Hippie Food tells the story of how spiritual seekers, communards, and activists created a new American cuisine out of brown rice, whole-wheat bread, sprouts, and soybeans.

William Morrow * January 2018 * $26.99

Look for the paperback, out January 2019!

"I thought I knew this story ... but Kauffman has added a lot to it, in the way of both fresh information and narrative verve." 

— Michael Pollan, writing in the New York Times

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Photo credit Eve MacLeish.

Tracking the anti-war protestors of the 1960s as they became the farmers and co-op workers of the 1970s, the narrative takes us to macrobiotic study houses in Boston, a cult restaurant in Los Angeles, communes in Vermont and Tennessee, and co-ops in Austin, Ann Arbor, and Minneapolis.


Call it a brown rice revolution.

The legacy of the 1960s and 1970s is usually defined as one of leftist politics and of sex, drugs, and rock and roll. But the counterculture also reshaped the way most of us eat.

Why exactly did young Americans in the 1960s start eating brown rice and whole-wheat bread? How did alfalfa sprouts, tofu, and tahini make their way to tiny towns all across the country? Why (I ask, with a retroactive howl of anguish) were so many children forced to eat carob candy?

The natural-foods cuisine of the 1970s didn’t emerge out of a vacuum – it gathered up a century’s worth of fringe health movements, charged them with the political spirit of the times, and infused them with the flavors of Eastern Europe, Asia, Latin America, and Africa.

Hippie Food traces the surprising connections that formed this unique cuisine and tells the stories of cooks both famous and obscure. It also looks at how this food movement reshaped the way we all eat today.