Cooks with Books

Cooks with Books events take place at Bay Area restaurants. Attendees attend a meal that is prepared under the supervision of a local or celebrity chef (and since the Bay Area is one of the world's culinary capitals, that often means both!). Throughout the meal, the author-chef mingles with attendees and discusses his or her latest book. Coffee and conversation usually end about two hours later. These are happy, convivial events for any lover of fine food and wine. The ticket price includes the meal, wine, tax, tip & a signed copy of the author’s book.

Cooks with Books: Cal Peternell - A Recipe for Cooking (Larkspur)

Sunday, April 30, 2017 - 12:00pm

Left Bank Restaurant in Larkspur • Singles: $115; Couples: $175 (one book)
Event ticket includes meal, wine, tip, and a signed copy of the book.

Celebrate the joys of a great day in the kitchen and a meal shared with family and friends with this follow-up to the bestselling, IACP Award-winning Twelve Recipes, featuring next level, home-cook-friendly recipes for occasions large and small

Twelve Recipes provided the basic techniques and recipes for essential home cooking. Now, A Recipe for Cooking takes home cooks to the next level.

Cal Peternell gives you everything you need to cook for big get-togethers, holiday feasts, family occasions, and for a special dinner for two. He organizes the recipes by season to help cooks plan their meals from first bite to last—how a meal should start, what should be the main attraction, what should be served alongside, and how to choose the perfect finish.

Illustrated with charming color photos and drawings, this book offers a range of delicious, easy-to-master fare: Savory Tart with Onions, Olive, and Anchovies; Shredded Zucchini Fritters with Basil Mayonnaise; Citrus Salad with Ginger, Cilantro, and Saffron-toasted Pistachios; Fish and Shellfish Soup; Rolled Pork Loin Roast Stuffed with Olives and Herbs; Lasagna Bolognese; Belgian Endive Gratin with Gruyere and Prosciutto; and a Blood Orange and Buttermilk Tart. Each of Cal's recipes utilizes the freshest, most delicious ingredients of each season.

Here are meals to share with close family and good friends—to laugh, drink, and cook with—as well as dishes that give you some quiet time in the kitchen, slicing, seasoning, and simmering. With food to make introductions, to commemorate, to celebrate, even, on occasion, to gently instigate, this is Cal Peternell at his wittiest, warmest, and most inspiring.

Cal Peternell grew up on a small farm in New Jersey and graduated with a BFA in painting from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. His cooking career began at Bix in San Francisco, and continued to Biba and The Blue Room in Boston, and back to San Francisco for a sous chef spot at Loretta Keller’s Bizou. Cal was hired at Chez Panisse in 1995, has been the chef in the Cafe since 2001, and took over as chef of the downstairs restaurant in 2013. Cal is the author of Twelve Recipes. He and his wife, Kathleen, have three sons and live in Berkeley, California.

 

A Recipe for Cooking Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9780062427861
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Published: William Morrow & Company - October 25th, 2016

Celebrate the joys of a great day in the kitchen and a meal shared with family and friends with this follow-up to the bestselling, IACP Award-winning Twelve Recipes, featuring next level, home-cook-friendly recipes for occasions large and small.


Left Bank Larkspur Brasserie
507 Magnolia Avenue
Larkspur, CA 94939

Cooks with Books: Deborah Madison - In My Kitchen (Santa Rosa)

Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 6:30pm

Spinster Sisters Restaurant in Santa Rosa • Singles: $110; Couples: $170 (one book)
Event ticket includes meal, wine, tip, and a signed copy of the book.

From Deborah Madison, the country’s foremost authority on vegetarian cooking and one of the most trusted voices in food, comes In My Kitchen: A Collection of New and Favorite Vegetarian Recipes, a carefully curated and updated collection of her most loved recipes.

Reflecting how she cooks at home today, Deborah Madison’s newest book shares 100 of the most inspired and innovative recipes from her vast repertoire, all pared down to the key ingredients needed to achieve delicious, nuanced flavor, with simplified preparations. In My Kitchen is a vegetable-forward cookbook organized alphabetically and featuring recipes like Roasted Jerusalem Artichoke Soup with Sunflower Sprouts; Fennel Shaved with Tarragon and Walnuts; and Olive Oil, Almond, and Blood Orange Cake. Perfect for both weeknight dinners and special occasions, this book will delight longtime fans and newcomers to Madison—and anyone who loves fresh, flavorful cooking. Lavishly photographed, with an approachable, intimate package, this is the must-have collection of modern vegetarian recipes from a beloved authority.

