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[CANCELLED] Cooks with Books: Cal Peternell - A Recipe for Cooking (Larkspur)

Sunday, April 30, 2017 - 12:00pm

Please note: this event has been cancelled.

Left Bank Restaurant in Larkspur • Singles: $115; Couples: $175 (one book)
Event ticket includes meal, wine, tip, tax, and a signed copy of the book.

Celebrate the joys of a great day in the kitchen and a meal shared with family and friends with this follow-up to the bestselling, IACP Award-winning Twelve Recipes, featuring next level, home-cook-friendly recipes for occasions large and small

Twelve Recipes provided the basic techniques and recipes for essential home cooking. Now, A Recipe for Cooking takes home cooks to the next level.

Cal Peternell gives you everything you need to cook for big get-togethers, holiday feasts, family occasions, and for a special dinner for two. He organizes the recipes by season to help cooks plan their meals from first bite to last—how a meal should start, what should be the main attraction, what should be served alongside, and how to choose the perfect finish.

Illustrated with charming color photos and drawings, this book offers a range of delicious, easy-to-master fare: Savory Tart with Onions, Olive, and Anchovies; Shredded Zucchini Fritters with Basil Mayonnaise; Citrus Salad with Ginger, Cilantro, and Saffron-toasted Pistachios; Fish and Shellfish Soup; Rolled Pork Loin Roast Stuffed with Olives and Herbs; Lasagna Bolognese; Belgian Endive Gratin with Gruyere and Prosciutto; and a Blood Orange and Buttermilk Tart. Each of Cal's recipes utilizes the freshest, most delicious ingredients of each season.

Here are meals to share with close family and good friends—to laugh, drink, and cook with—as well as dishes that give you some quiet time in the kitchen, slicing, seasoning, and simmering. With food to make introductions, to commemorate, to celebrate, even, on occasion, to gently instigate, this is Cal Peternell at his wittiest, warmest, and most inspiring.

Cal Peternell grew up on a small farm in New Jersey and graduated with a BFA in painting from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. His cooking career began at Bix in San Francisco, and continued to Biba and The Blue Room in Boston, and back to San Francisco for a sous chef spot at Loretta Keller’s Bizou. Cal was hired at Chez Panisse in 1995, has been the chef in the Cafe since 2001, and took over as chef of the downstairs restaurant in 2013. Cal is the author of Twelve Recipes. He and his wife, Kathleen, have three sons and live in Berkeley, California.


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ISBN: 9780062427861
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Published: William Morrow & Company - October 25th, 2016

Celebrate the joys of a great day in the kitchen and a meal shared with family and friends with this follow-up to the bestselling, IACP Award-winning Twelve Recipes, featuring next level, home-cook-friendly recipes for occasions large and small.

Left Bank Larkspur Brasserie
507 Magnolia Avenue
Larkspur, CA 94939

Paul Hawken - Drawdown (San Rafael)

Monday, May 1, 2017 - 7:00pm

Co-Sponsored by Environmental Forum of Marin

Tickets: $35 (includes book)
Angelico Hall, Dominican University

In Drawdown, renowned environmentalist Paul Hawken has assembled a team of over 200 scholars, scientists, policymakers, business leaders, and activists to illustrate the hundred most substantive solutions to combat climate change that together will not only slow down the growth of carbon emissions, but reverse them altogether. The book analyzes how and when humanity can reach climate drawdown, the point at which greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere begin to decline on a year-to-year basis, by mapping and modeling how we can scale those hundred technologies over the next thirty years. Printed on recycled paper, the book will be one of three centerpieces to Project Drawdown, which will also feature an open-source database and an interactive digital platform that together describe how these solutions can be scaled globally across continents and across many different ways of life.

These are all “no regrets” approaches—actions that regardless of their climate value have intrinsic benefits to communities and economies. They improve lives, create jobs, restore the environment, enhance security, generate resilience, and advance human health. Together they will mobilize society into taking the climate change conversation from problem definition to problem solving, from fear and apathy to collaboration and regeneration.

