture of farming in California to a more sustainable model.…

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