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Return of the Mac

How could judging the SF Food Wars Mac and Cheese contest not be awesome? I did a lot of great events with my book, but I think this judging gig may have been the most fun. 16 macaroni and cheeses to taste? And the one vegan entry dropped out? What’s not to love? I’m from […]
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“Persian” “Fetta” from “Australia”

So, how long do you think it took for a Persian-American customer to (rightfully) be all, “WTF with this “Persian” “Fetta” from Australia?” I have no idea why they call it “Persian”. I mean, as opposed to our other Australian marinated feta, this one is made with cow milk which seems less Persian than most […]
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My Year of Self-Promotion (Part 3)

So, I miscounted. I actually did 34 events. Sheesh, just reading this list makes me tired. 20. 6/8 Alexander Books, SF I will fully admit that I don’t get downtown much. Alexander Books does lunchtime reading downtown and I never knew it until they asked me to read. A great, interested crowd materialized out of […]
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My Year of Self-Promotion (Part 2)

9. 4/3 Omnivore, SF This is the food book hub of SF so I was honored to read here. It’s a crowded space for a reading so I probably shouldn’t encourage you to go see Kurt Timmermeister there on March 7, but I’ll be there (in the audience listening, not reading). Authors get a free […]
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My Year of Self-Promotion (Part 1)

One of the biggest problems last year was not having enough time. I was working full time and promoting the book (plus being in a serious relationship and getting a puppy) and I just had no time to write. This year will be different. While I will do an occasional promotional event (and definitely hit […]
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Sonoma Harvest Fair

In the craziness of last year, I just realized that I never wrote about judging for the Sonoma County Harvest Fair. Despite the fact that Sonoma County is a dairy hub, thanks to Sheana Davis this was the first year in a long time that they included a cheese category in their yearly, local awards. […]
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Discrimination

“I would like to file a complaint. I’m being discriminated against.” As an urban grocery store worker — unless you work in one of those neighborhoods so fancy they might as well have gates — you develop a tough skin. Now, I’ve written about retail workers as the new social service agents before, and to […]
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2010 Wrap Up Part 5: Questions for 2011 and beyond

Because the cheese era is changing (see last entry), we are at a crossroads. The 70s and 80s cheese folks – as a whole – have a great deal of credibility and honesty associated with their work and that has reflected well on all of us working in the business today. What will happen next […]
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2010 Wrap Up, Part 4: One era ending, nothing beginning.

2010 saw the death of two important cheese people who I knew: Jim Boyce, who reenergized Marin French Cheese, the oldest continually operating cheese plant in the country and Kathy Obringer who was making great cheese at Ancient Heritage Dairy in Oregon. Though both these folks died before their time, it’s a sad fact that […]
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2010 Wrap Up Part 3: Recalls

Food borne pathogens in cheese have always been a worry, especially for raw milk cheesemakers and consumers. Cheese is safer than most foods — in general — however, 2010 was a banner year for recalls. 2009 actually had some of the biggest food problems in recent memory, mostly with produce and meat contaminated with salmonella, […]
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