New Urban Eating: Oakland’s Food Story, with Recipes

A designer, a chef, and an ethnographer step into a bar …. That’s not the setup for some obscure academic joke. It’s the origin story for Oakland: New Urban Eating, an ambitious Oakland-centric cookbook project headed by Andrew Ellis, the aforementioned ethnographer. One night last August, Ellis and his friends, Ray Robinson (a personal chef for a local college fraternity) and Clint Walker (a designer), met for drinks at an Uptown bar, where they conceived the idea for a book that would tell the story of the Oakland food renaissance — from the perspective of the chefs, artisans, urban farmers, and food foragers who have spearheaded it.

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