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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, M. F. K. Fisher (Foreword by), Liza Gershman (Photographer)
$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 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: 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.

Cooking as Fast as I Can: A Chef's Story of Family, Food, and Forgiveness Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781476766140
Availability: Hard to Find
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

Literary Luncheon: Elizabeth George - A Banquet of Consequences

Wednesday, October 28, 2015 - 12:00pm

Please call (415) 927-0960 x 1 for ticket availability.

Tickets: $60 (Includes Lunch and a Signed Book)

The unspoken secrets and buried lies of one family rise to the surface in Elizabeth George's A Banquet of Consequences.  As Inspector Thomas Lynley investigates the London angle of an ever more darkly disturbing case, his partner, Barbara Havers, is looking behind the peaceful facade of country life to discover a twisted world of desire, deceit, and murder. The suicide of William Goldacre is devastating to those left behind, but what was the cause of his tragedy and how far might the consequences reach? Is there a link between the young man's leap from a Dorset cliff and a horrific poisoning in Cambridge? After various career-threatening issues with her department, Barbara Havers is desperate to redeem herself. So when a past encounter with a bestselling feminist writer and her pushy personal assistant gives her a connection to the Cambridge murder, Barbara begs Thomas Lynley to let her pursue the crime. Full of shocks, intensity and suspense from first page to last, Lynley and Havers are pushed under mounting pressure to solve one of the most complex cases they have ever encountered.

Elizabeth George, whose books have sold more than 9 million copies, is the author of several books for teens including A Young Woman's Guide to Making Right Choices, A Young Woman's Call to Prayer, and A Young Woman After God's Own Heart--A Devotional. She's taught high school and college students and currently teaches and speaks at Christian events worldwide. Elizabeth and her husband, Jim, have two married daughters.

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$28.95
ISBN: 9780525954330
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Viking - October 27th, 2015

"George's mystery unfolds with great psychological depth, finely drawn characters and gorgeous portraits of the English countryside. . . . George] is an essential writer of popular fiction today." --The Washington Post


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Cooks with Books: Nigella Lawson - Simply Nigella

Wednesday, November 18, 2015 - 6:30pm

Please note: online sales are now closed. Please call (415) 927-0960 x 1 to inquire about ticket availability.

Left Bank Brasserie in Larkspur
Tickets: $125
Price includes meal, wine, tax, tip, and signed copy of the book

Internationally bestselling author Nigella Lawson's Simply Nigella is an inspirational and practical cookbook about cooking food that makes our lives easier, the sort of cooking that can be incorporated into our daily lives and celebrated without any stress. This is food that will make everyone feel better, both in body and mind. In this cookbook there are everyday recipes that are lighter and easy to prepare and cook, but also indulgent dishes for special occasions-the message is simple: balance is all! Containing 150 recipes for nourishing oneself, friends, and family, including breakfasts and brunches; fast, easy, and light suppers; a feasting chapter for entertaining a group; and a section dedicated to "Bowlfoods," to be eaten in comfort with a fork or spoon. There is also a wide array of sweet treats-including fabulous dairy-free and gluten-free recipes.

Nigella Lawson is an internationally-renowned chef, journalist, and cooking show host. Her many books of cooking and food writing, for which she has won several awards, include How to Be a Domestic Goddess, How to Eat, Nigella Bites, Nigella Express, Feast, Nigella Fresh, Nigella Christmas, and Nigella Kitchen. Her television cookery shows include "Nigella Bites", "Nigella Express", "Forever Summer, Nigella's Kitchen", and more. Her TV shows have been seen worldwide, on BBC and Channel 4 in the UK, and on the Food Network and the Cooking Channel in the US. In 2003, Nigella launched Nigella Lawson's Living Kitchen, a range of kitchen items designed in collaboration with Sebastian Conran, to widespread acclaim in the US. She lives in London.

