Food and Wine Events

Cooks with Books: Mark & Talia Kurlansky - International Night

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 6:30pm
Left Bank, Larkspur • Single $110; Couple $175 (one book) 
 
Please note: online registration for this event has closed.
 
Once a week Mark Kurlansky and his daughter spun the globe, and where her finger landed set the stage for that week’s family dinner. This tradition morphed into a cookbook of 52 meals, including appetizers, main and side dishes, and a dessert— 250 recipes in all. The book is full of stories and insights from his travels all over the world. Kurlansky’s many books include World Without Fish and Salt: A World History.
 
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$29.00
ISBN: 9781620400272
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Bloomsbury USA - August 19th, 2014

From celebrated food writer Mark Kurlansky, a savory trip across the globe for parents and kids, with delicious and accessible recipes and tidbits both cultural and historical.


Literary Lunch: Amy Bloom - Lucky Us

Thursday, August 7, 2014 - 12:00pm

Ticket: $55 (includes lunch & signed copy of Lucky Us)

Two sisters-one the star, the other the sidekick-make their way in 1930s Hollywood and Long Island in the 1940s and 50s in this brilliant, funny novel by the New York Times bestselling author of Away.

When Eva's mother abandons her on her half-sister Iris's front porch, the girls don't seem to have much in common-except, they soon discover, a father. Thrown together with no mothers to care for them and a father who could not be considered a parent, Eva and Iris become one another's family. Iris wants to be a movie star; Eva is her sidekick. From scandal in Hollywood to the carriage house of a wealthy Long Island family, the sisters look out for each other through good and bad, until unexpected events send Iris to London, leaving Eva with a responsibility she could never have imagined.

Full of colorful characters and irresistible settings-a lavish, sensual Hollywood party; an unforgettable cross-country road trip; a Brooklyn beauty parlor where Eva reads Tarot cards; high and low life in Great Neck, Long Island, Lucky Us is a stunningly imagined novel about the longing to connect with others over self, the quest for a mother, and the meaning of family, in 1930s-50s America.

Amy Bloom is the author of Away, Where the God of Love Hangs Out, Come to Me (National Book Award finalist), A Blind Man Can See How Much I Love You (National Book Critics Circle Award finalist); Love Invents Us; and Normal. Her stories have appeared in The Best American Short Stories, O. Henry Prize Short Stories, The Scribner Anthology of Contemporary Short Fiction, and many other anthologies. She has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly, Vogue, Granta, and Slate, among other publications, and has won a National Magazine Award.

Book Passage hosts literary luncheons with celebrated authors at our Marin store. These events are catered by the outstanding Insalata’s Restaurant of San Anselmo. The price includes lunch and an autographed book.

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$26.00
ISBN: 9781400067244
Availability: Special Order
Published: Random House - July 29th, 2014

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE WASHINGTON POST AND O: THE OPRAH MAGAZINE

"My father's wife died. My mother said we should drive down to his place and see what might be in it for us."


Literary Lunch: Marlo Thomas - It Ain't Over...Till It's Over

Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - 12:00pm

Ticket: $55 (includes lunch & signed copy of It Ain't Over...Till It's Over)

In conversation with Book Passage president Elaine Petrocelli 

Please note: online registration is now closed. Tickets can be purchased over the phone (415-927-0960 ext. 1) or at the door. Seating begins at 11 am.

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Right Words at the Right Time comes a one-of-a-kind collection of inspiring stories about ordinary women who have reinvented themselves in extraordinary ways.

We’ve heard it all before: “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.”

“Where there’s a will, there’s a way.”

“When life hands you lemons, make lemonade.”

But anyone who has ever tried to make a big life change knows it can be a bit more complicated— and frightening—than that. How do you get up the nerve and confidence to actually take the leap? No one knows better than the women profiled in this powerful book by actress, activist, and bestselling author Marlo Thomas.

It Ain’t Over . . . Till It’s Over introduces us to sixty amazing women who are proving that it’s never too late to live out a dream—to launch a business, travel the world, get a PhD, indulge a creative impulse, make a family recipe famous, escape danger, find love, or fill a void in life with a challenging new experience. Meet a graphic artist who fulfilled a childhood ambition by going to med school at age forty-two; a suburban mom whose innovative snack recipe for her daughter’s lunchbox turned into a multimillion-dollar business; a private-practice psychiatrist who convinced her husband that they should quit their jobs and take off on an exciting, open-ended, cross-country adventure—in a giant bus, no less!; and a middle-aged English teacher who, devastated to discover that her husband was cheating on her, refused to be a victim, filed for divorce, and began the challenging journey of rebuilding her life.

Brimming with anecdotes that will inspire smiles, tears, and—most of all—hope, It Ain’t Over speaks to women of all ages with an empowering message: The best is yet to come! 

Marlo Thomas is the author of six bestselling books, Free to Be…You and Me, Free to Be…a Family, The Right Words at the Right Time (Volumes 1 and 2), Thanks and Giving: All Year Long, and her memoir, Growing Up Laughing: My Story and the Story of Funny. She has won four Emmys, a Golden Globe, a Grammy, and the Peabody Award, and has been inducted into the Broadcasting Hall of Fame. She lives in New York with her husband, Phil Donahue.

