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Cooks with Books: Jacques Pépin and Shorey Pépin - A Grandfather's Lessons (Larkspur)

Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 6:30pm

Left Bank, Larkspur
Tickets: $145 per person (includes meal & book)

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Note: Ticketholders for the original Oct. 20 date do not need to purchase tickets again. Staff will contact you regarding the new date.

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The grand master of cooking has a new apprentice in the kitchen: his granddaughter.

Jacques Pépin is one of the nation’s most famous cooking teachers, renowned for his knife skills. Ever since she was very young, his granddaughter, Shorey, has loved “helping” him in the kitchen. Now that she is twelve, Jacques gives his charismatic pupil a short course on preparing “food that is plain, but elegant, and more than anything, fun.” In the process, he proves himself as inspiring to her as he is to the country’s greatest chefs. Curly hot dogs, spinach with croutons, sushi salmon cakes, skillet bread and homemade butter, raspberry cake: These recipes will become irresistible new classics for kids. In A Grandfather's Lessons, Jacques also imparts lessons in kitchen etiquette, from how to set a table to how to fold a napkin properly—even how to load a dishwasher. And perhaps the most important lesson of all: that the best meals are the ones shared at home with family.

The winner of sixteen James Beard Awards and author of twenty-nine cookbooks, including Jacques Pépin Heart & Soul in the Kitchen and Essential Pépin, Jacques Pépin has starred in twelve acclaimed PBS cooking series. He was awarded France's highest distinction, the Legion of Honor.

Event tickets include the meal, wine, tip, tax, and a signed copy of the book.

 

A Grandfather's Lessons: In the Kitchen with Shorey Cover Image
By Jacques Pepin, Tom Hopkins (Photographer)
$30.00
ISBN: 9780544824393
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Published: Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - September 12th, 2017

The grand master of cooking has a new apprentice in the kitchen: his granddaughter.


Left Bank Restaurant
507 Magnolia Ave.
Larkspur, CA 94939

Dan Rather - What Unites Us (San Rafael)

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 - 7:00pm

In conversation with co-author Elliot Kirschner

Angelico Hall, Dominican University of California
Tickets: $40 (includes book)

*This event is now sold out. Please call the store at (415) 927-0960 ext. 1 for waitlist availability.*  

"I find myself thinking deeply about what it means to love America, as I surely do."

At a moment of crisis over our national identity, Dan Rather has been reflecting—and writing passionately almost every day on social media—about the world we live in, what our core ideals have been and should be, and what it means to be an American. Now, in a collection of wholly original essays, the venerated television journalist celebrates our shared values and what matters most in our great country, and shows us what patriotism looks like. Writing about the institutions that sustain us, such as public libraries, public schools, and national parks; the values that have transformed us, such as the struggle for civil rights; and the drive toward science and innovation that has made the United States great, Rather will bring to bear his decades of experience on the frontlines of the world's biggest stories, and offer readers a way forward.

After a career spent as reporter and anchor for CBS News, where he interviewed every living President since Eisenhower and was on the ground for every major event, from the assassination of John F. Kennedy to Watergate to 9/11, Rather has in the last year also become a hugely popular voice of reason on social media, with more than two million Facebook followers and an engaged new audience who help to make many of his posts go viral. With his famously plainspoken voice and a fundamental sense of hope, Dan Rather has written the book to inspire conversation and listening, and to remind us all how we are ultimately united.

What Unites Us will be a must-read for everyone you know who is engaged in the urgent national conversation right now—and interested in our place in history going forward.

With a storied career that has spanned more than six decades, Dan Rather has earned his place as one of the world's best-known journalists. He has interviewed every president since Eisenhower and, over that time, personally covered almost every important dateline in the United States and around the world. Rather joined CBS News in 1962. He quickly rose through the ranks, and in 1981 he assumed the position of Anchor and Managing Editor of the CBS Evening News—a post he held for twenty-four years. His reporting across the network helped turn 60 Minutes into an institution, launched 48 Hours as an innovative news magazine program, and shaped countless specials and documentaries. Upon leaving CBS, Rather returned to the in-depth reporting he always loved, creating the Emmy Award winning Dan Rather Reports on HDNet. Now, building upon that foundation, he is president and CEO of News and Guts, an independent production company he founded that specializes in high-quality nonfiction content across a range of traditional and digital distribution channels.

