Food and Wine Events

Literary Luncheon: Erica Jong - Fear of Dying

Wednesday, September 16, 2015 - 12:00pm

Ticket: $55 (Includes Meal & Signed Book) 

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

Hilarious, heart wrenching, and beautifully told, Fear of Dying is the story of Vanessa Wonderman, a gorgeous former actress in her 60's who finds herself balancing between her dying parents, her aging husband and her beloved, pregnant daughter. Although Vanessa considers herself "a happily married woman," the lack of sex in her life makes her feel as if she's losing something too valuable to ignore, so she places an ad for sex on a site called Zipless.com and the life she knew begins to unravel. With the help and counsel of her best friend, Isadora Wing, Vanessa navigates the phishers and pishers, and starts to question if what she's looking for might be close at hand after all.

Erica Jong is a poet, novelist, and essayist, best known for her eight New York Times bestselling novels, including Fear of Flying (which has sold twenty-six million copies in more than forty languages) and Fear of Fifty. Ms. Jong is also the author of seven award-winning collections of poetry. Her latest, Love Comes First, was released by Tarcher-Penguin in January 2009.

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$26.99
ISBN: 9781250065919
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: St. Martin's Press - September 8th, 2015

Four decades ago, Erica Jong revolutionized the way we look at love, marriage and sex. Her world-wide bestseller, FEAR OF FLYING opened the doors for writers from Jennifer Weiner to Lena Dunham. Now she does it again by giving us powerful, new perspective on the next phase of women's lives.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Janet Fletcher - Yogurt

Saturday, July 11, 2015 - 12:30pm

Special Meet and Greet Event!

Written for today's yogurt enthusiast, Yogurt capitalizes on the strong interest in probiotics and natural foods, the continued DIY craze, and the stunning surge in the popularity of commercial Greek yogurt. The book includes a guide to purchasing quality yogurt (all of the recipes work with store-bought brands), plus simple instructions for making yogurt at home. From Roasted Butternut Squash with Yogurt and Toasted Pumpkin Seeds, to Golden Beet and Yogurt Soup, to Fresh Pineapple Lassi, Fletcher’s streamlined recipes satisfy the current taste for food that’s wholesome, authentic, and bold.

Janet Fletcher is the author or coauthor of more than two dozen books on food and beverages, including Cheese & Wine, Cheese & Beer, and The Cheese Course. Her weekly email newsletter, Planet Cheese, is read by cheese enthusiasts internationally, and she is a member of the Guilde Internationale des Fromagers. A longtime contributor to the San Francisco Chronicle, Janet has received three James Beard Awards and the IACP Bert Greene Award for her newspaper journalism. Her food and beverage writing has also appeared in numerous national magazines, including Saveur, Bon Appétit, Fine Cooking, Culture, and Food & Wine.

Yogurt: Sweet and Savory Recipes for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781607747123
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Ten Speed Press - April 14th, 2015

A fresh, modern yogurt-centric cookbook that showcases the versatility of this dairy superstar in more than 50 recipes for appetizers, salads, soups, sauces, marinades, beverages, and desserts, and provides fail-proof directions for making your own yogurt at home.


1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Cooks with Books: Jacques Pépin - Jacques Pépin Heart and Soul in the Kitchen

Saturday, October 10, 2015 - 5:30pm

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

Peju Winery in Napa Valley • $145

"Think of this book as an invitation to come over to our house for a meal. Like most gatherings here, it will be accompanied by plenty of interesting conversation about food, spiced with reminiscences, stories, perhaps a little gossip, and of course, generous pouring of wine." —From the introduction. 

Jacques Pépin Heart and Soul in the Kitchen features over 200 French-inspired recipes from Jacques Pépin's childhood, his travels in Asia and Latin America, and beyond. This impressive collection will be published in celebration of Jacques' 80th birthday and the airing of his final KQED show on PBS  entitled Jacques Pépin: Heart and Soul. Jacques is one of the world's most well known cooking teachers, author of 25 cookbooks, the star in 13 acclaimed cooking television shows, winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the James Beard Foundation, and recipient of the Legion of Honor, France's highest distinction. We are honored to have Jacques Pépin return to our Cooks with Books dining series. This event will sell out, so purchase tickets soon!

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

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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.


Peju Province Winery
8466 St Helena Hwy
Rutherford, CA 94573

Cooks with Books: Jacques Pépin - Jacques Pépin Heart and Soul in the Kitchen

Sunday, October 11, 2015 - 6:30pm

Please note: this event is now sold-out. For waitlist availability, please contact events@bookpassage.com. Jacques Pépin will also appear on Oct. 10 at 5:30pm for a Cooks with Books event at Peju Winery in Napa Valley and on Oct. 12 at 7:00pm for a conversation with Tyler Florence (no meal) at Dominican University.

