"Tanya Holland and her Brown Sugar Kitchen represent everything that is great about Oakland: diversity, collegiality, rugged entrepreneurialism, and soulful authenticity. In her restaurant and this cookbook, she has captured something deliciously simple yet extraordinarily powerful: the food that embodies our shared American roots, and its power to bring us together." - Aisha Tyler, comedienne, actress, and author of Self-Inflicted Wounds
"To be outside the South at the Brown Sugar Kitchen in Oakland, California eating shrimp n' grits with a side of cornbread and a glass of lemonade is priceless!" - Taj Mahal
"Tanya's come-hither cookbook inspired both the armchair traveler and the armchair chowhound in me. Reading it, I imagined the pleasure of living in West Oakland, having a regular seat of my own at Brown Sugar's counter, and ordering up my favorite dishes without even having to look at the menu. With this book in hand, I know that every choice is a winner." - Sara Moulton, host of Sara's Weeknight Meals on public television
"Tanya Holland has made a beautiful commitment to West Oakland, creating a vibrant, joyful restaurant that is a pillar of the local community. With robust, soulful recipes using seasonal and local ingredients, this book is a wonderful reflection of the spirit she has fostered at Brown Sugar Kitchen." - Alice Waters
About the Author
Tanya Holland is the executive chef and owner of Brown Sugar Kitchen and B-Side BBQ in West Oakland, CA.
Jan Newberry is a food writer and former San Francisco Magazine
food and wine editor based in Oakland, CA.
Jody Horton is a food photographer based in Austin, TX.
Michael Chabon is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of more than 14 novels, novellas, and essay and short story collections, including The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
, Telegraph Avenue
, and The Mysteries of Pittsburgh
. He lives in Berkeley, CA.