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What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9781616207823
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Published: Algonquin Books - November 7th, 2017

AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

"I find myself thinking deeply about what it means to love America, as I surely do." --Dan Rather


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

Khizr Khan - An American Family (San Rafael)

Monday, December 4, 2017 - 7:00pm

In conversation with Book Passage co-owner William Petrocelli

Angelico Hall, Dominican University of California
Tickets: $40 (includes signed book)

Please note: online sales have now closed. Tickets available at the door.

This inspiring memoir by Gold Star parent and captivating DNC speaker Khizr Khan is the story of one family’s pursuit of the American dream and why—especially in these tumultuous times—we must not be afraid to step forward for what we believe in when it matters most.

An American Family is an intensely personal story about the nature of true patriotism and what it’s like to risk everything you know for the promise of a 226-year-old piece of parchment. As Khizr Khan traces his remarkable journey—from humble beginnings on a poultry farm in Pakistan to obtaining a degree from Harvard Law School and raising a family in America—he shows what it means to leave the limitations of one’s country behind for the best values and promises of another. He also tells the story of the Khans’ middle child, U.S. Army Captain Humayun Khan, who was killed while protecting his base camp in Iraq, and the ways in which their undying pride in him and his sacrifice have helped them endure the deepest despair a parent can know.

The book is a stark depiction of what an American looks like, what being a nation of immigrants really means, and what it is to live—rather than simply to pay lip service to—our ideals.
    
Khizr Khan was born in 1950, the eldest of ten children, to poultry farming parents in Gujranwala, a city in rural Pakistan. He moved to the United States with his wife Ghazala in 1980. The couple became American citizens in 1986, and raised their three sons in Silver Lake, Maryland. His middle son, Captain Humayun Khan, was killed in 2004 in a suicide attack near Baqubah, Iraq, and was posthumously awarded a Purple Heart and Bronze Star. Khizr works as a legal consultant, and is involved with the University of Virginia’s ROTC program.

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An American Family: A Memoir of Hope and Sacrifice Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780399592492
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Published: Random House - October 24th, 2017

This inspiring memoir by the Muslim American Gold Star father and captivating DNC speaker is the story of one family's pursuit of the American dream.

NAMED ONE OF THE FIVE BEST MEMOIRS OF THE YEAR BY THE WASHINGTON POST


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

Jenna & Barbara Bush - Sisters First (San Rafael)

Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 7:00pm

Moderated by Condoleezza Rice

Angelico Hall, Dominican University of California
Tickets: $40 (includes signed book)

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Grab your sister (or a friend who is just like one!) for a special event with former first daughters Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush during their Sisters First tour this fall. Settle in for an evening of personal stories and universal revelations during this celebration of sisterhood and all of the complicated, messy, hilarious, life-defining moments that accompany it. For the first time, Jenna and Barbara will take readers on a revealing, funny, and thoughtful tour behind the scenes of their lives. They’ll share never-before-told stories about their family, their adventures, their loves and losses, and the special sisterly bond that ties them together. 

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Born into a political dynasty, Jenna and Barbara Bush grew up in the public eye. As small children, they watched their grandfather become president; just twelve years later they stood by their father's side when he took the same oath. They spent their college years being trailed by the Secret Service and chased by the paparazzi, with every teenage mistake making national headlines. But the tabloids didn't tell the whole story of these two young women forging their own identities under extraordinary circumstances. In Sisters First: Stories from Our Wild and Wonderful Life, they take readers on a revealing, thoughtful, and deeply personal tour behind the scenes of their lives, with never-before-told stories about their family, their adventures, their loves and losses, and the special sisterly bond that fulfills them.

Jenna Bush Hager is a correspondent on NBC’s Today Show and an editor-at-large for Southern Living magazine. She is the author of the New York Times bestseller Ana’s Story: A Journey of Hope, written after she served as an intern with UNICEF in Latin America. She also co-authored the children’s books Our Great Big Backyard and Read All About It! with her mother. She lives with her husband and two daughters in New York.

