Gourmet Jerky, Cookbook Recipes Finder & Curtis Stone

Krave's Basil Citrus Turkey jerky.

Craving Krave Jerky

When you think of jerky, no doubt it’s of those jaw-breaking, tough as shoe-leather strips sold at convenience stores and gas stations that you reach for only in desperation.

Now comes Krave Jerky, which is jerky you’ll actually want to eat.

The company was launched a year ago by Jens Hoj, former general manager of El Dorado Kitchen in Sonoma, and Jonathan Sebastiani, a winemaker whose family started Viansa Winery in Sonoma.

What sets these gourmet jerky products apart is that they’re actually tender, soft, moist and even sticky with marinade. They’re so meaty tasting that you almost feel like you might need a knife and fork to eat them. But rest assured, fingers work just fine.

The jerky comes in eight varieties, including Lemon Garlic Turkey, Honey Chipotle Beef, and Smoky Grilled Teriyaki Pork. The Beef Curry made with a hint of fish sauce carries a fiery back note. It tastes like pure street food that you almost want to enjoy alongside a scoop of rice. The Teriyaki Pork is the most tender of the bunch, with a candied-salty flavor of  a perfect Hawaiian plate lunch.

The Basil Citrus Turkey is the most toothsome of the bunch with a mild tang. Surprisingly, it also boasts the most calories at 100 per 1 ounce serving, compared to the 70-80 calories of the others. It also has the most sodium at 610 mg per serving, compared to the 140-400 mg of the others. But the turkey has 0 grams of fat, compared to 1.5-2.5 for the other flavors.

Jerky that actually won't hurt your jaw.

A 3.5-ounce package is $7.

But starting today, for a limited time only, Daily Gourmet is offering a deal on Krave Jerky. The new San Francisco-based company offers gourmet food products in special discounts for limited time offers to members, who are notified via email. Among the products that have been offered or will be are jams and vinegars from The Girl and the Fig in Sonoma, and vegan cinnamon rolls by Berkeley’s Cinnaholic.

A five-pack of Krave Jerky will be $28 (includes shipping) on Daily Gourmet.

The company was started by David Rangel, formerly with Microsoft’s Corporate Strategy Group and an executive at Groupon; and Chad Jackson, a software and Internet entrepreneur.

CookBookKarma for Cookbook Aficionados

If you love to cook from cookbooks, take photos of your dishes and post the results on your blog, you’ll be glad to discover the new site, CookBookKarma.

It’s an online gallery of cookbook reviews by bloggers. Just check out the lovely photos that are sure to make your mouth water. Then, submit your own photo with a link back to your own blog.

It’s a great way to check out recipes from the latest cookbooks, as well as to draw more readers to your own blog.

The site was created by my friend and colleague, Pam Thuman-Commike, who also started ProjectFoodie, a one-stop recipe search portal, which I regularly write for.

Flower Festival in Santa Cruz

India Joze restaurant in Santa Cruz invites you to enjoy the blooms of spring — in edible form.

May 1 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., the restaurant is hosting a festival that will feature cooking demos, live music and poetry readings. Enjoy such flowery creations as elder flower fritters, rose petal chicken, lavender scented salmon and lemon verbena shortbread.

Tickets are $45 per person. Advance tickets are required. They can be purchased here.

How about dinner prepared by Chef Curtis Stone? (Photo courtesy of Penfolds)

Meet Curtis Stone in San Francisco

If you’ve been swooning over adorable Aussie Chef Curtis Stone on “Top Chef Masters,” you’ll be glad to know you can meet him at a special Australian wine dinner in San Francisco on April 3o.

It’ll cost you a pretty penny, though. The Penfolds Premiere Grange Dinner at Cellar360 in Ghriardelli Square is $350 per person.

What do you get for that price tag? Stone creating a dinner to accompany five new Penfolds releases. For an added bonus, Peter Grago, Penfolds chief winemaker, also will be opening up four vintage wines for sampling.

For reservations, call (707) 299-3252. The event is limited to 40 attendees.

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16 comments

  1. 1

    finally a good jerky with really good flavors. i don’t know why someone didn’t start this years ago. excellent idea!

  2. 2

    Ok I’m a total Beef Jerky Junkie and totally ordering me some gourmet jerky! Have you ever tried the Jack Link’s Nuggets? They’re actually really tasty and not dry or chewy at all. I especially like the Buffalo Chicken flavor!

  3. 3

    I LOVE jerky and I am heading over there now to buy some to try out!

  4. 4

    Curtis Stone is running for a high price. :) Bet the event will be lovely though!

  5. 5

    I love jerky of all kinds and this looks fantastic! The Flower Feestival sounds like fun, I wish I was in the area!

  6. 6

    I wonder if anyone makes a veggie jerky. That would be a hard feat to pull off.

  7. 7

    I love jerky when it isn’t too dry and your description sounds amazing. Almost like that Singaporean sweet meat! :)

  8. 8

    i love jekry thanks for the link, also loving cookbookkarma!!
    sweetlife

  9. 9

    Someone sent me a invitation to join the site CookBookKarma the other day. I better check it out!

  10. 10

    Gourmet jerky! Sign me up now:)
    -Erin

  11. 11

    Beef jerkey??? What is that? It doesn’t look appetizing though!

    But meeting Curtis Stone would be awesome! I love his approach to cooking & eating a lot! His recvipes are always winners!

    thanks for sharing with us, my friend!

  12. 12

    Have tasted all flavors of Krave–so delicious!I was never much of a jerky fan before–but am now a convert!!!

  13. 13

    Wow, lots happening, but that jerky caught my eye, must check it out.

  14. 14

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  15. 15

    We love the texture of Krave Jerky. My favorite flavor is their Garlic Chili Pepper Beef. We also like their pork jerky (which is a jerky meat that is hard to find). Gland to see other Krave fans out there.

  16. 16

    I love the texture as well as the fresh and amazing taste. My favorite is the Chile Lime so I decided to include it in my gourmet gift boxes at http://foodiesgourmetgifts.com.

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