Tanya Holland is chef/owner/urban pioneer/restaurateur of Brown Sugar Kitchen. She was formally trained at La Varenne and is a former Food Network television personality (her show was called Melting Pot). Her first cookbook, New Soul Cooking, was published by STC in 2003. Holland opened B-Side BBQ, a restaurant specializing in barbecue, located around the corner from Brown Sugar Kitchen, in 2011. Her professional associations include Les Dames, AIAP, and the University of Virginia.
"To be outside the South at the Brown Sugar Kitchen in Oakland, California eating shrimp n' grits with a side of cornbread and a glass of lemonade is priceless!" - Taj Mahal "Tanya Holland and her Brown Sugar Kitchen represent everything that is great about Oakland: diversity, collegiality, rugged entrepreneurialism, and soulful authenticity. In her restaurant and this cookbook, she has captured something deliciously simple yet extraordinarily powerful: the food that embodies our shared American roots, and its power to bring us together." - Aisha Tyler, comedienne, actress, and author of Self-Inflicted Wounds "Tanya's come-hither cookbook inspired both the armchair traveler and the armchair chowhound in me. Reading it, I imagined the pleasure of liv-ing in West Oakland, having a regular seat of my own at Brown Sugar's counter, and ordering up my favorite dishes without even having to look at the menu. With this book in hand, I know that every choice is a winner." - Sara Moulton, host of Sara's Weeknight Meals on public television "Tanya Holland has made a beautiful commitment to West Oakland, creat-ing a vibrant, joyful restaurant that is a pillar of the local community. With robust, soulful recipes using seasonal and local ingredients, this book is a wonderful reflection of the spirit she has fostered at Brown Sugar Kitchen." - Alice Waters