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: Daniel Patterson - Coi

Monday, November 18, 2013 - 4:30pm

Please note: this event is sold out. Thank you! For any questions, please call (415) 927-0960 ext. 1.

Coi Restaurant, San Francisco

This event is a book launch and reception to celebrate the cookbook Coi: Stories and Recipe. Rather than a sit down dinner, Patterson is preparing a sampling of his recipes, served with wine.

Daniel Patterson is the head chef/owner of Coi (pronounced "Kwa"), a two Michelin star restaurant in San Francisco. At Coi, Patterson mixes modern culinary techniques with local, wild, and cultivated ingredients to create original dishes that speak of place, memory, and emotion. His approach has earned him a worldwide reputation as pioneer of a new Californian cuisine. Also renowned for his food writing, Patterson has been published in The New York Times, Food & Wine, and Lucky Peach. Now, in his highly anticipated new book Coi: Stories and Recipes, Patterson shares a personal account of the restaurant, its dishes, and his own unique philosophy on food and cooking. Patterson begins by examining his relationship with California after his arrival from the East Coast and as he began to feel more at home throughout the years. He then takes readers into the Coi kitchen with 70 of the restaurant's original dishes, including Chilled Spice Ratatouille Soup; Carrots Roasted in Coffee Beans; Monterey Bay Abalone with Nettle-Dandelion Salsa Verde; Inverted Cherry Tomato Tart; and Lime Marshmallow with Coal-Toasted Meringue. The dishes are explained through a series of personal essays and narrative recipes, offering insight into Patterson's life, philosophy, and inspirations.

Daniel Patterson was born in Massachusetts and moved to California in 1989, where he now has three restaurants: Coi (2006) in San Francisco, and Plum (2010) and Haven (2011) in Oakland. He is the winner of many awards, including "Best New Chef" by Food & Wine Magazine and "Chef of the Year" by San Francisco Magazine. He has been nominated for five James Beard Awards including "Best Chef: West" in 2013. Coi holds 2 Michelin stars, and is ranked #58 on the San Pellegrino World's Best Restaurants list.

 

Coi: Stories and Recipes Cover Image
$49.95
ISBN: 9780714865904
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Published: Phaidon Press - October 14th, 2013

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"An absorbing self‐portrait of an exceptional cook." Harold McGee


Cooks with Books: Suzanne Goin - The AOC Cookbook

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 - 6:30pm

Left Bank Restaurant, Larkspur
Tickets (Book Included): $120 per person, $185 per couple

Since her James Beard Award-winning first book, Sunday Suppers at Lucques, Suzanne Goin and her Los Angeles empire of restaurants have blossomed and she has been lauded as one of the best chefs in the country. Now, she is bringing us the recipes from her sophomore restaurant, A.O.C., turning the small-plate, shared-style dishes that she made so famous into main courses for the home chef. Among her many recipes, you can expect her addictive Bacon-Wrapped Dates with Parmesan; Duck Sausage with Candied Kumquats; Dandelion and Roasted Carrot Salad with Black Olives and Ricotta Salata; California Sea Bass with Tomato Rice, Fried Egg, and Sopressata; Lamb Meatballs with Spiced Tomato Sauce, Mint, and Feta; Crème Fraîche Cake with Santa Rosa Plums and Pistachios in Olive Oil; and S'Mores with Caramel Popcorn and Chocolate Sorbet.

But The A.O.C. Cookbook is much more than just a collection of recipes. Because Goin is a born teacher with a gift for pairing seasonal flavors, this book is full of wonderful, eye-opening information about the ingredients that she holds dear. She takes the time to talk you through each one of her culinary decisions, explaining her palate and how she gets the deeply developed flavor profiles, which make even the simplest dishes sing. More than anything, Goin wants you to understand her techniques so you enjoy yourself in the kitchen and have no problem achieving restaurant-quality results right at home.

Suzanne Goin was born and raised in southern California and graduated from Brown University. In 2006 she was the recipient of two awards from the James Beard Foundation (Best Chef California and Best Cookbook from a Professional Viewpoint for Sunday Suppers at Lucques), and she has received five concurrent nominations for Outstanding Chef of the Year. Goin is the chef and owner of Lucques, A.O.C., Tavern, and The Larder, all in Los Angeles, where she lives with her husband, David Lentz.

 

The A.O.C. Cookbook Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780307958235
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - October 29th, 2013

Since her James Beard Award-winning first book, "Sunday Suppers at Lucques," Suzanne Goin and her Los Angeles empire of restaurants have blossomed and she has been lauded as one of the best chefs in the country.Now, she is bringing us the recipes from her sophomore restaurant, A.O.C., turning the small-plate, shared-style dishes that she made so famous into main courses for the home chef.


Cooks with Books: Patricia Wells - The French Kitchen Cookbook

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 - 6:30pm

Left Bank Restaurant, Larkspur
Please note: online sales are now closed. To inquire about waitlist availability, please call (415) 927-0960 ext. 1.

