Two new columnists offer food for thought

Her recipes and articles have appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle and San Francisco Examiner. She also contributed to her mother's last book.

A member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals, she's been its regional chair since 1995. She holds a linguistics degree from San Francisco State.

Ets-Hokin lives in Tiburon, where she is a member of Congregation Kol Shofar. She is married to Dr. Joseph Elson, the medical director of the Haight Ashbury Free Clinic. She is also the granddaughter of the late Rose Ets-Hokin, a prominent San Francisco Zionist, and the niece of Naomi Lauter, who is retiring as local director of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

Fiszer, who directed the Louise's Pantry cooking school for 15 years, is co-author of "Jewish Holiday Feasts" and author of "Season to Taste" and the "California American Cookbook."

Her approach to Jewish cuisine is to "use good ingredients and lots of shortcuts — as many as I can think of," she said. "Preserving tradition is very important to me, but that does not necessarily come with hours in the kitchen."

The former food columnist for the San Jose Mercury News, Fiszer is currently the Recipe Queen at the Internet site Virtual Vineyards ( Her food columns can also be found at Sally's Place (

She taught emotionally disturbed children in New York before moving to California, where she developed her cooking career. She now teaches Jewish cooking throughout the West Coast.

Fiszer, who lives in Palo Alto with husband Max, is a member of Congregation Kol Emeth and a lifetime member of Hadassah. She is the mother of two grown sons.

Bulletin editors have expressed their thanks to Betty Newman, whose columns have appeared for 12 years, and Zillah Bahar, who has been with the Bulletin since 1993. Their recipes and insights into Jewish tradition have drawn many positive comments from readers.