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Endangered Spices: Experiencing Flavor Beyond Salt

Monday, March 4, 6:30-8:30PM, Ticketed

Endangered Spices: Experiencing Flavor Beyond Salt

While the media focuses on the over-consumption of sodium, there's another crisis happening in America's kitchens: the under usage of other spices and other seasoning resources.

What's the cause of this flavor draught? Well, take a moment to listen in on any cooking contest or tv show and you'll hear salt constantly equated with flavor. And while, yes, the white stuff is one of the greatest taste enhancers out there, there are many other means of creating sweet, salty, savory, and even umami tastes, without ever having to pick up a jar or shaker. We just seem to have forgotten about them.

In this demonstration, Jessica Goldman Foung, an expert in salt-free cooking and author of Sodium Girl's Limitless Low-Sodium Cookbook, will lead your palate through a taste-bud opening journey, starting with a single ingredients and then, using simple techniques, transforming it into a powerful tastemaker. All tricks that anyone, salt eater and those on a low-sodium diet alike, can use to make healthier, more creative, and totally impressive versions of their favorite dishes.

The Radish

flavor trick: surprise your palate by pairing unlikely ingredients and herbs

recipe: minted radishes and peas

The Beet

the flavor trick: use natural "saltiness" in ingredients like beets, fennel, and carrots

the recipe: beet bloody marys

The Blueberry

the flavor trick: pair sweet and savory ingredients for more dynamic flavors

the recipe: blueberry steak sauce

The Tomato

the flavor trick: use ovens and slow cookers to intensify natural flavors in whole foods

the recipe: roasted tomato salsa

The Mushroom

the flavor trick: make use of natural umami

the recipe: mushroom gravy

About Jessica

Jessica Goldman Foung is a 30-year-old freelance writer, born and raised in the Bay Area. She graduated from Stanford University in 2005 with a degree in English Literature and Creative Writing and in 2004, just days after her twenty-first birthday, Jessica was diagnosed with a severe case of Lupus that attacked her kidneys and brain. After much soul-searching and skill building, Jessica now uses her challenges as the muse of her career. Her blog has been nominated as one of Saveur's "Best Food Blogs" in 2012 and Jessica low-sodium advice and recipes have appeared in several national publications, including Shape Magazine, Women's Day,, San Francisco Chronicle, Ladies Home Journal, Better Homes & Gardens, Living Without magazine, Arthritis Today magazine,, and She blogs regularly for and currently partners with the American Heart Association, National Kidney Foundation, Stanford Hospital, and Whole Foods Markets on recipe creation and consumer education. She writes for Edible San Francisco and will join the CUESA Board in April, 2013.

18 Reasons
3674 18th St
Ticket price: $35

Monday, March 4, 2013 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

18 Reasons
3674 18th St