Alice Waters- Chez Panisse, Edible School Yard
"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."
Chef James Syhabout- Commis, Hawker Fare, The Dock
"Flavors of Oakland paints an absolute and accurate picture of the city's culinary landscape with social sensibilities, which makes it unique and fun. It encompasses the personality, history and stories of the individuals that make Oakland. Sontag and Ku bring this melting pot to your table layered with flavors from all over in this delicious stew."
Hannah Hoffman- Doughnut Dolly
"Sharing food is an intimate experience. There is no better way to express culture, tradition, and community than by eating a meal at another’s table. Sontag and Ku take us on a tour of Oakland in the most personal and relevant manner: through neighborhood recipes. This book brings the diversity and wonder of Oakland closer than ever. I cannot wait to share these recipes at my table."
Odette Nemes- Girls Resource Center Program Manager for Girls Inc. of Alameda County
"This book is truly something special. It makes me proud to be in Oakland. It also makes me hungry – hungry for more young people with tenacity, passion and drive to reach for their dreams by embracing the beauty around them."
Trini Campbell- Riverdog Farm
"The enticing recipes, vivid narrative, and colorful imagery in Flavors of Oakland will inspire the creative cooking juices of beginner and experienced chefs. While leafing through the book, you simultaneously feel you're traveling the globe and getting to know, at home, some of the ingredient secrets of 20 Oaklanders with distinct cultural backgrounds. The book captures an essence of Oakland's vast gastronomic offerings and then releases it, like the aroma of the toasted spices that author's Sontag and Ku describe, by making the recipes accessible, mouth-watering, and delectable. The recipes and stories connect me to urban dwellers. I will refer to Flavors of Oakland often when making meals with the produce and pastured meat from my farm."
Samantha Smith- Edible World Institute
"Food fills our lives from seed to soul. We grow we eat, we live together. The delicious tales of this book provide a glimpse into the life force of Oakland. This written and visual narrative shares memories of the past, the joy of present, and a snippet of how the future could taste.
Flavors of Oakland confirms that our young leaders are already on task, making the most or their opportunities. Elazar and Anya have invited us to take a seat at the table. These young storytellers are archiving our experiences, embracing their purposes, and modeling a role worthy of our imitation, admiration and support."