News & Appearances

  • 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,...
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  • 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....
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  • ‘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...
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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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