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Family and Food: Taking Care of What we Cherish

  Maricelle Cardenas and her husband Roberto grew up in different countries and cultures, but when it comes to family and food, they have everything in common. Maricelle sums it up: “Lots of time spent together, and never without plentiful meals.” Roberto’s family in Italy always prepares a large pot of pasta, planning ahead to…

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Finger Food in Four Cultures

Farmhouse Kitchen’s Lao Table engages the eyes as well as the hands. Eat with the Hands for Practical, Intimate, Sensuous Meals By Anna Mindess | Photos by Cynthia Matzger Amod Chopra, owner of Vik’s Chaat in Berkeley, washes his hands and sits down with some guests. His divided metal tray, called a thali, holds a…

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Tacos in the Alley

By Kai Wada Roath  | Photos by Austin Goldin   Pleasing aromas drift through the open air down a little alley between storefronts on 40th Street in Oakland, where brightly painted pink, yellow, and turquoise walls lure in hungry customers, much like a newly opened stargazer lily would entice a hummingbird. It’s Tacos Oscar. Open…

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What’s in Season?

Produce harvested at its peak is your sure bet for flavor and freshness. By Barbara Kobsar Illustration by Charmaine Koehler-Lodge   August Plums please the palate this month with their slightly tart or sweet honey notes. Over 200 types are grown in California (we see only 15 to 20 of these) and make up 90%…

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Crispy Chicken Legs with Zante Grape Panzanella

Recipe and photos by Christian Reynoso One might think a chef at San Francisco’s Zuni Café would grow fatigued by the long-running marriage of flavors in the restaurant’s iconic roast chicken with bread salad. For me, it’s quite the opposite. Although I taste the dish almost daily for quality control (and snacking), it’s easy to…

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Fostering Dreams in the Kitchen

La Cocina helps immigrants and low-income cooks create food businesses Book review by Kristina Sepetys   We Are La Cocina: Recipes in Pursuit of the American Dream By Caleb Zigas, Leticia Landa, with a foreword by Isabel Allende, photography by Eric Wolfinger, and contributions by Yewande Komolafe; Chronicle Books, 2019 Lamees Dahbour, an immigrant from…

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Noodle Like a Pro

Louis Kao and Other East Bay Chefs Show How to Stir the Pot East Bay Cooks: Signature Recipes from the Best Restaurants, Bars, and Bakeries By Carolyn Jung Figure 1 Publishing, September 2019 Wondering what East Bay chefs and food entrepreneurs are up to? Here’s a helpful guide along with a nice collection of dishes…

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Misoyaki

From A Fish Monger You’ll Want to Hug By Kai Wada Roath Ι Photos by Austin Goldin   At JP Seafood, I often buy butterfish (aka black cod) for this Japanese/Hawaiian dish, which I fell in love with years ago at the historic Manago Hotel on the Big Island. Since the Manago keeps their recipe…

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Farmers’ Market Pancit Udon

From Healthy Cooking, Filipino Style Recipe and photo by Rezel Kealoha     Here’s a recipe you can use any time of year to feature whatever combination of fresh farmers’ market vegetables seems most appealing. The fresh udon noodles can be replaced with Chinese style egg noodles or Filipino canton noodles, if you can find…

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Healthy Cooking, Filipino Style

With a little help from the farmers’ market Story, photo, and recipe by Rezel Kealoha Filipino cuisine is trending these days, but even so, it can be hard to move beyond misconceptions that this food is unhealthy, exotic, or just hard to make at home. As a Filipina home cook, food blogger, and recipe developer,…

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