• Spring 2018 Appearances

    Spring dates currently on the calendar. More are on the way!

    April 18: Dinner and lecture for the SF Wellness Central and SF Vegetarian Society, San Francisco

    April 29, 11 a.m.: Discussion with Alice Waters and Tom Philpott at the Bay Area Book Festival

    May 4: Dinner and discussion at 18 Reasons, San Francisco

    May 15, noon: LitQuake at the Mechanic’s Institute, San Francisco: Talk and book signing

    June 7, 7 p.m.: Discussion with Dara Grumdahl at Majors & Quinn Booksellers, Minneapolis

    July: Hippie Food is the pick for the SHED Book Club, Healdsburg, Calif.

    See my “Hippie Food in the Media” page for a few recordings from past appearances.

  • The Reviews Are Out!

    New York Times: Michael Pollan writes a glowing review of Hippie Food in the New York Times Book Review, calling it “briskly entertaining” and praising its “fresh information and narrative verve.”

    Publishers Weekly: The October 16, 2017, issue of Publishers Weekly gives Hippie Food a starred review, calling it “informative” and “briskly paced.” “This is an outstanding food and cultural history,” the review concludes.

    Wall Street Journal: In his feature-length review, Rien Fertel writes, “We’re all hippies now. … You might eschew tofu and renounce alfalfa sprouts, but foods like yogurt, granola, hummus, avocado and soy sauce, ingredients that were first embraced by hippie faddists in the 1960s and ’70s, likely figure in your daily diet.”

    San Francisco Chronicle: Freelance contributor Steve Silberman writes a full-length review of Hippie Food. “It’s hard to read more than a few pages without feeling compelled to do something — whether it’s digging a plot for lettuce in your backyard, taking a trip to the farmers’ market or busting out an old tamari-stained copy of Mollie Katzen’s Moosewood Cookbook to resurrect your mushroom moussaka,” he writes.

    Kirkus Reviews: The book’s first review. Kirkus writes, “Kauffman comprehensively presents the history and the momentum of the organic food revolution while foraging for the keys to its increasing desirability and crossover appeal. An astute, highly informative food exposé that educates without bias, leaving the culinary decision-making to readers.”

  • ‘Hippie Food’ in the Media

    The media has discovered Hippie Food!

    Commonwealth Club: My January 2018 talk at the San Francisco discussion forum was recorded and broadcast on the radio. Here is a video recording of the talk.

    KQED Forum: The Bay Area’s best-known talk show featured “Hippie Food” in early February. Listen to the recording here.

    Here and Now: On the NPR show, broadcast nationally, I talk to Jeremy Hobson about brown bread, back-to-the-landers and LSD. (Includes a short excerpt.)

    Mother Jones: Energy bars, grain bowls, nutritional yeast — all the good stuff. Tom Philpott and I talk about Hippie Food, for Mother Jones‘ food podcast, The Bite.

    NPR’s The Salt: For NPR’s national food site, Menaka Wilhelm interviews me about the spread of counterculture foods, health food in Los Angeles, and the universal aroma of food co-ops.

    Washington Post: The Post‘s food editor, Joe Yonan, reflects on the hedonistic vegetarianism of Anna Thomas’s book The Vegetarian Epicure and calls Hippie Food “captivating.”

    Well + Good: Zoe Weiner quotes me in her short history of brewer’s yeast and why you sprinkle it on your popcorn.