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Cooks with Books: John Ash - Cooking Wild (Left Bank)

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.

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$35.00
ISBN: 9780762457946
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Running Press Book Publishers - 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.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Cooks with Books: Marie Simmons - Whole World Vegetarian (Greens)

Friday, February 3, 2017 - 12:00pm

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
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
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 The best of our vegetarian recipes have always drawn inspiration from other cultures.


Greens Restaurant
2 Marina Blvd.
San Francisco, CA 94123

Literary Luncheon: Lisa See - The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane (Corte Madera)

Friday, March 24, 2017 - 12:00pm

Tickets: $55 (includes meal & signed book)

A thrilling new novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa See explores the lives of a Chinese mother and her daughter who has been adopted by an American couple.

Li-yan and her family align their lives around the seasons and the farming of tea. There is ritual and routine, and it has been ever thus for generations. Then one day a jeep appears at the village gate—the first automobile any of them have seen—and a stranger arrives.

In this remote Yunnan village, the stranger finds the rare tea he has been seeking and a reticent Akha people. In her biggest seller, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, See introduced the Yao people to her readers. Here she shares the customs of another Chinese ethnic minority, the Akha, whose world will soon change. Li-yan, one of the few educated girls on her mountain, translates for the stranger and is among the first to reject the rules that have shaped her existence. When she has a baby outside of wedlock, rather than stand by tradition, she wraps her daughter in a blanket, with a tea cake hidden in her swaddling, and abandons her in the nearest city.

After mother and daughter have gone their separate ways, Li-yan slowly emerges from the security and insularity of her village to encounter modern life while Haley grows up a privileged and well-loved California girl. Despite Haley’s happy home life, she wonders about her origins; and Li-yan longs for her lost daughter. They both search for and find answers in the tea that has shaped their family’s destiny for generations.

A powerful story about a family, separated by circumstances, culture, and distance, Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane paints an unforgettable portrait of a little known region and its people and celebrates the bond that connects mothers and daughters.

Lisa See is the New York Times bestselling author of The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Peony in Love, Shanghai Girls, China Dolls, and Dreams of Joy, which debuted at #1. Ms. See is also the author of On Gold Mountain, which tells the story of her Chinese American family’s settlement in Los Angeles. Ms. See was honored as National Woman of the Year by the Organization of Chinese American Women in 2001 and was the recipient of the Chinese American Museum’s History Makers Award in fall 2003.

 

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$27.00
ISBN: 9781501154829
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Scribner Book Company - March 21st, 2017

A thrilling new novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa See explores the lives of a Chinese mother and her daughter who has been adopted by an American couple.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Cooks with Books: Georgeanne Brennan - La Vie Rustic (Left Bank)

Sunday, March 26, 2017 - 11:30am

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

James Beard Award winning author Georgeanne Brennan translates the tenets of a certain way of living—an approach to daily cooking that’s rooted firmly in the French tradition—for American home cooks everywhere. Featuring recipes driven by the seasons and the outdoors, paired with lovely lifestyle photography, this inspiring cookbook weaves together her personal experience, stories, and tips about how to create a sustainable life—one that celebrates the relationship between the land and the table, and among food, family, and friends—no matter where you reside.

The Potager: Year-Round Vegetables: green garlic and new potato soup; charred artichokes with fresh herb dipping sauce; zucchini and pine nut fritters; fennel and chicken braised with lemon; savory chard and raisin tart; sweet pepper and shelling bean Gratin; parsnip soup with toasted almonds; winter beignets with sauce verde

The Orchard: Fruits & Nuts: homecured olives, cherry and onion chutney for seared duck breast, chestnut and pork stew, pear, arugula and shaved parmesan salad, mulberry and pistachio tart, chestnut cream profiteroles

The Barnyard: Cows, Goats, Sheep, Pigs, Chickens, Ducks & Rabbits: foie gras terrine, chicken liver pâté, shredded duck confit and cornichon buns, beef braised in red wine and bone marrow, roast chicken with potatoes and droppings, stuffed breast of lamb-Michoui style, frozen meringues and fruit cream

The Forest & Fields: Wild Things : snail stuffed mushroom, wild mushroom soup, foraged greens and prosciutto salad, quail with juniper glaze and shallots, fresh bay leaves skewered with lamb and peppers, Crème Brûlée with Black Truffles, lavender pepper goat cheese.

