Food & Wine Events

Literary Luncheon: Nicole Krauss - Forest Dark (Corte Madera)

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - 12:00pm

In conversation with Kelly Corrigan
Tickets: $55 (includes lunch & signed book)

“A brilliant novel. I am full of admiration.” —Philip Roth

Jules Epstein, a man whose drive, avidity, and outsized personality have, for sixty-eight years, been a force to be reckoned with, is undergoing a metamorphosis. In the wake of his parents’ deaths, his divorce from his wife of more than thirty years, and his retirement from the New York legal firm where he was a partner, he’s felt an irresistible need to give away his possessions, alarming his children and perplexing the executor of his estate. With the last of his wealth, he travels to Israel, with a nebulous plan to do something to honor his parents. In Tel Aviv, he is sidetracked by a charismatic American rabbi planning a reunion for the descendants of King David who insists that Epstein is part of that storied dynastic line. He also meets the rabbi’s beautiful daughter who convinces Epstein to become involved in her own project—a film about the life of David being shot in the desert—with life-changing consequences.

But Epstein isn’t the only seeker embarking on a metaphysical journey that dissolves his sense of self, place, and history. Leaving her family in Brooklyn, a young, well-known novelist arrives at the Tel Aviv Hilton where she has stayed every year since birth. Troubled by writer’s block and a failing marriage, she hopes that the hotel can unlock a dimension of reality—and her own perception of life—that has been closed off to her. But when she meets a retired literature professor who proposes a project she can’t turn down, she’s drawn into a mystery that alters her life in ways she could never have imagined.

Bursting with life and humor, Forest Dark is a profound, mesmerizing novel of metamorphosis and self-realization—of looking beyond all that is visible towards the infinite.

Nicole Krauss is the author of Great House, a finalist for the National Book Award; the New York Times bestseller The History of Love; and Man Walks into a Room. She was selected as one of Granta’s Best Young American Novelists in 2007 and named to The New Yorker’s “Twenty Under Forty” list in 2010. Her fiction has been published in The New Yorker, Harper’s, Esquire, and Best American Short Stories, and her books have been translated into more than thirty-five languages. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

 

Forest Dark Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062430991
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Harper - September 12th, 2017

"A brilliant novel. I am full of admiration." --Philip Roth


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Cooks with Books: Yotam Ottolenghi & Helen Goh - Sweet (San Anselmo)

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 12:00pm

Insalata's Restaurant, San Anselmo
Tickets: $135 per person (includes meal & book)

Please note: online registration is now closed. To inquire about waitlist availability, please call (415) 927-0960 ext. 1.

Yotam Ottolenghi is widely beloved in the food world for his beautiful, inspirational, and award-winning cookbooks, as well as his London delis and fine dining restaurant. And while he’s known for his savory and vegetarian dishes, he actually started out his cooking career as a pastry chef. Sweet is entirely filled with delicious baked goods, desserts, and confections starring Ottolenghi’s signature flavor profiles and ingredients including fig, rose petal, saffron, orange blossom, star anise, pistachio, almond, cardamom, and cinnamon. A baker’s dream, Sweet features simple treats such as Chocolate, Banana, and Pecan cookies and Rosemary Olive Oil Orange Cake, alongside recipes for showstopping confections such as Cinnamon Pavlova with Praline Cream and Fresh Figs and Flourless Chocolate Layer Cake with Coffee, Walnut, and Rosewater.

Ottolenghi is the author of Plenty and Plenty More, co-author with Ramael Scully of NOPI, and co-author with Sami Tamimi of Ottolenghi and Jerusalem, which was awarded Cookbook of the Year by the International Association of Culinary Professionals, and Best International Cookbook by the James Beard Foundation. All five books were New York Times bestsellers. He lives in London, where he owns an eponymous group of restaurants and a high-end restaurant, Nopi.

Helen Goh is a pastry chef, longtime Ottolenghi collaborator, and the Ottolenghi product developer.

Event tickets include the meal, wine, tip, tax, and a signed copy of the book.

 

Sweet: Desserts from London's Ottolenghi Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781607749141
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Ten Speed Press - October 3rd, 2017

A collection of over 110 recipes for sweets, baked goods, and confections from superstar chef Yotam Ottolenghi.


Insalata's Restaurant
120 Sir Francis Drake Blvd.
San Anselmo, CA 94960

Cooks with Books: Jacques Pépin - A Grandfather's Lessons (Napa)

Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 6:30pm

Peju Winery, Rutherford
Tickets: $145 per person (includes meal & book)

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Note: Jacques Pépin will also appear at Left Bank Restaurant in Larkspur on Friday, October 20. Click here for details.