Left Bank in Larkspur • $145

"Think of this book as an invitation to come over to our house for a meal. Like most gatherings here, it will be accompanied by plenty of interesting conversation about food, spiced with reminiscences, stories, perhaps a little gossip, and of course, generous pouring of wine." —From the introduction. 

Jacques Pépin Heart and Soul in the Kitchen features over 200 French-inspired recipes from Jacques Pépin's childhood, his travels in Asia and Latin America, and beyond. This impressive collection will be published in celebration of Jacques' 80th birthday and the airing of his final KQED show on PBS  entitled Jacques Pépin: Heart and Soul. Jacqués is one of the world's most well known cooking teachers, author of 25 cookbooks, the star in 13 acclaimed cooking television shows, winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the James Beard Foundation, and recipient of the Legion of Honor, France's highest distinction. We are honored to have Jacques Pépin return to our Cooks with Books dining series. This event will sell out, so purchase tickets soon!

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

Jacques Pepin: Heart & Soul in the Kitchen Cover Image
$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.


Left Bank
507 Magnolia Ave.
Larkspur, CA 94939

Cooks with Books: Joanne Weir - Kitchen Gypsy

Sunday, September 20, 2015 - 12:00pm

Please note: online sales are now closed. To inquire about waitlist availability, please call (415) 927-0960 x 1.

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

From a childhood spent on her family farm in the Berkshires to her time working at Chez Panisse in Berkeley to her years teaching cooking classes Joanne Weir has cultivated a deep passion for good food. In Kitchen Gypsy: Recipes and Stories from a Lifelong Romance with Food Joanne Weir shares her culinary journey and discoveries through 100 recipes, intimate stories, and stunning photographs. Home cooks will discover flavorful dishes such as Quick Risotto with Shrimp and Citrus Gastrique, Nana's Hot Milk Sponge Cake with Strawberry Jam, and Fried Pork Tacos, all featuring fresh ingredients with clear accessible instructions. This all-new collection of recipes is brought to life through Weir's evocative writing and cooking insights. The book features anecdotes from her extensive travels and experience at the forefront of California cooking with special cameos from culinary legends such as Alice Waters, Rick Bayless, and Jacques Pepin. Both a valuable kitchen guide and an armchair read, this cooking resource offers an unparalleled glimpse into the shaping of a celebrated chef.

Joanne Weir is a James Beard Award-winning cookbook author and judge, international cooking teacher and chef. In 2012, Weir opened Copita, a critically-acclaimed Mexican restaurant and tequileria in Sausalito, California. She launched her online wine business, Joanne Weir Wines in 2011, garnering a silver medal in Sunset's International Wine Competition. She is the author of 17 cookbooks and has been featured on numerous television shows including The Today Show and Good Morning America. She writes for many national magazines including Cooking Light, Bon Appétit, Better Homes and Gardens, Food & Wine, and many more. She spends several months of the year touring the globe sharing her extensive background with regard to nutrition, food theory and technique, earning her the Tour Operator of the Year Award from the IACP in 2013.

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

Kitchen Gypsy: Recipes and Stories from a Lifelong Romance with Food (Sunset) Cover Image
By Joanne Weir, Alice Waters (Foreword by)
$35.00
ISBN: 9780848746032
Availability: Special Order
Published: Sunset - September 15th, 2015

From the beloved host and producer of PBS series Joanne Weir's Cooking Confidence and Joanne Weir Gets Fresh.
"Joanne's infectious enthusiasm...draws readers effortlessly into a new and beautiful relationship to food." - Alice Waters


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

Books and Bites: Kent & Shannon Rollins - A Taste of Cowboy: Ranch Recipes and Tales from the Trail

Saturday, June 27, 2015 - 3:00pm to 6:00pm

Please note: this event is now sold out. Thank you!

Cavallo Point Cooking School, Sausalito
Registration (Book Included): $125 per person
• 3:00 - 6:00 pm

Be ready to feast on some darn good recipes served up by the Official Chuck Wagon Cook of Oklahoma. A Taste of Cowboy: Ranch Recipes and Tales from the Trail will take you out on the Cavallo Point trail and show students an authentic ranch cooking style influenced by Dutch ovens, camp stoves and catering on the range for working cowboys. Kent and Shannon Rollins have been running the Red River Ranch Chuck Wagon Catering since 1993. The class will be an interactive group that will help out with cooking the recipes as well as sampling them throughout the evening. Great comfort food dishes will be featured, including Sweet Heat BBQ Chopped Pork Sandwiches, Tater Salad with Sweet Jalapeno Relish, Cowboy Sushi, Throwdown-Winning Chicken-Fried Steak, and Cowboy Banana Split Cobbler. Come and git it!

