I am thrilled to live in The East Bay of Northern California, a culinary, cultural carnival. Eating, cooking and learning about the foods of different cultures  opens up small windows into a deeper understanding of others and ultimately ourselves.  Food embodies cultural,  historical, familial and personal meaning and often sheds light on intrinsic cultural values. Naturally, all foods are “ethnic”  depending on one’s point of view.

In the several years I’ve been writing about food and culture in this blog and for magazines and online venues, I’ve realized that I am especially drawn to the stories people tell about food. We are all immigrants – (my own background is Hungarian, Russian and Romanian). And the immigrant experience may be poignantly revealed through a comforting bowl of soup or a plate of symbolic food to celebrate the new year.

As a food writer, I have been privileged to share the tales of immigrants  told through their foodways, discover little-known holidays and witness ancient food rituals. I’ve also challenged myself to ferret out traditional breads that span the globe, authentic ethnic grocery stores, and international breakfast spots that offer a variety of ways to start the day.

I hope this blog can be a center for exploring and sharing all of our culinary cultural heritage and contemporary food ways. I love a quest. Please feel free to drop me a note with a question or area you would like me to explore. Cheers! Skål! Kampai! A Votre Sante!


2 Responses to About

  1. Shoshana Volkas says:

    I loved your article about Lila and the Thai Feast…

  2. Estella Park says:

    Hi Anna!

    I found your amazing blog by chance as I’ve been googling around for deaf chefs. The reason for this is because my younger brother is deaf and his dream is to become a chef when he grows older. He is always cooking for my family and is actually a very good cook. But because of his disability, he has found it hard to find any type of real-life experience in the real world. Although my brother is only 19 years old, he would love to volunteer his own time to intern or shadow under a deaf chef. I was wondering if you would happen to know of any deaf chefs who would be willing to take him under their wing in the Los Angeles county area? I truly respect and admire all your work on your blog. You are so inspirational !! Thank you and I look forward in talking to you! 🙂

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