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The grand master of cooking has a new apprentice in the kitchen: his granddaughter.

Jacques Pépin is one of the nation’s most famous cooking teachers, renowned for his knife skills. Ever since she was very young, his granddaughter, Shorey, has loved “helping” him in the kitchen. Now that she is twelve, Jacques gives his charismatic pupil a short course on preparing “food that is plain, but elegant, and more than anything, fun.” In the process, he proves himself as inspiring to her as he is to the country’s greatest chefs. Curly hot dogs, spinach with croutons, sushi salmon cakes, skillet bread and homemade butter, raspberry cake: These recipes will become irresistible new classics for kids. In A Grandfather's Lessons, Jacques also imparts lessons in kitchen etiquette, from how to set a table to how to fold a napkin properly—even how to load a dishwasher. And perhaps the most important lesson of all: that the best meals are the ones shared at home with family.

The winner of sixteen James Beard Awards and author of twenty-nine cookbooks, including Jacques Pépin Heart & Soul in the Kitchen and Essential Pépin, Jacques Pépin has starred in twelve acclaimed PBS cooking series. He was awarded France's highest distinction, the Legion of Honor.

Event tickets include the meal, wine, tip, tax, and a signed copy of the book.

 

A Grandfather's Lessons: In the Kitchen with Shorey Cover Image
By Jacques Pepin, Tom Hopkins (Photographer)
$30.00
ISBN: 9780544824393
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - September 12th, 2017

The grand master of cooking has a new apprentice in the kitchen: his granddaughter.


Peju Province Winery
8466 St. Helena Hwy
Rutherford, CA 94573

Cooks with Books: Jacques Pépin and Shorey Pépin - A Grandfather's Lessons (Larkspur)

Friday, October 20, 2017 - 12:30pm

Left Bank, Larkspur
Tickets: $145 per person (includes meal & book)

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Note: Jacques & Shorey Pépin will also appear at Peju Winery in Napa on Thursday, October 19. Click here for details.

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The grand master of cooking has a new apprentice in the kitchen: his granddaughter.

Jacques Pépin is one of the nation’s most famous cooking teachers, renowned for his knife skills. Ever since she was very young, his granddaughter, Shorey, has loved “helping” him in the kitchen. Now that she is twelve, Jacques gives his charismatic pupil a short course on preparing “food that is plain, but elegant, and more than anything, fun.” In the process, he proves himself as inspiring to her as he is to the country’s greatest chefs. Curly hot dogs, spinach with croutons, sushi salmon cakes, skillet bread and homemade butter, raspberry cake: These recipes will become irresistible new classics for kids. In A Grandfather's Lessons, Jacques also imparts lessons in kitchen etiquette, from how to set a table to how to fold a napkin properly—even how to load a dishwasher. And perhaps the most important lesson of all: that the best meals are the ones shared at home with family.

The winner of sixteen James Beard Awards and author of twenty-nine cookbooks, including Jacques Pépin Heart & Soul in the Kitchen and Essential Pépin, Jacques Pépin has starred in twelve acclaimed PBS cooking series. He was awarded France's highest distinction, the Legion of Honor.

Event tickets include the meal, wine, tip, tax, and a signed copy of the book.

 

A Grandfather's Lessons: In the Kitchen with Shorey Cover Image
By Jacques Pepin, Tom Hopkins (Photographer)
$30.00
ISBN: 9780544824393
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - September 12th, 2017

The grand master of cooking has a new apprentice in the kitchen: his granddaughter.


Left Bank Restaurant
507 Magnolia Ave.
Larkspur, CA 94939

Literary Luncheon: Isabel Allende - In the Midst of Winter (Corte Madera)

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 12:00pm

Tickets: $55 (includes meal & signed lunch)

We are now sold out of tickets for Isabel Allende's Literary Luncheon. Please call (415) 927-0960 ext. 1 to inquire about waitlist availability.

In the Midst of Winter begins with a minor traffic accident—which becomes the catalyst for an unexpected and moving love story between two people who thought they were deep into the winter of their lives. Richard Bowmaster—a 60-year-old human rights scholar—hits the car of Evelyn Ortega—a young, undocumented immigrant from Guatemala—in the middle of a snowstorm in Brooklyn. What at first seems just a small inconvenience takes an unforeseen and far more serious turn when Evelyn turns up at the professor’s house seeking help. At a loss, the professor asks his tenant Lucia Maraz—a 62-year-old lecturer from Chile—for her advice. These three very different people are brought together in a mesmerizing story that moves from present-day Brooklyn to Guatemala in the recent past to 1970s Chile and Brazil, sparking the beginning of a long overdue love story between Richard and Lucia.