Paul Hawken is an environmentalist, entrepreneur, journalist, and author. Starting at age 20, he dedicated his life to sustainability and changing the relationship between business and the environment. His practice has included starting and running ecological businesses, writing and teaching about the impact of commerce on living systems, and consulting with governments and corporations on economic development, industrial ecology, and environmental policy. Paul Hawken has written seven books published in over 50 countries in 29 languages including four national bestsellers, The Next Economy, Growing a Business, The Ecology of Commerce, and Blessed Unrest.


Book Passage is pleased to be in partnership with the Institute of Leadership Studies at Dominican University of California and their sponsor, Private Ocean Wealth Management, to present an outstanding series of events. These events take place on the Dominican University of California campus at 20 Olive Avenue in San Rafael, CA 94901.




Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming Cover Image
By Paul Hawken (Editor), Tom Steyer (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780143130444
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Published: Penguin Books - April 18th, 2017

The 100 most substantive solutions to reverse global warming, based on meticulous research by leading scientists and policymakers around the world

Angelico Hall, Dominican University
20 Olive Avenue
San Rafael, CA 94901

Caitlyn Jenner - The Secrets of My Life (Kentfield)

Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 7:00pm

Tickets: $40 (includes book)
In conversation with co-author Buzz Bissinger
College of Marin, Kentfield

In her new memoir, The Secrets of My Life, Caitlyn Jenner and co-writer Buzz Bissinger, chronicles her life as Bruce and her brave transition into womanhood.

The book will cover Caitlyn Jenner's childhood as Bruce Jenner and rise to fame as a gold-medal-winning Olympic decathlete; her marriages and her relationships with her children; her transition; and her experience as the world's most famous transgender woman. 

Caitlyn Jenner, formerly known as Bruce Jenner, is an American television personality and retired Olympic gold medal-winning decathlete.


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ISBN: 9781455596751
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - April 25th, 2017

In this remarkable memoir-written during her pivotal first years of becoming her authentic self-Caitlyn Jenner reflects on her past as she looks to her future.
-Imagine denying your core and soul. Then add to it the most impossible expectations that people have for you because you are the personification of The American Male Athlete.-

James Dunn Theater
835 College Avenue
Kentfield, CA 94904

Cooks with Books: Elisabeth Prueitt - Tartine All Day (San Anselmo)

Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 12:00pm

Insalata's Restaurant in San Anselmo • Singles: $115; Couples: $185 (one book)
Event ticket includes meal, wine, tip, tax, and a signed copy of the book.

An all-purpose cookbook with 225 breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert recipes for the whole-foods way people want to eat and bake at home today, from James Beard Award-winning and bestselling author Elisabeth Prueitt, cofounder of San Francisco’s acclaimed Tartine Bakery.

In 1993, Elisabeth Prueitt and Chad Robertson opened Tartine Bakery in a modest storefront in the heart of San Francisco’s Mission District and immediately changed the city’s—and nation’s—culinary landscape by popularizing rustic, wild yeast-leavened bread and wholesome and delicious cooking. In Tartine All Day, Tartine’s first all-purpose (non-baking) cookbook, Prueitt shares 150 master recipes plus 75 variations from her incredible repertoire of breakfasts, soups, salads, packable lunches, suppers, holiday staples, breads, and desserts, all guaranteed to transform daily home cooking. With 150 compelling photographs and recipes for instant classics (such as White Cheddar Macaroni and Cheese with Toasted Grain Gratin, Brined Pork Chops with Roasted Apples and Corn Spoon Bread, and Chicory Salad with Farro and Lemon-Buttermilk Dressing), plus Prueitt’s gluten-free stand-bys, this hardworking resource will inspire and instruct home cooks in new and enduring ways.

Elisabeth Prueitt is the co-founder of the Tartine Bakery and the Manufactory and the owner of the ice cream shop Cookies & Cream. She is also the author of the original Tartine Cookbook, a James Beard Best Pastry Chef repeat nominee and winner (2008), and founder of the Conductive Education Center of San Francisco.


