Story By Andrea Pflaumer photos by travis smith Commenting on what he perceived as a decline in political activism, satirist Mort Sahl once said, “These days, the bravest thing people do is go to a restaurant that hasn’t yet been reviewed.” These days one of the most political things we do involves where and how…

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Bon Appétit Management By Tim Kingston Herb Polenta topped with Pesto and Mushrooms, Ginger Glazed Tilapia, Potato Cakes, Jasmine Rice (tasty in every grain), followed by Lemon Curd Pastry Squares—all made “from scratch”—are not the kind of mouthwatering vittles this scribe remembers snarfing down in his college cafeteria some decades back.  But such was the…

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The Great Recession’s Latest Cropstory By Jillian Steinber ger, M.A., BFQLillustrations by Bonnie Borucki Um . . . Did someone say, “Free food”? After six years developing an edible test garden for my landscaping business, I’ve come to regard weeds as crops. In times like these, you just can’t let a great—and super-local—source of nutrients…

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CSA and the Value of Meaningful Work By Sage Dilts There’s no doubt that we’re seeing renewed interest in the arts of homemaking these days, with many people rediscovering the benefits of working in the kitchen and garden. That trend has come as people awaken to the reality that the industrial food system, with its…

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Recipes from Café Rouge In early summer, when berries come tumbling into the markets, no chef can resist them as a garnish. Berries start poking out from amid the micro greens in salads, and a homey berry cobbler suddenly appears on every dessert menu. The chefs at Cafe Rouge are as enthused about berries as…

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Jessica Prentice, Maggie Gosselin, and Sarah Klein created the Local Foods Wheel to help us all enjoy the freshest, tastiest, and most ecologically sound food choices month by month. Here are Jessica’s seven best bets for the summer season. You can learn more about the Local Foods Wheel and the group’s other ventures at localfoodswheel.com…

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By Barbara Kobsar, Illustrations by Wendy Yoshimura Once the signs go up at the farmers markets, I’m on high alert, since some of our local berries appear for only a few short weeks.   Strawberries   California accounts for an astounding threequarters of our national strawberry production, and this popular berry now seems to be…

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Story and illustration By Helen Krayenhoff On a beautiful spring day shortly after we moved into our new house, I noticed that the rosebuds on the bush in the front yard were literally covered in red aphids. I thought to myself, “I have to get out the insecticidal soap and blast those little buggers off…

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East Bay cookie lovers reach for more than chocolate chips story and photos* By Anita Chu Looking for a local cookie of quality? The East Bay has plenty to offer, from virtuosic versions of international classics to inspired originals. Memorable Madeleines   With their distinctive fluted seashell shape and famous role as memory-jogger for Marcel…

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Saul’s Deli asks Itself Some Picklish Questions story By Matthew Green illustrations by margo rivera-weiss In New York City, where I was born and bred, the Jewish deli has long been an institution as inviolate as any formal religious sanctuary; a place of solace, familiarity, and tradition in a town well known for its furious…

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