Deborah Madison is the award-winning author of 13 cookbooks, including New Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone and Vegetable Literacy. She is well known for her simple, seasonal, vegetable-based cooking. She got her start in the San Francisco Bay Area at Chez Panisse before opening Greens. In 1994, Madison received the M.F.K. Fisher Mid-Career Award from Les Dames d’Escoffier and in 2016 she was inducted into the James Beard Foundation Cookbook Hall of Fame.

 

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$32.50
ISBN: 9780399578885
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Ten Speed Press - March 28th, 2017

From the foremost authority on vegetarian cooking and one of the most trusted voices in food comes a carefully curated and updated collection of 100 favorite and most inspired recipes, reflecting how Deborah Madison loves to cook now.


Spinster Sisters
401 South A Street
Santa Rosa, CA 95401

Cooks with Books: Desmond Tan & Kate Leahy - Burma Superstar (San Francisco)

Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 6:30pm

Burma Love Restaurant in San Francisco • Singles: $120; Couples: $195 (one book)
Event ticket includes meal, wine, tip, and a signed copy of the book.

Burma Superstar: Addictive Recipes from the Crossroads of Southeast Asia is an eclectic collection of 80 achievable yet spectacular recipes from famed San Francisco Bay Area Burmese restaurant, Burma Superstar.

For years, Bay Area residents and out-of-towners have packed the house—and lined up out the door—for the salads, curries, rice, and stir-fries served at Burma Superstar, a beloved Burmese restaurant with four locations in the San Francisco Bay Area. This collection of recipes includes favorites like Tea Leaf Salad, Samosa Soup, Pumpkin Pork Stew, Garlic Noodles, and Black Rice Pudding that have made the group of restaurants one of the most recognizable in the Bay Area but it also takes readers into the kitchens of Burmese home cooks, whose style of cooking drives menu inspiration. As Burma—now called Myanmar—opens up to the world after a half century of seclusion, there has never been a more exciting time to share the multi-ethnic flavors of Burma Superstar. 

Desmond Tan was born in Burma and came to San Francisco when he was 12 years old. He has grown Burma Superstar into four thriving, unique locations (with a fifth on the way). In 2014, he launched Mya Foods, the first Bay Area company to import Burmese ingredients—most notably laphet, Burma’s famous fermented tea leaves. Kate Leahy co-authored A16 Food + Wine, the IACP Cookbook of the Year and recipient of the IACP Julia Child First Book Award; SPQR; The Preservation Kitchen, which Eater.com ranked as one of the most notable books of the year; and Cookie Love.

 

Burma Superstar: Addictive Recipes from the Crossroads of Southeast Asia Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781607749509
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Ten Speed Press - March 28th, 2017

From the beloved San Francisco restaurant, a mouthwatering collection of recipes, including Fiery Tofu, Garlic Noodles, the legendary Tea Leaf Salad, and many more. Never before have the vivid flavors of Burmese cooking been so achievable for home cooks.


211 Valencia St.
San Francisco, CA 94103

Cooks with Books: Georgeanne Brennan - La Vie Rustic (Larkspur)

Sunday, March 26, 2017 - 11:30am

Left Bank Restaurant in Larkspur • Singles: $115; Couples: $165 (one book)
Event ticket includes meal, wine, tip, and a signed copy of the book.

James Beard Award winning author Georgeanne Brennan translates the tenets of a certain way of living—an approach to daily cooking that’s rooted firmly in the French tradition—for American home cooks everywhere. Featuring recipes driven by the seasons and the outdoors, paired with lovely lifestyle photography, this inspiring cookbook weaves together her personal experience, stories, and tips about how to create a sustainable life—one that celebrates the relationship between the land and the table, and among food, family, and friends—no matter where you reside.

