Meet a Contributor: Sarah Whitmore / Savorbang! Columnist

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Sarah Whitmore is the author of Savorbang, a blog full of luscious recipes and strong opinions, and the regular recipe column of the same name for Made Local Magazine. She is a writer, long-time kindergarten teacher, recipe developer and stand up comic, performing in and around the bountiful North Bay. Sarah draws recipe inspiration from the small farms, markets and backyard veggie gardens of Sonoma County—including her own west Petaluma yard which is currently overrun with chickens and bolting Brussels sprouts. She is passionate about both food justice and delicious flavors, and feels that everyone should know the pleasure of cooking their favorite food.

Who do you admire and why?

My daughters. They’re the most incredible women I’ve met.

What was the last best thing you ate?

Just broke bread with my chickens and ate a perfect, peppery nasturtium leaf.

Name something you do or do not regret.

Not one to carry regrets—however, I’m pretty torn up over forgetting daily to buy lottery tickets. Again and again, I don’t win millions of dollars. I could do better.

What 3 things bring you joy?

My hilarious husband, El Roy’s tacos, comedy—all other personal items have been donated to a thrift store that does not support conversion “therapy.”

Where else have you lived?

Spain, Mexico, Japan, Pacific Grove, Paraguay, Massachusetts, Mendocino. I’m fairly easy to talk into moving.

What are you good at making?

Dinner. I’m also good at making fun of dinner.

Recall a time you changed your mind about something.

Early on, I vowed to never employ shocking expletives in my professional writing—especially when covering serious topics like politics, but then I changed my f***ing mind.

What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?

Tear out my kitchen counters and—over the course of this weekend—build anew with river stones, driftwood, and other found objects.

If you could instantly have one skill, what would it be?

As long as it does not require sacrificing my human arms, I’ll take the skill of bird-like flight, please. If that’s not available, I’ll go with metalsmithing.

You host an intimate dinner party with up to 4 guests, living or not. Who’s coming?

Wanda Sykes, Maria Bamford, Richard Pryor, and David Sedaris. Honestly, I am so excited to plan and cook this dinner! Thank you, Made Local, for making dreams come true.


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