Tartine All Day: Modern Recipes for the Home Cook Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399578823
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Published: Lorena Jones Books - April 4th, 2017

An all-purpose, comprehensive cookbook with 200 recipes for the whole-foods way people want to eat and bake at home today, from James Beard Award-winning and best-selling author Elisabeth Prueitt, cofounder of San Francisco's acclaimed Tartine Bakery.

120 Sir Francis Drake Blvd
San Anselmo, CA 94960

Cooks with Books: Jamie Purviance - Weber’s Greatest Hits (Larkspur)

Sunday, June 11, 2017 - 6:30pm

Left Bank Restaurant in Larkspur • Singles: $115; Couples: $185 (one book)
Event ticket includes meal, wine, tip, tax, and a signed copy of the book.


Want to win a Weber Essential Grillers accessory package? It could be yours for free if you sign up for our dinner with Jamie Purviance! Raffle and giveaways for those who attend the event.


For decades, Weber grills have set the standard for backyard grills, and Weber’s cookbooks have delighted grilling enthusiasts. But out of more than 2,000 total recipes for every kind of dish, which ones are the very best of the best?

Weber's Greatest Hits: 125 Classic Recipes for Every Grill is the ultimate gift for every griller, from beginner to veteran. Weber rated, debated, and curated its entire recipe collection, with help from its most enthusiastic fans. Here in one gorgeous package are the ultimate go-to recipes for every occasion.

The book includes all-new photography, fun stories from Weber’s rich and often hilarious history, and special features such as the Top Ten Grilling Do's and Don’ts.

Whether building a better burger or smoking competition-worthy ribs, Weber fans will delight in these classic standards and contemporary inspirations.

Jamie Purviance is one of America's top grilling experts and Weber's master griller. He graduated from Stanford University and the Culinary Institute of America before launching a career as a food writer for publications such as Bon Appetit, Better Homes and Gardens, Fine Cooking, Town & Country, and the Los Angeles Times. He is the author of numerous cookbooks including Weber's Way to Grill, a James Beard Award nominee and New York Times best seller. Purviance has appeared as a grilling authority on numerous television shows including Today, The Early Show, Good Morning America, and The Oprah Winfrey Show. He lives in California.


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ISBN: 9780544952379
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - April 25th, 2017

All Killer, No Filler: The Absolute Best Weber Recipes Ever Published, in One Amazing Collection

For decades, Weber grills have set the standard for backyard grills, and Weber's cookbooks have delighted grilling enthusiasts. But out of more than 2,000 total recipes for every kind of dish, which ones are the very best of the best?

Left Bank Restaurant
507 Magnolia Ave.
Larkspur, CA 94939

Laurie R. King & More - The Anatomy of Innocence (San Francisco)

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 6:00pm

Co-Sponsored by Mystery Writers of America & The Innocence Project

San Francisco Public Library (Koret Auditorium) • Free to the Public • Refreshments afterward

This unique book recalls the work of the great muckrakers of the past, as an outraged team of America’s bestselling writers confront the disasters of wrongful convictions. The Anatomy of Innocence is a ground-breaking anthology, in which 14 exonerated inmates narrate their stories to a roster of high-profile mystery and thriller writers. These writers, in turn, have captured the harrowing experiences of these wrongfully convicted individuals.

The panel includes lawyer/writers Laura Caldwell and Leslie S. Klinger, editors of Anatomy of Innocence; Linda Starr, cofounder and legal director of the Northern California Innocence Project; and bestselling crime writer Laurie R. King, a contributor to the project.


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By Laura Caldwell (Editor), Leslie S. Klinger (Editor), Scott Turow (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781631490880
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - March 28th, 2017

Wrongful convictions, long regarded as statistical anomalies in an otherwise sound justice system, now appear with frightening regularity. But few people understand just how or why they happen and, more important, the immeasurable consequences that often haunt the lucky few who are acquitted, years after they are proven innocent.

