The famous author and dessert connoisseur’s latest research is focused on delightful ways of using flours such as teff, sorghum and buckwheat.
Starline Social Club, Hella Vegan, Pho Ao Sen
Oakland’s historic Starline Social Club re-opens, Red Bay Coffee launches a Kickstarter, and much more in this week’s Bites.
Rosetta Costantino: Italian culinary expert
Rosetta Costantino journeyed through Italy sampling desserts, questioning bakers at pasticerria, and befriending home cooks to create her new book.
The frenzy around Chez Panisse’s 40th anniversary
The Edible Schoolyard display in Maiden Lane in San Francisco on Thursday. Photo: Queena Kim/Bay Citizen The next few days in Berkeley will be all about Alice. You know, Alice Waters. Forty years ago, on August 28, 1971, she opened Chez Panisse in a small shingled building on Shattuck Avenue. The inaugural dinner consisted of […]
Alice Medrich’s sweet life
Alice Medrich, the author, is best known for her high-end sweets cookbooks devoted to serious bakers and dessert makers, including the bestsellers Pure Dessert and Bittersweet: Recipes and Tales from a Life in Chocolate. Alice Medrich, the dessert chef and chocolatier, is best known for her influential and ahead-of-its time shop Cocolat. Medrich ran the […]
Berkeley Bites: Marc Rumminger
Engineer Marc Rumminger grew up in Michigan on a then-typical Midwestern diet: casseroles, canned soup and jello. When he moved to Berkeley for graduate school his culinary world expanded and he became an avid home cook. Rumminger experimented with Asian flavors, particularly Indian cuisine, and he immersed himself in pressing food issues, including the concept […]
Bittersweet: Artisanal chocolate made in Berkeley
Tucked away behind a glass door in a new block of buildings on Fourth Street sits Berkeley’s only chocolate manufacturer. Bittersweet, best known for its string of cafes in Oakland, San Francisco and Danville that serve delicious cups of hot cocoa, has started producing its own chocolate bars. Made from single-source farms or collectives in Bali […]
Berkeley Bites: Anand Chokkalingam
Each Friday in this space food writer Sarah Henry asks a well-known, up-and-coming, or under-the-radar food aficionado about their favorite tastes in town, preferred food purveyors and other local culinary gems worth sharing. Meet Anand Chokkalingam, UC Berkeley professor by day and chocolatier by night. This cancer epidemiologist pursues his passion for high-end confections in […]