Guest Post: Inspired by a Quarter Acre Farm

I didn’t catch the latest Slow Food Sacramento book club selection, Quarter Acre Farm: How I Kept the Patio, Lost the Lawn and Fed my Family for a Year.  But I did enjoy an overview from guest poster and book club participator Maryellen Burns, who also delighted me with an urban gardening story of her […]

Peach Farmer’s Daughter

“There’s dirty dirt and then there’s clean dirt. Dirty dirt is city dirt when you don’t know if someone’s spit on it and clean dirt is farm dirt out in the orchard.” This is one of the many things Sacramento resident Brenda Nakamoto, author of the Peach Farmer’s Daughter, remembers her mom saying growing up […]

Blood, Bones & Butter

My birthday present to myself this year was a copy of Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef by recent James Beard award-winning chef Gabrielle Hamilton. Then my food-themed book group decided to read it for our next discussion. Problem was, I plowed through the story so quickly, it was a […]

Read Your Toast

Toast was the last selection of my book club.  I probably would not have read it on my own but ended up loving it, as well as all others in the group. The book is British food writer and journalist Nigel Slater’s story moving from mid-childhood to mid-adolescence told through food.  He only gives you […]

Tender: farmers, cooks, eaters

Tamara Murphy, Seattle chef owner of Elliott Bay Cafés, and James Beard Award winner is releasing a book in time for the holidays.  I was lucky enough to have a close extended peek while recently in Seattle and liked it enough to want to share. The book celebrates local farmers, wanting people to know them […]

What is Food Writing?

What is food writing? I’ve been thinking about that a lot this week, since I was part of a panel of food journalists at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton. It was for an Introduction to Hospitality class with about 70 students. Besides myself, there was Mike Dunne, former restaurant critic and wine writer for […]

United States of Arugula

Lynn and I recently joined a book club dedicated to food books. I hate to say “foodie” club, since that doesn’t seem accurate. We’re all interested in cooking and eating, but also in learning more about the history and literature of food. So the first assignment was to read The United States of Arugula: The […]

Modernist Cuisine #IFBC

This is no ordinary cookbook. This soon to be released, six volume, 2,400 page set is a product of Dr. Nathan Myhrvold, former Chief Technology Officer at Microsoft and co-founder of Intellectual Ventures, which is seeking to build a large invention portfolio. He personally holds more than 18 U.S. patents and has applied for more […]

The Prudence Penny Regional Cookbook

A friend who knows my penchant for cookbook collecting recently gave me three vintage cookbooks! I have quite a few mid-20th century titles, including some that I’ve inherited from my husband’s late grandmother. I especially love the food photos, with their faded tints and utter lack of food styling as we know it. The San […]

With A Measure of Grace

I was recently given a book out of the blue, and very unexpected.  Some friends were in Utah exploring Bryce Canyon and Utah’s Red Rock Wilderness.  Being foodies, they heard about a small restaurant in the very small town of Boulder and had to make the trip.  The journey is intriguing because to get to […]

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