New Opportunities for Home Cooks

Jaspal S. Sandhu
November 11, 2018
Social Justice

A new California law legalizes sales of home-cooked food, bringing new food experiences and meaningful economic opportunities.

“AB 626 is a California state bill introduced in 2017 by Coachella Valley Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia that allows cooks to sell food made at home. In August, the California State Assembly and California Senate approved it 77–0 and 36–0, respectively. On September 18, 2018, Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 626 into law. California’s 58 counties will have the chance to opt in starting in January 2019. Only when counties actually participate in this program will home-cooking sales truly become legalized.”

“Día de los Muertos signals the start of high season for tamales. On a recent Tuesday morning, I’m driving along East 14th Street to International Boulevard in Oakland in search of my tamale fix….”

Read Jaspal’s full article at Edible East Bay.

illustrations by Lila Rubenstein.