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Claud Mann is one of Ojai’s most beloved foodies, whose long career has seen him work as a chef, restaurant consultant, TV cooking show host, food writer and publisher, and healthy school meals advocate. Now, his passion is sourdough bread, and as the co-owner of Ojai Rôtie, he’s in charge of baking hundreds of loaves each week, which are available at the restaurant as well as the Ojai Farmers Market on Sunday mornings. He speaks to Kerstin Kuhn about his lifelong love of feeding people and why sourdough bread is a pursuit not for the fainthearted.

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If violin maker Brian Lisus were to time-travel back to the 17th century, he’d fit right in

A true artisan at heart who likes to build things with nothing but his bare hands, he’s entirely comfortable without technology: Making his fine string instruments — violins, violas, and cellos — relies purely on natural materials and his workmanship. “That’s why my clients come to me,” he says. “They know their instrument is completely handmade and they appreciate that.” Indeed, as a luthier Lisus is known around the world as a rare talent, a renowned craftsman whose instruments are unlike any others’.

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