The New York Times says “Patricia Wells is a genuine phenomenon.” We couldn’t agree more. To put it in perspective, Patricia Wells is the only foreigner and only woman to serve as a restaurant critic for a major French publication, L’Express. She was the global restaurant critic for the International Herald Tribune for 25 years. She is also the award winning author of 12 cookbooks and has won four James Beard awards. The French Kitchen Cookbook features delicious recipes from her famous cooking school in France. For several weeks each year, Patricia and her husband open their 18th Century Provencal home for personalized cooking classes for a small group of cooking enthusiasts who are eager to share in the food, wine, and culture of one of France’s most blessed regions. Wells is the author of The Provence Cookbook, The Paris Cookbook, The Food Lover’s Guide to Paris and many more.

 

The French Kitchen Cookbook: Recipes and Lessons from Paris and Provence Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780062088918
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Published: William Morrow & Company - October 22nd, 2013

With The French Kitchen Cookbook, culinary legend Patricia Wells invites home cooks into her life in France, making the fresh and delicious recipes from her popular classes available to fans who dream of experiencing their own gastronomic adventure in the world's culinary capital.


Cooks With Books: Mollie Katzen - The Heart of the Plate

Friday, October 18, 2013 - 12:00pm

Please note: this event is sold out! For signed first editios of The Heart of the Plate, request a signed copy in the comments field at check-out or call (415) 927-0960 ext. 1. 

Greens Restaurant, San Francisco

The New York Times has hailed Mollie Katzen as "one of the best-selling cookbook authors of all time." Katzen has helped Americans change the way we eat and brought vegetarian cuisine into home kitchens with her award winning Moosewood Cookbook popularity. In her new cookbook, The Heart of the Plate, readers will find a repertoire of 250 flavorful, lighter, vibrant recipes. In assembling this huge collection, she has included her most loved recipes. She also includes 35 menu's  of which 15 are vegan. Katzen's hallmark has always been her drawings and illustrations in her cookbooks and this one is no exception. Her latest work is filled with line drawings, illustrations and stunning full color photographs.

 

The Heart of the Plate: Vegetarian Recipes for a New Generation Cover Image
$34.99
ISBN: 9780547571591
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Published: Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - September 17th, 2013

With The Moosewood Cookbook, Mollie Katzen changed the way a generation cooked and brought vegetarian cuisine into the mainstream.


Cooks with Books: Ethel Brennan & Sara Remington - Paris to Provence

Thursday, May 16, 2013 - 6:30pm
Left Bank Restaurant
Admission: $110 per person | $160 per couple (one book)

This event is now sold out

Paris to Provence is a culinary journey down memory lane and a celebration of childhood summers in France. Co-authors Ethel Brennan, writer and photo stylist, and Sara Remington, photographer, share their memories and recipes for their favorite foods in this evocative and heartfelt book. You’ll stroll through farmer’s markets, sample street foods, and visit typical sidewalk cafes and historic bistros. Brennan’s books include Herbes de Provence, Citrus, and Goat Cheese. The on-location photographs of Paris and Provence are a visual journey to France through the eyes of of the acclaimed photographer Remington, whose books including The Blue Chair Jam Cookbook.

The price includes the meal, wine, tax, tip & a signed copy of the author’s book.
 
 

Paris to Provence: Childhood Memories of Food & France Cover Image
By Ethel Brennan, Sara Remington (Photographer), Georgeanne Brennan (Foreword by)
$29.99
ISBN: 9781449427511
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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - April 30th, 2013

Paris to Provence is a culinary travelogue of separate summers spent in France, interweaving a collection of simple recipes with evocative memories and stories of those years.


Cooks With Books: Deborah Madison - Vegetable Literacy

Sunday, April 21, 2013 - 12:30pm
Left Bank Restaurant 
Admission: $110 per person | $165 per couple (one book)

 
Online registration is closed. Please call (415) 927-0960 ext. 1 to inquire about remaining space.


Deborah Madison is the founding chef of the highly acclaimed Greens Restaurant in San Francisco. She’s the author of nine cookbooks and award winner of the M.F.K. Fisher Award, the I.A.C.P. Julia Child cookbook of the year award, and a 3-time winner of the James Beard Award. In this ambitious new cookbook 
Vegetable Literacy, Madison celebrates the diversity of edible plants in over 300 recipes. Her cooking style is intuitive and inspired from a deep knowledge of food, flavors, markets, farming and time in the kitchen. Home chefs will discover this is more than a cookbook—it is an incredible resource of botanical, historical and horticultural information. 

The meal will feature the fresh, local and seasonal produce of Farm Fresh to You. Price includes the meal, wine, tax, tip & a signed copy of the author’s book.  

 
Vegetable Literacy: Cooking and Gardening with Twelve Families from the Edible Plant Kingdom, with Over 300 Deliciously Simple Recipes Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9781607741916
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Published: Ten Speed Press - March 12th, 2013

In her latest cookbook, Deborah Madison, America's leading authority on vegetarian cooking and author of Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone, reveals the surprising relationships between vegetables, edible flowers, and herbs within the same botanical families, and how understanding these connections can help home cooks see everyday vegetables in new light.


Cooks With Books: Nigella Lawson - Nigellissima

Saturday, February 16, 2013 - 12:30pm
This event is sold out.
To be placed on the wait list, call 415-927-0979, ext. 239.
 
