Dining with Writers

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

Tuesday, November 10, 2015 - 6:30pm

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

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?


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 ingredients one 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: Cara Nicoletti - Voracious

Monday, September 14, 2015 - 6:00pm

Spinster Sisters Restraurant, Santa Rosa
Ticket: $95 per person (Includes Meal and Book)

By Cara Nicoletti, Marion Bolognese (Illustrator)
$28.00
ISBN: 9780316242998
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Published: Little Brown and Company - August 18th, 2015

AN IRRESISTIBLE LITERARY FEAST Stories and recipes inspired by the world's great books As a young bookworm reading in her grandfather's butcher shop, Cara Nicoletti saw how books and food bring people to life. Now a butcher, cook, and talented writer, she serves up stories and recipes inspired by beloved books and the food that gives their characters depth and personality.


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.

$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.

 

$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.

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

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.

$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.

 

 

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.

 

 

$26.00
ISBN: 9780307885913
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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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