MY NAME IS ELAZAR
I'm a 19 year old food writer and student located in Oakland, California and the Hudson Valley, New York. My writing explores the world of culture and flavor that we create through our traditions, shared memories, and personal tastes. As a student at Bard College I study photography and explore the intersection among gender, sexuality, and food.
At 16, I partnered with a photographer to fundraise $15,000 through our local community. We published a cookbook telling the stories of 20 Oakland residents. The book is sold at stores across Oakland and features endorsements from food activist Alice Waters, and Oakland mayor Libby Schaaf. Flavors of Oakland was featured in an Oakland Museum exhibit and recognized by the Oakland Public Library as a keystone of Oakland’s culture.
I have authored stories for VICE, the Bay Area News Group, San Jose Mercury News and published a personal blog, Queer'd, featuring interviews with LGBTQ chefs and food professionals. I have experience copy editing, recipe testing,and formatting for cookbooks and food publications.
I speak at bookstores, community centers, and schools about the importance of food, community, and the preservation of culture through cuisine. Appearances include a presentation at the University of California, Office of the President, and a guest lecture at the California College of the Arts where my cookbook is featured in the curriculum.
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