About the Author
A native of Los Angeles, California, L. John Harris studied art at the University of California at Berkeley from 1965-1969. Through the 1970’s, while working a variety of part-time jobs in some of Berkeley’s notorious food businesses--including the Cheese Board, Chez Panisse and The Swallow café--he wrote articles for the Los Angeles Free Press, co-published how-to books with Panjandrum Press in San Francisco, and wrote The Book of Garlic (1974). As a garlic activist, his Lovers of the Stinking Rose club and its Garlic Times newsletter inspired garlic festivals and garlic theme restaurants from California to New York. His second book, The Official Garlic Lovers Handbook, was published in 1986. In 1981, Harris founded Aris Books, a specialty cookbook imprint, and in 1988 launched his Foodoodle byline in several Bay Area magazines. In the 1990’s, Harris shifted his focus to documentary film making. He wrote and co-produced Divine Food: 100 Years in the Kosher Delicatessen Trade and wrote and co-directed the Emmy-nominated PBS special Los Romeros: The Royal Family of the Guitar. A life long classical guitar afficionado, Harris’ popular Guitarrada programs at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music feature world-class guitarists playing vintage classical and flamenco guitars from his personal collection. Mr. Harris is working on a sequel to Foodoodles and spends his time between Berkeley, California and Paris, France.