Food & Wine Events

Bill T. Jones - Story/Time: The Life of an Idea

Sunday, February 1, 2015 - 6:00pm

Spinster Sisters, Santa Rosa • Ticket: Single $95; Couple $165 (one book)

      

 

 

In this ceaselessly questioning book, acclaimed African American dancer, choreographer, and director Bill T. Jones reflects on his art and life as he describes the genesis of Story/Time, a recent dance work produced by his company and inspired by the modernist composer and performer John Cage. Presenting personally revealing stories, richly illustrated with striking color photographs of the work’s original stage production, and featuring a beautiful, large-format design, the book is a work of art in itself.

Like the dance work, Story/Time the book is filled with telling vignettes—about Jones’s childhood as part of a large, poor, Southern family that migrated to upstate New York; about his struggles to find a place for himself in a white-dominated dance world; and about his encounters with notable artists and musicians. In particular, Jones examines his ambivalent attraction to avant-garde modernism, which he finds liberating but also limiting in its disregard for audience response. As he strives to make his work more personal and broadly engaging, especially to an elusive African American audience, Jones—who is still drawn to the avant-garde—wrestles with questions of how an artist can remain true to himself while still caring about the popular reception of his work.

Bill T. Jones is an acclaimed dancer, choreographer, and director. He is the artistic director, cofounder, and choreographer of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and executive artistic director of New York Live Arts. He is the recipient of many awards and honors, including Tony Awards for FELA! and Spring Awakening, a Kennedy Center Honor, and a MacArthur Fellowship. In 2014, President Barack Obama awarded Jones the National Medal of Arts, the country’s highest honor for achievement in the arts.

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

 

$24.95
ISBN: 9780691162706
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Princeton University Press - September 7th, 2014

In this ceaselessly questioning book, acclaimed African American dancer, choreographer, and director Bill T. Jones reflects on his art and life as he describes the genesis of "Story/Time," a recent dance work produced by his company and inspired by the modernist composer and performer John Cage.


Liz Carlisle - Lentil Underground

Wednesday, February 4, 2015 - 12:30pm

Lentil Underground, by journalist and fellow at UC Berkeley’s Center for Diversified Farming Systems Liz Carlisle, profiles the unique grassroots movement of organic lentil farming and the farmers confronting the global food system. From the heart of Big Sky Country comes this inspiring story of a handful of colorful pioneers who have successfully bucked the chemically-based food chain and the entrenched power of agribusiness’s one percent by stubbornly banding together. Unearthing the deep roots of this movement, Lentil Underground introduces readers to a memorable cast of characters, from gun-toting libertarians and Christian homesteaders to peace-sign-waving environmental activists.

Liz Carlisle is a fellow at UC Berkeley’s Center for Diversified Farming Systems.  She holds a B.A. from Harvard University and will receive her Ph. D. from the Department of Geography at UC Berkeley in May 2014. Before graduate school, Carlisle served as Legislative Correspondent for agriculture and natural resources in the office of United States Senator Jon Tester, an organic farmer from her home state of Montana.  A former country singer who once opened shows for Travis Tritt, LeAnn Rimes and Sugarland, Carlisle brings a populist flair to her writing, which has appeared in the Smithsonian Magazine and Harvard Independent.

 

$26.95
ISBN: 9781592409204
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Gotham Books - January 22nd, 2015

A protege of Michael Pollan shares the story of a little known group of renegade farmers who defied corporate agribusiness by launching a unique sustainable farm-to-table food movement.


1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Heidi Insalata Krahling - Insalata's and Marinitas

Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 12:00pm

 

Insalata's in San Anselmo • Single $115; Couple $180 (one book)

            

 

Heidi Insalata Krahling's newest cookbook, Insalata's and Marinitas: The Story of Two Restaurants, is a culmination of recipes from her two restaurants, Insalata's and Marinitas, in San Anselmo. Krahling brings to the home chef the ingredients, flavors, sauces, and basic techniques of her kitchen which are the building blocks that have led to her Michelin star success. Heidi's own voice is on every page, helping the chef prepare each recipe. Krahling is also the author of Insalata's Mediterranean Cookbook.

