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CANCELLED: Cooks with Books: Marie Simmons - Whole World Vegetarian (San Francisco)

Friday, February 3, 2017 - 12:00pm

Please note: this event has been cancelled.

Greens Restaurant in San Francisco • Singles: $115; Couples: $175 (one book)
Event ticket includes meal, wine, tip, and a signed copy of the book.

Big-flavored vegetarian dishes from around the globe, from the James Beard Award -- and IACP Award–winning author Marie Simmons.

The best of our vegetarian recipes have always drawn inspiration from other cultures. In Whole World Vegetarian, Marie Simmons follows her culinary wanderlust, bringing together a collection of bold, imaginative dishes and seamlessly adapting them to contemporary tables.

Cooks can expect a wealth of sumptuous options: rice- and corn-stuffed poblano chiles; Greek-style mac-and-cheese with summer squash; Indonesian vegetable salad with peanut dressing. Even the homiest dishes deliver rich rewards, like South American pumpkin–black bean stew with prunes. All have fresh twists: In a zucchini lasagna, squash replaces pasta, and a cold beet soup is replete with chopped fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, and apples. A Persian herb omelet gets an unexpected lift with baking powder. From a quick and little-known dip of Iranian yogurt, spinach, and caramelized onions garnished with toasted walnuts to shakshuka, a spicy Tunisian ratatouille crowned with poached eggs and fresh herbs, all become accessible and inviting under Simmons’ guidance.

The winner of a Julia Child Award and two James Beard Awards, Marie Simmons is a cooking teacher and the author of more than a dozen cookbooks, including Sur La Table's Things Cooks Love, Fresh & Fast, The Good Egg, and 365 Ways to Cook Pasta. She was a columnist for Bon Appétit for eighteen years.

 

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$23.00
ISBN: 9780544018457
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Published: Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - May 10th, 2016

Big-flavored vegetarian dishes from around the globe, from the James Beard Award- and IACP Award-winning author Marie Simmons


Greens Restaurant
2 Marina Blvd.
San Francisco, CA 94123

Cooks with Books: John Ash - Cooking Wild (Larkspur)

Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 6:30pm

Left Bank Restaurant in Larkspur • Singles: $115; Couples: $165 (one book)
Event ticket includes meal, wine, tip, and a signed copy of the book.

Uncultivated foods are better for the planet and your plate, so for best health -- and best flavor! -- go wild with Cooking Wild: More than 150 Recipes for Eating Close to Nature!

To eat wild foods, you needn’t crawl through the forest or hunt your own game. Many wild foods are as close by as your local supermarket. But this doesn’t mean that wild foods aren’t worth the hunt. This book takes a big view of “wild,” including recipes and information on both foraged, uncultivated foods as well as looking at the progeny of wild foods more conveniently found for sale alongside their conventional cousins.

Americans are increasingly concerned about where their food comes from and how it’s produced, packaged, and marketed. Heritage breeds, Paleo diets, farmers’ markets, and environmental and climate concerns all point to increased interest in foods that are as natural, untreated, and healthy as they can be. Plants, seafood, meat, and poultry are all covered in more than 150 recipes, and will serve as a historical, agricultural education for your kitchen.

Chef John Ash is a James Beard award-winning author, teacher, and restaurateur. He co-hosts a weekly food and wine radio talk show, The Good Food Hour, broadcast in Sonoma County, and teaches cooking classes at various cooking schools, including the Culinary Institute of America in St. Helena, California. His most recent book, Culinary Birds, won a James Beard Award for Best Single Subject Cookbook. He lives in Santa Rosa, California.

Cooking Wild: More Than 150 Recipes for Eating Close to Nature Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780762457946
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Published: Running Press Adult - May 10th, 2016

To eat wild foods, you needn't crawl through the forest or hunt your own game. Many wild foods are as close by as your local supermarket. But this doesn't mean that wild foods aren't worth the hunt.


Left Bank Larkspur Brasserie
507 Magnolia Avenue
Larkspur, CA 94939

National Kidney Foundation - Let's Read (San Francisco Zoo)

Sunday, November 20, 2016 - 10:00am to 1:00pm

Sunday, Nov. 20 • 10:00 am - 1:00 pm • Tickets: $20
(ticket includes a children’s book, admission to the zoo, ride tickets, parking, & a boxed lunch!)

