Cooks with Books: Dana Cowin with Michael Chiarello - Mastering My Mistakes in the Kitchen

Bottega Restaurant, Yountville • Ticket: $140 (includes book)

 

 

For years, Dana Cowin, the longtime editor-in-chief of Food & Wine magazine kept a dark secret: from meat to vegetables, broiling to baking, breakfast to dinner, she ruined literally every kind of dish she attempted. Now, in Mastering My Mistakes in the Kitchen: Learning to Cook with 65 Great Chefs and Over 100 Delicious Recipes, the vaunted “first lady of food” finally comes clean about her many meal mishaps. With the help of friends—all-star chefs, including Mario Batali, Alex Guarnaschelli, and Tom Colicchio, among many others—Cowin takes on over 100 recipes dear to her heart. Ideal dishes for the home cook, each recipe has a high “yum” factor, a few key ingredients, and a simple trick that makes them special. With every dish, she attains a critical new skill, learning invaluable lessons along the way from the hero chefs who help her discover exactly where she goes wrong. Hilarious and heartwarming, encouraging and instructional, this book will inspire anyone who loves a good meal but fears its preparation. Featuring gorgeous full color photography, it is an intimate, hands-on cooking guide from a fellow foodie and amateur home chef, designed to help even the biggest kitchen phobics overcome their reluctance, with delicious results.

Dana Cowin, Food & Wine’s Editor-in-Chief since 1995, has been covering the world of food, wine, style, and design for over 30 years. In 2012, she was an inductee into the James Beard Foundation’s Who’s Who in Food & Beverage in America.

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

 

Location: 
Street:
6525 Washington St.
City:
Yountville
,
Postal Code:
94599
$34.99
ISBN-13: 9780062305909
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Ecco Press, 10/2014

Erin Marie Daly - Generation Rx

"What had happened to my baby brother? How did a tiny little pill shatter our family? When did we first begin losing Pat?" These are the harrowing questions that plagued journalist Erin Marie Daly after her youngest brother, Pat, an OxyContin addict, was found dead of a heroin overdose at the age of 20. In just a few short years, the powerful prescription painkiller had transformed him from a fun-loving kid to a heroin addict so hell-bent on getting his next fix that he was willing to lie, steal, and hurt everyone he loved. In Generation Rx: A Story of Dope, Death, and America’s Opiate Crisis, Erin set out on a painful journey to learn what really happened to her little brother. As a senior pharmaceutical journalist for Law360, she was startled to discover a new twist to the ongoing prescription drug epidemic. That kids are hooked on painkillers is nothing new; what is new is the rising number of young heroin junkies whose addiction began with pills in suburban bedrooms, and how a generation of young people playing around with today’s increasingly powerful opioids are finding themselves in the frightening grip of heroin.

Erin Marie Daly was a senior reporter for Law360, a New York City-based legal newswire where she covered the pharmaceutical industry and product liability litigation for the past five years. In 2007, she was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Digital Journalism. Daly has also reported in countries such as India, Bosnia, and Russia. She holds an MA in cultural reporting and criticism from New York University. Her feature writing has appeared in a myriad of publications.

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925
$26.00
ISBN-13: 9781619022911
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Counterpoint, 8/2014

Atul Gawande - Being Mortal

Angelico Hall, Dominican University
Tickets: $30 (includes a complimentary signed book)

 

 

In Being Mortal, bestselling author Atul Gawande tackles the hardest challenge of his profession: how medicine can improve not only life but also the process of its ending. Gawande asserts that medicine can comfort and enhance our experience even to the end.

Gawande is the author of The Checklist Manifesto, Better, and Complications. He is also a MacArthur Fellow, a general surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and a staff writer at The New Yorker.