Simply Nigella: Feel Good Food Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781250073754
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Published: Flatiron Books - November 3rd, 2015

"Part of the balance of life lies in understanding that different days require different ways of eating . . ."

Whatever the occasion, food-in the making and the eating-should always be pleasurable. Simply Nigella taps into the rhythms of our cooking lives with recipes that are uncomplicated and relaxed yet always satisfying.


Left Bank Brasserie
507 Magnolia Ave
Larkspur, CA 94939

Cooks with Books: Yotam Ottolenghi & Ramael Scully - NOPI: The Cookbook

Wednesday, October 28, 2015 - 12:00pm

Please note: this event is now sold out. To inquire about waitlist availability, please call (415) 927-0960 x1

Insalata's in San Anselmo
Tickets: $115
Price includes meal, wine, tax, tip, and signed copy of the book

Yotam Ottolenghi is beloved in the food world for his beautiful, inspirational cookbooks, as well as his Ottolenghi delis and his fine-dining restaurant, Nopi. In NOPI: The Cookbook, head chef Ramael Scully's Asian-inspired pantry meets Ottolenghi's Middle Eastern influences and brings the restaurant's favorite dishes within reach of the home cook.

Yotam Ottolenghi is the author of Plenty, Plenty More, and co-author with Sami Tamimi of Ottolenghi and Jerusalem, which was awarded Cookbook of the Year by the International Association of Culinary Professionals, and Best International Cookbook by the James Beard Foundation. All four books were New York Times bestsellers. He lives in London, where he owns an eponymous group of restaurants and a high-end restaurant, Nopi. 

Ramael Scully was born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and started his culinary career at the age of 17 in Sydney, Australia. Now head chef at Nopi, Scully first worked under Yotam Ottolenghi in 2004 at Ottolenghi.

 


 

Nopi: The Cookbook Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9781607746232
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Published: Ten Speed Press - October 20th, 2015

A cookbook from acclaimed London restaurant Nopi, by powerhouse author Yotam Ottolenghi and Nopi head chef Ramael Scully.
Pandan leaves meet pomegranate seeds, star anise meets sumac, and miso meets molasses in this collection of 120 new recipes from Yotam Ottolenghi's restaurant.


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

Cooks with Books: Emeril Lagasse - Essential Emeril

Friday, October 9, 2015 - 12:00pm

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Tickets: $125 per person
Price includes meal, wine, tax, tip, and a signed copy of the book

One of the original Food Network stars, Emeril Lagasse has hosted numerous television shows, opened 13 restaurants, and become one of the most beloved personalities in the industry today, inspiring millions of fans with his great passion for food. In Essential Emeril: Favorite Recipes and Hard-Won Wisdom from My Life in the Kitchen, the iconic chef goes back to basics, presenting more than 130 recipes that defined his award-winning career, each tested and perfected for today's home cook. Emeril is at the reader's elbow throughout, offering valuable tips and step-by-step photo tutorials to ensure flawless results. Fans will delight in Emeril's anecdotes revealing the inspiration behind each recipe, with appearances from A-list names , Mario Batali, Roy Choi, and Nobu Matsuhira, to family members and early influences such as Julia Child and Charlie Trotter. Gorgeously photographed and imbued with his signature warmth, this book is Emeril's most personal cookbook yet, offering an intimate portrait of a chef at the top of his game.

Emeril Lagasse is a chef, restaurateur, and the author of eighteen bestselling cookbooks, including Emeril's Kicked-Up Sandwiches and Sizzling Skillets and Other One Pot Wonders. He is the proprietor of thirteen award-winning restaurants across the country and is the host of The Originals with Emeril and Emeril's Florida, both airing on the Cooking Channel. He has been the food correspondent for ABC's Good Morning America for fourteen years. In 2002, Emeril established the Emeril Lagasse Foundation to support children's educational programs that inspire and mentor young people through the culinary arts and promote nutrition and healthy eating.

