Natural Foods and the Health of a Planet
Allen Michael opened the Here and Now restaurant on Scott and Haight St. in San Francisco in 1967. The restaurant was the foundation of our service to the public, and everyone who came to join the commune contributed their labor, about 5 hours a day.
It was the first vegetarian restaurant in the city, and the hippies who were streaming into town from all over the world quickly discovered our place. Most came to eat the delicious food, but some wanted to join, and did. One of the first was Kathy Hannaford (Kathy Ash then), who jumped right into cooking for the people, and almost immediately began expanding the restaurant’s menu with new recipes.
Fast forward 6 years to Berkeley, where we operated the largest natural food restaurant in California, if not the U.S., our 5th restaurant enterprise. By now there were enough recipes to fill a book. And that is exactly what we did. Kathy spearheaded the project by writing up and putting all 190 vegetarian recipes to the test in the restaurant and in the communal kitchen, then putting it altogether in a book, with Lorena Laforest doing the artwork and layout. It was appropriately entitled “Cosmic Cookery.”
Altogether, there were 4 printings of the book, totaling around 25,000 copies.
Here is a 2-part interview with Kathy, on KJOY radio in Stockton, where we lived for 17 years after leaving Berkeley. . .