Food and Wine Events

Liz Carlisle - Lentil Underground

Wednesday, February 4, 2015 - 12:30pm

Lentil Underground, by journalist and fellow at UC Berkeley’s Center for Diversified Farming Systems Liz Carlisle, profiles the unique grassroots movement of organic lentil farming and the farmers confronting the global food system. From the heart of Big Sky Country comes this inspiring story of a handful of colorful pioneers who have successfully bucked the chemically-based food chain and the entrenched power of agribusiness’s one percent by stubbornly banding together. Unearthing the deep roots of this movement, Lentil Underground introduces readers to a memorable cast of characters, from gun-toting libertarians and Christian homesteaders to peace-sign-waving environmental activists.

Liz Carlisle is a fellow at UC Berkeley’s Center for Diversified Farming Systems.  She holds a B.A. from Harvard University and will receive her Ph. D. from the Department of Geography at UC Berkeley in May 2014. Before graduate school, Carlisle served as Legislative Correspondent for agriculture and natural resources in the office of United States Senator Jon Tester, an organic farmer from her home state of Montana.  A former country singer who once opened shows for Travis Tritt, LeAnn Rimes and Sugarland, Carlisle brings a populist flair to her writing, which has appeared in the Smithsonian Magazine and Harvard Independent.

Annie Somerville, Executive Chef of Greens Restaurant in San Francisco, hosts a special farm-to-table dinner to celebrate the release of Lentil Underground, the new book by Michael Pollan protégé Liz Carlisle.  Join Carlisle, Somerville, and two dozen of the Montana farmers profiled in the book, for a three-course vegetarian meal featuring their specialty organic lentils and heritage grains.  Each guest will be seated next to a farmer, and the meal will take place at Greens' breathtaking Fort Mason location, with views of the San Francisco Bay and Golden Gate Bridge.  Doors open at 5:30pm for mixing, mingling, and sunset viewing, and guests will be seated for dinner at 6:00pm. Click here to make your reservation.

Lentil Underground: Renegade Farmers and the Future of Food in America Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781592409204
Availability: Special Order
Published: Avery Publishing Group - January 22nd, 2015

A protege of Michael Pollan shares the story of a little known group of renegade farmers who defied corporate agribusiness by launching a unique sustainable farm-to-table food movement.


1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

John Boyne - A History of Loneliness

Friday, March 6, 2015 - 1:00pm

A novel as intimate as it is universal, A History of Loneliness is the riveting narrative of an honorable Irish priest who finds the church collapsing around him at a pivotal moment in its history. It confirms John Boyne as one of the most searching storytellers of his generation. Boyne is the author of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas.

A History of Loneliness Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780374171339
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - February 3rd, 2015

The riveting narrative of an honorable Irish priest who finds the church collapsing around him at a pivotal moment in its history


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Ciarra Hannah & Stephanie Gaudreau - The Frugal Paleo Cookbook & The Performance Paleo Cookbook

Saturday, January 10, 2015 - 4:00pm

The Frugal Paleo Cookbook proves that just because you're on the Paleo diet doesn't mean you need to spend a fortune. Ciarra Hannah, creator of PopularPaleo.com, which gets over 362,000 page views a month, has one hundred Paleo recipes that feature grass-fed meat and naturally-raised whole food ingredients but are also light on your wallet.

Ciarra Hannah is the author the the best-selling The Frugal Paleo Cookbook and is the creator of the drool-worthy blog, Popular Paleo. She transitioned to a Paleo lifestyle while researching ways to support an autoimmune hyperthyroid and improve her health.

Fuel your next workout with Paleo dishes that are packed with nutrients from the best superfoods, provided by Stephanie Gaudreau of Stupid Easy Paleo, which gets over 35,000 hits a day. High-Intensity training is one of the most effective ways to train, but you also need to be eating the right foods to get the best results. The Performance Paleo Cookbook gives readers 100 of the best Paleo recipes to supercharge their path to fitness.

Stephanie Gaudreau is the creator of Stupid Easy Paleo and the author of the #1 Best Seller, The Paleo Athlete. She holds a BS in Biology—Human Physiology, a MA in Education, and is a Certified Holistic Nutrition Practitioner. Steph writes and develops recipes for her website, works as a freelance food photographer, and speaks at nutrition seminars around the country. She's an Olympic weightlifter who trains and lives with her husband in San Diego.

