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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.


Anatomy of Innocence: Testimonies of the Wrongfully Convicted Cover Image
By Laura Caldwell (Editor), Leslie S. Klinger (Editor), Scott Turow (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781631490880
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
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

Customers who are unable to attend this event are welcome to request autographed copies prior to July 29. Simply order a copy of Deepa's Secret here and mention you preference for an autograph and any inscription at the comments field at checkout. 


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.

Deepa embodies what I tell my patients ON a daily basis: we all have the potential to have a vibrant life even when dealing with health challenges. By reinterpreting the most flavorful dishes of her native India and removing the rice and bread, she could helpEDFREE her husband’s free himself from 10 years of insulin shots for type 2 diabetes, by stabilizing his blood sugar and improving his health. Deepa's Secrets is not only filled with delicious, healthy, and healing recipes but with wonderful stories about a colorful and inspiring life.  
—Mark Hyman, MD, author of the #1 bestseller Eat Fat Get Thin
Director, Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine

“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

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)

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.


Sweet: Desserts from London's Ottolenghi Cover Image
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

Reza Aslan - god (San Rafael)

Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 7:00pm

Angelico Hall, Dominican University of California
Tickets: $38 (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.


God: The Human Quest to Make Sense of the Divine Cover Image
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