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We Are La Cocina


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Caleb Zigas is the executive director of La Cocina, and 7x7Magazine named him one of San Francisco's Tastemakers and he was named Yoshiyama Young Entrepreneur by the Hitachi Foundation. La Cocina's San Francisco Street Food Festival and Conference, which ultimately led to increased mobile vending opportunities in the city, was his brainchild. He lives in San Francisco with his family.

Leticia Landa is Deputy Director of La Cocina. She studied Anthropology at Harvard, did international nonprofit work in rural Northern India and rurual Southwestern China, and completed the first year of culinary training at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. She was name one of San Francisco's Tastemakers by 7x7Magazine and a Yoshiyama Young Entrepreneur by the Hitachi Foundation. She lives in San Francisco with her husband.

Eric Wolfinger is a food and lifestyle photographer whose cookbook work includes Tartine Bread, Dandelion Chocolate, Melissa Clark's Dinner, and Prune.


"This book is a great place to start if you want to travel with your fork. Full of beautiful photography with recipes that are not only approachable, but delicious and authentic." --Padma Lakshmi, writer, host, and executive producer of Top Chef
"It can be easy, these days, to feel overwhelmed and exhausted and defeated by the problems of the world. Food has always been the balm to those emotions for me; it allows us to come together and be nourished, body and soul. The La Cocina cookbook goes one step further: it provides the fodder--through delicious recipes--for the nourishing; but it also provides the inspiration, through the incredible stories of the women who make up the program, to keep fighting the good fight. These pages will remind you of the power of food, and the incredible impact it can have on creating a better future for all."--Ashley Christensen
"La Cocina is food at its finest: inspiring, instructional, political, and delicious. This book brings the vitality of La Cocina and its mujeres through wonderful recipes--and even better stories."--Gustavo Arellano
"There are few places, in popular food, where theoretical ideas of equity meet the formidable reality of actually practicing equity. La Cocina is this place and this new book reflects the hard joys and painful rewards necessary to make it happen." ."--Tunde Wey
"This book is a must-have! These women will inspire you, not only to cook their great recipes, but to follow your own dreams despite the adversities we all face. They shine a very bright light on life and knowing their stories makes the world a better place."--Traci Desjardins
"This book is for those of us who've watched someone they love put everything they have into a business-the moms, aunties, sister-girls, and grandmas who never seem to stop moving-and while their work is far from done, for a moment, while turning these pages, you get to bask in the glory of their commitment and dedication come to life." --Osayi Endolyn

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