The Potager: Year-Round Vegetables: green garlic and new potato soup; charred artichokes with fresh herb dipping sauce; zucchini and pine nut fritters; fennel and chicken braised with lemon; savory chard and raisin tart; sweet pepper and shelling bean Gratin; parsnip soup with toasted almonds; winter beignets with sauce verde

The Orchard: Fruits & Nuts: homecured olives, cherry and onion chutney for seared duck breast, chestnut and pork stew, pear, arugula and shaved parmesan salad, mulberry and pistachio tart, chestnut cream profiteroles

The Barnyard: Cows, Goats, Sheep, Pigs, Chickens, Ducks & Rabbits: foie gras terrine, chicken liver pâté, shredded duck confit and cornichon buns, beef braised in red wine and bone marrow, roast chicken with potatoes and droppings, stuffed breast of lamb-Michoui style, frozen meringues and fruit cream

The Forest & Fields: Wild Things : snail stuffed mushroom, wild mushroom soup, foraged greens and prosciutto salad, quail with juniper glaze and shallots, fresh bay leaves skewered with lamb and peppers, Crème Brûlée with Black Truffles, lavender pepper goat cheese.

Water: Fish & Shellfish: smoked trout pate, thin sliced raw scallops with wild fennel pollen, pot de poisson, Moules Gratinée, sea bass with lemon verbenas buerre blanc, sea urchin sauce

With lovely recipes and tips to sustainable life, La Vie Rustic allows you to live the French lifestyle in your home!

Georgeanne Brennan is a James Beard award-winning cookbook author and journalist. She and her work have been featured in such publications as the Wall Street Journal, Gourmet, Food and Wine, San Francisco Chronicle, Edible magazines and elsewhere. Her books have been translated into multiple languages, including her memoir, A Pig in Provence. In 2014 she founded La Vie Rustic: Sustainable Living in the French Style, a product line and on-line store. She lives in Northern California and travels several times a year to her long time home in Provence where she once lived, keeping goats and pigs and making and selling goats milk cheese.

 

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$35.00
ISBN: 9781681881430
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Weldon Owen - March 7th, 2017

James Beard Award winning author Georgeanne Brennan translates the tenets of a certain way of living--an approach to daily cooking that's rooted firmly in the French tradition--for American home cooks everywhere.


Left Bank Restaurant
507 Magnolia Ave.
Larkspur, CA 94939

CANCELLED: Cooks with Books: Marie Simmons - Whole World Vegetarian (San Francisco)

Friday, February 3, 2017 - 12:00pm

Please note: this event has been cancelled.

Greens Restaurant in San Francisco • Singles: $115; Couples: $175 (one book)
Event ticket includes meal, wine, tip, and a signed copy of the book.

Big-flavored vegetarian dishes from around the globe, from the James Beard Award -- and IACP Award–winning author Marie Simmons.

The best of our vegetarian recipes have always drawn inspiration from other cultures. In Whole World Vegetarian, Marie Simmons follows her culinary wanderlust, bringing together a collection of bold, imaginative dishes and seamlessly adapting them to contemporary tables.

Cooks can expect a wealth of sumptuous options: rice- and corn-stuffed poblano chiles; Greek-style mac-and-cheese with summer squash; Indonesian vegetable salad with peanut dressing. Even the homiest dishes deliver rich rewards, like South American pumpkin–black bean stew with prunes. All have fresh twists: In a zucchini lasagna, squash replaces pasta, and a cold beet soup is replete with chopped fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, and apples. A Persian herb omelet gets an unexpected lift with baking powder. From a quick and little-known dip of Iranian yogurt, spinach, and caramelized onions garnished with toasted walnuts to shakshuka, a spicy Tunisian ratatouille crowned with poached eggs and fresh herbs, all become accessible and inviting under Simmons’ guidance.

The winner of a Julia Child Award and two James Beard Awards, Marie Simmons is a cooking teacher and the author of more than a dozen cookbooks, including Sur La Table's Things Cooks Love, Fresh & Fast, The Good Egg, and 365 Ways to Cook Pasta. She was a columnist for Bon Appétit for eighteen years.

 

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$23.00
ISBN: 9780544018457
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Published: Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - May 10th, 2016

Big-flavored vegetarian dishes from around the globe, from the James Beard Award- and IACP Award-winning author Marie Simmons


Greens Restaurant
2 Marina Blvd.
San Francisco, CA 94123

Cooks with Books: John Ash - Cooking Wild (Larkspur)

Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 6:30pm

Left Bank Restaurant in Larkspur • Singles: $115; Couples: $165 (one book)
Event ticket includes meal, wine, tip, and a signed copy of the book.

