Kate Williams

Kate Williams grew up outside of Atlanta, where twenty-pound baskets of peaches were an end-of-summer tradition. After spending time in Boston developing recipes for America's Test Kitchen and pretending to be a New Englander, she moved to sunny Berkeley. Here she works as a personal chef and food writer, covering topics ranging from taco trucks to modernist cookbooks. In addition to KQED's Bay Area Bites, Kate's work appears on Serious Eats, Berkeleyside NOSH, The Oxford American, America's Test Kitchen cookbooks, and Food52.

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DIY Gifts: Southern Christmas Confections

DIY Gifts: Southern Christmas Confections

| December 14, 2013 | 0 Comments

Forget whole grain, naturally sweetened cookies. For holiday gift-giving, nothing beats old-fashioned, sugar-filled treats, like this trio of Southern-style confections from Kate Williams.

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Linea Caffe: The Tiny Mission Café Hit the Coffee and Waffle Sweet Spot

Linea Caffe: The Tiny Mission Café Hit the Coffee and Waffle Sweet Spot

| December 10, 2013 | 0 Comments

Anthony Myint, of Mission Chinese fame, is at it again with a unique pair of mini restaurants serving waffles and salads inside the venerable Andrew Barnett’s new Linea Caffe. How do the dishes stack up? Kate Williams checks out the tiny, talent-filled cafe.

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DIY Gifts: Homemade Manhattan Cocktails

DIY Gifts: Homemade Manhattan Cocktails

| December 6, 2013 | 0 Comments

What makes a better gift than DIY cocktail supplies? This kind of gift is cute, unique, and way more useful than another pair of hand-knit socks. Best of all, it’s surprisingly easy to make the components of one of my favorite cocktails, the Manhattan. Well, all of the components except for the rye whiskey. That one, I’ll leave to the experts.

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Stuffed: Pierogi Joint is Positioned to be a Solid Alternative to Taquerias in the Mission

Stuffed: Pierogi Joint is Positioned to be a Solid Alternative to Taquerias in the Mission

| December 4, 2013 | 1 Comment

Stuffed, a new pierogi restaurant in the Mission district, promises a uniquely Midwestern take on bar food. Can it compete with the countless other cheap eats in the neighborhood? Kate Williams investigates.

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DIY Thanksgivukkah: Pumpkin Latkes Two Ways

DIY Thanksgivukkah: Pumpkin Latkes Two Ways

| November 20, 2013 | 0 Comments

Celebrate Thanksgiving and Hanukkah on this year’s super-holiday, Thanksgivukkah, with two recipes for pumpkin latkes—savory and sweet. Kate Williams shows you how.

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20 Spot in the Mission: The New Mod Hangout Proves Better as a Wine Bar than a Full-Service Restaurant

20 Spot in the Mission: The New Mod Hangout Proves Better as a Wine Bar than a Full-Service Restaurant

| October 29, 2013 | 0 Comments

20 Spot, a posh new wine bar in the Mission district, offers a distinctly serious food menu. Is the cost of a meal worth it, or is the restaurant better appreciated as a bar? BAB’s Kate Williams offers her take.

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DIY Your Halloween with Homemade Candy Corn

DIY Your Halloween with Homemade Candy Corn

| October 25, 2013 | 1 Comment

Candy corn doesn’t have to come from the store. Homemade candy corn, flavored with honey and vanilla, is easy to make and is far better than the waxy grocery store candies. Learn how to DIY your Halloween with a recipe by Kate Williams.

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DIY: Concord Grape Jelly

DIY: Concord Grape Jelly

| October 11, 2013 | 2 Comments

All too often, grape jelly gets the short stick. Jars from the grocery store are nothing to treasure, but a homemade version made at the peak of the grape season is another story—take it from a vocal critic of Welch’s. Make it yourself with this step-by-step DIY recipe.

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Mama Ji’s:  A Deliciously Quirky Addition to the Castro’s Restaurant Scene

Mama Ji’s: A Deliciously Quirky Addition to the Castro’s Restaurant Scene

| October 8, 2013 | 0 Comments

The Castro is not the first place that pops into your head when you think “dim sum” or “Sichuan,” but that fact doesn’t stop new restaurant Mama Ji’s from serving up platefuls of steamed and stir-fried specialties all day long. BAB sent Kate Williams to check out this unassuming, quirky spot.

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The Fatted Calf’s New Cookbook Brings Charcuterie Favorites Into Your Kitchen

The Fatted Calf’s New Cookbook Brings Charcuterie Favorites Into Your Kitchen

| September 18, 2013 | 0 Comments

Taylor Boetticher and Toponia Miller, the husband-and-wife team behind Napa and S.F.’s Fatted Calf, released their first cookbook this week. Boetticher sat down with BAB’s Kate Williams to talk the ins-and-outs of butchery and book publication.

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Bouli Bar: Inconsistent Service Mars Otherwise Excellent Offshoot of Boulette’s Larder

Bouli Bar: Inconsistent Service Mars Otherwise Excellent Offshoot of Boulette’s Larder

| September 16, 2013 | 0 Comments

Bouli Bar, the offshoot of longtime Ferry Plaza Boulette’s Larder, has been open since July. Although it has been described in the press as a more casual sibling to the Larder, Bouli Bar still has an upscale sensibility, as it ferries carefully composed wood-fired pizzas and artful salads across its elegant dining room. How does its food stack up to the original? BAB sent Kate Williams to investigate.

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