Let’s Read! gives children and their parents an opportunity to meet some great children’s authors and hear their stories and anecdotes. Each ticket for a child comes with one free book, but we’ll have all of the books of the featured authors available. Following the authors’ presentations all attendees are invited to a reception, where snacks, treats, and beverages will steal the show. Proceeds raised at this event support the National Kidney Foundation’s mission to advance the awareness, prevention and treatment of kidney disease.

Featuring

Christian Robinson
Little Penguins
This book tells about the first snowy day of winter, when five little penguins bundle up and venture outside to play.

Kathryn Otoshi
Beautiful Hands
Little hands can do so many wonderful things: plant ideas, lift spirits, stretch imaginations. This concept book rouses children to use their hands for the good and reach for
their dreams.

Mac Barnett
How This Book Was Made
You may think you know how this book was made, but you don’t. Sure, the author wrote many drafts, and the illustrator took a long time creating the art, but then what? How’d it get into your hand?

How This Book Was Made Cover Image
By Mac Barnett, Adam Rex (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781423152200
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Disney-Hyperion - September 6th, 2016

You may think you know how this book was made, but you don't. Sure, the author wrote many drafts, and the illustrator took a long time creating the art, but then what? How'd it get into your hands? Well, open the cover and read through these pages to find out. Just beware of the pirates and angry tiger.


Little Penguins Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780553507706
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Published: Schwartz & Wade Books - October 25th, 2016

Newbery Medal-winning author Cynthia Rylant and Caldecott Honor-winning, bestselling illustrator Christian Robinson pair up to tell this wintry story about five little penguins enjoying a snowy day.


Beautiful Hands Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780990799306
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Published: Blue Dot Press - September 29th, 2015

This colorful concept book reveals an illustrative surprise and reading delight with every turn of the page. Little hands can do so many wonderful things: plant ideas; stretch imaginations; and reach for dreams. Parents and educators will enjoy sharing the word play with young readers. Children will revel in the spectacular art created using thumb- and hand-prints.


Great Hall, San Francisco Zoo
Sloat Blvd. at the Great Highway
San Francisco, CA 94132

Anna Kendrick - Scrappy Little Nobody (College of Marin)

Thursday, December 1, 2016 - 7:30pm

James Dunn Theater, College of Marin
Tickets: $35 (includes signed book)

In conversation with Rebecca Stockley

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

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PLEASE NOTE: Important Event Details

  • Every ticket holder will receive a SIGNED copy of Scrappy Little Nobody when they check-in at Will Call
  • The event will feature Anna Kendrick on stage in conversation with Rebecca Stockley and an audience Q&A
  • There will NOT be a Meet and Greet or book signing following the event

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In Scrappy Little Nobody, Academy and Tony Award-nominated actress Anna Kendrick brings her sharp wit and winningly wry observations to the page, recounting the many extraordinary—and the charmingly ordinary—moments along her road to success.

As authentic and engaging as the dispatches that delight Kendrick's 13.5 million social media followers, this collection of autobiographical essays, penned by Anna herself, examines the absurdities of life in (and out of) the spotlight.  With candid stories about her normal-yet-not upbringing (with a mom and dad loathe to become stereotypical stage parents), making her Broadway debut in “High Society,” launching to fame with break-out roles in "Up in the Air" and "Pitch Perfect," and adapting to the highs and lows of Hollywood, Anna tells it like it is--all in her inimitable, instantly relatable, and very funny voice.

Born and raised in Portland, Maine, Anna Kendrick made her Broadway debut at the age of twelve for her Tony-nominated performance in the musical "High Society."  Since her Academy Award-nominated role as Natalie Keener in "Up in the Air," she has made numerous theatrical appearances, including starring roles in “Into the Woods” and "The Twilight Saga" and "Pitch Perfect" film franchises.  In 2013, she achieved musical success with the #2 Billboard hit song, "Cups (When I'm Gone)," featured in "Pitch Perfect."  Kendrick stars in "Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates," in theaters now, and in upcoming films including "The Accountant," "Trolls," and "The Hollars."  She will reprise her role as Beca in "Pitch Perfect 3," coming in 2017.