 
Left Bank Restaurant
Admission: $125 per person
 
At 17, Nigella Lawson decided she wanted to be Italian. This sentimental journey into Italian cuisine will inspire home chefs. Nigellissima combines rich Italian culinary tradition with 120 recipes with the distinct twists and insights that she learned when she lived in Italy as a young girl. She is the author of eight cookbooks including Nigella Kitchen, Nigella Fresh, and Nigella Bites. She is a TV host on the Food Network, and in 2013, she’s launching a new series with Anthony Boudain, Ludo Lefebvre and Brain Malarkey. The menu will be paired with the wonderful wines from Trione Winery.

The price includes the meal, wine, tax, tip & a signed copy of the author’s book.

Nigellissima: Easy Italian-Inspired Recipes Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780770437015
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Clarkson Potter Publishers - February 12th, 2013

Nigellissima, like the Italian cooking from which it takes its inspiration, is a celebration of food that is fresh, delicious, and unpretentious. Here Nigella Lawson serves up 120 straightforward and mouthwatering recipes that are quick and easy yet elevate weeknight meals into no-fuss feasts.


Left Bank
507 Magnolia Ave.
94939 Larkspur
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Cooks With Books: Michael Romano - Family Table

Tuesday, April 9, 2013 - 6:30pm
Left Bank Restaurant
Admission: $120 per person | $170 per couple (one book)

To inquire about availability, call (415) 927-0960 ext. 239
 
 
JUST ADDED:
Roundtable Discussion with Michael Romano
5:15pm to 6:15pm

Join us in advance of the Cooks with Books event on April 9th at Left Bank in Larkspur for a private roundtable discussion with Chef Michael Romano.  Chef Romano will lead a discussion on the concept and importance of Family/Staff Meals (e.g., the daily pre-shift meal and meeting) at his restaurants. The concept of Family/Staff meals extends beyond restaurants to all businesses.  Space at the roundtable is limited. RSVP today.
 
Michael Romano, culinary director and partner for the Union Square Hospitality Group, has won an unprecedented 25 James Beard Awards. Family Table keeps the recipes easy, affordable and delicious. These restaurant-tested recipes include soups, salads, beans and grains, pasta, seafood, chicken and turkey, side dishes, Beef Pork and Lamb, bread, desserts and drinks. Romano is co-author of The Union Square Cafe Cookbook and Second Helpings from the Union Square Cafe.

The price includes the meal, wine, tax, tip & a signed copy of the author’s book.

Family Table: Favorite Staff Meals from Our Restaurants to Your Home Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780547615622
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Published: Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - April 2nd, 2013

Some of the Best Food You ll Never Eat in a Restaurant


Cooks With Books: Joanne Weir - Cooking Confidence

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - 6:30pm
Online Registration is now closed.
Please call (415) 927-0960 to inquire about remaining space. 
 
Left Bank Restaurant 
Admission: $110 per person | $170 per couple (one book)

Joanne Weir, a James Beard award-winning chef, demystifies cooking techniques and gives the home chef 100 recipes for main courses that are easy, comprehensive and delicious. Written as the companion cookbook to her new TV show, 
Joanne Weir’s Cooking Confidence, it will put the mojo back into your kitchen. Weir is the author of From Tapas to Meze, You Say
Tomato, and Recipes from the Wine Country

Price includes the meal, wine, tax, tip & a signed copy of the author’s book. 
 
Joanne Weir's Cooking Confidence: Dinner Made Simple Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781600857133
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Published: Taunton Press - November 13th, 2012

So many of us love the idea of whipping up a fabulous dinner during the week, but when it comes to putting the pan on the flame, we lose confidence. Do I have the skills to pull this off? Do I have the time? The answer is "yes" when you have "Joanne Weir's Cooking Confidence "at your fingertips.


Left Bank
507 Magnolia Ave.
94939 Larkspur
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Charles Phan - Cooks with Books: Vietnamese Home Cooking

Sunday, October 7, 2012 - 6:30pm

Admission $115 per person

Online registration is no longer available. Please call (415) 927-0960, ext. 1 to reserve a space!

Considered the inventor of modern Vietnamese cuisine in America, Charles Phan is a culinary wonder in his own right. The executive chef/owner of The Slanted Door was born in Vietnam, his family relocated just before the fall of Saigon and after two years in Guam, his family settled in SF. HIs first restaurant, The Slanted Door, opened in 1995 in San Francisco's Mission District and relocated to the historic Ferry Building in 2004. Phan has won the James Beard award Best Chef in California and many others. This event will not be a typical Cooks with Books sit down dinner but a book launch and reception for his eagerly awaited first cookbook Vietnamese Home Cooking.

Join us for a very exciting evening in the mesmerizing and beautiful Grand Hall in the Ferry Building.

Don't wait to sign up - space is limited. Price includes the meal, wine, tax, tip & a signed copy of the author’s book. Reserve at Book Passage (415-927-0960) or at bookpassage.com/food-wine-events. Can't attend the event? Order a signed copy.

S. F. Ferry Building
Grand Hall
94111 San Francisco
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