Book Passage hosts literary luncheons with celebrated authors at our Marin store. These events are catered by the outstanding Insalata’s Restaurant of San Anselmo. The price includes lunch and an autographed book.

 

 

It Ain't Over . . . Till It's Over: Reinventing Your Life--And Realizing Your Dreams--Anytime, at Any Age Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781476739915
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Atria Books - April 8th, 2014

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Right Words at the Right Time comes a one-of-a-kind collection of inspiring stories about ordinary women who have reinvented themselves in extraordinary ways.


Claudia Lucero - One-Hour Cheese

Sunday, July 13, 2014 - 2:00pm

Brewing beer in your basement; growing veggies and herbs; learning to butcher-- homesteading is the it-child of culinaryexperimentation. Everyone wants to give it a try and there’s a surprisingly simple way to get started: make your own cheese!

Based on thousands of years of cheesemaking wisdom, the approach is simple: heat milk, add coagulant, drain, salt and press. Simplified further with the guidance of Claudia Lucero, anyone with a hot plate can take on this beloved food. One Hour Cheese: Ricotta, Mozzarella, Chevre, Paneer--Even Burrata. Fresh and Simple Cheeses You Can Make in an Hour or Less! ($14.95) is a fully illustrated, easy-to-follow guide, cookbook, and hostess manual. Through step-by-step instructions and photos, Lucero teaches readers how to make 16 cheeses– each with endless variations, no complex instructions, no hard-to-find ingredients, and no excessive prep time. Start with favorites like Ricotta and Chevre and then veer to the more exotic with Paneer and Burrata, and finally customize using a wide range of flavorings from herbs to nutmeg to lemon juice. The possibilities are endless and the results delicious.

But the fun doesn’t stop there! While each cheese can be enjoyed on its own, it can also be incorporated into different meals and used in the most unique ways. Pizza, lasagna, cheesecake and the like are classic options, but Lucero will show you more inventive ways to use each cheese, including fresh Squeaky “Pasta” Primavera, gooey Mozzarella Kebabs, and irresistible Grill Cheese Sammies, where the cheese is the bread. Information on ingredients, flavor pairings, troubleshooting, and basic tips and techniques are also included– along with how to make the perfect cheese platter, cocktail recipes, and 3 bonus DIY dairy essentials every aspiring homesteader should know: yogurt, butter, and ghee.

Claudia Lucero is the entrepreneur behind UrbanCheesecraft.com and DIY Cheese Kits, which she sells through Etsy, specialty food shops, and select Whole Foods stores. She also developed the home cheesemaking kits for Williams-Sonoma’s Agrarian product line. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

Please join us at the Book Passage Cafe for a one- hour demonstration and tasting of Claudia Lucero's easy and delicious cheese!

 

One-Hour Cheese: Ricotta, Mozzarella, Chevre, Paneer--Even Burrata. Fresh and Simple Cheeses You Can Make in an Hour or Less! Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780761177487
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Workman Publishing - May 6th, 2014

It's a DIY cook's dream come true: It's pizza night, and you've made not only the crust and sauce but the mozzarella, too. Or you're whipping up quesadillas for a snack, using your homemade Triple Pepper Hack. Or the dinner party's in high gear and out comes the cheese plate--and yes, you've made all the cheeses on it. Even better--you made them all earlier that day.


Book Passage Cooking Class: Steven Raichlen - Man Made Meals

Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 6:30pm to 9:30pm

Thurs. June 26 • 6:30-9:30 pm • Cavallo Point Cooking School • $125 (includes book)

The guru of barbeque is back in town. Steven Raichlen will be on hand to do a cooking demo and share some of his newest culinary techniques. Man Made Meals: The Essential Cookbook for Guys ($24.95) has over 300 step-by-step recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert, so this is one cookbook you won’t want to miss—whether you’re a man or a woman! Participants in this interactive class will dine on some of the recipes from the cookbook. Seating is limited.

 

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$24.95
ISBN: 9780761166443
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Workman Publishing - May 6th, 2014

Steven Raichlen really knows the pleasure men get from cooking, the joy they take in having the skills, the need to show off a little bit. His Barbecue Bible books have over 4.7 million copies in print--and now he leads his readers from the grill into the kitchen.


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.


Cooks with Books: Steven Raichlen - Man Made Meals

Saturday, June 28, 2014 - 12:00pm

Peju Winery in St. Helena • Single $125; Couple $195 (one book)

Please note: this event is now sold out.

Steven Raichlen really knows the pleasure men get from cooking, the joy they take in having the skills, the need to show off a little bit. Man Made Meals: The Essential Cookbook for Guys ($24.95), is everything a man needs to achieve confidence and competence in the kitchen. It's about tools and techniques, adopting secrets from the pros how to multitask, prep before you start cooking, clean as you go. It's about understanding flavor and flavor boosters, like anchovies and miso, and it's about essentials: how to shuck an oyster, truss a chicken, cook a steak to the desired doneness. It's about having a repertoire of great recipes (there are 300 to choose from), breakfast to dessert, to dazzle a date, or be a hero to your family, or simply feed yourself with real pleasure.