Exploring the timely issues of human rights and the plight of immigrants and refugees, the book recalls Isabel Allende’s landmark novel The House of the Spirits in the way it embraces the cause of “humanity, and it does so with passion, humor, and wisdom that transcend politics” (Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post).

Born in Peru and raised in Chile, Isabel Allende is the author of a number of bestselling and critically acclaimed books, including The House of the Spirits, Eva Luna, Stories of Eva Luna, Of Love and Shadows, and Paula. Her latest novel is The Japanese Lover. Her books have been translated into more than thirty-five languages and have sold more than 65 million copies worldwide. She lives in California.

 

In the Midst of Winter Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781501178139
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Atria Books - October 31st, 2017

New York Times and worldwide bestselling "dazzling storyteller" (Associated Press) Isabel Allende returns with a sweeping novel about three very different people who are brought together in a mesmerizing story that journeys from present-day Brooklyn to Guatemala in the recent past to 1970s Chile and Brazil.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Cooks with Books: Gail Simmons - Bringing It Home (Larkspur)

Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 6:30pm

Left Bank, Larkspur
Tickets: $115 per person; $175 per couple (includes meal & book)

Bringing it Home is the long-awaited cookbook from the well-loved judge on Bravo’s popular food show Top Chef. In her book, Gail Simmons shares her best recipes and experiences from her travels and from her Top Chef culinary adventures. She has taken some of the best dishes you’ve seen cooked on TV and presented them in a way for viewers to make at home. These are smart, simple cooking techniques for both family meals and easy entertaining.

From Bloody Mary eggs to Singapore Style Hokkien Noodles to Fish Tacos with Soy Lime Crema, all her recipes are made from accessible ingredients to help make family meals healthy and quick.

Simmons was head critic on Top Chef Duels and host of Top Chef Desserts as well as a frequent guest on the Today Show, Good Morning America, and more.

Event tickets include the meal, wine, tip, tax, and a signed copy of the book.

 

Bringing It Home: Favorite Recipes from a Life of Adventurous Eating Cover Image
By Gail Simmons, Mindy Fox (With), Tom Colicchio (Foreword by)
$30.00
ISBN: 9781455542208
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Grand Central Life & Style - October 24th, 2017

The cookbook that Top Chef fans have been waiting for, from the celebrated judge who makes delicious food and inspired cooking accessible for home cooks.


Left Bank Restaurant
507 Magnolia Ave.
Larkspur, CA 94939

Cooks with Books: Thomas Keller & Roland G. Henin - Roland G. Henin (Yountville)

Saturday, November 4, 2017 - 3:00pm

Finesse, The Store; Yountville
Tickets: $90 per person (includes signed book)

This is a signing/reception only with bites and bubbles

Join us for a rare chance to meet two culinary greats, Chef Roland G. Henin and Chef Thomas Keller, mentor and mentee.

In Chef Henin’s new memoir, Roland G. Henin: 50 Years of Mentoring Great American Chefs, he shares anecdotes through dozens of interviews with his mentees and describes behind the scenes glimpses of the culinary world.

Join us for an afternoon reception to celebrate the life and legacy of Roland Henin, a Certified Master Chef who was among the first European chefs to cross the Atlantic to bring classic cuisine to the US.

Chef Keller has written the foreword and is the award-winning chef/proprietor at 6 restaurants and 5 bakeries, author of numerous cookbooks and owner of Finesse, The Store.

 

 

 

 

Roland G. Henin: 50 Years of Mentoring Great American Chefs Cover Image
By Susan Crowther, Thomas Keller (Foreword by), Raimund Hofmeister (Afterword by)
$27.99
ISBN: 9781510728004
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Skyhorse Publishing - October 10th, 2017

Certified Master Chef Roland G. Henin has been our nation's top culinary mentor for the past fifty years, training such prestigious chefs as Chef Thomas Keller of French Laundry and Per Se and Certified Master Chef Ron DeSantis. For the first time, his story is being told--from his own perspective and through the lens of some of America's most prominent chefs.


Finessee, The Store
6540 Washington Street
Yountville, CA 94599

Literary Luncheon: Janet Fitch - Revolution of Marina M. (Corte Madera)

Friday, November 10, 2017 - 12:00pm

Tickets: $55 (includes lunch & signed book)

From Janet Fitch -- the mega-bestselling author of White Oleander and Paint It Black -- comes The Revolution of Marina M., a sweeping historical saga of the Russian Revolution, as seen through the eyes of one young woman.