Uncultivated foods are better for the planet and your plate, so for best health -- and best flavor! -- go wild with Cooking Wild: More than 150 Recipes for Eating Close to Nature!

To eat wild foods, you needn’t crawl through the forest or hunt your own game. Many wild foods are as close by as your local supermarket. But this doesn’t mean that wild foods aren’t worth the hunt. This book takes a big view of “wild,” including recipes and information on both foraged, uncultivated foods as well as looking at the progeny of wild foods more conveniently found for sale alongside their conventional cousins.

Americans are increasingly concerned about where their food comes from and how it’s produced, packaged, and marketed. Heritage breeds, Paleo diets, farmers’ markets, and environmental and climate concerns all point to increased interest in foods that are as natural, untreated, and healthy as they can be. Plants, seafood, meat, and poultry are all covered in more than 150 recipes, and will serve as a historical, agricultural education for your kitchen.

Chef John Ash is a James Beard award-winning author, teacher, and restaurateur. He co-hosts a weekly food and wine radio talk show, The Good Food Hour, broadcast in Sonoma County, and teaches cooking classes at various cooking schools, including the Culinary Institute of America in St. Helena, California. His most recent book, Culinary Birds, won a James Beard Award for Best Single Subject Cookbook. He lives in Santa Rosa, California.

Cooking Wild: More Than 150 Recipes for Eating Close to Nature Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780762457946
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Running Press Book Publishers - May 10th, 2016

To eat wild foods, you needn't crawl through the forest or hunt your own game. Many wild foods are as close by as your local supermarket. But this doesn't mean that wild foods aren't worth the hunt.


Left Bank Larkspur Brasserie
507 Magnolia Avenue
Larkspur, CA 94939

Cooks with Books: Marcus Samuelsson - The Red Rooster Cookbook (Insalata's)

Saturday, October 22, 2016 - 12:30pm

Insalata's, San Anselmo
$115 per person (includes meal, wine, tax, tip, & a copy of the book)

Please note: event is now sold out.

When the James Beard Award-winning chef Marcus Samuelsson opened Red Rooster on Malcolm X Boulevard in Harlem, he envisioned more than a restaurant. It would be the heart of his neighborhood and a meet-and-greet for both the downtown and the uptown sets, serving Southern black and cross-cultural food. It would reflect Harlem's history. Ever since the 1930s, Harlem has been a magnet for more than a million African Americans, a melting pot for Spanish, African, and Caribbean immigrants, and a mecca for artists.

These traditions converge on Rooster’s menu, with Brown Butter Biscuits, Chicken and Waffle, Killer Collards, and Donuts with Sweet Potato Cream. They’re joined by global-influenced dishes such as Jerk Bacon and Baked Beans, Latino Pork and Plantains, and Chinese Steamed Bass and Fiery Noodles. Samuelsson’s Swedish-Ethiopian background shows in Ethiopian Spice-Crusted Lamb, Slow-Baked Blueberry Bread with Spiced Maple Syrup, and the Green Viking, sprightly Apple Sorbet with Caramel Sauce.

Interspersed with lyrical essays that convey the flavor of the place and stunning archival and contemporary photos, The Red Rooster Cookbook is as layered as its inheritance.

The Red Rooster Cookbook: The Story of Food and Hustle in Harlem Cover Image
$37.50
ISBN: 9780544639775
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Published: Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - October 18th, 2016

Southern comfort food and multicultural recipes from the New York Times best-selling superstar chef Marcus Samuelsson's iconic Harlem restaurant.


120 Sir Francis Drake Blvd.
San Anselmo, CA 94960

Cooks with Books: Mario Batali - Big American Cookbook (Terrapin Crossroads)

Thursday, October 27, 2016 - 12:30pm

Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael • Tickets: $125 per person
Event ticket includes meal, wine, tip, and a signed copy of the book.

This event is sold out.

In his Big American Cookbook, Mario Batali has searched all corners of the country to bring to the table America’s best dishes with 250 delicious recipes. Many of the recipes you’ll find have been passed down from generation to generation and Batali puts his own personal stamp on each one. Batali counts 25 restaurants, ten cookbooks, TV shows, and many other venues that have created this culinary genius a household name.