Rebecca Stockley is a co-founder of San Francisco’s BATS Improv and is celebrating 30 years of teaching and performing improvisation in San Francisco. A pioneer in the field of Applied Improvisation, Rebecca has facilitated workshops and given keynotes on 5 continents. She’s a lover of film and a big Anna Kendrick fan.
 

 

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$26.99
ISBN: 9781501117206
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Published: Touchstone Books - November 15th, 2016

THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER


James Dunn Theater
835 College Avenue
Kentfield, CA 94904

Bernie Sanders in Conversation - Our Revolution (Dominican University)

Friday, December 2, 2016 - 7:00pm

Angelico Hall, Dominican University
Tickets: $33 (includes a copy of Our Revolution)

Please note: this event is sold out.

When Bernie Sanders began his race for the presidency, it was considered by the political establishment and the media to be a “fringe” campaign, something not to be taken seriously. After all, he was just an independent senator from a small state with little name recognition. His campaign had no money, no political organization, and it was taking on the entire Democratic Party establishment.

By the time Sanders’s campaign came to a close, however, it was clear that the pundits had gotten it wrong. Bernie had run one of the most consequential campaigns in the modern history of the country. He had received more than 13 million votes in primaries and caucuses throughout the country, won twenty-two states, and more than 1.4 million people had attended his public meetings. Most important, he showed that the American people were prepared to take on the greed and irresponsibility of corporate America and the 1 percent.

In Our Revolution, Sanders shares his personal experiences from the campaign trail, recounting the details of his historic primary fight and the people who made it possible. And for the millions looking to continue the political revolution, he outlines a progressive economic, environmental, racial, and social justice agenda that will create jobs, raise wages, protect the environment, and provide health care for all—and ultimately transform our country and our world for the better. For him, the political revolution has just started. The campaign may be over, but the struggle goes on.

Bernie Sanders ran as a Democratic candidate for President of the United States in 2015 and 2016. He served as mayor of Burlington, Vermont’s largest city, for eight years before defeating an incumbent Republican to be the sole congressperson for the state in the U.S. House of Representatives in 1991. He was elected to the Senate in 2007 and is now in his second term, making him the longest-serving independent in the history of the Congress. He lives in Burlington, Vermont, with his wife, Jane, and has four children and seven grandchildren.

 

Our Revolution: A Future to Believe in Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781250132925
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Published: Thomas Dunne Books - November 15th, 2016

The New York Times bestseller


Angelico Hall
20 Olive Avenue
San Rafael, CA 94901

Cooks with Books: Marcus Samuelsson - The Red Rooster Cookbook (Insalata's)

Saturday, October 22, 2016 - 12:30pm

Insalata's, San Anselmo
$115 per person (includes meal, wine, tax, tip, & a copy of the book)

Please note: event is now sold out.

When the James Beard Award-winning chef Marcus Samuelsson opened Red Rooster on Malcolm X Boulevard in Harlem, he envisioned more than a restaurant. It would be the heart of his neighborhood and a meet-and-greet for both the downtown and the uptown sets, serving Southern black and cross-cultural food. It would reflect Harlem's history. Ever since the 1930s, Harlem has been a magnet for more than a million African Americans, a melting pot for Spanish, African, and Caribbean immigrants, and a mecca for artists.

These traditions converge on Rooster’s menu, with Brown Butter Biscuits, Chicken and Waffle, Killer Collards, and Donuts with Sweet Potato Cream. They’re joined by global-influenced dishes such as Jerk Bacon and Baked Beans, Latino Pork and Plantains, and Chinese Steamed Bass and Fiery Noodles. Samuelsson’s Swedish-Ethiopian background shows in Ethiopian Spice-Crusted Lamb, Slow-Baked Blueberry Bread with Spiced Maple Syrup, and the Green Viking, sprightly Apple Sorbet with Caramel Sauce.

Interspersed with lyrical essays that convey the flavor of the place and stunning archival and contemporary photos, The Red Rooster Cookbook is as layered as its inheritance.

The Red Rooster Cookbook: The Story of Food and Hustle in Harlem Cover Image
$37.50
ISBN: 9780544639775
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Published: Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - October 18th, 2016

Southern comfort food and multicultural recipes from the New York Times best-selling superstar chef Marcus Samuelsson's iconic Harlem restaurant.


