Flavors of Oakland: A Cookbook in 20 Stories

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We have much to learn from young people like Anya and Elazar! Their instincts to celebrate beautiful meals cooked at home and eaten together with family and friends fills me with hope.
— Alice Waters
 
 

Elazar authored and co-created Flavors of Oakland: A Cookbook in 20 Stories. The 190 page hardcover book tells the stories of 20 Oakland residents, mostly home cooks. Each of the 20 chapters shares the story of an Oakland resident along with a treasured recipe from their culture. To create the book Elazar and co-creator Anya Ku (photographer) immersed themselves in the lives of each of these 20 people for a day.  The book is a local bestseller and copies have been given free of charge to all Oakland Public Schools and interested youth organizations.

Watch Elazar and Anya talk about the book on KTVU news here

Read a review of the book here.

Check out interviews with Elazar and Anya here (Oakland Tribune), and here (Berkeleyside). 

Get your copy and read more about Flavors of Oakland here.


Featured in Oakland Museum of California exhibit  "Oakland, I want you to know..." 

Selected by Oakland Public Library as keystone of Oakland’s culture. Archived in The Oakland History Room.

Recognized by: Alice Waters, University of California Office of the President, California College of the Arts, Oakland Unified School District, Oakland Public Library, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, Jackie Burrell, Chef James Syhabout, Chef Charlie Hallowell, Aaron Rocchino, Charley Wang, Luke Tsai, Kate Williams

Covered by: KTVU Channel 2 News, Oakland Tribune, East Bay Express, Berkeleyside, KQED Bay Area Bites, J Weekly, Oaklandish, Contra Costa Times, CBS Local, Hanford Sentinel, Porterville Recorder, Fairfield Citizen, Houston Chronicle, The Olympian, The Advocate, The Telegraph, SF Gate, Miami Herald, The Reporter, Greenwich Times, Washington Times