A Taste of Cowboy: Ranch Recipes and Tales from the Trail Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780544275003
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - April 7th, 2015

Irresistible recipes from pantry ingredients by an authentic cowboy and TV veteran


Cavallo Point Cooking School
601 Murray Cir
Sausalito, CA 94965

Adam Richman - Straight Up Tasty

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 - 12:30pm

Meet 'n Greet!

While travelling to nearly every corner of America, Adam Richman tried all kinds of incredible dishes and learned more than a little bit about what makes food taste good. Straight Up Tasty: Meals, Memories, and Mouthfuls from My Travels shows us what Adam serves up when it is his turn behind the stove. The more than 100 diverse, dazzling, and downright delectable recipes reflect the flavor combinations, techniques, and ingredients that Adam has encountered on his nonstop travels, all translated into easy-to-use-recipes perfect for the home cook and all given a distinctive Richman spin.

Adam Richman has starred on and produced numerous Travel Channel shows, including Man v. Food and Adam Richman’s Best Sandwich in America and is the host of NBC’s Food Fighters. Brooklyn born and bred, Richman is a graduate of Emory University and the Yale School of Drama and is the author of America the Edible: A Hungry History, from Sea to Dining Sea.

Straight Up Tasty: Meals, Memories, and Mouthfuls from My Travels Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9780385344487
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Published: Clarkson Potter Publishers - May 12th, 2015

The much anticipated first cookbook from Adam Richman, the irrepressible host of "Man vs Food" and NBC's "Food Fighters," delivers what his fans have been waiting for: a heaping helping of over-the-top flavors with a side order of the erudite humor that is his trademark.


1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

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.

Maureen Abood’s debut cookbook, Rose Water & Orange Blossoms: Fresh & Classic Recipes From My Lebanese Kitchen, already has Anthony Bourdain’s endorsement, calling it “A terrific and important book.” Abood, popular blogger whose work has appeared in numerous publications, explores her heritage and childhood growing up with food from her Lebanese American family. Her recipes combine traditional Lebanese and Middle Eastern flavors with her own fresh ideas.

This special meal will take place at the acclaimed Spinster Sisters restaurant, with a portion of proceeds going to End World Hunger 2030.

Rose Water and Orange Blossoms: Fresh & Classic Recipes from My Lebanese Kitchen Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780762454860
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Running Press Adult - April 28th, 2015

Publishers Weekly's Top 10 Cookbooks for Spring 2015


Spinster Sisters
401 S A St.
Santa Rosa, CA 95401

Ping Chow - Coffee & Dessert on the Coastside

Saturday, May 9, 2015 - 12:30pm

Coffee & Dessert on the Coastside is a large format, hardcover cookbook that pays tribute to the beautiful Northern California coastal community extending from Devil’s Slide to Pescadero. The book features Ping Chow’s photography and recipes, as well as signature desserts from favorite local restaurants.

Dr. Ping Chow is a board certified cardiologist who closed her Bay Area practice in 2009. Since then, she formed her own publishing company, Moss Beach Productions.

Coffee & Dessert on the Coastside Cover Image
$59.00
ISBN: 9780996106405
Availability: Special Order
Published: Moss Beach Productions - July 4th, 2014

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Maria Speck - Simply Ancient Grains

Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 6:00pm

From black rice to burgundy quinoa and golden Kamut berries—ancient grains are showing up on restaurant menus and store shelves in abundance. Yet in our own kitchens, many of us fear that whole grains are too difficult and time-consuming to prepare. But ancient grains can transform our cooking and eating—from simple weeknight fare to mouthwatering reinventions of all-time favorites. In Simply Ancient Grains, Maria Speck explains how easy it is to bring these fascinating and nourishing staples to the table for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert. This simplified approach takes whole grains to the next level by re-creating familiar comfort foods and amplifying their flavor and nutritional profile.

Maria Speck is a food journalist and the author of the award-winning cookbook Ancient Grains for Modern Meals. She is currently an instructor in the professional program of the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts, and has contributed to Gourmet, Saveur, Gastronomica, Vegetarian Times, and Cooking Pleasures.

Simply Ancient Grains: Fresh and Flavorful Whole Grain Recipes for Living Well Cover Image
$27.50
ISBN: 9781607745884
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Published: Ten Speed Press - April 14th, 2015

The award-winning author of Ancient Grains for Modern Meals, Maria Speck makes cooking with ancient grains faster, more intuitive, and easier than ever before in this collection of recipes, most of which are gluten-free.


1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

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