News & Appearances

  • The Reviews Are Out!

    February update: Shortlisted for the 2018 Art of Eating Prize for best food book of the year! Named by the New Yorker, Smithsonian, and Book Riot as one of the best food books of 2018. New York Times: In his rave review for the New York Times, Omnivore’s Dilemma author Michael Pollan writes, “I thought I knew this story …...
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  • ‘Hippie Food’ in the Media

    UPDATE: When it came out in January 2019, Hippie Food was named a notable new paperback by the New York Times Book Review and San Francisco Chronicle. Just a few of my media appearances for Hippie Food: Here and Now: On the NPR show, broadcast nationally, I talk to Jeremy Hobson about brown bread, back-to-the-landers and LSD....
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  • Spring 2019 Appearances

    Upcoming public appearances: March 2, 2019: Authors on the Move. Fundraiser benefiting the Sacramento Public Library. Bonus: We will be auctioning off a Hippie Food dinner and talk at Soil Born Forms in July 2019. March 21, 2019: Q&A at CapRadio Reads, Sacramento’s public radio book club. Talk will be broadcast on Capital Radio (90.9FM in the Sacramento region)....
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  • ‘Hippie Food’ is available for pre-order

    Cover Jonathan Kauffman Hippie Food book
    William Morrow is publishing “Hippie Food” on January 23, 2018, which gives you a few weeks to pre-order it on Amazon, Powell’s or IndieBound. While the book isn’t available for Christmas or Hanukkah gifts, it’s going to arrive close enough that you could get away with giving a book promise. If you have access to a printer —...
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  • A few of my recent pieces

    Burma Superstar tea leaf salad
    In the midst of tracking down the origins of brewers’ yeast and baking numerous loaves of whole wheat bread, I have also written a few articles: Rainbow Grocery Turns 40 (SF Chronicle). San Francisco’s largest collectively owned worker enterprise, as well as my favorite grocery store on the planet, is thriving without having sacrificed the values...
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  • I’m writing a book

    I’m thrilled to announce that William Morrow has agreed to publish my book, Hippie Food: How Longhairs, Revolutionaries and Back-to-the-Landers Changed the Way We Eat. I have spent the past 15 years exploring the intersection of food and culture, from regional Chinese specialties newly appearing in San Francisco to the tech industry’s attempts to disrupt our eating habits. The idea for the book...
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  • On the Radio

    January 2015 was my month to pontificate. For the January 31 episode of KCRW’s Good Food, Evan Kleiman interviewed me about meal-sharing websites, underground dinners for the Uber age. (You can read my November 2014 article on the phenomenon here.) I also drank beer and talked restaurant criticism with Almanac brewer Jesse Friedman for the January 7 episode of his podcast, Brewer’s...
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