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Cover | Anthony Holdsworth

Old Oakland Farmers’ Market #2 (24 x 18 inches, oil on canvas, 2008). Anthony Holdsworth spends many Friday mornings painting the Old Oakland Farmers’ Market. “I began my artistic career sketching in the open air market around the Mercato Centrale in Florence, Italy,” he says. “For me, this Oakland market with its proximity to Ratto’s and Caffe 817 and the Victorian architecture that surrounds it is a link to those early days.” A current show of Holdsworth’s paintings of San Francisco and his Global Warming Series runs March 18 to June 1 in the new San Francisco Federal Building’s lobby at 90 7th St. from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Holdsworth opens his studio at 351 Lewis St. in West Oakland the last Sunday of every month from 1 to 6 p.m. He also teaches painting in Oakland and leads painting expeditions to Italy and Mexico. For information about his classes, studio, and work, visit

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS | For our Summer Essay Issue
The Monthly is now accepting first-person essays (900 words maximum) from Bay Area writers for possible publication this summer. The theme: A hard choice
To submit, paste the essay into your email to and attach as a Word document (“.doc,” not “.docx” file). Please include your name, email address, and phone number on every page. Deadline: Monday, April 12.



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April 2010 Issue:
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|  Vegetarian with Benefits
Berkeley cookbook author Mollie Katzen, author of the revolutionary no-meat Moosewood Cookbook, surprised some fans last year with the publication of her newest book, Get Cooking: 150 Simple Recipes to Get You Started in the Kitchen. The cookbook features—yes, it’s true—recipes for omnivores as well as vegetarians, signaling a shift in what some prominent food experts consider healthy eating. Around the East Bay, diners and restaurateurs alike are embracing this new—and not-so-new—way of eating. By Bonnie Wach

ARCHITEXTURE | Bowled Over Again
The venerable Berkeley Bowl recently opened a new outpost in West Berkeley, an airy, two-story structure wrapped in glass and metal. Many patrons can’t get enough of the large, light-filled new store with scads of parking space. Other Bowlies, though, still prefer the jam-packed original in Central Berkeley. Like it or not, the new Bowl is different than its ancestor, with more room to maneuver, more ready-to-eat items, and a cafe.  By Lauri Puchall

Shopping Around |  Global Groceries
In the busy aisles of the East Bay’s ethnic markets, adventurous home cooks rub shoulders with transplants from other lands doing their regular marketing. Local specialty stores provide pickled vegetables, Indian spices, masa harina, Scandinavian lutefisk, lumpia wrappers—and a window on the world.   By Anna Mindess 

Shop Talk | Neighborhood Shops & Such
Berkeley Hat Company, open for 30 years, has the largest complete hat collection in California. Modernaire in downtown Berkeley kicks ’50s style into the new century. Bee Healthy Honey Shop in Oakland satisfies your entire bee wants and needs. Arjan Flowers in Berkeley creatively designs custom floral arrangements for all occasions. By Jocelyn Hall, Andrea Pflaumer, and Susan Sanford

The Kilduff File |  Kevin Nelson
American Graffiti, George Lucas’s 1973 movie about car culture in Modesto, cemented California’s position as the state where the car is—or was—king. Benicia resident Kevin Nelson, author of Wheels of Change: From Zero to 600 M.P.H., The Amazing Story of California and the Automobile, revs up about the future of electric cars, mass transit, and fooling around in the back seat.  By Paul Kilduff

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Letters: reader responses to The Monthly’s stories
Be East Bay: an introduction to interesting people, places and events in your community

Critics Choice: highlights of this month’s happenings in art, theater, film, dance and music

Boutique Bazaar: distinctive small shops in the East Bay

Food for Thought: local caterers and food and wine purveyors

Dining Guide: a selection of East Bay restaurants

Marketplace Home: a catalog of services for your home and garden

Marketplace Services: a catalog of personal and creative services

Kartoon Korner: editorial cartoons to entertain and agitate

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