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Deborah Fallows - Dreaming in Chinese: Mandarin Lessons in Life, Love, and Language

Friday, October 1, 2010 - 6:00pm

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Deborah Fallows presents Dreaming in Chinese: Mandarin Lessons in Life, Love, and Language ($22.00). Fallows has traveled around the world, but nothing prepared her for the surprises of learning Mandarin. Over time, she realized that her struggles in learning the language of her adopted home provided a clue to the behavior and habits of its people.

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$22.00
ISBN: 9780802779137
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Walker & Company - August 31st, 2010

Deborah Fallows has spent much of her life learning languages and traveling around the world. But nothing prepared her for the surprises of learning Mandarin, China's most common language, or the intensity of living in Shanghai and Beijing.


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Celebrating Litquake! - with Gordon Edgar, Steve Sando, & Sarah Billingsley & Amy Treadwell

Thursday, October 7, 2010 - 12:00pm

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Join us for a cheese tasting as Gordon Edgar presents Cheesemonger: A Life on the Wedge. Steve Sando will present an audio-visual essay on Heirloom Beans. Various varieties of beans will be available to sample. Sarah Billingsley and Amy Treadwell will discuss Whoopie Pies, with delicious pies on hand to taste!

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$16.95
ISBN: 9780811874540
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Published: Chronicle Books (CA) - April 7th, 2010

Is it a cake? Is it a cookie? With such deliciously soft and sweet cream-filled snacks, does it matter? The Internet is abuzz with recipes and stories of whoopie pie folklore, while customers everywhere are descending on bakeries in droves demanding these delectable treats.


Heirloom Beans: Great Recipes for Dips and Spreads, Soups and Stews, Salads and Salsas, and Much More from Rancho Gordo Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9780811860697
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Published: Chronicle Books (CA) - November 1st, 2008

Who would have thought a simple bean could do so much? Heirloom bean expert Steve Sando provides descriptions of the many varieties now available, from Scarlet Runners to the spotted Eye of the Tiger beans. Nearly 90 recipes in the book will entice readers to cook up bowls of heartwarming Risotto and Cranberry Beans with Pancetta, or Caribbean Black Bean Soup.


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$17.95
ISBN: 9781603582377
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Published: Chelsea Green Publishing Company - February 17th, 2010

Witty and irreverent, informative and provocative, Cheesemonger: A Life on the Wedge is the highly readable story of Gordon Edgar's unlikely career as a cheesemonger at San Francisco's worker-owned Rainbow Grocery Cooperative.


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One City, One Book: Dave Eggers - Zeitoun

Tuesday, October 5, 2010 - 12:30pm

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Join us in celebration as the City reads Dave Eggers!
Dave Eggers talks about Zeitoun ($15.95). When Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, Abdulrahman Zeitoun, a prosperous Syrian-American and father of four, chose to stay through the storm to protect his house and contracting business. In the days after the storm, he traveled the flooded streets in a secondhand canoe, passing on supplies and helping those he could. A week later, on September 6, 2005, Zeitoun abruptly disappeared. Eggers’ riveting nonfiction book explores Zeitoun’s roots in Syria, his marriage to an American who converted to Islam, and the surreal atmosphere in post-Katrina New Orleans.

One City One Book: San Francisco Reads is an annual citywide literary event that encourages San Franciscans to read the same book at the same time and then discuss it in book groups and at events throughout the City.

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$16.00
ISBN: 9780307387943
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Published: Vintage - June 15th, 2010

National Bestseller

The true story of one family, caught between America's two biggest policy disasters: the war on terror and the response to Hurricane Katrina.


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Market to Table Event: Joyce Goldstein - Mediterranean Fresh

Saturday, September 11, 2010 - 11:00am

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Joyce Goldstein talks about Mediterranean Fresh ($30.00) (and many other books!) and presents a cooking demo.

On Saturday mornings, chefs and cookbook authors lead free cooking demonstrations using seasonal ingredients from the Farmers Market. Join them in the CUESA kitchen (North Arcade) for tips, recipes, and a sample. We’ll be there with the books.

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By Joyce Goldstein, Dan Barber (Foreword by)
$30.00
ISBN: 9780393065008
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 1st, 2008

With thirty versatile dressings, you'll expand your salad horizons. Just by changing the dressing and garnish, you can make a chopped salad Moroccan, Spanish, or Turkish. Roasted peppers can be Italian with anchovies and olives or spicy with a Tunisian harissa dressing. Beets and greens can move to France with walnut vinaigrette or to the Middle East with tahini dressing.


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Linda Clever - The Fatigue Prescription: Four Steps to Renewing Your Energy, Health, and Life

Monday, September 27, 2010 - 6:00pm

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Dr. Linda Clever talks about The Fatigue Prescription: Four Steps to Renewing Your Energy, Health, and Life ($16.95). Clever provides a practical and prescriptive guide to taking care of your whole self. She includes tips, self-assessment guides, and a doctor’s best advice on how to deal with competing demands that sap your strength, deplete your energy, and can lead to illness and depression.

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By Linda Hawes Clever, Dean Ornish (Foreword by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781573443807
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Published: Viva Editions - February 9th, 2010

Dr. Linda Clever has developed a do-it-yourself tool kit with The Fatigue Prescription, based on years of medical practice, life experience, and the success of RENEW. Filled with easy self-assessments, informational charts, and sound advice from a physician who healed herself, this book will help you avoid illness, reset priorities, and most importantly, regain your health and happiness.