 

The Frugal Paleo Cookbook: Affordable, Easy & Delicious Paleo Cooking Cover Image
By Ciarra Hannah, Melissa Joulwan (Foreword by)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781624140884
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Page Street Publishing - December 2nd, 2014

SAVE MONEY & STAY GLUTEN-FREE WITH THESE EASY, DELICIOUS PALEO RECIPES

For those on the Paleo diet, one of the biggest concerns isn't the variety but the price. Luckily, Ciarra Hannah, creator of PopularPaleo.com, has 100 easy, wallet-friendly Paleo recipes that'll feed the whole family.


The Performance Paleo Cookbook: Recipes for Training Harder, Getting Stronger and Gaining the Competitive Edge Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9781624141010
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Page Street Publishing - January 6th, 2015

DELICIOUS, NUTRIENT-PACKED MEALS TO FUEL A BETTER PERFORMANCE

You train hard to perform well; your food should fuel the process and taste good, too. The Performance Paleo Cookbook gives you all the information and recipes you need to prepare delicious food that will help you get stronger today.


1 Ferry Building
94111 San Francisco
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Bill T. Jones - Story/Time: The Life of an Idea

Sunday, February 1, 2015 - 6:00pm

Spinster Sisters, Santa Rosa • Ticket: Single $95; Couple $165 (one book)

In this ceaselessly questioning book, acclaimed African American dancer, choreographer, and director Bill T. Jones reflects on his art and life as he describes the genesis of Story/Time, a recent dance work produced by his company and inspired by the modernist composer and performer John Cage. Presenting personally revealing stories, richly illustrated with striking color photographs of the work’s original stage production, and featuring a beautiful, large-format design, the book is a work of art in itself.

Like the dance work, Story/Time the book is filled with telling vignettes—about Jones’s childhood as part of a large, poor, Southern family that migrated to upstate New York; about his struggles to find a place for himself in a white-dominated dance world; and about his encounters with notable artists and musicians. In particular, Jones examines his ambivalent attraction to avant-garde modernism, which he finds liberating but also limiting in its disregard for audience response. As he strives to make his work more personal and broadly engaging, especially to an elusive African American audience, Jones—who is still drawn to the avant-garde—wrestles with questions of how an artist can remain true to himself while still caring about the popular reception of his work.

Bill T. Jones is an acclaimed dancer, choreographer, and director. He is the artistic director, cofounder, and choreographer of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and executive artistic director of New York Live Arts. He is the recipient of many awards and honors, including Tony Awards for FELA! and Spring Awakening, a Kennedy Center Honor, and a MacArthur Fellowship. In 2014, President Barack Obama awarded Jones the National Medal of Arts, the country’s highest honor for achievement in the arts.

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

 

Story/Time: The Life of an Idea Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9780691162706
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Princeton University Press - September 7th, 2014

In this ceaselessly questioning book, acclaimed African American dancer, choreographer, and director Bill T. Jones reflects on his art and life as he describes the genesis of Story/Time, a recent dance work produced by his company and inspired by the modernist composer and performer John Cage.


Literary Luncheon: Dave Barry - Live Right and Find Happiness (Although Beer is Much Faster)

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - 12:00pm

Ticket: $55 (includes meal & signed book) 

This event is Sold Out!

 

In Live Right and Find Happiness (Although Beer is Much Faster) you'll find brilliant, brand-new, never-before-published pieces, Dave Barry passes on home truths to his new grandson and to his daughter Sophie, who will be getting her learner’s permit in 2015 (“So you’re about to start driving! How exciting! I’m going to kill myself”). He explores the hometown of his youth, where the grown-ups were supposed to be uptight fifties conformists, but seemed to have a lot of un–Mad Men–like fun—unlike Dave’s own Baby Boomer generation, which was supposed to be wild and crazy, but somehow turned into neurotic hover-parents. He dives into everything from the inanity of cable news and the benefits of Google Glass (“You will look like a douchebag”) to the loneliness of high school nerds (“You will never hear a high school girl say about a boy, in a dreamy voice, ‘He’s so sarcastic!’”), from the perils of home repair to firsthand accounts of the soccer craziness of Brazil and the just plain crazy craziness of Vladimir Putin’s Russia (“He stares at the camera with the expression of a man who relaxes by strangling small furry animals”), and a lot more besides. By the end, if you do not feel wiser, richer in knowledge, more attuned to the universe... we wouldn’t be at all surprised. But you’ll have had a lot to laugh about!

