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Literary Supper: Maria Semple - Today Will Be Different (Corte Madera)

Thursday, October 27, 2016 - 6:00pm

Tickets: $65
Event tickets include the meal, wine, tip, and a signed copy of the book.

Eleanor knows she's a mess. But today, she will tackle the little things. She will shower and get dressed. She will have her poetry and yoga lessons after dropping off her son, Timby. She won't swear. She will initiate sex with her husband, Joe. But before she can put her modest plan into action-life happens. Today, it turns out, is the day Timby has decided to fake sick to weasel his way into his mother's company. It's also the day Joe has chosen to tell his office-but not Eleanor-that he's on vacation. Just when it seems like things can't go more awry, an encounter with a former colleague produces a graphic memoir whose dramatic tale threatens to reveal a buried family secret.

Today Will Be Different is a hilarious, heart-filled story about reinvention, sisterhood, and how sometimes it takes facing up to our former selves to truly begin living.

Maria Semple is the author of This One Is Mine and Where'd You Go, Bernadette, which has been translated into eighteen languages. She lives in Seattle.

 

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$27.00
ISBN: 9780316403436
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Little Brown and Company - October 4th, 2016

A brilliant novel from the author of Where'd You Go, Bernadette, about a day in the life of Eleanor Flood, forced to abandon her small ambitions and awake to a strange, new future.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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 and restaurateur with numerous appearances on national talk shows and television programs including regular appearances on Today and Rachael Ray. He is the host of the weekly radio show "Cooking with Ryan Scott" (100,000 listeners per hour), and is the two-time Emmy Award-winning host of Food Rush. He is the chef and owner of Market & Rye in San Francisco, with two more restaurants due to open in 2016.

 

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By Ryan Scott, Rachael Ray (Foreword by)
$24.95
ISBN: 9780848747770
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
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: Cal Peternell - A Recipe for Cooking (Left Bank)

Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 6:30pm

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

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 text 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 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.

 

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$29.99
ISBN: 9780062427861
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
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 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.

 

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$27.95
ISBN: 9780385351751
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
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.

 

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$27.00
ISBN: 9780316316330
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Little Brown and Company - September 20th, 2016

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.

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.

 

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$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 that proves food can be indulgent and nourishing at the same time. Finally here's a cookbook for runners that shows fat is essential for flavor and performance and that counting calories, obsessing over protein, and restrictive dieting does more harm than good.


Left Bank Brasserie
507 Magnolia Avenue
Larkspur, CA 94939

Literary Luncheon: Kristin Hannah - The Nightingale (Corte Madera)

Friday, September 30, 2016 - 12:00pm

Tickets: $55 (includes meal & signed book)

In the quiet village of Carriveau, Vianne Mauriac says goodbye to her husband, Antoine, as he heads for the Front. She doesn't believe that the Nazis will invade France...but invade they do, in droves of marching soldiers, in caravans of trucks and tanks, in planes that fill the skies and drop bombs upon the innocent. When a German captain requisitions Vianne's home, she and her daughter must live with the enemy or lose everything. Without food or money or hope, as danger escalates all around them, she is forced to make one impossible choice after another to keep her family alive.

Vianne's sister, Isabelle, is a rebellious eighteen-year-old girl, searching for purpose with all the reckless passion of youth. While thousands of Parisians march into the unknown terrors of war, she meets Gäetan, a partisan who believes the French can fight the Nazis from within France, and she falls in love as only the young can...completely. But when he betrays her, Isabelle joins the Resistance and never looks back, risking her life time and again to save others.

With courage, grace and powerful insight, bestselling author Kristin Hannah captures the epic panorama of WWII and illuminates an intimate part of history seldom seen: the women's war. The Nightingale tells the stories of two sisters, separated by years and experience, by ideals, passion and circumstance, each embarking on her own dangerous path toward survival, love, and freedom in German-occupied, war-torn France--a heartbreakingly beautiful novel that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and the durability of women. It is a novel for everyone, a novel for a lifetime.

Kristin Hannah is the New York Times bestselling author of twenty-one novels. A former lawyer turned writer, she is the mother of one son and lives with her husband in the Pacific Northwest and Hawaii. 

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$27.99
ISBN: 9780312577223
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: St. Martin's Press - February 3rd, 2015

#1 "New York Times" bestseller

Named a top five book of the year by Amazon

Named a best book of the year by: Buzzfeed, iTunes, "Library Journal," "Paste," self.com, "The Wall Street Journal," "The Week"

In love we find out who we want to be.
In war we find out who we are.