Event will include a wine tasting 
 
  
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
Man Made Meals: The Essential Cookbook for Guys Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9780761166443
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Workman Publishing - May 6th, 2014

Steven Raichlen really knows the pleasure men get from cooking, the joy they take in having the skills, the need to show off a little bit. His Barbecue Bible books have over 4.7 million copies in print--and now he leads his readers from the grill into the kitchen.


Cooks with Books: David Lebovitz - My Paris Kitchen

Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 6:30pm

Left Bank in Larkspur • Single $115; Couple $175 (one book)

Please note: online registration is now closed. To inquire about waitlist availability, please call (415) 927-0960.  

It’s been ten years since David Lebovitz moved to Paris. In that time, the culinary culture of France has shifted as a new generation of chefs and home cooks incorporate ingredients and techniques from around the world into traditional French dishes. In My Paris Kitchen: Recipes and Stories ($35.00), David remasters the classics, introduces lesser-known fare, and presents 100 sweet and savory recipes that reflect the way modern Parisians eat today. David also shares stories told with his trademark wit and humor. Lush photography taken on location around Paris and in David’s kitchen reveal the quirks, trials, beauty, and joys of life in the culinary capital of the world.

 

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$35.00
ISBN: 9781607742678
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Ten Speed Press - April 8th, 2014

A collection of stories and 100 sweet and savory French-inspired recipes from popular food blogger David Lebovitz, reflecting the way Parisians eat today and featuring lush photography taken around Paris and in David's Parisian kitchen.


Literary Lunch: Lisa See - China Dolls

Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - 12:00pm

Ticket: $55 (includes lunch & signed book)

From the New York Times bestselling author of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Peony in Love, and Shanghai Girls, Lisa See, comes her highly anticipated new novel, China Dolls ($27.00). It’s 1938 in San Francisco: a world’s fair is preparing to open on Treasure Island, a war is brewing overseas, and the city is alive with possibilities. Grace, Helen, and Ruby, three young women from very different backgrounds, meet by chance at the exclusive and glamorous Forbidden City nightclub and become fast friends. But after the Japanese attack Pearl Harbor, paranoia and suspicion threaten to destroy their lives, and a shocking act of betrayal changes everything.

Book Passage hosts literary luncheons with celebrated authors at our Marin store. These events are catered by the outstanding Insalata’s Restaurant of San Anselmo. The price includes lunch and an autographed book.

 

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$27.00
ISBN: 9780812992892
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Random House - June 3rd, 2014

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE WASHINGTON POST


Dina Cheney - Meatless All Day

Friday, April 18, 2014 - 12:30pm

Move over bland, wimpy tofu and lackluster salads-- Meatless All Day: Recipes for Inspired Vegetarian Meals ($19.95) redefines meat-free meals as colorful and super-satisfying. Whether you're a committed vegetarian or are trying to cut down on meat, the hearty, creative recipes will inspire you to cook in new ways. Here, you'll discover Beet Wellington, Spaghetti with White Bean Balls, Quinoa-Polenta Cakes with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce and White Bean Puree, Roasted Root Vegetable and Goat Cheese Salad with Lemon-Tahini Vinaigrette, and Baklava Sticky Buns--fare that will make avowed carnivores jealous. One secret behind these dishes: high-impact ingredients (like miso, tomato paste, and mushrooms).

To ensure that readers' dishes come out perfectly, the book opens with key cooking techniques, such as Tips for Perfect Vegetables, The Art of Cooking Eggs, and Tips for a Golden Brown, Crispy Exterior. It then lists 45 ""power ingredients"" that lend vegetarian food a meaty flavor, meaty texture, or both. The heart of the book is 85 ultra-flavorful recipes, with meal suggestions and ideas for making non-vegan fare vegan. Hungry yet? Get ready to stock your pantry and start cooking.

Dina Cheney graduated from Columbia College, Columbia University and the Institute of Culinary Education Career program. She studied art at the Rhode Island School of Design and The Yellow Barn Studio and Gallery. She the author of Tasting Club, Williams-Sonoma; New Flavors for Salads, and Year-Round Slow Cooker: 100 Favorite Recipes for Every Season. For  three years, she has been the "Taste Test" columnist for Everyday with Rachael Ray. She has also written articles or developed recipes for 20 other publications, including Parents, Fine Cooking, Coastal Living, Specialty Food, Cooking Light, and The Huffington Post

 

 

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$19.95
ISBN: 9781621137764
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Taunton Press - March 4th, 2014

Vegetarianism is a top trend and veganism is going mainstream. Even meat lovers are looking for ways to reduce their meat consumption because more and more people want to eat healthier. Meatless All Day is a cookbook for anyone who loves good food that's delicious and conforms to vegetarian values.


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