Dave Barry’s recent bestselling books include You Can Date Boys When You’re Forty, I’ll Mature When I’m Dead, and Insane City.

Live Right and Find Happiness (Although Beer Is Much Faster): Life Lessons and Other Ravings from Dave Barry Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780399165955
Availability: Special Order
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - March 3rd, 2015

During the course of living (mumble, mumble) years, Dave Barry has learned much of wisdom, * (*actual wisdom not guaranteed) and he is eager to pass it on--to the next generation, the generation after that, and to those idiots who make driving to the grocery store in Florida a death-defying experience.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd.
Corte Madera, CO 94925

Agatha Kulaga & Erin Patinkin - Ovenly: Sweet & Salty Recipes from New York's Most Creative Bakery

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 10:00am

Special Meet and Greet Event!

Ovenly is an award-winning bakery headquartered in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Since 2010, their innovative baked goods have found their way into cafés, restaurants and stores nationwide. In their first cookbook, Ovenly: Sweet and Salty Recipes from New York’s Most Creative Bakery, Agatha Kulaga and Erin Patinkin bring their knack for sweet and savory splendor to your home kitchen. Packed with the baking know-how of two straight-talking, home taught bakers and sprinkled throughout with irresistible full-color photographs, these inventive recipes are not to be missed.

Agatha Kulaga grew up in Connecticut, where some of her happiest childhood memories are of baking alongside her mother and grandmother, making old-world sweets like apple cake, poppy-seed rolled cake and fat dessert dumplings. In one lucky year, Kulaga quit her job of nearly ten years, started a business and married the man of her dreams. She has never been happier.

Erin Patinkin spent her early years in Chicago, where she developed an obsession for Vienna Beef hot dogs (ketchup is sacrilege), Big League Chew and Yan Can Cook television episodes. The day she traded business casual for an apron and clogs was the best day of her life.

 

Ovenly: Sweet & Salty Recipes from New York's Most Creative Bakery Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9780373892952
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Harlequin - September 30th, 2014

Ovenly is an award-winning bakery headquartered in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Since 2010, their innovative baked goods have found their way into cafes, restaurants and stores nationwide.


John McQuaid - Tasty: The Art and Science of What We Eat

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 12:30pm

Special Meet and Greet Event!

Co-Sponsored by CUESA (Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture)

With reporting from kitchens, supermarkets, farms, restaurants, huge food corporations, and science labs, Tasty: The Art and Science of What We Eat tells the story of the still-emerging concept of flavor and how our sense of taste will evolve in the coming decades. Tasty explains the scientific research taking place on multiple fronts: how genes shape our tastes; how hidden taste perceptions weave their way into every organ and system in the body; how the mind assembles flavors from the five senses and signals from body’s metabolic systems; the quest to understand why sweetness tastes good and its dangerous addictive properties; why something disgusts one person and delights another; and what today’s obsessions with extreme tastes tell us about the brain.

John McQuaid’s journalism has appeared in Smithsonian magazine, CUESAthe Washington Post, Wired, Forbes.com, and EatingWell magazine. His science and environment reporting for The Times-Picayune anticipated Hurricane Katrina, explored the global fisheries crisis and the problems of invasive species. His work has won a Pulitzer Prize, as well as awards from the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Institute for Biological Sciences, and the International Association of Culinary Professionals. McQuaid is a graduate of Yale.

 

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$26.00
ISBN: 9781451685008
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Scribner Book Company - January 13th, 2015

A fascinating and deeply researched investigation into the mysteries of flavor--from the first bite taken by our ancestors to scientific advances in taste and the current "foodie" revolution.


