Award-Winning Food Writer and Cookbook Author

Cheryl Sternman Rule

Facing Up

Facing Up
in the March 12, 2008 issue of Metro Silicon Valley

BRITISH celebrity chef Jamie Oliver stunned diners at a gala dinner earlier this year by suffocating and slaughtering chickens onstage. Never one to shy from the spotlight, the scruffy and increasingly controversial Oliver wanted to drive home a point: Anyone who eats meat has an ethical obligation to confront the realities of the industry that gets it first to the supermarket and then to the dinner table. This includes, of course, not only how the animals live, but how they die… [more]


Cry Me a Fruit Tree

Cry Me a Fruit Tree
in the February 13, 2008 issue of Metro Silicon Valley

DAVID ‘Mas’ Masumoto is a third-generation organic peach farmer who is also an incredibly poetic writer and passionate speaker. In 2006, I heard him read from one of his books, Epitaph for a Peach: Four Seasons on My Family Farm, and his moving delivery reduced many in the crowd of 1,200 to sniffling fools… [more]


Froyo hands in the air

Froyo hands in the air

in the January 16, 2008 issue of Metro Silicon Valley

IN CASE you haven’t noticed, frozen yogurt is back—with a vengeance. If it were a religion, Jessica Gilmartin would be its preacher and Meg Lacy its top disciple. In June 2007, the 31-year-old Gilmartin and her business partner Patama Roj opened Fraiche Yogurt, a temple to all that is pure, healthy and probiotic on Emerson Street in Palo Alto. [more]


2007: The Year Cauliflower Broke

2007: The Year Cauliflower Broke

in the January 9, 2008 issue of Metro Silicon Valley

THIS MONTH marks my 1-year anniversary as a regular contributor to Metro’s food section. Between visiting wellknown places and tiny out-of-the-way spots, I’ve covered cuisine from Bangladesh, Spain, Turkey, Malaysia, India, Myanmar and California. A few personal, completely subjective culinary highlights from 2007 include… [more]


Soda Gets Popped

Soda Gets Popped

in the December 26, 2007 issue of Metro Silicon Valley

WITH a new year screeching round the bend, it’s time to identify—and then ruthlessly vilify—a new enemy in our sick national food supply. Carbs? Been there. Transfats? They’re so 2007. This will be the year of—wait for it-—the ubiquitous, cornsweetened, carbonated beverage. Early last week, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom proposed a new “fee” (not a “tax,” mind you) on big-box retailers and chain stores selling sodas laden with high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). [more]


Eat These Books

Eat These Books

in the December 12, 2007 issue of Metro Silicon Valley

Some of my favorite new releases are from authors with Bay Area ties. Here are three to buy for someone special, or to read (or eat) on your own. [more]


The Food Ghetto

The Food Ghetto

in the November 14, 2007 issue of Metro Silicon Valley

IF YOUR nearest grocery store were 10 miles away, and you lived across the street from a McDonald’s and a Quickie Mart, how often do you think you’d pile the kids into the car to go buy fresh fish and sweet potatoes for dinner? [more]


Don’t always believe the food hype

Don’t always believe the food hype

in the October 10, 2007 issue of Metro Silicon Valley

I HAVE NO patience for the ever-changing whims of the fashion world. To anyone who sees how I dress on a regular basis, this will come as no surprise. I don’t look down on those who follow sartorial trends, who must always have the next “it” bag or the next hot shoes, but I just can’t be bothered. And yet, when it comes to food trends, I’m a complete sucker. [more]


Back to (Cooking) School

Back to (Cooking) School

in the September 12, 2007 issue of Metro Silicon Valley

IT IS September. You’re busy. I get it. But you still have to eat. While you can fuel yourself at a zillion local dives or posh hot spots, at some point you’ll need to break down, locate the spatula, twist open the olive oil and try not to burn the place down in the process of making yourself a home-cooked meal… Here are a few ideas. [more]


Everybody Must Get Stone Fruit

Everybody Must Get Stone Fruit

in the August 15, 2007 issue of Metro Silicon Valley

IF YOU THINK tastings are reserved for wine, think again. Attending a fruit tasting in the height of summer is one of the unsurpassed pleasures of life in Santa Clara Valley. Earlier this month I tasted 61 varieties of stone fruit at Andy’s Orchard (www.andysorchard.com) in Morgan Hill. Yes, 61. [more]


Where to catch the late night sugar train

Where to catch the late night sugar train

in the July 11, 2007 issue of Metro Silicon Valley

SUMMERTIME means movies, lots of them, and if you’re like me you like to go out when the film is over. Silicon Valley does an impressive job with its late-night bars and coffeehouses, but for those blessed—or afflicted—with a sweet tooth, it’s a different story. With high-end, dessert-only restaurants and cafes taking root elsewhere in the country, it’s high time we jumped on this sugar-coated bandwagon. [more]


Wines and the Women Who Love Them

Wines and the Women Who Love Them

in the June 13, 2007 issue of Metro Silicon Valley

HAVE marketing and gender always gone hand in hand? Consider Luna Bars, Special K cereal and Secret deodorant and you’ll see that female consumers have long been targets of the ad industry’s not-too-subtle advances. And then there’s wine, which has recently entered the gender-charged media maelstrom at full throttle. [more]


College Chow 101

College Chow 101

in the May 9, 2007 issue of Metro Silicon Valley

IT MAY HAVE BEEN 15 years ago, but I still remember my favorite college meal: a huge slab of mozzarella, deep-fried and set lovingly atop a pool of marinara. My roommates and I dubbed this delicacy “cheese island,” and there was no skipping dinner the nights it graced the menu. Fast-forward to 2007, and the scene in college cafeterias is altogether different. [more]


Rivers of Chocolate

Rivers of Chocolate

in the April 11, 2007 issue of Metro Silicon Valley

The first time I attended Rivers of Chocolate, an afternoon-long tasting orgy benefiting San Jose nonprofit EHC LifeBuilders, I chucked moderation straight out the window. What’s the point in smiling demurely and saying, “Oh, no thanks, I just couldn’t take another truffle,” when all the money goes to helping at-risk youth? The next morning, as my head pounded and I discovered a new roll of fat I swear hadn’t been there earlier, I took comfort in knowing that my unrestrained gluttony had actually been a noble act of sacrifice. It’s for charity so it’s OK that I inhaled my body weight in bonbons. [more]


Some Gouda Advice

Some Gouda Advice

in the March 14, 2007 issue of Metro Silicon Valley

IT’S NO SECRET that produce is seasonal, but it turns out that cheese is seasonal, too. Who knew? With the warmer weather upon us, Faun Skyles of Los Gatos Gourmet says our palates will begin craving lighter cheeses, particularly goat’s milk cheeses paired with crisp sauvignon blancs. [more]


Stealth Health

Stealth Health

in the February 14, 2007 issue of Metro Silicon Valley

MANY OF US are sick and tired of being told what to eat. We’re educated enough to understand that saturated and trans fats are harmful, that whole grains are beneficial and that we should be eating fruits and vegetables by the truckload—or at least in far greater quantities than we’re doing now. But when we dine out, it’s tough to find dishes that fulfill these directives that we actually crave. [more]