Dining with Writers

Dining with Writers: Joyce Goldstein - The New Mediterranean Jewish Table (Spinster Sisters)

Wednesday, June 1, 2016 - 6:30pm

Spinster Sisters Restaurant in Santa Rosa• Single $100; Couple $165 (one book) 

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For thousands of years, the people of the Jewish Diaspora have carried their culinary traditions and kosher laws throughout the world. In the United States, this has resulted primarily in an Ashkenazi table of matzo ball soup and knishes, brisket and gefilte fish. But Joyce Goldstein is now expanding that menu with this comprehensive collection of over four hundred recipes from the kitchens of three Mediterranean Jewish cultures: the Sephardic, the Maghrebi, and the Mizrahi.

The New Mediterranean Jewish Table is an authoritative guide to Jewish home cooking from North Africa, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Spain, Portugal, and the Middle East. It is a treasury filled with vibrant, seasonal recipes—both classic and updated—that embrace fresh fruits and vegetables; grains and legumes; small portions of meat, poultry, and fish; and a healthy mix of herbs and spices. It is also the story of how Jewish cooks successfully brought the local ingredients, techniques, and traditions of their new homelands into their kitchens. With this varied and appealing selection of Mediterranean Jewish recipes, Joyce Goldstein promises to inspire new generations of Jewish and non-Jewish home cooks alike with dishes for everyday meals and holiday celebrations.

Joyce Goldstein was chef and owner of the groundbreaking Mediterranean restaurant Square One in San Francisco. Prior to opening Square One, she was chef at the Chez Panisse Café and visiting executive chef at the Wine Spectator Restaurant at the Culinary Institute of America in Napa. Today she is a cooking teacher, consultant to the restaurant and food industries, and prolific cookbook author.

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$39.95
ISBN: 9780520284999
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Published: University of California Press - April 12th, 2016

For thousands of years, the people of the Jewish Diaspora have carried their culinary traditions and kosher laws throughout the world. In the United States, this has resulted primarily in an Ashkenazi table of matzo ball soup and knishes, brisket and gefilte fish.


Spinster Sisters
401 South A Street
Santa Rosa, CA 95401

Dining with Writers: Pati Jinich - Mexican Today

Sunday, April 17, 2016 - 6:30pm

Please note: this event has been cancelled.

Spinster Sisters Restraurant, Santa Rosa
 

On her PBS TV series, now in its fifth season, as well as in frequent appearances on shows like "The Chew," Pati Jinich, a busy mother of three, has shown a flair for making Mexican cooking irresistibly accessible. In Mexican Today, she shares easy, generous dishes, both traditional ones and her own new spins. Some are regional recipes she has recovered from the past and updated, like Miners Enchiladas with fresh vegetables and cheese or Drunken Rice with Chicken and Chorizo, a specialty of the Yucatan. Sweaty Tacos with ripe tomatoes and cheese are so convenient they re sold on Mexican streets by bicyclists. Her grandmother's Cornflake Cookies feel just as contemporary now as they did then.Pati has Mexed up other recipes in such family favorites as Mexican Pizza with Grilled Skirt Steak and Onions. Still other dishes show the evolution of Mexican food north and south of the border, including Mexican Dreamboat Hotdogs and Cal-Mex Fish Tacos with Creamy Slaw. This food will draw everyone together a family at the end of a working day, a book club, or a neighborhood potluck. Throughout, Pati is an infectious cheerleader, sharing stores of the food, people, and places behind the recipes.

Pati Jinich is the host of the popular PBS show Pati's Mexican Table and the official chef of the Mexican Cultural Institute. She has appeared on the Food Network, Fox News, NPR, and The Splendid Table, and appears regularly on NBC's Today Show, ABC's The Chew, and CBS's The Talk. She hosts live programs for the Smithsonian Institution and has cooked at the Blair House, the official guest house for the President of the United States.

