A Baker’s Dozen: Now Where Did I Put That…

by Dianne Boate

I have some dandy new recipes and food ideas that came about only because of my attention to filing systems of recipes.

Many of us who love cooking, baking, and eating have harbored secret dreams over the years of owning a restaurant or writing a cookbook. In order to do this, you need recipes. Early on, we probably are a bit indiscriminate in the selections of books and magazines; eventually, our tastes and inclinations turn toward definite directions and focus, but there are still files and boxes crammed with snips of this and that, cookbooks stuffed with notes, and recipes clinging for dear life to the refrigerator door. Continue reading

Brown Sugar Kitchen: New-Style, Down-Home Recipes from Sweet West Oakland

Tanya Holland will be signing copies of  Brown Sugar Kitchen at Books Inc. in Alameda (Fri/12, 7-9 pm), The Gardener in Berkeley (Sat/13, 11 am-1 pm), Market Hall in Oakland (Sat/13, 3-5 pm), The Left Bank in Larkspur (Sun/14, 12:30-2:30 pm), and Chronicle Books in San Francisco (Mon/15, 3-4 pm) this week.

Brown Sugar Kitchen is more than a restaurant. This soul-food outpost is a community gathering spot, a place to fill the belly, and the beating heart of West Oakland, a storied postindustrial neighborhood across the bay from San Francisco. Continue reading