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Is California’s ‘Cottage Food’ Law a Fresh Take or a Fresh Hell?

AB 626 is marketed as a way to lift up home cooks. Critics say it’s ripe for exploitation

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One year after moving to Riverside County, California, Chona Mejia was hunting for a new occupation. She had just returned to the U.S. from a four-year sojourn in her native Philippines. Her three kids had…

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Jonathan Kauffman

Jonathan Kauffman

Jonathan Kauffman has been writing about West Coast food and culture for 20 years. He is the author of “Hippie Food,” a history of the natural foods movement.

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