Read an Excerpt from Hippie Food by Jonathan Kauffman

Hippie Food: How Back-to-the-Landers, Longhairs, and Revolutionaries Changed the Way We Eat by San Francisco Chronicle food writer, Jonathan Kauffman is a social history of the health food movement tracing its roots back to the 1800s and circling back through the 1960s to present day. This narrative history traces the colorful origins of once-unconventional foods … Continue reading

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Carob (But Was Afraid to Ask) from Jonathan Kauffman, author of Hippie Food

Hippie Food: How Back-to-the-Landers, Longhairs, and Revolutionaries Changed the Way We Eat by San Francisco Chronicle food writer, Jonathan Kauffman is a social history of the health food movement tracing its roots back to the 1800s and circling back through the 1960s to present day. This narrative history traces the colorful origins of once-unconventional foods … Continue reading

Five “Local” Beers You’ve Almost Certainly Never Tried

Equally irreverent and revealing, Dane Huckelbridge’s masterful cultural history, The United States of Beer, charts the wild, engrossing, and surprisingly complex story of our favorite alcoholic drink, showing how America has been under the influence of beer at almost every stage. We’re excited to share Dane’s list of five local beers that showcase the distinctive … Continue reading

Sophie Egan, Author of Devoured, Tells Us “The Story of Spaghetti” (SLURP!)

It’s our great honor to welcome to the blog Sophie Egan, author of Devoured: From Chicken Wings to Kale Smoothies—How What We Eat Defines Who We Are. Food writer and Culinary Institute of America program director Egan takes readers on an eye-opening journey through the American food psyche, examining the connections between the values that … Continue reading

My Usual Table by Colman Andrews

Here at The Secret Ingredient blog, we love learning about the history of iconic restaurants and ever-changing food trends. Dovetailing perfectly with our insatiable thirst for such knowledge is a new book from our friends at Ecco; My Usual Table, by Colman Andrews. Described as a “vivid memoir of a life lived in food”, this book … Continue reading