Cooks with Books

Cooks with Books events take place at Bay Area restaurants. Attendees attend a meal that is prepared under the supervision of a local or celebrity chef (and since the Bay Area is one of the world's culinary capitals, that often means both!). Throughout the meal, the author-chef mingles with attendees and discusses his or her latest book. Coffee and conversation usually end about two hours later. These are happy, convivial events for any lover of fine food and wine. The ticket price includes the meal, wine, tax, tip & a signed copy of the author’s book.

Cooks with Books: Dorie Greenspan - Everyday Dorie (Left Bank Restaurant)

Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 6:30pm

Left Bank Restaurant, Larkspur
Tickets: $120 per person; $185 per couple (includes meal & book)

The New York Times called her a “culinary guru” and from the looks of her latest cookbook, we can see why. In Everyday Dorie, she invites us to savor her family dishes, from Miso-Glazed Salmon to her yummy Lemon Goop. What makes her recipes stand out? She has a small surprise in each recipe that she writes about while teaching home chefs taste and technique. You’ll find practical recipes made with common ingredients easily found at the market or farmer’s markets and any of these can be used for a simple weeknight meal or for dinner with guests. Dorie Greenspan is the five-time James Beard Award-winner for many of her cookbooks and magazine articles. She has collaborated with many celebrated chefs, she has an online weekly baking club, and currently writes for the New York Times’ Sunday Magazine “On Dessert” monthly column.

 

Everyday Dorie: The Way I Cook Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780544826984
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - October 23rd, 2018

Left Bank Restaurant
507 Magnolia Ave.
Larkspur, CA 94939

Cooks with Books: Cara Black - Murder on the Left Bank (Left Bank Restaurant)

Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 6:30pm

Left Bank Restaurant, Larkspur
Tickets: $100 per person; $160 per couple (includes meal & book)

What better way to solve a murder mystery on the Left Bank than to be at the Left Bank? Join us for a fun evening with fellow sleuths and foodies for a French-inspired meal and discussion with Cara Black, author of eighteen books in the New York Times bestselling detective series set in Paris. Murder on the Left Bank is a beautifully crafted page turner that has all of Black’s trademark ingredients including suspenseful plotting, sharp dialogue, and colorful sights and smells of Paris. Readers will visit an ancient royal tapestry factory, art galleries, pungent cafes, and lesser known parts of Paris—all on a pink Vespa.

 

Murder on the Left Bank (Aimee Leduc Investigation #18) Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781616959272
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Soho Crime - June 19th, 2018

A confession fifty years in the making puts everyone's favorite Paris d t ctive tr's chic, Aim e Leduc, on a collision course with the "Hand," a cabal of corrupt Parisian cops among who masterminded her father's murder--and among whose ranks he might have once found membership.


Left Bank Restaurant
507 Magnolia Ave.
Larkspur, CA 94939

Cooks with Books: Georgeanne Brennan - Windows on Provence (Left Bank)

Sunday, May 20, 2018 - 6:30pm

Left Bank Restaurant, Larkspur
Tickets: $120 per person; $175 per couple (includes meal and one book)

*Registration is now closed. *

Famous for its radiant light, vibrant colors, beautiful architecture, flavorful foods, and opulent wines, Provence is one of the most visited destinations of the world. To turn the pages of Windows on Provence: Musings on the Food, Wine, and Culture of the South of France is to be immersed in the magical region.

With each photograph and chapter, the reader is transported to the beaches of Nice under a white umbrella, to the twisting streets of Aix-en-Provence, to the 2,000-year-old ruins of Cimiez, and beyond.

Georgeanne Brennan evocatively renders an insider’s knowledge of Provence’s villages and their ancient customs and traditions. Through rich essays, each examining a unique facet of Provençal culture, she shares her view of the southern region of the country. Brennan’s engaging text, together with alluring photographs, takes the reader on an unforgettable tour, from the sun-drenched Côte d’Azur to the craggy mountains of Haute Provence; to lavender, poppy and wheat fields; through markets full of richly-hued fabrics, antiques and seasonal specialties; to harbors filled with fishermen selling the morning’s catch; over hills covered in vines; and into centuries-old buildings and castle ruins, all brought to life through the author’s eyes.

Included in the bounty are four distinct Provençal recipes as well as indispensable driving tips to help drivers find their way without stress.

This is a book for travelers, for dreamers, for Francophiles, for lovers of Provençal craft and cuisine, and for anyone who wants to be a part of something beautiful and special.

Georgeanne Brennan is the author of the popular food memoir, A Pig in Provence, as well as the culinary classic, Potager. She is also the author of My Culinary Journey:Food and Fetes of Provence. She lives in both France and Northern California.