Water: Fish & Shellfish: smoked trout pate, thin sliced raw scallops with wild fennel pollen, pot de poisson, Moules Gratinée, sea bass with lemon verbenas buerre blanc, sea urchin sauce

With lovely recipes and tips to sustainable life, La Vie Rustic allows you to live the French lifestyle in your home!

Georgeanne Brennan is a James Beard award-winning cookbook author and journalist. She and her work have been featured in such publications as the Wall Street Journal, Gourmet, Food and Wine, San Francisco Chronicle, Edible magazines and elsewhere. Her books have been translated into multiple languages, including her memoir, A Pig in Provence. In 2014 she founded La Vie Rustic: Sustainable Living in the French Style, a product line and on-line store. She lives in Northern California and travels several times a year to her long time home in Provence where she once lived, keeping goats and pigs and making and selling goats milk cheese.

 

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$35.00
ISBN: 9781681881430
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Weldon Owen - March 7th, 2017

James Beard Award winningauthor Georgeanne Brennan translates the tenets of a certain way of living an approach todaily cooking that's rooted firmly in the French tradition for American home cooks everywhere.


Left Bank Restaurant
507 Magnolia Ave.
Larkspur, CA 94939

Literary Luncheon: Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney - The Nest (Corte Madera)

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - 12:00pm

Tickets: $55 (includes meal & signed book)

The Nest is a warm, funny and acutely perceptive debut novel about four adult siblings and the fate of the shared inheritance that has shaped their choices and their lives

Every family has its problems. But even among the most troubled, the Plumb family stands out as spectacularly dysfunctional. Years of simmering tensions finally reach a breaking point on an unseasonably cold afternoon in New York City as Melody, Beatrice, and Jack Plumb gather to confront their charismatic and reckless older brother, Leo, freshly released from rehab. Months earlier, an inebriated Leo got behind the wheel of a car with a nineteen-year-old waitress as his passenger. The ensuing accident has endangered the Plumbs’ joint trust fund, “The Nest,” which they are months away from finally receiving. Meant by their deceased father to be a modest mid-life supplement, the Plumb siblings have watched The Nest’s value soar along with the stock market and have been counting on the money to solve a number of self-inflicted problems. 

Melody, a wife and mother in an upscale suburb, has an unwieldy mortgage and looming college tuition for her twin teenage daughters. Jack, an antiques dealer, has secretly borrowed against the beach cottage he shares with his husband, Walker, to keep his store open. And Bea, a once-promising short-story writer, just can’t seem to finish her overdue novel. Can Leo rescue his siblings and, by extension, the people they love? Or will everyone need to reimagine the futures they’ve envisioned? Brought together as never before, Leo, Melody, Jack, and Beatrice must grapple with old resentments, present-day truths, and the significant emotional and financial toll of the accident, as well as finally acknowledge the choices they have made in their own lives.

This is a story about the power of family, the possibilities of friendship, the ways we depend upon one another and the ways we let one another down. In this tender, entertaining, and deftly written debut, Sweeney brings a remarkable cast of characters to life to illuminate what money does to relationships, what happens to our ambitions over the course of time, and the fraught yet unbreakable ties we share with those we love.

Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney lives in Los Angeles with her husband and children. She has an MFA from Bennington.

 

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$16.99
ISBN: 9780062414229
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Ecco Press - April 4th, 2017

A warm, funny and acutely perceptive debut novel about four adult siblings and the fate of the shared inheritance that has shaped their choices and their lives.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925