lesley stiles

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Occupation a lot of different food related stuff
Location Pleasant Hill, Contra Costa County, CA, United States
Introduction Working in food for 35 years has been very interesting as trends change, tastes change, teachers change. I still continue to always learn, but am spending a lot of time teaching kids about food. Growing it, eating it, why different things happen to your body when you eat different foods. I write a produce column in our local paper and work with farmers' markets doing cooking demonstrations. I also work at schools in the area starting gardens and taking the projects through the process of sustainability so that when my friend, Stephanie, and I have completed the garden building process with the students and teachers, the garden continues on through the years and stays in the curriculum benefiting all that pass through. I also run a thriving catering business using only local foods, making everything by hand stressing the importance of not only awesome, mind boggling taste but the responsibility we all have to not hurt others with our choices but create work, money, wealth and health through our choices. Yummy food come out of this good vibe process. Very yummy...
Interests food, growing food, finding different foods, teaching kids about food...adults too. Writing, music, hiking, cooking, talking, interesting men, fruit trees, making jam on a hot day.....
Favorite Music I love all music and watch as much live as I can supporting local muscians who make even less money than chefs if you can believe that. We work on instant gratification and thrive on the smiles and accolades of the receivers. I take singing lessons and love to belt out a good blues tune.
Favorite Books Anything by MFK Fisher, Elizabeth David, Fran Gage, and Micheal Pollan. Anything food related, garden related, hiking related and I love food justice tomes especially really liberal ones. I love Marie Simmons and I really had a good time with the Hunger games books. I think that they were food justice rants myself.