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Hands-On DIY Delicious Cooking Class in Healdsburg

If you’re looking for something fun to do in a beautiful setting on Memorial Day weekend, you should consider joining me for a hands-on DIY cooking class at River Myst Haven. It’s a gorgeous place that’s nestled among the hills west of Healdsburg on Westside Road. From scratch, we’ll create building blocks of the DIY [...]
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Crazy for Curtido

My life and my kitchen have both been overtaken by fermenting cabbage lately. (Is there a support group for that?) Partially, it’s the season. I always want to make hearty, fattier foods when the weather turns cold and sauerkraut and curtido are the perfect accompaniments. Plus cabbage turns sweeter as the weather gets chillier, making [...]
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Home-brewed Sodas Live at 18 Reasons

Though it took place last month (how is that possible?) I wanted to take a moment to blog about the home-brewed soda class my pal Nishanga taught at 18 Reasons.  Nishanga showed class participants how to use ginger bug and whey to naturally ferment sodas. She discussed other starters and I brought along some homemade [...]
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Fall Chicories Salad and Free Soup Class this Friday in Emeryville

This is one of those salads I could eat every day for months. All local from the farmers' market. Annabelle's puntarelle and escarole, Blossom Bluff persimmons, Art Davis' pecans (spiced with a little brown sugar, cayenne and other spices), and Somebody's pomegranates but I don't remember whose. It's bitter and sweet and crunchy and spicy [...]
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Curtido & Raita from the Eat Real Festival

Thanks to everyone who attended my fermentation demo on Friday at Eat Real. I had a blast and it was great to see so many enthusiastic fermenters out there. As promised, here is the curtido recipe for those who did not get one and following that, a link to Nishanga Bliss' blog post about fermenting [...]
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Sea Vegetables & Have you heard About the Free & Fun Workshops at The Cog?

I’ve been teaming up with Nishanga Bliss on a series of FREE workshops at The Cog. It’s been fantastic, so I just wanted to share. Nishanga is a wealth of knowledge about sustainability, nutrition, and tasty food. A chef and acupuncturist, she holds a Masters in Chinese Medicine. We make a great tag-team because we’re [...]
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January Events: Book Signing, Winter Soups and Stews Class, Fermentation Workshop

Hitting the New Year Running: Saturday, January 10th–book signing and food samples from Heirloom Beans at Omnivore Books3-4 PM Free! Wednesday, January 14–Winter Soups and Stews class at Sur La Table in San Francisco 6pm. $75 Saturday, January 24–Fermentation Workshop at The Cooperative Grocery in Berkeley. Time of day to be determined. Email or leave [...]
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Fun Bean Class at Kitchen on Fire

Here are a few shots from my class at Kitchen on Fire on Saturday. It was fun. We had a really good turnout and at some point I realized that when you teach a class based on beans, whole grains, and fish, you're actually teaching a healthy food class. If we'd named it that, nobody [...]
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Asian Culinary Forum

Saturday I devoted the day to something I love more than anything: studying, talking about, tasting, and discovering food traditions from different cultures. I attended two events at the Asian Culinary Forum. The forum is an educational nonprofit that aims to celebrate, investigate, and expand Asian food and culture. Founded by cookbook author Andrea Nguyen [...]
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Heirloom Beans

Got my author copies yesterday! The book will be on the shelves soon. You can preorder it now on Amazon cheap. Or you can "support your local bookstore". I'll be teaching a bean class at Sur La Table on Maiden Lane in San Francisco September 13. We'll be hitting the Ferry Plaza Farmers' Market to [...]
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