Erin Eno uses a hoe to cultivate her half acre of diversified crops growing near Mount Diablo. First-Generation Farmer Erin Eno Finds Community Through Growing Food on Mount Diablo Story and photos by Austin Price July 2019: The rising sun is just hitting the eastern face of Mount Diablo as Erin Eno pulls weeds on…

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Recipe and photo by Christian Reynoso This recipe is inspired by that moment in late spring when you’ve eaten all the crunchy raw asparagus salads you can handle, you’re bored with roasting giant spears, but you’re still feeling drawn to the bunches of asparagus at the market. The weather is not quite hot yet, and…

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Oakland-based food justice activist, Bryant Terry, reflects on bringing the vegetable kingdom to life in his new cookbook. Tune Up the Vegetable Band And get ready to play with Bryant Terry’s Vegetable Kingdom Book review by Annelies Zijderveld   Purchase this book Vegetable Kingdom: The Abundant World of Vegan Recipes By Bryant Terry Ten Speed Press, February…

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A Visit to the Aftel Archive of Curious Scents   Mandy Aftel wants you to get to know your nose. Smells—both pleasant and unpleasant—are all around us, but we often take them for granted. Opening our senses to the world of scents can heighten our awareness and bring daily pleasure. This was Mandy Aftel’s midlife…

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    Holding a warm cup of vegan minestrone instead of the usual cold drink, I snake my way through the crowded patio at Oakland’s Temescal Brewing taproom. After a decade of attending queer-identified parties and events, I realize none have felt like this: I’m able to hear my friends speak over the music, everyone…

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  Looking to buy or make and sell home-cooked dishes locally? Good news is on the horizon as the city of Berkeley takes steps toward issuing permits for food sales by home cooks and Alameda County explores ways to develop an equitable home-cooks program. In 2018, the governor signed AB 626, allowing California counties and…

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Wild Spring Nettles (Urtica dioica), a vibrant spring medicinal, can be delicious in the kitchen Recipe and photos by Anna Marie Beauchemin Clinical Herbalist, East Bay Herbals Well known for their fine stinging hairs, nettles may have risen to fame due to the pain caused by their prickly leaves. But hidden below their tough exterior…

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    6 East Bay Bakeries that Rise to the Top Chopping, sautéeing, and roasting are easy, but when it comes to baking pastries, breads, and cakes, I’m happy to leave it to the professionals. That leaves more time to roam the East Bay discovering the sweets. Here’s a sample of my favorites from widely…

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From the story: Tune Up the Vegetable Band And get ready to play with Bryant Terry’s Vegetable Kingdom Book review by Annelies Zijderveld   Bryant Terry’s Sautéed Cabbage and Roasted Potatoes with carrot puree, ginger-habanero vinegar, parsley   The initial inspiration for this recipe was atakilt, a hearty Ethiopian dish of slow-cooked potatoes, cabbage, and…

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From the story: Wild Spring Nettles (Urtica dioica), a vibrant spring medicinal, can be delicious in the kitchen Recipe and photos by Anna Marie Beauchemin Clinical Herbalist, East Bay Herbals     Welcome spring with this simple yet elegant preparation of nettles, which I learned to make while working with an herbalist in France. The…

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