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Joyce Maynard - The Good Daughters

Thursday, September 16, 2010 - 6:00pm

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Joyce Maynard discusses The Good Daughters ($24.99). From the bestselling author of Labor Day comes a spellbinding novel about friendship, family secrets, and the strange, unexpected twists of fate that shape our lives. Maynard is the author of six novels and four books of nonfiction, including her bestselling memoir At Home in the World.

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$24.99
ISBN: 9780061994319
Availability: Special Order
Published: William Morrow - September 1st, 2010

The bestselling author of Labor Day returns with a spellbinding novel about friendship, family secrets, and the strange twists of fate that shape our lives

The Good Daughters

They were born on the same day, in the same small New Hampshire hospital, into families that could hardly have been less alike.


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David A. Kessler - The End of Overeating

Monday, September 20, 2010 - 6:00pm

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David A. Kessler, M.D. talks about The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite ($15.99). Dr. Kessler, the dynamic former FDA commissioner who reinvented the food label and tackled the tobacco industry, now reveals how the food industry has hijacked the brains of millions of Americans. The result? America’s number-one public health issue. Dr. Kessler cracks the code of overeating by explaining how our bodies and minds are changed when we consume foods that contain sugar, fat, and salt. For the millions of people struggling with weight as well as for those of us who simply don't understand why we can't seem to stop eating our favorite foods, Dr. Kessler’s cutting-edge investigation offers new insights and helpful tools to help us find a solution.

Kessler’s groundbreaking examination of America’s battle with overeating and obesity reveals how today’s food industry is tapping into the fact that our brains are wired to respond to sugar, fat, and salt by creating foods that literally feed this desire—foods loaded and layered with these “salient stimuli.” Through a combination of food engineering and aggressive marketing, the industry is manipulating the American public to overeat in the same way that the tobacco industry manipulated it to smoke.

So what’s the solution? In
The End of Overeating, Kessler outlines how we can stop the overeating crisis—both as individuals and as a society. “People need to repeatedly hear that selling, serving, and eating food layered and loaded with sugar, fat, and salt has negative and unhealthy consequences—we need a ‘Truth’ campaign for the food industry,” says Kessler. In addition, he advocates for comprehensive labeling on packaged foods; calorie counts on all menus at restaurants; strict monitoring, regulating, and exposing of food marketing; and an overall shift in attitudes and norms.

David Kessler, M.D., served as commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration. A pediatrician, he has been dean of the medical schools at Yale and the UCSF.

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$16.99
ISBN: 9781605294575
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Published: Rodale Books - September 14th, 2010

Dr. David A. Kessler, the dynamic and controversial former FDA commissioner known for his crusade against the tobacco industry, is taking on another business that's making Americans sick: the food industry. In The End of Overeating, Dr.


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Market to Table Event: Marie Simmons - Fig Heaven

Saturday, August 28, 2010 - 11:45am

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Marie Simmons talks about Fig Heaven ($19.95) and presents a cooking demo.

On Saturday mornings, chefs and cookbook authors lead free cooking demonstrations using seasonal ingredients from the Farmers Market. Join them in the CUESA kitchen (North Arcade) for tips, recipes, and a sample. We’ll be there with the books.

Fig Heaven: 70 Recipes for the World's Most Luscious Fruit Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9780060538491
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: William Morrow & Company - May 11th, 2004

They come fresh or dry, in yellow or purple, from California and Mediterranean and Middle Eastern countries. They are in restaurants, supermarkets, fruit stands, backyards, and inside some very famous cookies. What are they? They're figs -- one of America's favorite fruits.


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Dianne Jacob - Will Write For Food

Tuesday, September 28, 2010 - 6:00pm

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Dianne Jacob talks about Will Write For Food ($15.95). In this revised, updated edition, food lovers who want to express themselves through article writing, restaurant reviewing, and cookbook writing will find the tools to get started in the incredibly popular world of food writing. Jacob is also co-author of Grilled Pizzas & Piadinas.

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$16.99
ISBN: 9780738214047
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Da Capo Lifelong Books - July 27th, 2010

The success of Julie & Julia highlights the newest trend in food writing: blogging. Noted journalist and food-writing instructor Dianne Jacob has revised her award-winning book to include a chapter covering all the how-to's of food blogging as well as updated resources and new information on working in other wildly popular genres, namely cookbooks and food memoirs.


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Melanie Thernstrom - The Pain Chronicles

Thursday, September 23, 2010 - 6:00pm

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Melanie Thernstrom talks about The Pain Chronicles: Cures, Myths, Mysteries, Prayers, Diaries, Brain Scans, Healing, and the Science of Suffering ($27.00). Both a personal meditation and an intellectual exploration, this work illuminates and makes sense of the all-too-human experience of pain, and confronts with extraordinary grace and empathy its peculiar traits, its harrowing effects, and its various antidotes.

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$27.00
ISBN: 9780865476813
Availability: Special Order
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - August 17th, 2010

Each of us will know physical pain in our lives, but none of us knows when it will come or how long it will stay. Today as much as 10 percent of the population of the United States suffers from chronic pain. It is more widespread, misdiagnosed, and undertreated than any major disease.


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