Wise Sons, Sababa, Proposition Chicken join downtown Mountain View – J.

Wise Sons, Sababa, Proposition Chicken join downtown Mountain View – J.

elaine corn, the Sacramento-based food journalist and potter whose menorah graced the cover of J.’s Hanukkah issue in 2019, has donated her papers and archives to the UC Davis Library, according to an article in Sacramento Magazine.

We profiled Corn in December 2019 when she took up pottery after discovering it helped her deal with anxiety and stress related to Parkinson’s disease.

As we wrote then, “Before she fell in love with pottery, Corn had a long and varied career as a food writer and journalist, starting at the Dallas Morning News where she was ‘breaking the wires during Watergate and Vietnam,’ followed by a stint at the Austin American-Statesman where she started its food section, and then the Sacramento Bee, which hired her as a food editor in 1986. That’s how she met her husband, David SooHoo, a Cantonese chef. They recently celebrated their 30th anniversary. “I met him in a story and got married because of a conflict of interest,” she likes to say.

Elaine Corn at an event in Emeryville in December 2019. (Photo/Lydia Daniller)
Elaine Corn at an event in Emeryville in December 2019. (Photo/Lydia Daniller)

She became a food editor in the ’70s, just as newspapers were expanding their ideas of what food coverage could be. While it used to be considered a subject for “women’s pages,” Corn was among a pioneering group of editors who pushed the boundaries, writing about food policy, nutrition, access, health, and other related topics.

After leaving the world of newspapers, she began writing cookbooks, winning Julia Child and James Beard Awards for “Now You’re Cooking: Everything a Beginner Needs to Know to Start Cooking Today.” She says that her mother was an excellent cook, but “a grandmother born in Poland cooked directly from the Bible; his best dish was a burnt offering.”

Corn’s collection includes his articles from the Statesman, the Louisville Courier-Journal, and the Sacramento Bee, in addition to his more than 20 years as a freelancer. She believes that she was the first person to write about fajitas.

While you used to be able to find your recipes easily in your own organizational system, now you’ll have to visit the library to do so. Plus, all of your paper work will be digitized.

“I have final drafts of most of my Bee op-eds and freelancing in Word. I have my books and I often follow my own recipes,” she said. “It’s weird not having my job with me.”


With the opening of a Local Cuisines in Mountain View, the city has greatly increased its Jewish offerings. Now the food Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen Y Reason, made by chefs from Local Kitchens, are available through the “micro food hall”, according to the Los Altos Town Crier.

jewish owned Prop Chicken it’s also available at the Mountain View outlet and several others, and Wise Sons and Oren’s Hummus are on the Local Kitchens map in additional Peninsula locations.

Local Kitchens allows customers to order food from a list of restaurants in a food hall, for pickup or delivery, sometimes with the option to eat on the spot. And it allows restaurants to test their concepts in a new market at low cost. As we reported last year, Canter’s Deli in LA is doing a similar concept through DoorDash Kitchens in Redwood City.

Local Kitchens of Mountain View is located at 1711 W. El Camino Real, Suite B. Hours are 11 am to midnight daily.

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