 

Windows on Provence: Musings on the Food, Wine, and Culture of the South of France Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9780999160206
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Yellow Pear Press - April 10th, 2018

Famous for its radiant light, vibrant colors, beautiful architecture, flavorful foods, and opulent wines, Provence is one of the most visited destinations of the world. To turn the pages of Windows on Provence: Musings on the Food, Wine, and Culture of the South of France is to be immersed in the magical region.


Left Bank Restaurant
507 Magnolia Ave.
Larkspur, CA 94939

Cooks with Books: Gayle Pirie & John Clark - The Foreign Cinema Cookbook

Thursday, June 7, 2018 - 6:30pm

Foreign Cinema Restaurant, San Francisco
Tickets (includes meal and book): $125 per person, $200 per couple

Ticket sales are now closed.

A festive evening unfolds with an intimate book signing, generous pours of carefully sourced wine selections, thirst quenching cocktails, and tapas style dinner served al fresco, under the stars with live felliniesque entertainment throughout the evening.

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Foreign Cinema opened its doors in 1999 in the Mission District of San Francisco, pioneers in transforming the neighborhood into a culinary destination. The dramatic experience of dining in the sweeping courtyard, where films screen nightly, still enchant visitors 18 years later. Now, for the first time, chef-owners Gayle Pirie and John Clark share the best from their distinctive North African, California-Mediterranean menu.

Featuring 125 signature dishes, The Foreign Cinema Cookbook spans Pirie and Clark’s award-winning brunch favorites like Champagne Omelet and Persian Bloody Mary, cocktail hour with Lavender Baked Goat Cheese in Fig Leaves, and dinner fare including a Five-Spice Duck Breast with Cassis Sauce and Madras Curry Fried Chicken with Spiced Honey, alongside instructions for how to blend spice staples like Ras el Hanout. With rich storytelling throughout, Pirie and Clark offer home cooks a chance to take the restaurant into their own kitchen.

Gayle Pirie and John Clark are the chef-owners of Foreign Cinema. In 2010, Pirie was inducted into Les Dames d’Escoffier International. The couple have published two previous books; they live in Berkeley, California, with their two children.

The Foreign Cinema Cookbook: Recipes and Stories Under the Stars Cover Image
By Gayle Pirie, John Clark, Alice Waters (Foreword by)
$40.00
ISBN: 9781419729041
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Published: ABRAMS - May 15th, 2018

Foreign Cinema opened its doors in 1999 in the Mission District of San Francisco, pioneers in transforming the neighborhood into a culinary destination. The dramatic experience of dining in the sweeping atrium, where films screen nightly, still enchant visitors 18 years later.


Foreign Cinema
2534 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA 94110

Cooks with Books: Nigella Lawson - At My Table (Left Bank)

Sunday, April 22, 2018 - 6:30pm

Left Bank, Larkspur
Tickets: $125 per person, $190 per couple (includes meal & book)

*Registration is now closed. Please call (415) 927-0960 x1 for waitlist.* 

Internationally bestselling author Nigella Lawson celebrates the home cook in At My Table. Engaging with fans like never before, she invites you into her home kitchen & steps into yours as well.

At My Table includes dishes to inspire all cooks and eaters, from Hake with Bacon, Peas, and Cider to Indian-Spiced Chicken and Potato Traybake and Chili Mint Lamb Cutlets, plus a host of colorful vegetable dishes, like Eastern Mediterranean Chopped Salad and Carrots and Fennel with Harissa.

No Nigella cookbook would be complete without sweet treats, and At My Table is no exception, with Emergency Brownies, White Chocolate Cheesecake, and a Victoria Sponge with Cardamom, Marmalade, and Crème Fraiche set to become family favorites.

As Nigella writes, "happiness is best shared," and the food in this book will be served and savored at your own kitchen table just as it is at hers.

Nigella Lawson has written nine bestselling cookbooks, including the classics How to Eat and How to Be a Domestic Goddess. These books and her television series have made her a household name around the world. She was a mentor on ABC's The Taste, and her books have sold more than eight million copies.

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

At My Table: A Celebration of Home Cooking Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781250154286
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Flatiron Books - April 10th, 2018

Nigella Lawson, the international bestselling author of such classic cookbooks as How to Be a Domestic Goddess and Simply Nigella: Feel Good Food, shares recipes of the meals that she loves to cook for friends and family.


Left Bank
507 Magnolia Avenue
Larkspur, CA 94939

Cooks with Books: Lidia Matticchio Bastianich - My American Dream (Insalata's)

Sunday, April 15, 2018 - 6:00pm

Insalata's, San Anselmo
Tickets: $125 per person, $190 per couple (includes meal & book)

Please Note: this event is sold out. To inquire about waitlist availability, please contact mfriedman@bookpassage.com.

