First-ever SF La Cocina cookbook: Remarkable women, must-have recipes

San Francisco’s La Cocina is a pioneering incubator kitchen emulated in cities around the world, from Salt Lake City to Auckland. Since it opened in 2005, the Mission District nonprofit has helped 55 working-class food entrepreneurs, primarily immigrant women and women of color, realize their dreams of building a successful food business.

Their recipes — and their inspiring stories — are available for the first time in a cookbook, “We Are La Cocina: Recipes in Pursuit of the American Dream” (Chronicle Books, 287 pages; $30). Co-authored by Caleb Zigas and Leticia Landa, the diverse collection features more than 75 recipes by 40-plus thriving alumni of the kitchen incubator, like Alicia Villanueva of Alicia’s Tamales Los Mayas in Hayward, who started by selling her black bean tamales out of a cooler.

Minnie Bell’s Soul Movement went from pop up to a recently renovated permanent stall at Emeryville’s Public Market. (Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group)

There’s also Fernay McPherson, whose soul-satifsying rosemary fried chicken popped up at every barbecue and baptism before she opened Minnie Bell’s Soul Movement in Emeryville. You’ll recognize Reem Assil’s savory lamb pastries from her Arab street corner bakery in Oakland, as well as the chile-laced Cambodian noodle soup from neighbor Nyum Bai’s Nite Yun, a 2019 James Beard semifinalist for Best Chef: West.

Reem Assil joined La Cocina in 2014 and went on to open Oakland’s Reem’s California and Dyafa. Reem’s was recently nominated for a James Beard Award. (Doug Duran/Bay Area News Group)

Even the format of the magenta-covered cookbook is unique. It’s not organized by country or cuisine but rather by the chef-graduate, with stunning National Geographic-like portraits by photographer Eric Wolfinger and profiles by Zigas and Landa, who tell their intimate stories of hope and hard work with beautiful prose. The authors spent …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Lifestyle


Disneyland, Universal Studios visitors may have been exposed to measles

Visitors to Los Angeles International Airport, Disneyland Resort, Universal Studios and other Southern California tourist sites may have been exposed to the measles between Aug. 11 and 15, when an infected teen girl from New Zealand traveled through the area, Los Angeles County and Orange County health officials confirmed Friday, Aug. 23.

The Los Angeles Department of Public Health reported that the girl arrived at LAX Aug. 11. She visited Disneyland on Aug. 12; Universal Studios on Aug. 14; and TCL Chinese Theatre, the Santa Monica Pier and Madame Tussauds Hollywood on Aug. 15. She left town from LAX on Aug 15, health officials said.

Officials with the Orange County Health Care Agency said the girl also may have exposed people at the Desert Palms Hotel, at 631 W. Katella Ave., in Anaheim, through the length of her stay.

“We were notified that the tourist visited multiple Southern California locations and have been advised by OC Health Care Agency that the risk to cast and guests is likely low,” Dr. Pamela Hymel, chief medical officer for Disney Parks, said in a statement Friday.

The Health Care Agency was notified by New Zealand health officials and has been working with them and California public health officials as the investigation into possible exposure continues, said Orange County Health Officer Nichole Quick.

“At this point, there’s no concern to visit either of those locations,” she said of Disneyland Resort and the Desert Palms.

Los Angeles County health officials also said there was no ongoing possibility of exposure.

“There is no known current risk related to measles that exists at these venues at this time,” officials said in a statement.

Measles spreads through bodily secretions, such as a cough or sneeze. The virus can stay in the air for one to two hours.

“It’s a very highly infectious disease,” Quick said. Ninety percent …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Lifestyle


Carolyn Hax: I resent her comments about my family’s baby photos

DEAR CAROLYN: My husband and I have been trying to conceive for the better part of a year now with no success. It’s been tough, especially with several close friends and family members getting pregnant while I haven’t, but I’m trying to keep my chin up.

My mother-in-law is friends with my parents and siblings on social media and comments on every photo of my baby nephew — and my family posts a lot — with things like, “You are so lucky to be a grandma!” or “Your family makes such cute babies!” These comments always end up in my feed, and they make me upset every time I see them.

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I feel ridiculous telling her that she can’t comment on my family’s photos, but her comments make me feel a lot of pressure and resentment.

She has no idea we’re having trouble conceiving or even that we’re trying, and I definitely don’t want to tell her. Do I just have to suck it up and seethe quietly to myself?

You Know I Can See This, Right?

DEAR YOU …read more

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Miss Manners: When the check came, I didn’t know what to do

Judith Martin

DEAR MISS MANNERS: Growing up, I was notorious for never remembering my wallet when running errands with family. This continued into my 20s, where I would be over at my parents’ house when one of them stated they were going to run errands and asked if I wanted to come along. It rarely occurred to me to bring my own money, because I was just along for the ride — never mind that I might need something at the same store.

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Now, later in life, I find myself out with friends and often caught off-guard when the check comes and I watch them sneak cash into each others’ pockets and purses to pay for each others’ drinks and meals. I come prepared to pay for myself and to contribute to the tip, and feel like an amateur magician attempting sleight-of-hand trying to copy them.

Vowing to do better, I invited two friends out to afternoon tea and made sure to grab the check when it came. When asked if I was sure, I held strong; when asked a second time, to my shame, I handed the check over. I had not …read more

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