News & Appearances

  • Fall 2017 Appearances

    A few upcoming appearances: Thursday, September 28, 6pm Talk: Hippie food San Francisco Public Library (Main Library), Hispanic/Latino Room 100 Larkin St., San Francisco Event page As part of the library’s Summer of Love and Haight exhibit (program guide PDF), I will be talking about hippie food — in particular, whole-wheat bread in the hands...
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  • ‘Hippie Food’ in the Press

    Hippie Food won’t come out until January, but it has already received a few mentions in the media: Kirkus Reviews: The book’s first review! Kirkus writes, “In an intelligently written narrative refreshingly free of personal admonitions or detractions, Kauffman comprehensively presents the history and the momentum of the organic food revolution while foraging for the keys...
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  • ‘Hippie Food’ now available for pre-order

    Cover Jonathan Kauffman Hippie Food book
    Finally got to hold my first copy of a bound galley for “Hippie Food,” five years after I began working on it. William Morrow will be publishing the book on January 24, 2018, which gives you a few months to pre-order it on Amazon, Powell’s or IndieBound. I’ll post  more news about the launch and media appearances here in the coming...
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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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