This cookbook is so visually stunning, I decided I had to write three different articles about it. Well, that's not exactly how these things work, but I managed to write three different articles about one book for three different publications. The first, a capsule review, came out on SF Weekly's food blog. The second was an author interview in my monthly food column in J. Weekly, and the last was testing recipes on the Forward's food site, the Jew & the Carrot.
My latest Chronicle couple were coworkers who fell in love on the job. Their reception included lamb biryani and fajitas, a Mexican hat dance and a Bollywood routine. Awesome.
I participated in "Beyond Bubbie's Kitchen" at the JCCSF earlier this month. It was fun to share the stage with some of the more well-known chefs in the Bay Area. While my cooking may not compare to theirs, I am quite sure my story-telling abilities did. You can catch my story here:
Those that know me know that I'm pretty into my Judaism. And my Grateful Dead. When the two collide, it can be a magical, mystical experience for me, and they did in such a huge way on Monday night. Still can't quite believe that this happened, and just how perfect it was. Infinite gratitude to the folks at Terrapin Crossroads for having the first-ever seder and a show. Wow.
An intriguing idea that uses social media to help clean up the world, coming out of Oakland.
My stories for Berkeleyside have mostly been about sweets, as is this latest one. It's just coincidence, but it's funny all the same that that's what I get assigned. I am still waiting for the next tempeh assignment ;)
These two stories have nothing to do with one another, though when I was interviewing Vivien Straus of Straus Family Creamery about her one-woman show, and I was reminded that her father was a refugee from Germany, I couldn't help but ask whether she had gotten her German citizenship. She had. So there is a tie between these two stories appearing in j. the same week, but her citizenship does not come up in the story about her show.
I recently learned that one friend, and then another, reclaimed German citizenship. I began poking around, and realized that there are quite a few people doing it. Then, divine providence happened. My friend Leo decided to reclaim his citizenship. Given that he is 85, and fled Germany as a 10-year-old, he is one of the rare cases of someone who fled and is getting back for himself. Even though he didn't think it was such a big deal, I thought it was, and was thrilled to join him at the German consulate in San Francisco.
As for Vivien Straus, I look forward to seeing her show and learning even more cow facts.
I think this was one of the funniest lines I've ever had in a food-related story: “It was a phenomenal experience, seeing what happens first-hand in the gastrointestinal tract.”
Fun fact: the chef/owner of Oakland's Souley Vegan used to be a technician administering endoscopies, so she has such first-hand knowledge. Now, she's seeking funding to help her expand. Check it out here.
That's how food blogger David Lebovitz responded when I asked him about the brouhaha that ensued when he tackled the thorny issue of Israeli food on his blog. I had a fun conversation with Lebovitz about his new book, My Paris Kitchen, recently. You can check it out here.
Alix is a personal chef and freelance writer in the SF Bay Area. You can keep up with her writing and cooking here.