 

Mario Batali--Big American Cookbook: 250 Favorite Recipes from Across the USA Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9781455584710
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Published: Grand Central Life & Style - October 4th, 2016

Mario Batali's delicious deep dive into American Regional cooking with 250 recipes--from San Diego Fish Tacos to Boston Cream Pie.


Terrapin Crossroads
100 Yacht Club Drive
San Rafael, CA 94901

Cooks with Books: Ryan Scott - One to Five (Left Bank)

Sunday, December 4, 2016 - 11:30am

Left Bank Restaurant in Larkspur • Singles: $115; Couples: $175 (one book) 
Event ticket includes meal, wine, tip, and a signed copy of the book.

If you can't prep it, cook it, and sit down to eat it in less than an hour, chef and television personality Ryan Scott doesn't want to do it. It's just that simple.

One to Five: One Shortcut Recipe Transformed Into Five Easy Dishes is cooking for real life: master one basic recipe and learn to spin it into five quick, affordable, and crowd-pleasing dishes. Discover how Ryan's killer marinade, a simple rotisserie chicken, or an easy slow-cooker roast can turn into soul-satisfying meals like carnitas, stuffed egg rolls, sliders, a Vietnamese salad, and a hearty stew.

From taco night to breakfast as dinner, this book is all about flexibility as Ryan invites home cooks to think creatively about cooking while using supermarket staples. He offers ingenious strategies, tricks, and guidance on stocking the freezer and pantry so that great-tasting meals are always ready at the drop of a hat.

Scott makes cooking so simple that readers can eat a delicious home-cooked meal without the hassle - and have fun while making it.

Ryan Scott is a chef, restaurateur, and an Emmy-Award winning food host. He appears regularly on national television, including Today and Rachael Ray, and is the host of The Ryan Scott Show, a weekly radio show. Ryan is chef and owner of Finn Town in San Francisco. One to Five is his first cookbook. Learn more about Ryan at www.ryanscottenterprises.com.

 

One to Five: One Shortcut Recipe Transformed Into Five Easy Dishes Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9780848747770
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Oxmoor House - October 25th, 2016

If you can't prep it, cook it, and sit down to eat it in less than an hour, chef and television personality Ryan Scott doesn't want to do it. It's just that simple.


Left Bank Restaurant
507 Magnolia Ave.
Larkspur, CA 94939

Cooks with Books: Alex Prud’homme - The French Chef in America (Left Bank)

Sunday, October 9, 2016 - 6:30pm

Left Bank Restaurant in Larkspur • Singles: $115; Couples: $180 (one book) 
Event ticket includes meal, wine, tip, and a signed copy of the book.

Julia Child is synonymous with French cooking, but her legacy runs much deeper.

Now, her great-nephew and My Life in France coauthor vividly recounts the myriad ways in which she profoundly shaped how we eat today. He shows us Child in the aftermath of the publication of Mastering the Art of French Cooking, suddenly finding herself America’s first lady of French food and under considerable pressure to embrace her new mantle. We see her dealing with difficult colleagues and the challenges of fame, ultimately using her newfound celebrity to create what would become a totally new type of food television. Every bit as entertaining, inspiring, and delectable as My Life in France, The French Chef in America: Julia Child's Second Act uncovers Julia Child beyond her “French chef” persona and reveals her second act to have been as groundbreaking and adventurous as her first.

Alex Prud’homme is Julia Child’s great-nephew and the coauthor of her autobiography, My Life in France, which was adapted into the movie Julie & Julia. He is also the author of The Ripple Effect: The Fate of Freshwater in the Twenty-First Century, Hydrofracking: What Everyone Needs to Know, and The Cell Game, and he is the coauthor (with Michael Cherkasky) of Forewarned: Why the Government Is Failing to Protect Us—and What We Must Do to Protect Ourselves. Prud’homme’s journalism has appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Time, and People.

 

The French Chef in America: Julia Child's Second ACT Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780385351751
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Knopf Publishing Group - October 4th, 2016

The enchanting story of Julia Child's years as TV personality and beloved cookbook author--a sequel in spirit to My Life in France--by her great-nephew


Left Bank Restaurant
507 Magnolia Ave.
Larkspur, CA 94939

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