120 Sir Francis Drake Blvd.
San Anselmo, CA 94960

Cooks with Books: Mario Batali - Big American Cookbook (Terrapin Crossroads)

Thursday, October 27, 2016 - 12:30pm

Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael • Tickets: $125 per person
Event ticket includes meal, wine, tip, and a signed copy of the book.

This event is sold out.

In his Big American Cookbook, Mario Batali has searched all corners of the country to bring to the table America’s best dishes with 250 delicious recipes. Many of the recipes you’ll find have been passed down from generation to generation and Batali puts his own personal stamp on each one. Batali counts 25 restaurants, ten cookbooks, TV shows, and many other venues that have created this culinary genius a household name.

 

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$40.00
ISBN: 9781455584710
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Published: Grand Central Life & Style - October 4th, 2016

Mario Batali's delicious deep dive into American Regional cooking with 250 recipes--from San Diego Fish Tacos to Boston Cream Pie.


Terrapin Crossroads
100 Yacht Club Drive
San Rafael, CA 94901

Anne Rice - Prince Lestat & the Realms of Atlantis (Aquarium By the Bay)

Friday, December 2, 2016 - 6:30pm

Aquarium of the Bay, Pier 39
Tickets: $20 (includes entry to aquarium and a $5 voucher towards book purchase)

Online sales closed. Tickets AVAILABLE at the door!

From Anne Rice, conjurer of the beloved best sellers Interview with the Vampire and Prince Lestat, an ambitious and exhilarating new novel of utopian vision and power, uniting the ancient worlds and the legends of the Vampire Chronicles.

“In my dreams, I saw a city fall into the sea. I heard the cries of thousands. I saw flames that outshone the lamps of heaven. And all the world was shaken…” —Anne Rice, Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis

At the novel’s center: the vampire Lestat de Lioncourt, hero, leader, inspirer, irresistible force, irrepressible spirit, battling (and ultimately reconciling with) a strange otherworldly form that has somehow taken possession of Lestat’s undead body and soul. This ancient and mysterious power and unearthly spirit of vampire lore has all the force, history, and insidious reach of the unknowable Universe.

It is through this spirit, previously considered benign for thousands of vampire years and throughout the Vampire Chronicles, that we come to be told the hypnotic tale of a great sea power of ancient times; a mysterious heaven on earth situated on a boundless continent—and of how and why, and in what manner and with what far-reaching purpose, this force came to build and rule the great legendary empire of centuries ago that thrived in the Atlantic Ocean.

And as we learn of the mighty, far-reaching powers and perfections of this lost kingdom of Atalantaya, the lost realms of Atlantis, we come to understand its secrets, and how and why the vampire Lestat, indeed all the vampires, must reckon so many millennia later with the terrifying force of this ageless, all-powerful Atalantaya spirit.

Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis deepens Rice’s vampire mythology as it brings together the ancient worlds and beings of the Vampire Chronicles and opens up to us a whole new universe of characters, history, storytelling, and legend.

Anne Rice is the author of thirty-five books. 

Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis: The Vampire Chronicles Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9780385353793
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - November 29th, 2016

From Anne Rice, conjurer of the beloved best sellers Interview with the Vampire and Prince Lestat, an ambitious and exhilarating new novel of utopian vision and power


Aquarium of the Bay (Pier 39)
2 Beach Street
San Francisco, CA 94133

Raina Telgemeier - Ghosts (Hall Middle School)

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 - 7:00pm

Special Children's Event!

Hall Middle School, Larkspur
Tickets: $15
One $15 ticket is a family package, which includes one paperback copy of Ghosts. Ticket is for 1 adult and up to 2 children.

Online sales have closed. Tickets available at the door.

Catrina and her family are moving to the coast of Northern California because her little sister, Maya, is sick. Cat isn't happy about leaving her friends for Bahia de la Luna, but Maya has cystic fibrosis and will benefit from the cool, salty air that blows in from the sea. As the girls explore their new home, a neighbor lets them in on a secret: There are ghosts in Bahia de la Luna. Maya is determined to meet one, but Cat wants nothing to do with them. As the time of year when ghosts reunite with their loved ones approaches, Cat must figure out how to put aside her fears for her sister's sake -- and her own. Raina Telgemeier has masterfully created a moving and insightful story about the power of family and friendship, and how it gives us the courage to do what we never thought possible.

