What comes after Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat?
Netflix star and Bay Area resident Samin Nosrat has revealed the followup to her James Beard Award-winning book Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking. Nosrat’s second book will be called What to Cook — and if her first book, which catapulted the former Chez Panisse chef to massive recognition, taught readers how to cook (in the broadest, elemental sense) her second book will teach them what to start with. Good news for fans of the illustrations in Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: SF-based illustrator Wendy MacNaughton will return for What to Cook, which is to be published by Berkeley-founded Ten Speed Press.
“We all know I am a painfully slow writer, so please do not write to ask me when the book is coming,” Nosrat writes. “I promise everyone will know when I know!”
Hummus, but faster
Palo Alto-founded Oren’s Hummus, whose SF location opened last summer, will make its namesake product faster to get with a new branch of quick-service stores, Oren’s Hummus Express. The first one will arrive in April at Palo Alto’s Town & Country Village, with more locations bound for the East Bay and San Francisco, reportedly by the end of the year.
Remembering winemaker John Shafer
John Shafer, founder of Shafer Vineyards, has died. He was 94. Shafer moved to Napa in 1972, where he became a pioneer of the region’s Stags Leap District. His Shafer Vineyards Hillside Select became one of the region’s best-known Cabernet Sauvignons. Shafer’s son Doug has been president of the winery since 1994, while Shafer pursued philanthropy for the last two decades.
The Farmer’s Wife is fundraising after flood
After Kendra Kolling’s brand new cafe was flooded by recent storms in Sebastopol — and just two years after her home was destroyed by the Wine Country fires of 2017 — friends are chipping in with a fundraiser to help her business, The Farmer’s Wife, recover. The permanent home for Kolling’s sandwiches, a staple of SF’s Ferry Plaza farmers market, suffered an estimated $150,000 in damage.