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Flavors of Oakland: A Cookbook in 20 Stories by Anya Ku & Elazar Sontag

Date: Thursday, June 30, 2016Time: 7:30 pm
Location:  Show map JCC East Bay, Berkeley Branch 1414 Walnut Street, Berkeley, California 94709
Contact: Rachel WhittomPhone: 510-848-0237Email:


Join us to celebrate the debut cookbook of Elazar Sontag and Anya Ku, who interviewed and photographed 20 residents of Oakland about their favorite dishes they make at home. As the authors say: "Through the process of interviewing and cooking with Oakland residents, we have heard many stories of upheaval and strife, but the one thing that consistently connects people to their culture is food! We want to celebrate the cultural pride that exists in this one-of-a-kind city." All of this is more remarkable given that Sontag was 17 and Ku was 19 when they created and completed the book.

Come to the event to meet the authors and sample dishes from Ruth Rosenblatt and Princeton Maharam, two chefs featured in the cookbook!

Guest Curator and Program Moderator, Alix Wall

Wall is a J. Weekly contributing editor and freelance food writer as well as founder of the Illuminoshi, the not so secret society of Bay Area Jewish Food Professionals. She is a certified natural foods chef and contributor to the San Francisco Chronicle, Berkeleyside, KQED’s Bay Area Bites, and The Forward.

Check out the Flavors of Oakland: A Cookbook in 20 Stories website at:

Order the cookbook at: or find out where you can buy a copy at a local bookstore.


See Elazar Sontag and Anya Ku featured on Channel 2 news!