In our July/August 2017 issue

By Katie Stokes / Photography By Chris Rov Costa | Last Updated July 11, 2017
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Savoring Summer 

Welcome to our Cooks issue of Edible San Diego. It’s time to get creative and sit down to some home-cooked goodness with the people we care about most. We have assembled some delicious content for you as we all dive into summer. 

“Cooking at home? Me? Today?” We’ve all been there. Before mealtime we might be preoccupied with work or shopping for groceries that fit our budget. Maybe we’re feeling tired and like we deserve some drive-through or take-out. Let’s take a breath. For all the reasons you can probably recite, cooking at home can be a step towards well-being. For all the other reasons that leap to mind, maybe you’re resisting the idea. Well, perhaps this issue of Edible San Diego will inspire you—even just a little—to dust off a cookbook, poke at your smartphone, maybe recruit a helper or two, or just wing it with what you have in the fridge. Let’s allow ourselves to forget the seeming-perfection of Instagram and cooking shows for a minute, and prepare something simple and satisfying. 

Our Cooks issue reminds me of Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel in which characters discover that how we feel when we cook can affect the emotions of those who eat our creations (a great summer read!). Slowing down enough to consider how the people around our table are feeling right now also gives us time to consider the food that we’re cooking — where it came from, who grew or raised it, and how it has been handled before coming into our hands, and into our bodies. 

These themes are what give Edible magazines across North America an important voice. Through the lens of a Southern California summer, we’re presenting stories about San Diego County’s unique geography, year-round growing climate, and the entrepreneurs and chefs committed to making healthy local food accessible to us. We encourage you to invite a friend along to our newest Day Tripper destination—Imperial Beach! And please visit our new website and social media platforms for more “edible resources”—local events, recipes, blogs, and guides about farmers’ markets, local weddings, and more. 

We hope you love “Taste of a Grape,” the locally-painted art gracing this July-August cover. The elegant anticipation in John Lane’s painting invites us into the joy of the moment. We are currently accepting submissions for our final two issue covers of 2017—visit us online for details. 

Lastly, did you know that the origin of the word gratitude includes grace as well as thankfulness? By sharing meals together we can renew and deepen our connections with each other— which is good for us, good for our community, region, and indeed the planet. Now, let’s get cookin’! 

Katie Stokes 

Publisher, Edible San Diego

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