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

Monday, September 12, 2016 - 12:00pm

Tickets: $55 (Includes 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.

Best. State. Ever.: A Florida Man Defends His Homeland Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781101982600
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - September 6th, 2016

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Literary Luncheon: Ann Patchett - Commonwealth (Corte Madera)

Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 12:00pm

Tickets: $55 (Includes Book)

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)

 

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: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
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

Cooks with Books: Eric Ripert - 32 Yolks

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 - 6:30pm

Left Bank Restaurant in Larkspur • Single $120; Couple $190 (one book)

Online ticket sales have closed. To inquire about waitlist availability, please call (415) 927-0960 ext. 1.

For readers of Jacques Pepin's The Apprentice and Marcus Samuelsson's Yes, Chef, here is 32 Yolks: From My Mother's Table to Working the Line, the coming-of-age story of a true French chef and international culinary icon. Before he earned three Michelin stars at Le Bernardin, won the James Beard Foundation Award for Outstanding Chef, or became a regular guest judge on Bravo's "Top Chef," and even before he knew how to make a proper omelet, Eric Ripert was a young boy in the South of France who felt that his world had come to an end. The only place Eric felt at home was in the kitchen. His desire to not only cook, but to become the best would lead him into some of the most celebrated and demanding restaurants in Paris, serving under such legendary chefs as Joel Robuchon and Dominique Bouchet, and trying to survive the brutal, exacting environment of their kitchens.

Eric Ripert is the co-author of the recently published On the Line: Inside the world of Le Bernardin, and chef and part-owner of Le Bernardin, awarded four stars by The New York Times, three stars by the Michelin Guide, and rated best restaurant in New York by Zagat. He is a frequent guest on such national shows as Bravo's "Top Chef," "Today," "Charlie Rose," "Martha," and Anthony Bourdain's "No Reservations." He has opened two new restaurants, 10 Arts in the Philadelphia Ritz-Carlton and Westend Bistro in Washington, D.C. You can watch Eric Ripert in action on his forthcoming television show "Avec Eric" and on his Web site, www.aveceric.com.

 

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$28.00
ISBN: 9780812992984
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Published: Random House - May 17th, 2016

Hailed by Anthony Bourdain as heartbreaking, horrifying, poignant, and inspiring, "32 Yolks "is the brave and affecting coming-of-age story about the making of a French chef, from the culinary icon behind the renowned New York City restaurant Le Bernardin.


Left Bank Restaurant
507 Magnolia Ave.
Larkspur, CA 94939

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) 

  

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

Books & Bites: Duggan McDonnell - Drinking the Devil's Acre

Thursday, April 7, 2016 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Cavallo Point Cooking School, Sausalito
Registration (Includes Book & Dinner): $125 per person • 6:00 - 9:00 pm

Quench your thirst at this bottom’s up class featuring the lore and recipes from a city that was devoted to drink. The Devil’s Acre was a single bar filled block within San Francisco’s infamous Barbary Coast that historically housed the wildest saloons in the country. Duggan McDonnell is a barkeeper, distiller, winemaker, educator, teacher, and champion of the cocktail.

In this class, McDonnell will share fun insights, stories, and some libations from his popular new book, while the Cavallo Point kitchen prepares a dinner menu inspired by the selected cocktails. The book pairs vintage photos of old San Francisco with classic elixirs that range from the modern day Lemon Drop, Mojito, and Sangria to older cocktails like the Revolver and the Last Word.

Must be 21 years of age to attend this class.

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By Duggan McDonnell, Luke Abiol, Luke Abiol (Photographer)
$24.95
ISBN: 9781452135250
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Published: Chronicle Books - September 15th, 2015

During the 1870s and '80s, a single bar-filled block in San Francisco called the Devil's Acre threw what may have been the most enduring party the world has ever seen. Duggan McDonnell is in love with the city of his forefathers and its ever-flowing cocktails, and it shows in this history-packed drinking tour through one of the most beloved cities in the world.


Cavallo Point Cooking School
601 Murray Cir
Sausalito, CA 94965

Cooks with Books: Sara Moulton - Home Cooking 101 (Left Bank Restaurant)

Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 6:30pm

Left Bank Restaurant in Larkspur • Single $125; Couple $190 (one book)

   

In Sara Moulton's Home Cooking 101, Sara helps answer that eternal question, "What's for dinner?" This must-have resource combines 150-plus all-new recipes with time-tested methods that elevate meals from everyday to extraordinary.

Sara guides readers every step of the way, from including detailed instructions in every recipe to ensure the dish comes out perfectly every time to tips about selecting ingredients and balancing flavors . Bright color photographs and straightforward techniques show how easy it is to build flavors in a pan for a one-dish dinner, bake seafood in parchment for a quick healthy meal, and turn fresh seasonal produce into scene-stealing side dishes.

Readers will find recipes to please every palate, including a whole chapter of vegetarian and vegan options. Enjoy fresh-tasting classics such as Sautéed Lemon Chicken with Fried Capers, Steak with Pickled Salsa Verde, and No-Knead Walnut Rosemary Bread, along with inspired new dishes such as Smashed Crispy Jerusalem Artichokes and Seared Scallop Salad with Spicy Watermelon Vinaigrette. Home Cooking 101 also features contributions from some of Sara's favorite fellow chefs, including Rick Bayless, Amanda Cohen, Hiroko Shimbo, Jacques Torres, Marc Vetri, and Grace Young.

Sara's signature mix of energy and warmth makes this invaluable resource a joy to cook from, proving that even a quick weeknight meal can be fun and easy.