Essential Emeril: Favorite Recipes and Hard-Won Wisdom from My Life in the Kitchen Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9780848744786
Availability: Backordered
Published: Oxmoor House - October 6th, 2015

-Thinking back on all of the wonderful people I have learned from and the dishes I have made over the years, I knew that I had to get them all down in one place. This book is it.-- Emeril Lagasse


Left Bank Brasserie
507 Magnolia Ave
Larkspur, CA 94939

Cooks with Books: Ruth Reichl - My Kitchen Year

Wednesday, October 7, 2015 - 6:00pm

Insalata's in San Anselmo
Tickets: Single $125; Couples $180
Price includes meal, wine, tax, tip, and a signed copy of the book

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In the fall of 2009, the food world was rocked when Gourmet magazine was abruptly shuttered by its parent company. No one was more stunned by this unexpected turn of events than its beloved editor in chief, Ruth Reichl, who suddenly faced an uncertain professional future. As she struggled to process what had seemed unthinkable, Reichl turned to the one place that had always provided sanctuary, her kitchen. This book follows the change of seasons and Reichl's emotions as she slowly heals through the simple pleasures of cooking. The 136 recipes collected here represent a life's passion for food: a blistering ma po tofu that shakes Reichl out of the blues, a decadent grilled cheese sandwich that accompanies a rare sighting in the woods, and a rhubarb sundae that signals the arrival of spring. Here, too, is Reichl's enlivening dialogue with her Twitter followers, who become her culinary supporters and lively confidants. Part cookbook, part memoir, part paean to the household gods, My Kitchen Year: 136 Recipes that Changed my Life may be Ruth Reichl's most stirring book yet one that reveals a refreshingly vulnerable side of the world's most famous food editor as she shares treasured recipes to be returned to again and again and again. 

Ruth Reichl joined Gourmet as Editor in Chief in April 1999 after previously working for The New York Times, where she had been the restaurant critic since 1993. As chef and co-owner of The Swallow Restaurant from 1974 to 1977, she played a part in the culinary revolution that took place in Berkeley, California. She later served as restaurant critic for New West and California magazines. In 1984, she became restaurant critic of the Los Angeles Times, where she was also named food editor. Reichl began writing about food in 1972, when she published a book called Mmmmm: A Feastiary. Since then, she has authored the critically acclaimed, best-selling memoirs, Tender at the Bone and Comfort Me With Apples. Reichl has been honored with three James Beard Awards and with numerous awards from the Association of American Food Journalists. She holds a B.A. and an M.A. in the History of Art from the University of Michigan, and lives in New York City with her husband, Michael Singer and their son.

 

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$35.00
ISBN: 9781400069989
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Published: Random House - September 29th, 2015

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Los Angeles Times - NPR - Men's Journal - BookPage - Booklist - Publishers Weekly


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

Literary Luncheon: Stacy Schiff - The Witches

Thursday, November 5, 2015 - 12:00pm

Online sales are now closed. Tickets are available at the door.

Ticket: $60 (Includes Meal & Signed Book)

It began in 1692, over an exceptionally raw Massachusetts winter, when a minister's daughter began to scream and convulse. It ended less than a year later, but not before 19 men and women had been hanged and an elderly man crushed to death. The panic spread quickly, involving the most educated men and prominent politicians in the colony. Neighbors accused neighbors, parents and children each other. Aside from suffrage, the Salem Witch Trials represent the only moment when women played the central role in American history. In curious ways, the trials would shape the future republic. As psychologically thrilling as it is historically seminal, The Witches: Salem, 1692 is Stacy Schiff's account of the first great American mystery unveiled fully for the first time by one of our most acclaimed historians.

Stacy Schiff is the author of Vera, winner of the Pulitzer Prize; Saint-Exupery, a Pulitzer Prize finalist; and A Great Improvisation, winner of the George Washington Book Prize and the Ambassador Book Award. Her most recent book, Cleopatra: A Life, won the PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for biography. The recipient of an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, she has contributed to the New Yorker, New York Times, and the Washington Post, among others. She lives in New York City.