Koret Auditorium
100 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

Cooks with Books: Deepa Thomas - Deepa's Secrets (San Francisco)

Saturday, July 29, 2017 - 12:30pm

Taj Campton Place, San Francisco • $150 per person
Event ticket includes meal, wine, tip, tax, and a signed copy of the book.

Upon learning that rice and bread were the culprits for her husband’s type 2 diabetes, Deepa Thomas deconstructed and reinvented her native Indian cuisine. Deepa made anew seventy slow carb recipes, incorporating time-saving Western cooking techniques, breaking-news research on gut health and weight loss, and Ayurvedic wisdom (“When diet is right, medicine is of no need; and when diet is wrong, medicine is of no use.”). After six months of cooking and eating “New Indian,” Deepa lost twenty pounds and freed her husband from a ten-year routine of insulin shots. Part cookbook and part memoir, Deepa’s Secrets introduces breakthrough slow carb and gut-healing recipes that are simple and nutrient-packed, without sacrificing its rich South Asian flavors. On a mission to demystify and make healthy an “exotic” cuisine, Deepa shares shortcuts and techniques that will make “New Indian” everyday fare. Bold and intimate, Deepa’s Secrets will undoubtedly change your cooking, and quite possibly your life.
Deepa is gifting all her proceeds from Deepa’s Secrets to FoodCorps, a nonprofit that connects children to healthy food in American schools.
“They’re no longer secrets! Home cooks and professional chefs will be inspired to use Deepa’s original, simple methods for harnessing complex flavors to create amazing tastes.”
—Srijith Gopinathan, executive chef of two-Michelin starred Taj Campton Place.


Deepa's Secrets: Slow Carb New Indian Cuisine Cover Image
By Deepa Thomas, Curt Ellis (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781510718982
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Skyhorse Publishing - July 4th, 2017

A journey from old traditions to modern Indian cooking with deliciously simple and gut-healing recipes that leave you feeling fulfilled--rather than full.

Taj Campton Place
340 Stockton Street
San Francisco, CA 94108

Reza Aslan - god (San Rafael)

Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 7:00pm

Angelico Hall, Dominican University of California
Tickets: $35 (includes signed book)

In god, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Zealot and host of the new TV show Believer explores how different ideas of god have united, divided, and propelled humanity forward for millennia.

The entire history of religion—any religion—can be seen as the evolution of one metaphor: God as a super-charged version of ourselves. This metaphor occurs over and over again, regardless of time, location, and culture. This concept of the “humanized God”—God made in our own image—led to our earliest theorizing about the nature of the universe and our place in it. It informed our first physical representations of the non-material world. Belief in humanized gods guided us as hunter-gatherers, and then, tens of thousands of years later, compelled us to swap our spears for plows and begin planting instead. Our first temples were built by people who thought of the gods as super-powered human beings - as were our first religions.

With the layered prose and thoughtful, accessible scholarship that made Zealot an international bestseller, Reza Aslan takes us through the history of a particular view of God and, in the process, reflects on how intense belief has shaped humanity’s history.

Reza Aslan is an internationally acclaimed writer and scholar of religions. His first book, No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam, was an international bestseller and has been translated into thirteen languages and named by Blackwell as one of the hundred most important books of the last decade. He is also the author of How to Win a Cosmic War: God, Globalization and the End of the War on Terror (published in paperback as Beyond Fundamentalism), as well as the editor for Tablet & Pen: Literary Landscapes from the Modern Middle East. He is also the founder of Aslan Media, a company devoted to creating forums and encouraging discourse abou the Greater Middle East. Born in Iran, he now lives in Los Angeles, where he is an associate professor of creative writing at the University of California, Riverside.


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ISBN: 9780553394726
Availability: Not Yet Published
Published: Random House - November 7th, 2017

From the bestselling author of Zealot and host of the new CNN series Believer comes a fascinating account of humanity's struggle to make sense of the divine, and how the idea of god, from its prehistoric origins to its emergence as a single divine personality, continues to offer new ways of connecting people of different faiths today.

Angelico Hall, Dominican University
20 Olive Avenue
San Rafael, CA 94901