Sara Moulton kicked off her fourth season as host of public television's Sara's Weeknight Meals in June of 2014, marking the latest milestone in a storied career that stretches back more than 30 years. As a protégée of Julia Child, founder of the New York Women's Culinary Alliance, executive chef of Gourmet magazine, Food Editor of ABC-TV's "Good Morning America," and the host of several popular shows on the Food Network during that channel's first decade, the diminutive chef has made her mark over and over again. A teacher at heart, Sara's mission has remained the same for decades: to help the home cook get dinner on the table. She is the author of several cookbooks including Sara Moulton Cooks at Home (2002), Sara's Secrets for Weeknight Meals (2005) and Sara Moulton's Everyday Family Dinners (2010). 

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

Sara Moulton's Home Cooking 101: How to Make Everything Taste Better Cover Image
By Sara Moulton, Sara Moulton (Composer)
$35.00
ISBN: 9780848744410
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Published: Oxmoor House - March 8th, 2016

The ultimate everyday cookbook you'll turn to again and again.


Left Bank Restaurant
507 Magnolia Ave.
Larkspur, CA 94939

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

Friday, May 20, 2016 - 12:00pm

Please note: this event has been POSTPONED due to unforseen circumstances. 
All customers with tickets will be contacted. Please email mwhitehead@bookpassage.com to be contacted about our rescheduled date. We apologize for any inconvenience. 

Greens Restaurant in San Francisco • Single $115; Couple $175 (one book)

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, 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.

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

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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
A, Fort Mason, 2 Marina Blvd.
San Francisco, CA 94115

Cooks with Books: Floyd Cardoz - Flavorwalla (Insalata's Restaurant)

Thursday, April 21, 2016 - 6:30pm

Insalata's Restaurant in San Anselmo • Single $120; Couple $185 (one book)

Please note: online reservations are now closed. To inquire about availability, please call (415) 927-0960 x239.

At his many successful restaurants, including New York City’s famed Tabla, Floyd Cardoz built a name for himself by bringing extraordinary flavors to everyday foods and using spice to turn a dish into something distinct and memorable. In Floyd Cardoz: Flavorwalla, readers will learn how Cardoz amplifies the flavors in more than 100 recipes. The simple addition of mustard seed and lemon makes grilled asparagus a revelation; slow-cooking salmon with fennel and coriander takes it to another level. But this husband and dad has the same challenges we do when cooking for our families, for guests, and for special occasions. Here he presents the recipes he cooks at home, where even the humblest of ingredients—such as eggs, steak, and vegetables—benefit from his nuanced use of spice and simple yet impeccable techniques, making this book an indispensable resource for getting weeknight dinners on the table or for cooking a holiday meal. The standout recipes include Grilled Lamb Shanks with Salsa Verde; Shrimp with Spicy Tomato Sauce; Coconut Basmati Pilaf; Roasted Cauliflower with Candied Ginger, Pine Nuts, and Raisins; and Cardoz’s Tamarind Margaritas, of course.

Floyd Cardoz is the celebrated New York City chef of Tabla, North End Grill, and his newest restaurant, Paowalla. Cardoz attended culinary school and began his career in his native Bombay, India, where he recently opened the Bombay Canteen, his first restaurant in his home country. The four-time James Beard Award nominee won Season 3 of Bravo's Top Chef Masters and created the food for the feature film "The Hundred-Foot Journey." He lives with his wife and two sons in northern New Jersey.

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

Floyd Cardoz: Flavorwalla: Big Flavor. Bold Spices. a New Way to Cook the Foods You Love. Cover Image
By Floyd Cardoz, Marah Stets (With), Marah Stets (Contribution by)
$29.95
ISBN: 9781579656218
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Published: Artisan Publishers - April 5th, 2016

From the Winner of "Top Chef Masters" A fun, fresh, and inspiring collection that deserves room on any self-respecting home cook's bookshelf.


Insalata's
120 Sir Francis Drake Blvd.
San Anselmo, CA 94960

Cooks with Books: Greg Denton & Gabrielle Quinonez Denton - Around the Fire (A16 Restaurant)

Sunday, April 3, 2016 - 12:00pm

A16 Restaurant in San Francisco • Single $115; Couple $180 (one book)

Congratulations to Greg and Gabrielle Denton, James Beard 2016 Best Chef Northwest nominees!!

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

One hundred innovative and exciting recipes for the backyard griller—inspired by the live-fire and asador cooking traditions of Latin America and the authors’ popular restaurant, Ox, in Portland, Oregon.

Food & Wine rising star chefs Greg Denton and Gabrielle Quiñónez Denton have earned rave reviews and legions of fans for the wonderfully creative, edgy, and surprisingly vegetarian-friendly wood-fired cooking at their acclaimed restaurant, Ox. Around the Fire translates their Argentine-by-way-of-Portland cooking into simple, flavorful, accessible recipes for the home cook. Grilling recipes are adapted for Weber grills and conventional barbecues, and feature unexpected, unfamiliar cuts of meat such as lamb shoulder, halibut tails, and bone-in fish steaks. An extensive section on grilled vegetable preparations—such as Grilled Artichoke with Espelette Mayo—will take summer barbecues to the next level, and chapters on starters, sides, and desserts are designed to perfectly accompany the grilled main dishes. The food is influenced by Argentine traditions but also showcases fresh, seasonal produce, and recipes for salads, ceviches, cocktails, and other grill accompaniments make this much more than a meat book.

Greg Denton and Gabrielle Quinonez Denton are the chefs and owners of Ox Restaurant in Portland, Oregon. 

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

Around the Fire: Recipes for Inspired Grilling and Seasonal Feasting from Ox Restaurant Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781607747529
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Published: Ten Speed Press - March 29th, 2016

One hundred innovative and exciting recipes for the backyard griller--inspired by the live-fire and asador cooking traditions of Latin America and the authors' popular restaurant, Ox, in Portland, Oregon.


A-16
2355 Chestnut St.
San Francisco, CA 94115

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