Flavors of Oakland: A Cookbook in 20 Stories
By Anya Ku (photographs) & Elazar Sontag (words)
The authors traversed Oakland, interviewing regular people from all different cultures, learning about their lives, cooking with them, photographing them, and recording their favorite recipes.
They have conveyed in book form what it can be like to sit down to dinner with 20 different Oakland home cooks from twenty different cultures-it's a portrait of what we think is beautiful about Oakland.
These stories are shared through written biographies, recipes, and photographs, to truly capture the essence of each "flavor" of Oakland. The project aims to use food as a means to bring people together over a meal, and break down barriers between the many cultures represented in Oakland.
Flavors of Oakland uses food as a means to bring people together over a meal and break down the barriers that promote separation and miscommunication in our city. Through the process of interviewing and cooking with Oakland residents we have heard many stories of upheaval and strife. The one thing that consistently connects people to their culture is food! We have set out to celebrate the cultural pride that exists in this one-of-a-kind city.
In an attempt to make a tangible difference, in addition to community building, the authors have supported local businesses throughout the development of this book, scouting Oakland printers, designers, and vendors.
Hardcover, 191 pages, 10" x 8.25"