Chances are you live a stone’s throw away from a Thai restaurant in your neighborhood, and you’ve got a go-to local favorite for pad thai. These days I often find myself traveling north of Berkeley, where there’s quite a few wonderful Thai eateries clustered in Albany, El Cerrito and San Pablo locales.
Foraging for fungi and other wild edibles has grown in popularity in the U.S. and abroad in recent years, fueled by guidebooks, Internet buzz and hype from chefs. As a result, some known mushroom hunting grounds are taking a beating.
Our modern fruits, grains and vegetables aren’t nearly as nutrition-packed as their wild counterparts were thousands of years ago, says health writer Jo Robinson. Her new book offers advice on how to shop the produce aisle to select for foods that offer the best nutritional bang for the bite.
Gina Scialabba attended the third annual Wild Foods Dinner at the Hotel Vitale. Americano’s Executive Chef Kory Stewart and food foraging expert Connie Green, author of “The Wild Table” prepared a unique six-course meal that was shaped largely by the bounty they located in nature.
Apples, oranges and … squirrel? A new interactive map pinpoints more than a half-million locations around the world open to foraging for typical and not-so-typical free foods.
The Lee brothers, Matt and Ted, have written two cookbooks about Southern cuisine, but now they’ve turned their attention to a more specific region: Charleston, the city they grew up in. Their new book contains recipes and stories from a seafood-centric community with a rich culinary history.
Megan Gordon shares her thoughts on Alana Chernila’s new book, The Homemade Pantry: 101 Foods You Can Stop Buying and Start Making. And Alana agreed to share her recipe for Wheat Crackers with Bay Area Bites, and chats with us about the process of writing the book.
The Perennial Plate, the weekly web series documenting a real food road trip around the country, takes a culinary spin through the Bay Area this week. Find out what’s cooking here for edible adventurer Daniel Klein.
Daniel Klein forages for wild edibles in Minnesota and makes Ramp Pesto for a pizza party to celebrate Spring.
Food, glorious, food. It’s that time of year people: Bay Area Bites brings you the best in food news for 2010.
In this two-part package, we look at the national trends and topics that sizzled over the past 12 months and serve up some local flavor on the side.
Feel free to weigh in with your own edible highlights from the year that was.