Nicolette Hahn Niman - Defending Beef

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 6:00pm

In Defending Beef, Nicolette Hahn Niman argues that cattle are not inherently bad for either the Earth or our own nutritional health. In fact, properly managed livestock play an essential role in maintaining grassland ecosystems by functioning as surrogates for herds of wild ruminants that once covered the globe. Hahn Niman argues that dispersed, grass-fed, small-scale farms can and should become the basis for American food production, replacing the factory farms that harm animals and the environment.

The author—a longtime vegetarian—goes on to dispel popular myths about how eating beef is bad for our bodies. She methodically evaluates health claims made against beef, demonstrating that such claims have proven false. She shows how foods from cattle—milk and meat, particularly when raised entirely on grass—are healthful, extremely nutritious, and an irreplaceable part of the world’s food system

Nicolette Hahn Niman is the author of Righteous Porkchop. She previously served as senior attorney for the Waterkeeper Alliance, running their campaign to reform the concentrated production of livestock and poultry. In recent years she has gained a national reputation as an advocate for sustainable food production and improved farm-­animal welfare.

 

Defending Beef: The Case for Sustainable Meat Production Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781603585361
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Chelsea Green Publishing Company - October 31st, 2014

For decades it has been nearly universal dogma among environmentalists and health advocates that cattle and beef are public enemy number one.

But is the matter really so clear cut? Hardly, argues environmental lawyer turned rancher Nicolette Hahn Niman in her new book, Defending Beef.


1 Ferry Building
94111 San Francisco
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Cooks with Books: Heidi Insalata Krahling - Insalata's and Marinitas

Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 12:00pm

 

Insalata's in San Anselmo • Single $115; Couple $180 (one book)

 Please note: online registration for this event is now closed. Call (415) 927-0960 ext. 233 for waitlist availability.            

Heidi Insalata Krahling's newest cookbook, Insalata's and Marinitas: The Story of Two Restaurants, is a culmination of recipes from her two restaurants. Krahling brings to the home chef the ingredients, flavors, sauces, and basic techniques of her kitchen which are the building blocks that have led to her Michelin star success. Heidi's own voice is on every page, helping the chef prepare each recipe. Krahling is also the author of Insalata's Mediterranean Cookbook. Enjoy a meal featuring recipes from Krahling's new book, and spend some time with talented local chef.

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

 

Insalatas & Marinitas: The Story of Two Restaurants Cover Image
$36.00
ISBN: 9780692236710
Availability: Special Order
Published: Laura Parker Studio - November 1st, 2014

In Insalata's and Marinitas: The Story of Two Restaurants, chef Heidi Krahling brings home cooks into her kitchens to share the food and flavors that have made her San Anselmo restaurants, Insalata's and Marinitas, so beloved in Marin County, California.


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

Diane Sanfilippo, Nabil Boumrar & Caitlin Weeks - Mediterranean Paleo Cooking

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 12:30pm

Many people assume that eating better—whether to lose weight, alleviate health problems, or simply improve how they feel—means eating low-fat, boring, and tasteless food. Professional chef Nabil Boumrar and Certified Nutrition Consultant Caitlin Weeks blow that myth out of the water with their vibrant and healthy coastal cuisine.

Mediterranean Paleo Cooking
showcases a wide variety of creative recipes that are Paleo-friendly—no gluten, grains, inflammatory oils, dairy, or refined sweeteners. These flavorful dishes combine traditional food from southern Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East with the healthful principles of a Paleo diet. With over 150 recipes, two 30-day meal plans (one for general health and one for those following an autoimmune protocol), shopping lists, cooking tips, and more, Mediterranean Paleo Cooking helps readers become better cooks and more informed eaters. But more importantly, it turns healthy eating into delicious eating with enticing Mediterranean meals that every foodie will enjoy.

Diane Sanfilippo is the New York Times bestselling author of Practical Paleo.

Mediterranean Paleo Cooking: Over 150 Fresh Coastal Recipes for a Relaxed, Gluten-Free Lifestyle Cover Image
$39.95
ISBN: 9781628600407
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Victory Belt Publishing - October 28th, 2014

Many people assume that eating better--whether to lose weight, alleviate health problems, or simply improve how they feel--means eating low-fat, boring, and tasteless food. Professional chef Nabil Boumrar and Certified Nutrition Consultant Caitlin Weeks blow that myth out of the water with their vibrant and healthy coastal cuisine.


1 Ferry Building
94111 San Francisco
us

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