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

Bottega Restaurant, Yountville • Ticket: $140 (includes book)
Wine for the meal provided by Trione Winery

This event is now SOLD OUT. For wait list availability, please call (415) 927-0960 ext. 1.

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: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Ecco, 10/2014

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: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Metropolitan Books, 10/2014

Erin Marie Daly - Generation Rx

Co-sponsored by the Marin County Prescription Drug Abuse Task Force.

"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

Ann Hedreen - Her Beautiful Brain

Arlene was twice divorced, a once-widowed copper miner’s daughter who raised six kids single handedly and went back to college at forty so she could support her family. In her late fifties, she started showing signs of Alzheimer’s disease—and in nearly two decades that followed, her children were forced to stand helplessly by as their mother’s once-beautiful brain slowly suffocated.

In this poignant memoir, Ann Hedreen gives shattering insight into what it is to watch your mother—a woman you once thought of as invincible—begin to disappear. From Seattle to Haiti to the mine-gouged Finntown neighborhood in Butte, Montana where Arlene was born and raised, Her Beautiful Brain tells the heartbreaking story of a daughter’s love for a mother lost in the wilderness of an unpredictable and harrowing illness.

Ann Hedreen is a writer, filmmaker, teacher and voice of the radio podcast and blog, The Restless Nest. Ann and her husband own White Noise Productions. Together they have made more than 100 films including the award winning 2004 documentary, Quick Brown Fox: An Alzheimer’s Story.

 

Location: 
Street:
1 Ferry Building
City:
San Francisco
,
Postal Code:
94111
$16.95
ISBN-13: 9781938314926
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: She Writes Press, 9/2014

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: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: New World Library, 10/2014

Armistead Maupin - Tales of the City

Reserved seating with lunch tickets are sold out. Come early for standing room!

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



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