Barbara Pierce Bush is the CEO and co-founder of Global Health Corps, an organization that mobilizes a global community of young leaders to build the movement for health equity. GHC has mobilized almost one thousand young leaders who believe health is a human right and who take an innovative approach to solving some of the world’s biggest global health challenges. Previously, Barbara worked at the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, and Red Cross Children’s Hospital in South Africa, and interned with UNICEF in Botswana.

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Sisters First: Stories from Our Wild and Wonderful Life Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781538711415
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - October 24th, 2017

#1 New York Times Bestseller

Former first daughters and #1 bestselling authors Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush share intimate stories and reflections from the Texas countryside to the storied halls of the White House and beyond.


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

Amy Tan - Where the Past Begins (San Rafael)

Monday, October 23, 2017 - 7:00pm

In conversation with Susanne Pari

Angelico Hall, Dominican University of California
Tickets: $40 (includes signed book)

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In Where the Past Begins, bestselling author of The Joy Luck Club and The Valley of Amazement Amy Tan is at her most intimate in revealing the truths and inspirations that underlie her extraordinary fiction. By delving into vivid memories of her traumatic childhood, confessions of self-doubt in her journals, and heartbreaking letters to and from her mother, she gives evidence to all that made it both unlikely and inevitable that she would become a writer. Through spontaneous storytelling, she shows how a fluid fictional state of mind unleashed near-forgotten memories that became the emotional nucleus of her novels.

Tan explores shocking truths uncovered by family memorabilia—the real reason behind an I.Q. test she took at age six, why her parents lied about their education, mysteries surrounding her maternal grandmother—and, for the first time publicly, writes about her complex relationship with her father, who died when she was fifteen. Supplied with candor and characteristic humor, Where the Past Begins takes readers into the idiosyncratic workings of her writer’s mind, a journey that explores memory, imagination, and truth, with fiction serving as both her divining rod and link to meaning.

Amy Tan is the author of The Valley of Amazement, The Joy Luck Club, The Kitchen God’s Wife, The Hundred Secret Senses, The Bonesetter’s Daughter, The Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing Life, and two children’s books. Tan was also a co-producer and co-screenwriter of the film version of The Joy Luck Club.

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Where the Past Begins: A Writer's Memoir Cover Image
By Amy Tan
$28.99
ISBN: 9780062319296
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Published: Ecco Press - October 17th, 2017

FROM NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR AMY TAN, A MEMOIR ON HER LIFE AS A WRITER, HER CHILDHOOD, AND THE SYMBIOTIC RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN FICTION AND EMOTIONAL MEMORY


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

Van Jones - Beyond the Messy Truth (San Rafael)

Sunday, October 22, 2017 - 4:00pm

In conversation with KGO's Brian Copeland
Angelico Hall, Dominican University of California
Tickets: $40 (includes signed book)

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With his unscripted style of truth-telling for CNN, Van Jones burst into the collective American consciousness during the 2016 Presidential campaign. He has since become a beacon of hope and a voice of reason for progressives (and worried conservatives) everywhere; his compassion and wisdom were most recently on display during his rousing speech at the Washington, D.C. Women’s March. In Beyond the Messy Truth, Van Jones provides a blueprint for transforming our anxiety about our political future into meaningful change, including plans for a massive LoveArmy that grows from red and blue states alike. Issuing a call for a deeper patriotism, one that is wise enough to reject binaries and honestly face America’s complicated truths, he draws on poignant behind-the-scenes moments from his important and lifelong activist work, inspiring stories of quiet activists who have become unlikely change-makers, and little-known historical examples of collaboration rising from the fog of bitter disagreement. On full display throughout the book is the insight, empathy, and instinct for bridge-building that is fueling Jones’ successful TV special features and documentary shorts, “The Messy Truth, with Van Jones.”

Van Jones is a CNN political contributor as well as the host of the recurring CNN primetime special The Messy Truth with Van Jones. A graduate of Yale Law School, a former Obama administration “green jobs Czar,” and the author of two New York Times bestsellers, Jones founded the social justice accelerator, The Dream Corps. A recent guest host of Live with Kelly, and a regular guest on The Daily Show, Real Time with Bill Maher, Late Night with Seth Meyers, and The View, Jones is also a prolific writer of Op-Eds and essays that have appeared in USA Today, The San Francisco Chronicle, Washington Post, LA Times, CNN.com, and The Huffington Post.