 

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$30.00
ISBN: 9780544557246
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Published: Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - April 12th, 2016

Intriguing recipes for everyday meals from the host of the PBS series "Pati's Mexican Table" On her PBS TV series, now in its fifth season, as well as in frequent appearances on shows like "The Chew," Pati Jinich, a busy mother of three, has shown a flair for making Mexican cooking irresistibly accessible.


Spinster Sisters
401 South A Street
Santa Rosa, CA 95401

Dining with Writers: Michele Anna Jordan - The Good Cook's Book Series

Tuesday, November 10, 2015 - 6:30pm

Please note: online ticket sales are now closed. Call (415) 927-0960 x1 to inquire about ticket availability.

Spinster Sisters Restraurant, Santa Rosa
Ticket: $95 per person (Includes Meal and Choice of Michele Anna Jordan's Books)

How do you cook with flavored vinegars and should they be bought or made at home? What are the best oils for frying? The Good Cook's of Oil and Vinegar: One of the World's most Delicious Pairings, with More Than 150 Recipes answers these and many other questions about this important culinary duo. The most comprehensive oil and vinegar guide available today, it offers key scientific, nutritional, and culinary facts as well as interesting history behind oil and vinegar. In addition, award-winning author Michele Anna Jordan shows how a distinctive oil or vinegar can add spark to a meal. She showcases a whole realm of delicious cooking with recipes such as: Bruschetta, Fall fruit gazpacho, and more.

Salt is indispensable and pepper is superfluous. Michelle Anna Jordan guides you through this cookbook where salt and pepper is a one-word dictionary term in her kitchen vocabulary. This exquisite cookbook will go over the necessities of salt, and the luxury of pepper via 135 seasoned recipes. The Good Cook's Book of Salt and Pepper: Achieving Seasoned Delight, with More Than 150 Recipes separates itself from other competitors by offering scientific facts, a healthier exposure to salt and pepper, and some interesting worldwide trivia. Recipes in this book include: 
Au poivre rouge steak, Three-peppercorn bread, and Pepper-crusted pizza with porcini, fontina, and sage.

Michele Anna Jordan has twelve years of experience as an award-winning chef and has written a multitude of cookbooks. Currently, she writes three weekly columns for The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, Savuer magazine, which recently took a first place award from the Association of Food and Wine Journalists. Jordan has held positions as restaurant critic for San Francisco Focus Magazine, as well as the San Francisco Chronicle, and has written for numerous national publications, including: Cooking Light, Wine Enthusiast, Kitchen Garden, Fine Cooking, Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, Asian Week, and more. Jordan also teaches and lectures on a variety of food-related topics and is a frequent guest on radio and television around the country. Jordan lives in Western Sonoma County with her two black cats, Poe and Rosemary.

The Good Cook's Book of Oil and Vinegar: One of the World's Most Delicious Pairings, with More Than 150 Recipes Cover Image
By Michele Anna Jordan, Liza Gershman (Photographer), M. F. K. Fisher (Foreword by)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781632205872
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Published: Skyhorse Publishing - July 21st, 2015

Michele Jordan knows her food and she knows how to write about it. "San Francisco Examiner"
What "is" extra virgin olive oil and how do you find the best kind? How do you cook with flavored vinegars and should they be bought or made at home? What are the best oils for frying? How does the strength of a vinegar influence a recipe?


The Good Cook's Book of Salt and Pepper: Achieving Seasoned Delight, with More Than 150 Recipes Cover Image
By Michele Anna Jordan, Liza Gershman (Photographer)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781629145761
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Published: Skyhorse Publishing - July 21st, 2015

It amazes me that so little has been written about the two foods we eat most often. Here is a book that tells us about these two ingredientsone essential to life, the other the flavor of almost everything we eat. . . . A book like Ms. Jordan's is long overdue. James Peterson


Spinster Sisters
401 South A Street
Santa Rosa, CA 95401

Dining with Writers: Cat Cora - Cooking As Fast As I Can

Saturday, October 3, 2015 - 6:30pm

Spinster Sisters in Santa Rosa 
Tickets: $95 (Includes meal and signed book)

Please note: online ticket sales have closed. To inquire about ticket availability, please call Karen West at (415) 518-0338.

