An Oakland Cookbook

Oakland: New Urban Eating documents Oakland’s dynamic culinary landscape as it attains national and global prominence. Flanked by the more established culinary meccas of Berkeley and San Francisco, Oakland has emerged as a destination for pioneering restaurants, food artisans, world-class farmer’s markets, and lively food festivals.

Using an ethnographic methodology, we’ll investigate the vibrant culture that has developed around the gathering, preparation, and enjoyment of food in Oakland. Recipes will be collected from artisans, notable chefs, and influential community members across Oakland’s diverse community who are taking part in fueling this food renaissance. Throughout Oakland: New Urban Eating, we’ll talk with urban farmers, kitchen incubators, community-based food programs, and food foragers where we’ll uncover tips from creating your own raised garden bed in an abandoned lot to foraging for crab in the East Bay.


Friends, it is finally happening. After two years of tracking down recipes, interviewing nearly 50 people, writing, photography and design, Oakland: New Urban Eating is almost here. I’ve got everything ready but would love your help in bringing it to the printer. Support my Kickstarter…I’ll be eternally grateful! And please, share with anyone you know … Continue reading

In InDesign all day long…

It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted in here and it seems like a good idea to begin now. The design of the book is underway. I’ve been going at it steadily since late February. Here is a quick Instagram snapshot of the progress. There are a few remaining restaurants to finish up with … Continue reading

Macktez Summer Stipend

Thanks so much Macktez for the summer stipend! Your contribution is very much appreciated and will give us the much needed boost to pull this project together. It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost one year since we began interviewing community members and collecting recipes. I’m very grateful to have met so many folks … Continue reading

Grilled Cheese Competition

Hey Bay Area foodies– It’s Easter week and nothing is more Easter than grilled cheese sandwiches! Ok, maybe not…BUT we’re doing a follow-up to our wonderfully successful pizza party last month this coming First Friday, April 5th @ Kitchener Oakland.  This time it’s a grilled cheese party and you get to submit your own personal … Continue reading