La Cocina started in San Francisco, one of the nation’s most competitive food industries, as a grassroots organization in the Mission District. It has grown into the best-known kitchen incubator in the United States. La Cocina provides support and resources to help women, people of color and immigrants formalize and expand their food businesses to create a more diverse and equitable food industry.  

Caleb Zigas, executive director of La Cocina, built the original infrastructure of the incubator program. This program now supports nearly 40 growing businesses and continues to break down barriers and strengthen communities. For the first time, get a glimpse of this life-changing work with We Are La Cocina, a new cookbook that offers over 40 stories of women pursuing economic freedom and includes over 120 of their recipes, bringing a taste of that success into your own home.

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Caleb Zigas
Executive Director, La Cocina; Author, We Are La Cocina
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Veronica Salazar
Chef and Owner, El Huarache Loco
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Reem Assil
Chef and Owner, Reem's California; Chef and Owner, Dyafa
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Lamees Dahbour
Chef and Owner, Mama Lamees
Justin Phillips
Food Writer, San Francisco Chronicle—Moderator