Before she became a celebrated chef, Cathy Cora was just a girl from Jackson, Mississippi, where days were slow and every meal was made from scratch. Her passion for the kitchen started in her home, where she spent her days internalizing the dishes that would form the cornerstone of her cooking philosophy incorporating her Greek heritage and Southern upbringing from crispy fried chicken and honey-drenched biscuits to spanakopita. But outside the kitchen, Cat's life was volatile. In Cooking as Fast as I Can: A Chef's Story of Family, Food and Forgiveness, Cat Cora reveals, for the first time, coming-of-age experiences from early childhood sexual abuse to the realities of life as a lesbian in the deep South. She shares how she found her passion in the kitchen and went on to attend the prestigious Culinary Institute of America and apprentice under Michelin star chefs in France. After her big break as a co-host on the Food Network's Melting Pot, Cat broke barriers by becoming the first-ever female Iron Chef. Cora writes movingly about how she found courage and redemption in the dark truths of her past and about how she found solace in the kitchen and work, how her passion for cooking helped her to overcome hardships and  find happiness at home as a wife and a mother to four boys. Above all, this is an utterly engrossing story about the grit and grace it takes to achieve your dreams.

Cat Cora grew up in Jackson, Mississippi, and attended the Culinary Institute of America and worked in New York City before travelling overseas to apprentice in Europe with world-renowned French chefs Georges Blanc and Roger VergE. She settled in Napa Valley in her first job as a chef. After The Food Network discovered her in 1999, she went on to become the first female Iron Chef for the Network. She is the founder of the charitable organization Chefs for Humanity, a grassroots organization that mobilizes chefs to lend their skills to communities in need, and she has built a brand that includes two food lines, cookware a shoe line, cookbooks and restaurants, in Orlando, Costa Mesa, Houston, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, Atlanta, and Singapore. She lives in Santa Barbara with her wife and four sons.

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$25.00
ISBN: 9781476766140
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Published: Scribner Book Company - September 15th, 2015

Remarkably candid, compulsively readable, renowned chef" "Cat Cora's no-holds-barred memoir on Southern life, Greek heritage, same sex marriage, and the meals that have shaped her memories.


Spinster Sisters
401 South A Street
Santa Rosa, CA 95401

Dining with Writers: Maureen Abood - Rose Water & Orange Blossoms

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 6:00pm

Spinster Sisters, Santa Rosa
Ticket: $100 (includes book, meal, & donation to End World Hunger 2030)

Please note: online registration for this event has closed.

Maureen Abood’s debut cookbook, Rose Water & Orange Blossoms: Fresh & Classic Recipes From My Lebanese Kitchen, already has Anthony Bourdain’s endorsement, calling it “A terrific and important book.” Abood, popular blogger whose work has appeared in numerous publications, explores her heritage and childhood growing up with food from her Lebanese American family. Her recipes combine traditional Lebanese and Middle Eastern flavors with her own fresh ideas.

This special meal will take place at the acclaimed Spinster Sisters restaurant, with a portion of proceeds going to End World Hunger 2030.

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$30.00
ISBN: 9780762454860
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Published: Running Press Book Publishers - April 28th, 2015

Publishers Weekly's Top 10 Cookbooks for Spring 2015


Spinster Sisters
401 S A St.
Santa Rosa, CA 95401

Bill T. Jones - Story/Time: The Life of an Idea

Sunday, February 1, 2015 - 6:00pm

Spinster Sisters, Santa Rosa • Ticket: Single $95; Couple $165 (one book)

      

 

 

In this ceaselessly questioning book, acclaimed African American dancer, choreographer, and director Bill T. Jones reflects on his art and life as he describes the genesis of Story/Time, a recent dance work produced by his company and inspired by the modernist composer and performer John Cage. Presenting personally revealing stories, richly illustrated with striking color photographs of the work’s original stage production, and featuring a beautiful, large-format design, the book is a work of art in itself.