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

 

$36.00
ISBN: 9780692236710
Availability: Special Order
Published: Laura Parker Studio - November 1st, 2014

In Insalata's and Marinitas: The Story of Two Restaurants, chef Heidi Krahling brings home cooks into her kitchens to share the food and flavors that have made her San Anselmo restaurants, Insalata's and Marinitas, so beloved in Marin County, California.


Literary Luncheon: John Boyne - A History of Loneliness

Friday, March 6, 2015 - 12:00pm

 Ticket: $55 (includes meal & signed book)

 

 

A novel as intimate as it is universal, A History of Loneliness is the riveting narrative of an honorable Irish priest who finds the church collapsing around him at a pivotal moment in its history. It confirms John Boyne as one of the most searching storytellers of his generation. Boyne is the author of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

$26.00
ISBN: 9780374171339
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - February 3rd, 2015

The riveting narrative of an honorable Irish priest who finds the church collapsing around him at a pivotal moment in its history


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, 94925

Literary Luncheon: Dave Barry - Live Right and Find Happiness (Although Beer is Much Faster)

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - 12:00pm

Ticket: $55 (includes meal & signed book) 

 

 

In Live Right and Find Happiness (Although Beer is Much Faster) you'll find brilliant, brand-new, never-before-published pieces, Dave Barry passes on home truths to his new grandson and to his daughter Sophie, who will be getting her learner’s permit in 2015 (“So you’re about to start driving! How exciting! I’m going to kill myself”). He explores the hometown of his youth, where the grown-ups were supposed to be uptight fifties conformists, but seemed to have a lot of un–Mad Men–like fun—unlike Dave’s own Baby Boomer generation, which was supposed to be wild and crazy, but somehow turned into neurotic hover-parents. He dives into everything from the inanity of cable news and the benefits of Google Glass (“You will look like a douchebag”) to the loneliness of high school nerds (“You will never hear a high school girl say about a boy, in a dreamy voice, ‘He’s so sarcastic!’”), from the perils of home repair to firsthand accounts of the soccer craziness of Brazil and the just plain crazy craziness of Vladimir Putin’s Russia (“He stares at the camera with the expression of a man who relaxes by strangling small furry animals”), and a lot more besides. By the end, if you do not feel wiser, richer in knowledge, more attuned to the universe... we wouldn’t be at all surprised. But you’ll have had a lot to laugh about!

Dave Barry’s recent bestselling books include You Can Date Boys When You’re Forty, I’ll Mature When I’m Dead, and Insane City.

 

$26.95
ISBN: 9780399165955
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Putnam Adult - March 3rd, 2015

During the course of living (mumble, mumble) years, Dave Barry has learned much of wisdom, * (*actual wisdom not guaranteed) and he is eager to pass it on--to the next generation, the generation after that, and to those idiots who make driving to the grocery store in Florida a death-defying experience.


Shauna Sever - Real Sweet

Saturday, March 21, 2015 - 12:30pm

Inspired by Shauna Sever’s desire to introduce healthy touches into treats for her family, Real Sweet takes classic dessert recipes and adds a twist: using sugars that are less-processed, infinitely more flavorful and add much more than just sweetness to a recipe. In the book, Sever uses only natural, unrefined, and readily available alternative sweeteners like coconut sugar, agave, honey, pure maple syrup and more in over 80 recipes.

Shauna Sever is the author of two successful cookbooks, owner of a small-batch baking and dessert catering business called Bake Sale Bakery, and blogger at Piece of Cake—named one of the Top 50 Food Blogs by Babble.com three years in a row. Before following her sweet tooth, Shauna worked as an TV host and reporter for the likes of Extra and TV Guide Network. When not writing, baking, or taking care of her husband and two children, Shauna can be found hunting for great pastries and kitchen gadgetry and running the hills of San Francisco.