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Beyond the Messy Truth: How We Came Apart, How We Come Together Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780399180026
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Published: Ballantine Books - October 10th, 2017

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - A passionate manifesto that exposes hypocrisy on both sides of the political divide and points a way out of the tribalism that is tearing America apart--by the CNN political contributor and host hailed as "a star of the 2016 campaign" (The New York Times) who coined the term "whitelash"


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

Reza Aslan - God (San Rafael)

Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 7:00pm

Angelico Hall, Dominican University of California
Tickets: $40 (includes signed book)

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In God, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Zealot and host of the new TV show Believer explores how different ideas of god have united, divided, and propelled humanity forward for millennia.

The entire history of religion—any religion—can be seen as the evolution of one metaphor: God as a super-charged version of ourselves. This metaphor occurs over and over again, regardless of time, location, and culture. This concept of the “humanized God”—God made in our own image—led to our earliest theorizing about the nature of the universe and our place in it. It informed our first physical representations of the non-material world. Belief in humanized gods guided us as hunter-gatherers, and then, tens of thousands of years later, compelled us to swap our spears for plows and begin planting instead. Our first temples were built by people who thought of the gods as super-powered human beings - as were our first religions.

With the layered prose and thoughtful, accessible scholarship that made Zealot an international bestseller, Reza Aslan takes us through the history of a particular view of God and, in the process, reflects on how intense belief has shaped humanity’s history.

Reza Aslan is an internationally acclaimed writer and scholar of religions. His first book, No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam, was an international bestseller and has been translated into thirteen languages and named by Blackwell as one of the hundred most important books of the last decade. He is also the author of How to Win a Cosmic War: God, Globalization and the End of the War on Terror (published in paperback as Beyond Fundamentalism), as well as the editor for Tablet & Pen: Literary Landscapes from the Modern Middle East. He is also the founder of Aslan Media, a company devoted to creating forums and encouraging discourse abou the Greater Middle East. Born in Iran, he now lives in Los Angeles, where he is an associate professor of creative writing at the University of California, Riverside.

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God: A Human History Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780553394726
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Published: Random House - November 7th, 2017

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - The bestselling author of Zealot and host of Believer explores humanity's quest to make sense of the divine in this concise and fascinating history of our understanding of God.


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

Cooks with Books: Deepa Thomas - Deepa's Secrets (San Francisco)

Saturday, July 29, 2017 - 12:30pm

Customers who are unable to attend this event are welcome to request autographed copies prior to July 29. Simply order a copy of Deepa's Secret here and mention you preference for an autograph and any inscription at the comments field at checkout. 

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Taj Campton Place, San Francisco • $150 per person
Event ticket includes meal, wine, tip, tax, and a signed copy of the book.

Online sales now closed. Please call (415) 927-0960 ext. 1 for waitlist availability.

When Deepa Thomas discovered that carbs were the culprits for her husband’s Type 2 diabetes, she deconstructed and reinvented her native Indian cuisine. The result is New Indian-- healthy, flavorpacked, visually stunning fare. Michelin two-star chef Srijith Gopinath will collaborate with Deepa in his Campton Place kitchen to serve up her secrets, as she shares the fusion techniques and kitchen wisdom from her cookbook.

**Deepa is donating all her royalties from the book to FoodCorps, a nonprofit that connects children to healthy food in schools.**

Deepa’s Secrets is not only filled with delicious, healthy, and healing recipes but with wonderful stories about a colorful and inspiring life.”— Mark Hyman, MD, author of Eat Fat Get Thin, & Director, Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine

“They’re no longer secrets! Home cooks and professional chefs will be inspired to use Deepa’s original, simple methods for harnessing complex flavors to create amazing tastes.”
—Srijith Gopinathan, executive chef of two-Michelin starred Taj Campton Place.