Like the dance work, Story/Time the book is filled with telling vignettes—about Jones’s childhood as part of a large, poor, Southern family that migrated to upstate New York; about his struggles to find a place for himself in a white-dominated dance world; and about his encounters with notable artists and musicians. In particular, Jones examines his ambivalent attraction to avant-garde modernism, which he finds liberating but also limiting in its disregard for audience response. As he strives to make his work more personal and broadly engaging, especially to an elusive African American audience, Jones—who is still drawn to the avant-garde—wrestles with questions of how an artist can remain true to himself while still caring about the popular reception of his work.

Bill T. Jones is an acclaimed dancer, choreographer, and director. He is the artistic director, cofounder, and choreographer of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and executive artistic director of New York Live Arts. He is the recipient of many awards and honors, including Tony Awards for FELA! and Spring Awakening, a Kennedy Center Honor, and a MacArthur Fellowship. In 2014, President Barack Obama awarded Jones the National Medal of Arts, the country’s highest honor for achievement in the arts.

The ticket includes the meal, wine, tax, tip, and a signed copy of the book.

 

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$24.95
ISBN: 9780691162706
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Published: Princeton University Press - September 7th, 2014

In this ceaselessly questioning book, acclaimed African American dancer, choreographer, and director Bill T. Jones reflects on his art and life as he describes the genesis of "Story/Time," a recent dance work produced by his company and inspired by the modernist composer and performer John Cage.


Dining with Writers: Corky, Lori, Tracy & Dana Pollan - The Pollan Family Table

Sunday, November 2, 2014 - 6:00pm

Spinster Sisters, Santa Rosa • Ticket: $95 (includes book & meal)

 

 

A gorgeous, fully illustrated collection of recipes, cooking techniques, and pantry wisdom for delicious, healthy, and harmonious family meals from the incredible Pollan family--with a foreword from Michael Pollan.
In The Pollan Family Table, Corky, Lori, Dana, and Tracy Pollan invite you into their warm, inspiring kitchens, sharing more than 100 of their family's best recipes. For generations, the Pollans have used fresh, local ingredients to cook healthy, irresistible meals. Michael Pollan, whose bestselling books have changed our culture and the way we think about food, writes in his foreword about how the family meals he ate growing up shaped his worldview. This stunning and practical cookbook gives readers the tools they need to implement the Pollan food philosophy in their everyday lives and to make great, nourishing, delectable meals that bring families back to the table.


Standouts like Grand Marnier Citrus Roasted Chicken, Crispy Parmesan Zucchini Chips, and Key Lime Pie with Walnut Oatmeal Crust are easy to make yet sophisticated enough to dazzle family and friends. This instant kitchen classic will help readers create incredible meals and cultivate traditions that improve health, well-being, and family happiness.

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$30.00
ISBN: 9781476746371
Availability: Special Order
Published: Scribner Book Company - October 28th, 2014

A BookPage Best Cookbook of 2015
Winner of the Gourmand International Cookbook Award 2015, Best in the World, Best First Cookbook.
A gorgeous, fully illustrated collection of recipes, cooking techniques, and pantry wisdom for delicious, healthy, and harmonious family meals from the incredible Pollan family with a foreword from Michael Pollan.


Jean-Pierre Moullé & Denise Lurton Moullé - French Roots

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 - 6:30pm

Intimate Meals with Famed Authors at The Spinster Sisters Restaurant in Santa Rosa

Spinster Sisters Restaurant • Santa Rosa

Please note this event is now Sold Out. For waitlist availability please call (415) 927-0960 ext. 1.

