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Finding Our Way Home

Finding Our Way Home

When large companies take over our food and create long, complicated supply chains between the source and our table, we lose our sense of place.

Al Fresco Dining

Al Fresco Dining

It is one of the great pleasures of my life — to sit with friends over a casual meal outdoors near nature.

California Style

California Style

When I feel homesick, I reflect on the specifics of what I miss. It’s hard to pinpoint, except to say it is a certain casual, rustically elegant aesthetic of the primary wine country areas of California.

Wine Country Cooking

Wine Country Cooking

When I mention it as my favorite style of cooking, along with Mediterranean cuisine, my European friends ask me to define “wine country cooking.”

Chicken Broth

Chicken Broth

Once you taste the elixir of homemade chicken broth you will never go back to those nasty salt licks.

Barn Living

Barn Living

I’ve always fantasized of living on a property with a barn that could be used as a studio or a gathering place.

Perhaps the World Ends Here

Perhaps the World Ends Here

A poem by Joy Harjo, the United States’ 23rd poet laureate — and the first Native American to receive the honor.

Buckwheat crepes with smoked salmon, crème fraîche and capers

Buckwheat crepes with smoked salmon, crème fraîche and capers

In The Great Purge — the four months I spent culling my personal belongings — I sold, donated or tossed a great deal of kitchen gadgetry that I had accumulated. Among the survivors was my crepe pan.

Returning to the kitchen

Returning to the kitchen

After my mom died in 2013, I lost my enthusiasm for cooking. Food didn’t taste very good and I didn’t have the stamina for it.

Where It All Began

Where It All Began

Thirteen years ago, a friend suggested that I read a new book by a UC Berkeley journalism professor named Michael Pollan. The book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma, would forever change how I thought about food and eating.