 

Deepa's Secrets: Slow Carb New Indian Cuisine Cover Image
By Deepa Thomas, Curt Ellis (Foreword by)
$24.99
ISBN: 9781510718982
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Published: Skyhorse Publishing - July 4th, 2017

Winner of the World Gourmand Cookbook Awards, India category Shortlisted for the NCIBA Book Awards, Best Cookbook

A journey from old traditions to modern Indian cooking with deliciously simple and gut-healing recipes that leave you feeling fulfilled--rather than full.


Taj Campton Place
340 Stockton Street
San Francisco, CA 94108

Laurie R. King & More - The Anatomy of Innocence (San Francisco)

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 6:00pm

Co-Sponsored by Mystery Writers of America & The Innocence Project

San Francisco Public Library (Koret Auditorium) • Free to the Public • Refreshments afterward

This unique book recalls the work of the great muckrakers of the past, as an outraged team of America’s bestselling writers confront the disasters of wrongful convictions. The Anatomy of Innocence is a ground-breaking anthology, in which 14 exonerated inmates narrate their stories to a roster of high-profile mystery and thriller writers. These writers, in turn, have captured the harrowing experiences of these wrongfully convicted individuals.

The panel includes lawyer/writers Laura Caldwell and Leslie S. Klinger, editors of Anatomy of Innocence; Linda Starr, cofounder and legal director of the Northern California Innocence Project; and bestselling crime writer Laurie R. King, a contributor to the project.

 

Anatomy of Innocence: Testimonies of the Wrongfully Convicted Cover Image
By Laura Caldwell (Editor), Leslie S. Klinger (Editor), Scott Turow (Introduction by)
$26.95
ISBN: 9781631490880
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - March 28th, 2017

Wrongful convictions, long regarded as statistical anomalies in an otherwise sound justice system, now appear with frightening regularity. But few people understand just how or why they happen and, more important, the immeasurable consequences that often haunt the lucky few who are acquitted, years after they are proven innocent.


Koret Auditorium
100 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

Cooks with Books: Elisabeth Prueitt - Tartine All Day (San Anselmo)

Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 12:00pm

Insalata's Restaurant in San Anselmo • Singles: $115; Couples: $185 (one book)
Event ticket includes meal, wine, tip, tax, and a signed copy of the book.

Please note: this event is now sold out.

An all-purpose cookbook with 225 breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert recipes for the whole-foods way people want to eat and bake at home today, from James Beard Award-winning and bestselling author Elisabeth Prueitt, cofounder of San Francisco’s acclaimed Tartine Bakery.

In 1993, Elisabeth Prueitt and Chad Robertson opened Tartine Bakery in a modest storefront in the heart of San Francisco’s Mission District and immediately changed the city’s—and nation’s—culinary landscape by popularizing rustic, wild yeast-leavened bread and wholesome and delicious cooking. In Tartine All Day, Tartine’s first all-purpose (non-baking) cookbook, Prueitt shares 150 master recipes plus 75 variations from her incredible repertoire of breakfasts, soups, salads, packable lunches, suppers, holiday staples, breads, and desserts, all guaranteed to transform daily home cooking. With 150 compelling photographs and recipes for instant classics (such as White Cheddar Macaroni and Cheese with Toasted Grain Gratin, Brined Pork Chops with Roasted Apples and Corn Spoon Bread, and Chicory Salad with Farro and Lemon-Buttermilk Dressing), plus Prueitt’s gluten-free stand-bys, this hardworking resource will inspire and instruct home cooks in new and enduring ways.

Elisabeth Prueitt is the co-founder of the Tartine Bakery and the Manufactory and the owner of the ice cream shop Cookies & Cream. She is also the author of the original Tartine Cookbook, a James Beard Best Pastry Chef repeat nominee and winner (2008), and founder of the Conductive Education Center of San Francisco.

 

Tartine All Day: Modern Recipes for the Home Cook Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9780399578823
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Published: Lorena Jones Books - April 4th, 2017

An all-purpose, comprehensive cookbook with 200 recipes for the whole-foods way people want to eat and bake at home today, from James Beard Award-winning and best-selling author Elisabeth Prueitt, cofounder of San Francisco's acclaimed Tartine Bakery.


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

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