The San Pablo Cookbook is a portrait of the neighborhood workforce through their recipes.
The types of recipes offered – recipes being sets of instructions for virtually anything – are as diverse as the workers and businesses along the San Pablo corridor. There’s a Recipe for Tire Change, a Recipe for Lucid Dreaming, a Recipe for a Dance Duo, and recipes for both a Stellar Sex Life and for Love. There are recipes for food, too, like Isuara’s Flan, Khalid’s Chicken Shwarma, and Shelby’s Vegan Nacho Casserole. They are serious and funny, joyous and sublime.
Community cookbooks have a long legacy in the United States of identifying and celebrating communities, such as museum docents, church groups and the Junior League. They have often been used not only for fundraising, but also as collective memoirs of place and culture. The San Pablo Cookbook is a platform for multiple voices to question and experience alternative modes of belonging. It hopes to incite curiosity among the workforce about itself, and create a unique group identity.
If you work along San Pablo Avenue, please join us by using the card and envelope provided and offer a recipe. It will be included in the digital version of the San Pablo Cookbook, out later in 2019.
Lexa Walsh is an artist and cultural worker based in Oakland, CA who works to craft Hospitable Democracies. She is a graduate of Portland State University’s Art & Social Practice MFA program and was Social Practice Artist in Residence in Portland Art Museum’s Education department. Her upbringing as the youngest child of fifteen informs her work, as does coming of age in the Bay Area post punk cultural scene of the 1990’s and practicing collectivity.
Monday, June 17 | 5 -7 PM | Artist Talk at 6 PM
Lexa Walsh: San Pablo Cookbook Launch Party & Artist Talk at Far Leaves (2626 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley)