Reflections on teaching, forensic diving, oyster farming, and running a restaurant By Steven Day, co-owner of The Cook and Her Farmer in Oakland Photos by Clara Rice   “Teachers have three loves: love of learning, love of learners, and bringing the first two loves together.” —Scott Hayden   It started with a bad day at work.…

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If Wishes Were Fishes Untangling the plastics problem during the pandemic An interview with Martin Bourque, Executive Director of the Ecology Center No amount of wishing has made the pandemic depart our shores, nor will it do away with the plastics polluting our planet. Can the East Bay, a stronghold of environmental action, make headway…

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“Permaculture is a philosophy of working with, rather than against nature; of protracted and thoughtful observation rather than protracted and thoughtless labor; and of looking at plants and animals in all their functions, rather than treating any area as a single product system.” —Bill Mollison, Introduction to Permaculture Photo: Rachel Stanich Getting to Fair Share…

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  The Sweetness Inside the Oyster Even during this difficult time, our editors’ experience creating this holiday issue of Edible East Bay has been sweet. Certainly, much of that has to do with all those recipes for pies, candied yams, cookies, truffles, and fruity drinks. But the true pleasure has been in all the connections…

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Time to make truffles! Story, recipe, and photo by Alexandra Hudson In the height of midsummer’s plump heat, little green orbs begin their biennial-ish sprout from the branches of the California bay laurel. Over the following months, these baby nuts mature into their avocado-green-and-maroon–fleshed fullness. Come fall, they drop in prolific bounty throughout the coastal…

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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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From: Kristina’s Holiday Bookshelf 2020 Good Books by Local Authors for Reading and Giving By Kristina Sepetys EVERYTHING IS UNDER CONTROL: A Memoir with Recipes by Phyllis Grant Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2020 The Berkeley-based author of the popular blog-turned-Instagram account Dash and Bella, Food52 contributor Phyllis Grant describes her childhood in Berkeley, making her…

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Gets a Much Better Butter Update By Tina Wolfe | Photos by David Dranitzke The original inspiration for my business came from a childhood memory. When I was a young girl, I traveled to visit my grandmother in Bavaria. I loved sitting in her tiny kitchen with the table covered in oilcloth while devouring chunks…

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    Recipe and photo by Anna Marie Beauchemin of East Bay Herbals A classic holiday beverage, this spiced elixir can be enjoyed any time throughout the winter. This version combines the immune-supportive properties of astragalus with the heart-opening energy of hawthorn, making it a welcome drink for the colder months. A festive take on…

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  Recipes, photos, and videos by chef/photographer Judy Doherty Don’t let the pandemic ruin your holidays! Baking pie will make your house smell delicious as you channel your granny and all those good times with friends and family in years past. Master these three recipes with the help of expert chef and photographer Judy Doherty.…

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