 

$27.50
ISBN: 9780062346018
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: William Morrow & Company - March 17th, 2015

Fall in love with the magic of natural sugars


1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, 94111

Cooks with Books: Rebecca Katz - The Healthy Mind Cookbook

Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 12:30pm

Left Bank in Larkspur • Single $110; Couple $175 (one book)

Chef Rebecca Katz, author of the award winning cookbooks The Cancer Fighting Kitchen and The Longevity Kitchen, harnesses the latest research about food and brain function in her new cookbook The Healthy Mind Cookbook: Big Flavor Recipes to Enhance Brain Function, Mood, Memory, and Mental Clarity. Katz’s cookbook shares how the food we consume can improve the brain’s ability to control cognition, emotion and physical function - hence mood, memory and motion. Katz has worked with many leaders in the field, including Andrew Weil, Deepak Chopra, Michael Lerner and Dean Ornish. She is the Director of the Healing Kitchens Institute at Commonweal as well as the executive chef at the annual Food as Medicine training program sponsored by the Center for the Mind Body Medicine at Georgetown Medical School.

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

$29.99
ISBN: 9781607742975
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Ten Speed Press - February 10th, 2015

A collection of more than 120 recipes formulated to optimize brain health, boost memory, improve mood, sharpen the central nervous system, and more.
Feed your mind.


Left Bank
507 Magnolia Avenue
Larkspur, CA 94939

Cathy Erway - The Food of Taiwain

Saturday, April 4, 2015 - 12:30pm

Taiwan, an island the size of Massachusetts, has a big presence in food and culture here in the states. Best-selling American authors, NBA stars, chefs, actors, scientists, journalists and many more hold a connection to the island and its traditions. Surprisingly, there has yet to be a collection of food insights and history of Taiwan—until now at least. In The Food of Taiwan, author Cathy Erway brings into focus those foods and the wild array of flavors that define Taiwan.

$30.00
ISBN: 9780544303010
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Houghton Mifflin - March 24th, 2015

Acclaimed author Cathy Erway offers an insider's look at Taiwanese cooking--from home-style dishes to authentic street food


1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Cooks with Books: Daniel de la Falaise - Nature's Larder

Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 6:30pm

Left Bank in Larkspur • Single $120; Couple $185 (one book)

          

 

Daniel de la Falaise approaches cooking as a sensual task and a celebration of quality products involving as little interference as possible. His compass point: the taste of the raw ingredient just plucked from the soil. His way of cookingwhich places vegetables at the forefront, but is not vegetariancenters around coaxing the most flavor from each ingredient at its peak freshness. This book takes the home cook on "a balloon ride through the seasons," along the way divulging Falaise's smart techniques, such as using residual heat to cook gently, extracting essences with broths, and using herbs both in cooking and finishing for a layered effect. Among the narrative-style recipes he shares are Carrot and Tarragon Soup, Bass Roasted on Wild Fennel, Young Leeks with Chive Flower Vinaigrette, and Chilled Melon Soup with Cardamom. Woven throughout is a strong element of narrative text in which Falaise shares his passionate philosophy centered on peasant traditions of sustainable agriculture, as well as poignant memories from his upbringing in rural Wales and his colorful family members. Nature's Larder opens up a new way of thinking about food, one that returns to an instinctual relationship to taste and a direct connection to the natural world.

Daniel de la Falaise trainied as a chef at Harry's Bar in London, later opening George Club in London's Mayfair with his great uncle Mark Birley, "The King of Clubs." Today, he works as a private chef, growing many of his ingredients on his farm in southwest France. He also writes a cooking column in French Vogue and has been profiled in T The New York Times Style Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and Town & Country.

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

 

$39.95
ISBN: 9780847844845
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Rizzoli International Publications - April 21st, 2015

A thoughtful, deep-rooted way of cooking that reconnects us with the land. Daniel de la Falaise approaches cooking as a sensual task and a celebration of quality products involving as little interference as possible. His compass point: the taste of the raw ingredient just plucked from the soil.


Left Bank Restaurant
507 Magnolia Avenue
Larkspur, 94939