St. Petersburg, New Year's Eve, 1916. Marina Makarova is a young woman of privilege who aches to break free of the constraints of her genteel life, a life about to be violently upended by the vast forces of history. Swept up on these tides, Marina will join the marches for workers' rights, fall in love with a radical young poet, and betray everything she holds dear, before being betrayed in turn.

As her country goes through almost unimaginable upheaval, Marina's own coming-of-age unfolds, marked by deep passion and devastating loss, and the private heroism of an ordinary woman living through extraordinary times. This is the epic, mesmerizing story of one indomitable woman's journey through some of the most dramatic events of the last century.

Janet Fitch's first novel, White Oleander, a #1 bestseller and Oprah's Book Club selection, has been translated into 24 languages and was made into a feature film. Her most recent novel, Paint It Black, hit bestseller lists across the country and has also been made into a film. She lives in Los Angeles.

 

The Revolution of Marina M. Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780316022064
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Little Brown and Company - November 7th, 2017

From the mega-bestselling author of White Oleander and Paint It Black, a sweeping historical saga of the Russian Revolution, as seen through the eyes of one young woman


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Cooks with Books: Valerie Bertinelli - Valerie's Home Cooking (Napa)

Friday, November 10, 2017 - 4:30pm

Lianna Estates Winery, Napa
Tickets: $120 per person; $195 per couple

In her newest cookbook, Valerie's Home Cooking, sitcom celebrity and Food Network host Valerie Bertinelli shares over 100 recipes for making comfort food that has a modern and fun twist. With their innovative flavor combinations, these recipes transform traditional comforting classics into crave worthy and exciting dishes that are made to be shared with family and friends.

As the current star of her Food Network show, Valerie's Home Cooking, and co-host of the network's Kids Baking Championship, as well as having spent years acting on television, Valerie Bertinelli has made a name for herself in households across America. But to really know Valerie, is to spend time in her kitchen.

Inspired by her family's cooking legacy, Valerie specializes in showing fans how to make dishes their own families will love that are for the heart and soul. As she often says, there's a story behind every recipe and Valerie shares them in this gorgeous cookbook, where home cooks will find more than 100 recipes that are easy to make and innovative--they're just as fresh, vibrant and down to earth as Valerie herself. Many of these classic comforting recipes have an original twist like Bloody Mary Tea Sandwiches, Lobster BLTs, Quick Rotisserie Chicken Gumbo, and S'mores Popcorn. These mouthwatering dishes will become your go-tos, whether you're having breakfast or lunch on your own, friends are joining for last-minute cocktails and small bites, or the whole family is coming together for a hearty dinner and dessert.

Valerie Bertinelli is a television personality, New York Times bestselling author, and passionate home cook. She hosts her own Food Network cooking show called Valerie's Home Cooking, reaching 1.5 million weekly viewers, and co-hosts Kids Baking Championship on the network. Bertinelli is well-known for her starring roles on the shows One Day at a Time and Hot in Cleveland. She currently lives in Los Angeles, CA.

 

 

Valerie's Home Cooking: More Than 100 Delicious Recipes to Share with Friends and Family Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780848752286
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Oxmoor House - October 10th, 2017

As the current star of her Food Network show, Valerie's Home Cooking, and co-host of the network's Kids Baking Championship, as well as having spent years acting on television, Valerie Bertinelli has made a name for herself in households across America. But to really know Valerie, is to spend time in her kitchen.


Lianna Estates Winery
2750 Las Amigas Rd.
Napa, CA 94559

Cooks with Books: David Tanis - David Tanis Market Cooking (Larkspur)

Monday, November 13, 2017 - 6:30pm

Left Bank Restaurant, Larkspur
Tickets: $115 per person; $180 per couple (one book)

David Tanis returns to Left Bank to discuss David Tanis Market Cooking. Tanis describes how to shop for the best ingredients at the market with tips on how to discern the best quality of each, and the ideal recipes. He offers over 200 recipes and 300 color photographs with each chapter organized by ingredients. Tanis worked as a professional chef for over 3 decades including chef at Chez Panisse in Berkeley, is the author of several highly acclaimed cookbooks and currently writes for the food section in the New York Times.

 

 

David Tanis Market Cooking: Recipes and Revelations, Ingredient by Ingredient Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9781579656287
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Artisan Publishers - October 3rd, 2017

"Tanis's food is deeply flavorful, honest, creative and always, always fun to cook." --Los Angeles Times

David Tanis Market Cooking is about seeking out the best ingredients, learning the qualities of each, and the methods and recipes that showcase what makes them special--pulling from all the world's great cuisines.


Left Bank Restaurant
507 Magnolia Ave.
Larkspur, CA 94939

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