Carolyn Jung

A James Beard Award-winning food writer, whose first cookbook, "San Francisco Chef's Table,'' published in winter 2013.

My Blogs

Hankering for Hawaii Part II: A Taste of Rum

KAUAI, HAWAII –When the future of the last of the island’s sugar plantations turned uncertain, a group of investors got together to try to figure out a way to save them. Their idea? Rum ....more

Hankering for Hawaii Part I: Taro and Sweet Potato Chips Fried to Order

OAHU, HAWAII — If you’ve spent any time snacking in Hawaii, you’re only too familiar with those ubiquitous bags of taro and sweet potato chips by Hawaiian Chip Company. They’re irresistible — big, crunchy slices of speckled taro, orange sweet potato and deep purple sweet potato fried up crisp with the taste of their natural [...] ...more

Joanne Chang’s Big White Chocolate, Almond and Cherry Cookies

Easter may be all about chocolate eggs and marshmallow Peeps. But I think it should be about cookies. But then again, I think every day should be a cookie day ....more

Lure + Till Takes Root in Downtown Palo Alto

What was once a senior care facility in downtown Palo Alto has morphed into a splashy new boutique hotel and restaurant. The eight-story Epiphany Hotel, a Joie de Vivre property, opened at the end of March after a...more

The Comfort of Curry

My spice drawer collapseth over. Try as I might to keep the jars and tins in neat alphabetical order, there are just far too many for all the cuisines dabbled in to do so. In my parents’ kitchen that I grew up in, though, that never was a problem ....more

California’s Only Grower of Real Wasabi

If you think that pasty blob of green garnishing your sushi platter is wasabi, think again. The real-deal rhizome is as rare as it is pricey. That’s why what you generally find on most sushi plates is actually a cheap concoction of horseradish, mustard and green dye, not the actual Japanese rhizome that’s extremely [...] ...more

Join the Food Gal and Half Moon Bay Brewing Company at Macy’s Valley Fair

Who wants to try some beeramisu? I thought that would get your attention. Yup, it’s the classic Italian dessert, only made with beer ....more

Endive — Your New Best Friend

Every winter, when I get a “bouquet” of endive from California Vegetable Specialties,” it’s always a welcome delivery. That’s because it makes me rediscover how versatile this year-round vegetable is. Europeans consume as much as 15 pounds per year of endive ....more

Bay Area Chefs Event, New Seafood Restaurant Coming to Mountain View & More

“Star Chefs and the Wines and Spirits They Love” Enjoy gourmet noshes by 15 Bay Area chefs matched with wine and cocktails at the annual “Star Chefs and the Wines and Spirits They Love” fund-raiser, 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. April 13 at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View. The participating chefs are: Executive [...] ...more

The Counter Debuts A New Menu

It’s not every burger joint that offers quinoa, kale and deviled eggs. But The Counter, which has locations worldwide now, started in Santa Monica, where gourmet, healthful grub is definitely appreciated. That’s why the build-your-own burger chain has introduced a new menu this month at its Northern California locations that will eventually expand to [...] ...more