Elazar Sontag

As a writer who loves food, I tell the stories of the growers and cooks who feed us, the activists who fight for equitable food systems, and the home cooks who are the backbones of our towns and cities. 

I am the author of Flavors of Oakland, a cookbook which has garnered words of praise from Alice Waters, Oakland's mayor, Chef James Syhabout, and many other chefs and writers. I believe food is the connective tissue of community, and through my writing, I love sharing the stories I am told.

In the past, I have found so much joy teaching cooking at a children's summer camp, working in Oakland restaurants, and selling produce at Berkeley's wonderful farmers market. Now, I study human rights and photography at Bard College in the Hudson Valley. My writing can be found in such publications as Serious Eats, VICE, Edible Magazine, and Civil Eats. 

Photo courtesy of Anya Ku

Photo courtesy of Anya Ku