Raina Telgemeier is the #1 New York Times bestselling, multiple Eisner Awardwinning creator of Smile and Sisters, which are both graphic memoirs based on her childhood. She is also the creator of Drama, which was named a Stonewall Honor Book and was selected for YALSA s Top Ten Great Graphic Novels for Teens. Raina lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Ghosts Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780545540629
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Published: Graphix - September 13th, 2016

Catrina and her family are moving to the coast of Northern California because her little sister, Maya, is sick. Cat isn't happy about leaving her friends for Bahia de la Luna, but Maya has cystic fibrosis and will benefit from the cool, salty air that blows in from the sea. As the girls explore their new home, a neighbor lets them in on a secret: There are ghosts in Bahia de la Luna.


Hall Middle School
200 Doherty Dr.
Larkspur, CA 94939

Robbie Robertson with Dan Stone - Testimony (Dominican)

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - 7:00pm

Angelico Hall, Dominican Univeristy of CA
Tickets: $38 (includes a signed copy of Testimony)
In conversation with Radio Silence's Dan Stone

Online sales closed. Tickets available at the door!

On the 40th anniversary of The Band’s legendary "The Last Waltz" concert, Robbie Robertson finally tells his own spellbinding story of the band that changed music history, his extraordinary personal journey, and his creative friendships with some of the greatest artists of the last half-century.

Robbie Robertson’s singular contributions to popular music have made him one of the most beloved songwriters and guitarists of his time. With songs like “The Weight,” “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down,” and “Up on Cripple Creek,” he and his partners in The Band fashioned a music that has endured for decades, influencing countless musicians.

In this captivating memoir, written over five years of reflection, Robbie Robertson employs his unique storyteller’s voice to weave together the journey that led him to some of the most pivotal events in music history. He recounts the adventures of his half-Jewish, half-Mohawk upbringing on the Six Nations Indian Reserve and on the gritty streets of Toronto; his odyssey at sixteen to the Mississippi Delta, the fountainhead of American music; the wild early years on the road with rockabilly legend Ronnie Hawkins and The Hawks; his unexpected ties to the Cosa Nostra underworld; the gripping trial-by-fire “going electric” with Bob Dylan on his 1966 world tour, and their ensuing celebrated collaborations; the formation of the Band and the forging of their unique sound, culminating with history’s most famous farewell concert, brought to life for all time in Martin Scorsese’s great movie The Last Waltz.

This is the story of a time and place—the moment when rock ’n’ roll became life, when legends like Buddy Holly and Bo Diddley criss-crossed the circuit of clubs and roadhouses from Texas to Toronto, when The Beatles, Hendrix, The Stones, and Warhol moved through the same streets and hotel rooms. It’s the story of exciting change as the world tumbled through the ’60s and early 70’s, and a generation came of age, built on music, love and freedom. Above all, it’s the moving story of the profound friendship between five young men who together created a new kind of popular music.

Testimony: A Rock 'n' Roll Life is Robbie Robertson’s story, lyrical and true, as only he could tell it.

Robbie Robertson was the guitarist and principal songwriter in The Band. He has produced many movie soundtracks for Martin Scorsese and others, and continues to record as a solo artist. His most recent record, How to Become Clairvoyant, came out in 2011.

Dan Stone has worked as a bartender, landscaper, middle school teacher, writer, and editor. A native of Syracuse, New York, Stone is the founder and editor-in-chief of Radio Silence, a magazine of literature and rock & roll. He worked for six years as a program manager and documentary producer at the National Endowment for the Arts, where he wrote and produced 25 radio documentaries and helped create and run the national initiatives Poetry Out Loud, Shakespeare in American Communities, and The Big Read. Stone has interviewed many artists and cultural figures, most recently sharing the stage with Bruce Springsteen, Patti Smith, and Elvis Costello for City Arts & Lectures.

 

 

Testimony Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780307889782
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Crown Archetype - November 15th, 2016

The New York Times Bestseller

On the 40th anniversary of The Band's legendary The Last Waltz concert, Robbie Robertson finally tells his own spellbinding story of the band that changed music history, his extraordinary personal journey, and his creative friendships with some of the greatest artists of the last half-century.


Angelico Hall
20 Olive Avenue
San Rafael, CA 94901

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