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$32.00
ISBN: 9780316200608
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Published: Little Brown and Company - October 27th, 2015

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "Cleopatra," the #1 national bestseller, unpacks the mystery of the Salem Witch Trials.
It began in 1692, over an exceptionally raw Massachusetts winter, when a minister's daughter began to scream and convulse. It ended less than a year later, but not before 19 men and women had been hanged and an elderly man crushed to death.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Cara Nicoletti - Voracious

Monday, September 14, 2015 - 7:30pm

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. From the breakfast sausage in Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House in the Big Woods to chocolate cupcakes with peppermint buttercream from Jonathan Franzen's The Corrections, these books and the tasty treats in them put her on the road to happiness. Cooking through the books that changed her life, Nicoletti shares fifty recipes in Voracious: A Hungry Reader Cooks Her Way Through Great Books, including the perfect soft-boiled egg in Jane Austen's Emma, New England clam chowder inspired by Herman Melville's Moby-Dick, Fava bean and chicken liver mousse crostini after Thomas Harris's The Silence of the Lambs, and brown butter crepes from Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl. Beautifully illustrated, clever, and full of heart, Voracious will satisfy anyone who loves a fantastic meal with family and friends or curling up with a great novel for dessert.

Cara Nicoletti is a butcher, former pastry chef, and author of the literary recipe blog Yummy Books. She comes from a long line of butchers in Boston, Massachusetts, and has been working in restaurants since she moved to New York in 2004. She lives in Brooklyn, teaches sausage making at the Brooklyn Kitchen, and is a butcher at "the Meat Hook".

Voracious: A Hungry Reader Cooks Her Way Through Great Books Cover Image
By Cara Nicoletti, Marion Bolognesi (Illustrator)
$28.00
ISBN: 9780316242998
Availability: Hard to Find
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.


1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Jacques Pépin - Jacques Pépin Heart and Soul in the Kitchen

Monday, October 12, 2015 - 7:00pm

Please note: online ticket sales have closed. Tickets will be available at the door.

In conversation with Tyler Florence

Angelico Hall, Dominican University
Tickets: $45 (Includes Signed Book)

In the companion book to his final PBS series, world-renowned chef Jacques Pépin shows his close relationship to the land and sea as he cooks for close friends and family. Jacques Pépin Heart & Soul in the Kitchen is an intimate look at the celebrity chef and the food he cooks at home with family and friends. There are the simple dinners Jacques prepares for his wife, like the world's best burgers (the secret is ground brisket). There are elegant dinners for small gatherings, with tantalizing starters like Camembert cheese with a pistachio crust and desserts like little foolproof chocolate soufflés. And there are the dishes for backyard parties, including grilled chicken tenderloin in an Argentinean chimichurri sauce. Spiced with reminiscences and stories, this book reveals the unorthodox philosophy of the man who taught millions how to cook, revealing his frank views on molecular gastronomy, the locovore movement, Julia Child and James Beard, on how to raise a child who will eat almost anything, and much, much more. For both longtime fans of Jacqués and those who are discovering him for the first time, this is a must-have cookbook.

Tyler Florence is a Food Network star, author of twelve books, product designer, and the chef-owner of Wayfare Tavern in San Francisco and El Paseo in Mill Valley, California. He also produces wines under his California Crush label, and opened the Tyler Florence Test Kitchen, a culinary laboratory, think tank, and event space, in late 2014. He lives in California with his family.

 

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$35.00
ISBN: 9780544301986
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - October 6th, 2015

In the companion book to his final PBS series, the world-renowned chef shows his close relationship to the land and sea as he cooks for close friends and family.


Angelico Hall, Dominican University
20 Olive Avenue
San Rafael, CA 94901

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