 

Location: 
Street:
Dominican University
Additional:
50 Acacia Avenue
City:
San Rafael
,
Postal Code:
94901
$26.00
ISBN-13: 9780805095159
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Metropolitan Books, 10/2014

Eric Maisel - The Life Purpose Boot Camp

In response to the contemporary life stressors and distractions that leave so many suffering depression, anxiety, and exhaustion, best-selling psychotherapist and creativity coach Eric Maisel offers an alternative to years in therapy or a meaningless life. Life Purpose Boot Camp: The 8-Week Breakthrough Plan for Creating a Meaningful Life is an eight-week intensive program that breaks through barriers and offers insights for living each day with purpose. An army veteran and former drill sergeant, Maisel uses the boot camp metaphor to encourage readers to show up for themselves, just as new recruits are compelled to show up for basic training. Paralleling the boot camp processes of drilling, exercising, and digging deep, Maisel helps readers identify their life purposes and then align every action with those purposes. The psychological heavy-lifting Maisel outlines, including Upgrading Your Personality, Dealing with Your Circumstances, and Creating Your Life Purpose Statement, leaves readers self-aware, self-confident, and fully living their best possible lives.

Eric Maisel has written more than 40 books on a wide variety of subjects, from the challenges of living the creative life to natural psychology, the new psychology of meaning.

 

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925
Country:
United States
$14.95
ISBN-13: 9781608683062
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: New World Library, 10/2014

Armistead Maupin - Tales of the City

Ticket: $15 (includes a boxed lunch and guaranteed seating)

Please specify in the comments field at checkout if you prefer a turkey or vegetarian lunch option!

 

 

 

Join Book Passage and the S.F. Public Library for an event celebrating their 2014 One City One Book selection Tales of the City and author Armistead Maupin. Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City has blazed its own trail through popular culture—from a groundbreaking newspaper serial, to a classic novel, to a television event that entranced millions around the world.

This event is open to the public, but attendees who prepay for the box lunch (organic and farm-fresh from Golden Gate Meat Company in the Ferry Building; turkey & vegetarian options available) are guaranteed seating. Please order in advance; seating is limited. 

Armistead Maupin is the author of Maybe the Moon, The Night Listener, and the bestselling Tales of the City series.

Location: 
Street:
1 Ferry Building
City:
San Francisco
,
Postal Code:
94111

Tales of the City (Paperback)

$13.99
ISBN-13: 9780061358302
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Harper Perennial, 6/2007

Jandy Nelson - I'll Give You the Sun

This event will take place during the children's book group, MB14. Everyone is welcome!
To join MB14, our age 14 and up children's book group, or for more information, please contact Brittany at bwason@bookpassage.com or Melissa at mburke@bookpassage.com.

 
Jude and her twin brother, Noah, are incredibly close. At thirteen, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude cliff-dives and wears red-red lipstick and does the talking for both of them. But three years later, Jude and Noah are barely speaking. Something has happened to wreck the twins in different and dramatic ways . . . until Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy, as well as someone else—an even more unpredictable new force in her life. The early years are Noah's story to tell. The later years are Jude's. What the twins don't realize is that they each have only half the story, and if they could just find their way back to one another, they’d have a chance to remake their world.

This radiant novel from the acclaimed, award-winning author of The Sky Is Everywhere will leave you breathless and teary and laughing—often all at once.

Jandy Nelson, like her characters in I’ll Give you the Sun, comes from a superstitious lot. She was tutored from a young age in the art of the four-leaf clover hunt; she knocks wood, throws salt, and carries charms in her pockets. Her debut novel, The Sky Is Everywhere, was on multiple Best Books of the Year lists, was a YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults pick, earned numerous starred reviews, has been translated widely, and continues to enjoy great international success. Jandy has a BA from Cornell, an MFA in poetry from Brown, and another MFA in writing for children and young adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Currently a full-time writer, Jandy lives and writes in San Francisco, California—not far from the settings of The Sky Is Everywhere and I’ll Give You the Sun
 
 
Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925
$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780803734968
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Dial, 9/2014



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