FRANCE, 1939


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Literary Luncheon: Dave Barry - Best. State. Ever (Corte Madera)

Monday, September 12, 2016 - 12:00pm

Ticket: $55 (includes meal & signed book)

A brilliantly funny exploration of the Sunshine State from the man who knows it best: Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times-bestselling author Dave Barry.

We never know what will happen next in Florida. We know only that, any minute now, something will. Every few months, Dave Barry gets a call from some media person wanting to know, “What the hell is wrong with Florida?” Somehow, the state’s acquired an image as a subtropical festival of stupid, and as a loyal Floridian, Dave begs to differ. Sure, there was the 2000 election. And people seem to take their pants off for no good reason. And it has flying insects the size of LeBron James. But it is a great state, and Dave is going to tell you why. Join him as he celebrates Florida from Key West at the bottom to whatever it is that’s at the top, from the Sunshine State’s earliest history to the fun-fair of weirdness and gunfire (“Our motto: ’Come back! We weren’t firing at you!’”) that it is today.

Best. State. Ever is the most hilarious book yet from “the funniest damn writer in the whole country” (Carl Hiaasen, and he should know). By the end, you’ll have to admit that whatever else you might think about Florida—you can never say it’s boring.

From 1983 to 2004, Dave Barry wrote a weekly humor column for The Miami Herald, which in 1988 won a Pulitzer Prize for Commentary. He is the author of more than thirty books, including such bestsellers as the nonfiction Live Right and Find Happiness (Although Beer Is Much Faster), You Can Date Boys When You’re Forty, and I’ll Mature When I’m Dead; the novels Big Trouble, Tricky Business, and Insane City; the very successful YA Peter Pan novels (with Ridley Pearson); and his Christmas story The Shepherd, the Angel, and Walter the Christmas Miracle Dog. Two of his books—Big Trouble and Dave Barry’s Guide to Guys—have been turned into movies. For a while, his life was even a television series, Dave’s World, but then it was canceled. The series. Not the life. For many years, Dave was also a guitarist with the late, infamous, and strangely unlamented band the Rock Bottom Remainders.

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$27.00
ISBN: 9781101982600
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - September 6th, 2016

A brilliantly funny exploration of the Sunshine State from the man who knows it best: Pulitzer Prize winner and "New York Times" bestselling author Dave Barry.
We never know what will happen next in Florida. We know only that, any minute now, something will.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Literary Luncheon: Ann Patchett - Commonwealth (Corte Madera)

Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 12:00pm

Ticket: $55 (includes meal and signed book)

Online registration is now closed. To inquire about waitlist availability, please call (415) 927-0960 x1

The acclaimed, bestselling author winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize tells the enthralling story of how an unexpected romantic encounter irrevocably changes two families lives.

One Sunday afternoon in Southern California, Bert Cousins shows up at Franny Keating's christening party uninvited. Before evening falls, he has kissed Franny's mother, Beverly thus setting in motion the dissolution of their marriages and the joining of two families.

Spanning five decades, Commonwealth explores how this chance encounter reverberates through the lives of the four parents and six children involved. Spending summers together in Virginia, the Keating and Cousins children forge a lasting bond that is based on a shared disillusionment with their parents and the strange and genuine affection that grows up between them. When, in her twenties, Franny begins an affair with the legendary author Leon Posen and tells him about her family, the story of her siblings is no longer hers to control. Their childhood becomes the basis for his wildly successful book, ultimately forcing them to come to terms with their losses, their guilt, and the deeply loyal connection they feel for one another. Told with equal measures of humor and heartbreak, Commonwealth is a meditation on inspiration, interpretation, and the ownership of stories. It is a brilliant and tender tale of the far-reaching ties of love and responsibility that bind us together.

Ann Patchett is the author of six novels and three books of nonfiction. She has won many prizes, including Britain's Orange Prize, the PEN/Faulkner Prize, and the Book Sense Book of the Year. Her work has been translated into more than thirty languages. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee, where she is the co-owner of Parnassus Books.

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$27.99
ISBN: 9780062491794
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Harper - September 13th, 2016

The acclaimed, bestselling author winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize tells the enthralling story of how an unexpected romantic encounter irrevocably changes two families lives.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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.

 

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$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. When Marcella Hazan died in 2013, the world mourned the passing of the Godmother of Italian cooking.


Left Bank Restaurant
507 Magnolia Ave
Larkspur, CA 94939

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