 

 

A narratively rich cookbook of French and Californian recipes from longtime Chez Panisse executive chef Jean-Pierre Moullé and his wife, Denise Moullé. French Roots spans 60 years and two continents, following the lives of its authors through food. Beginning with the dishes of old-world France, the couple’s birthplace, the book focuses on the simple, pared-down preparations of French food common in the postwar period. Their story then travels to the San Francisco Bay Area in the 1970s, where Jean-Pierre was appointed executive chef at Chez Panisse when California cuisine was just emerging as a distinctive and important style, and where Denise began importing French wine. Finally, the journey returns to France, where the couple revisit the classic dishes of their native country and forgotten skills of foraging, hunting, and preserving at their home in Bordeaux. So much more than a collection of 100 elegant recipes, French Roots is the story of an adventure of two people and two cuisines.

Until his retirement in April 2012, Jean-Pierre Moullé was the executive chef at Chez Panisse, where he began working in 1975. Denise Moullé comes from the Bordeaux wine-making empire of the Lurton family. She worked as a wine distributor in California for many years before starting Two Bordelais in 1987, which offers guided tours through France.

French Roots: Two Cooks, Two Countries, and the Beautiful Food Along the Way Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781607745471
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Published: Ten Speed Press - September 16th, 2014

A narratively rich cookbook of French and Californian recipes from longtime Chez Panisse executive chef Jean-Pierre Moulle and his wife, Denise Moulle.


Dining with Writers: Sean Brock - Heritage

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 6:00pm

Read a great article about Sean and Heritage from Tasting Table!

Intimate Meals with Famed Authors at The Spinster Sisters Restaurant in Santa Rosa

Spinster Sisters Restaurant • Santa Rosa
Ticket: $95 person (includes the book, meal, wine, tax, tip & dessert)

 

 

Sean Brock is the chef behind the gamechanging restaurants Husk and McCrady’s, and Heritage, his first book, offers all of his inspired recipes. The recipes include all the comfort food (think food to eat at home) and high-end restaurant food (fancier dishes when there’s more time to cook) for which he has become so well-known.

 

 

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By Sean Brock, Peter Frank Edwards (Photographer), Marion Sullivan (Contribution by)
$40.00
ISBN: 9781579654634
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Published: Artisan Publishers - October 21st, 2014

"New York Times" best sellerWinner, James Beard Foundation Award, Best Book of the Year in American CookingWinner, IACP Julia Child First Book Award Sean Brock is the chef behind the game-changing restaurants Husk and McCrady's, and his first book offers all of his inspired recipes.


Dining with Writers: Frances Mayes - Under Magnolia

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 6:00pm

Intimate Meals with Famed Authors at Spinster Sisters Restaurant in Santa Rosa

$95 person • includes the book, meal, wine, tax, tip & dessert
Call Book Passage at 415-927-0960 to reserve, or click link below

This event is now sold out.

Menu
-Sautéed shrimp, grits, green garlic, fava beans
-Braised Berkshire pork, butter beans, mustard greens, salsa verde
-Rhubarb pudding cake with ice cream

Frances Mayes has created a lyrical and evocative memoir about coming of age in the Deep South, and the region’s powerful influence on her life. The author of Under the Tuscan Sun revisits the turning points that defined her early years in Fitzgerald, Georgia. With her signature style and grace, Mayes explores the power of landscape, the idea of home, and the lasting force of a chaotic and loving family in Under Magnolia: A Southern Memoir ($26.00).

As part of this special event, The Spinster Sisters will serve a one-night-only, Tuscan- inspired menu.

 

 

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$26.00
ISBN: 9780307885913
Availability: Special Order
Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - April 1st, 2014

A lyrical and evocative memoir from Frances Mayes, the Bard of Tuscany, about coming of age in the Deep South and the region's powerful influence on her life.


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