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: Georgeanne Brennan - La Vie Rustic (Left Bank)

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.

 

La Vie Rustic: Recipes, Tips & Tales for a Sustainable Life in the French Style Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781681881430
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Weldon Owen - March 7th, 2017

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


Left Bank Restaurant
507 Magnolia Ave.
Larkspur, CA 94939

Cooks with Books: Marie Simmons - Whole World Vegetarian (Greens)

Friday, February 3, 2017 - 12:00pm

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
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
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 The best of our vegetarian recipes have always drawn inspiration from other cultures.


Greens Restaurant
2 Marina Blvd.
San Francisco, CA 94123

Cooks with Books: John Ash - Cooking Wild (Left Bank)

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
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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.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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
Availability: Special Order
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
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
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

Cooks with Books: Ayesha Curry - The Seasoned Life (Left Bank)

Sunday, September 25, 2016 - 6:30pm

Left Bank Restaurant in Larkspur • $120 per person
Event ticket includes meal, wine, tip, and a signed copy of the book.

Online registration is now closed. Please call (415) 927-0960 x 1 to inquire about waitlist availability.

In The Seasoned Life: Food, Family, Faith, and the Joy of Eating WellAyesha Curry shares 100 of her favorite recipes and invites readers into the home she has made with her two daughters and her husband, Stephen Curry. Ayesha knows firsthand what it is like to be a busy mom and wife, and she knows that for her family, time in the kitchen and around the table is where that balance begins.

This book has something for everybody. The simple, delicious recipes include Cast Iron Biscuits, Smoked Salmon Scramble, Homemade Granola, Mom's Chicken Soup, Stephen's 5 Ingredient Pasta, and plenty of recipes that get the whole family involved -- even the little ones!

Ayesha Curry has been featured in Food & Wine, Time, InStyle, Cooking Light, the Wall Street Journal, People, and USA Today and is a frequent guest on The Rachael Ray Show. Curry has appeared on several popular Food Network programs and hosts her own show on Cooking Channel. Mom to two daughters, Riley and Ryan, and wife to Stephen Curry, she lives in the Bay Area.

 

The Seasoned Life: Food, Family, Faith, and the Joy of Eating Well Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780316316330
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Little Brown and Company - September 20th, 2016

NATIONAL BESTSELLER
A beautiful family-centric cookbook for the home chef, from Ayesha Curry


Left Bank Restaurant
507 Magnolia Ave.
Larkspur, CA 94939

Cooks with Books: Shalane Flanagan & Elyse Kopecky - Run Fast Eat Slow (Left Bank)

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 - 12:00pm

Left Bank Restaurant, Larkspur
Tickets: $100 single, $165 couple (one book)

Event tickets include the meal, wine, tip, and a signed copy of the book.

Please note: this event is now sold out. For waitlist availability, please call (415) 927-0960.

From world-class marathoner and 4-time Olympian Shalane Flanagan and chef Elyse Kopecky comes a whole foods, flavor-forward cookbook for athletes that proves food can be indulgent and nourishing at the same time.
 
Packed with more than 100 recipes for every part of your day, from a morning smoothie to a lunch salad or sandwich to, yes, even, a satisfying dessert, Run Fast Eat Slow has all the bases covered. Fitness-minded readers will find no shortage of delicious meals, snacks, beverages, and sweets to indulge in without the guilt. Meals like Roasted Butternut Squash Ravioli with Sage Brown Butter and Pesto Zucchini "Pasta" will fill you up, without leaving you feeling heavy. Other fan favorites include Can’t Beet Me Smoothie, High-Altitude Bison Meatballs, Superhero Muffins, Arugula Cashew Pesto and Double Chocolate Teff Cookies. Flanagan and Kopecky also tackle the major misconceptions around what constitutes healthy eating. Many people have an ingrained fear of fat, but healthy fat is essential for preventing weight gain, absorbing nutrients, balancing hormones, building muscle and strong bones, and boosting energy.
 
Packaged as a beautiful full-color hardcover cookbook, this title stands out from other cookbooks geared toward athletes, and will please Shalane’s many fans who have been asking for food advice and recipes from her for years. Shalane will have just returned from competing in the 2016 Olympic Games, and in addition to dishing out cooking and food advice, will share stories about her experience in Rio.

 

Run Fast. Eat Slow.: Nourishing Recipes for Athletes Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781623366810
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Rodale Books - August 9th, 2016

From world-class marathoner and 4-time Olympian Shalane Flanagan and chef Elyse Kopecky comes a whole foods, flavor-forward cookbook and New York Times bestseller that proves food can be indulgent and nourishing at the same time.


Left Bank Brasserie
507 Magnolia Avenue
Larkspur, CA 94939

Cooks with Books: Victor Hazan - Ingredienti (Left Bank Restaurant)

Thursday, July 21, 2016 - 6:30pm

Left Bank Restaurant in Larkspur • Single $110; Couple $180 (one book)

This event is now sold-out. To inquire about waitlist availability, call (415) 927-0960 x233.

From the inimitable woman who popularized Italian cuisine in America, Marcella Hazan’s simple and elegant manual on how to shop for the best ingredients and prepare the most delicious meals is a must-have for every home cook.

When Marcella Hazan died in 2013, the world mourned the passing of the “Godmother of Italian cooking.” But her legacy lives on, through her cookbooks and recipes, and in the handwritten notebooks filled with her thoughts on how to select the best ingredients—Ingredienti. Her husband and longtime collaborator Victor Hazan has translated and transcribed these vignettes on how to buy and what to do with the fresh produce used in Italian cooking, the elements of an essential pantry, and salumi.

Before you know how to cook, you must know how to shop. From Artichokes to Zucchini, Anchovies to Ziti, this guide offers succinct and compelling advice on how to choose vegetables, pasta, olive oil, Parmigiano Reggiano, prosciutto, and all of the key elements of Marcella’s classic meals. Organic isn’t necessarily best, boxed pasta can be better than fresh. Marcella’s authoritative wisdom and surprising tips will change the way you cook. Her clear, practical guidance in acquiring the components of good cooking is helpful wherever you choose to shop—in supermarkets, farmers’ markets, specialty food stores, or online.

Based on sixty years of almost daily visits to the market to choose the ingredients of that day’s meal, this book is a life’s work, distilled—an expression of Marcella’s judgments, advice, and suggestions. Uncomplicated and precise, this volume will be essential to home cooks eager to produce meals in the same delicious style Marcella was the first to introduce to America.

Victor Hazan, Marcella’s lifelong collaborator and writing partner, is an authority on Italian wine and food. He is the author of Italian Wine. He lives in Longboat Key, Florida.

 

Ingredienti: Marcella's Guide to the Market Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781451627367
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Scribner Book Company - July 12th, 2016

From the inimitable woman who popularized Italian cuisine in America, Marcella Hazan's simple and elegant manual on how to shop for the best ingredients and prepare the most delicious meals is a must-have for every home cook.


Left Bank Restaurant
507 Magnolia Ave
Larkspur, CA 94939

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