Start: 6:00 pm
Ellen Kanner serves up recipes that satisfy our cravings "for more than just food" in Feeding the Hungry Ghost: Life, Faith, and What to Eat for Dinner - A Satisfying Diet for Unsatisfying Times ($15.95). Her DIY Matzo, When All Else Fails Pasta, and Caribbean Christmas Pepper Pot serve to satiate more than our appetites. In a voice as appealing as her recipes, Kanner seasons her text with warm, wise stories (helping kids plant a garden, hanging out at farmers markets, meeting Marcel, a Haitian who marks loss with soup) that show why “Often, the best way to exercise your faith and serve the world comes in choosing what you eat for dinner.”Ellen Kanner is the Meatless Mondays blogger at Huffington Post and contributes to publications including Bon Appetit, Vegetarian Times, and Every Day With Rachael Ray. She is active in numerous food-based social projects, such as Slow Food Miami, and lives in Miami, FL.
Start: 6:30 pm
Left Bank RestaurantAdmission: $120 per person | $170 per couple (one book)To inquire about availability, call (415) 927-0960 ext. 239 JUST ADDED: Roundtable Discussion with Michael Romano5:15pm to 6:15pmJoin us in advance of the Cooks with Books event on April 9th at Left Bank in Larkspur for a private roundtable discussion with Chef Michael Romano. Chef Romano will lead a discussion on the concept and importance of Family/Staff Meals (e.g., the daily pre-shift meal and meeting) at his restaurants. The concept of Family/Staff meals extends beyond restaurants to all businesses. Space at the roundtable is limited. RSVP today. Michael Romano, culinary director and partner for the Union Square Hospitality Group, has won an unprecedented 25 James Beard Awards. Family Table keeps the recipes easy, affordable and delicious. These restaurant-tested recipes include soups, salads, beans and grains, pasta, seafood, chicken and turkey, side dishes, Beef Pork and Lamb, bread, desserts and drinks. Romano is co-author of The Union Square Cafe Cookbook and Second Helpings from the Union Square Cafe.The price includes the meal, wine, tax, tip & a signed copy of the author’s book.
Start: 7:00 pm
In Tapestry of Fortunes ($26.00), the superb new novel by the beloved New York Times bestselling author of Open House, Home Safe, and The Last Time I Saw You, four women venture into their pasts in order to shape their futures, fates, and fortunes. Cecilia Ross is a motivational speaker who encourages others to change their lives for the better. Why can’t she take her own advice? Still reeling from the death of her best friend, and freshly aware of the need to live more fully now, Cece realizes that she has to make a move—all the portentous signs seem to point in that direction. Elizabeth Berg has crafted a novel rich in understanding of women’s longings, loves, and abiding friendships, which weave together into a tapestry of fortunes that connects us all.Elizabeth Berg is the author of many bestselling novels, including The Year of Pleasures and Dream When You’re Feeling Blue, as well as two collections of short stories and two works of nonfiction. Berg's novel Open House was an Oprah’s Book Club selection. Her work has been translated into twenty-seven languages. She lives near Chicago.