From Lidia Matticchio Bastianich, the bestselling cookbook author, beloved and award-winning television personality, and hugely successful restaurateur comes My American Dream, a heartwarming, emotional, revelatory memoir told with all her hallmark warmth and gusto.

Lidia's story begins with her upbringing in Pula, a formerly Italian city turned Yugoslavian under Tito's communist regime. She enjoys a childhood surrounded by love and security -- despite the family's poverty -- learning everything about Italian cooking from her beloved grandmother, Nonna Rosa. When the communist regime begins investigating the family, they flee to Trieste, Italy, where they spend two years in a refugee camp waiting for visas to enter the United States -- an experience that will shape Lidia for the rest of her life. At age 12, Lidia starts a new life in New York. She soon begins working in restaurants as a young teenager, the first step toward the creation of her own American dream. And she tells in great, vivid detail the fulfillment of that dream: her close-knit family, her dedication and endless passion for food that ultimately leads to multiple restaurants, many cookbooks, and twenty years on public television as the host of her own cooking show. An absolute must-have for the millions of Lidia fans.

Lidia Matticchio Bastianich is the author of thirteen cookbooks and the Emmy award-winning host of public television's Lidia's Kitchen, which also airs internationally. She is also a judge on MasterChef Junior Italy and Italy's highly rated daily program, La Prova del Cuoco. Lidia owns Felidia, Becco, several other restaurants, and is a partner in the acclaimed Eataly. She lives on Long Island, New York.

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

My American Dream: A Life of Love, Family, and Food Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9781524731618
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Knopf Publishing Group - April 3rd, 2018

From the best-selling cookbook author, beloved and award-winning television personality, and hugely successful restaurateur--a heartwarming, emotional, revelatory memoir told with all her hallmark warmth and gusto.


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

CANCELLED: Cooks with Books: Philip Tessier & Roland Passot - Chasing Bocuse (La Folie)

Sunday, March 18, 2018 - 6:30pm

PLEASE NOTE: This event has been cancelled. To be notified of a potential rescheduled date, please contact mfriedman@bookpassage.com.

La Folie, San Francisco

In Chasing Bocuse, the dramatic story of the American team's journey from obscurity to the silver-medal and ultimately the gold-medal win at the world's most renowned cooking competition, the Bocuse d'Or, is told in riveting narrative, breathtaking photographs, and expert recipes from every stage of the process. In 2015 in Lyon, France, Team USA medaled for the first time ever at the Bocuse d'Or--often called the "Olympics of the cooking world"-- taking silver. Two years later, Team USA won the competition and took home the gold. The coach and mentors of the 2015 team consisted of chefs who have become household names: Gavin Kaysen, Thomas Keller, and Daniel Boulud, with French Laundry executive sous chef Philip Tessier and his assistant Skylar Stover as the primary competitors.

Now Tessier, who went on to coach the winning 2017 team, and his teammates offer readers a seat at the table of this exciting culinary event, founded by and named for famed chef Paul Bocuse, in a book brimming with personal anecdotes, vibrant pictures, and a course-by-course offering of recipes for the home chef from the competitions. As Tessier describes the journey to the competition -- first as competitor, then as coach -- including the chaos, pressure, and the glorious result, readers will feel every heated moment. With a collection of recipes for meals served at every stage, readers will be able to taste those moments as well. Rarely has food writing been so exciting--or so rewarding. Combining a great story with recipes crafted by America's culinary giants, this beautiful celebration of a historic victory will make every reader feel and cook like a champion.

Philip Tessier is the first American chef to ever place on the podium at the prestigious Bocuse d'Or culinary competition in Lyon, France, taking silver in 2015 competition. Chef Tessier continued on to coach the 2017 U.S. team, guiding them to victory as they won gold for the first time in the 30 year competition. He was previously executive sous chef at Thomas Keller's three Michelin star The French Laundry in Napa Valley, CA, and chef de cuisine at Bouchon in Yountville, CA. He was part of the opening team of Per Se and was a sous chef at Le Bernardin, both three Michelin star restaurants based in New York City.

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

Chasing Bocuse: America's Journey to the Culinary World Stage Cover Image
By Philip Tessier, Daniel Boulud (Contribution by), Thomas Keller (Contribution by)
$49.95
ISBN: 9783791383699
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Prestel Publishing - October 24th, 2017

All proceeds from the book are donated to ment'or, the non profit Foundation that supports Team USA for the Bocuse d'Or


La Folie
2316 Polk Street
San Francisco, CA 94109

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

Friday, November 10, 2017 - 4:30pm

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

Please note: this event is now sold out. Call (415) 927-0960 ext. 1 for waitlist inquiries.

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: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
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.


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

CANCELLED: Daniel Patterson and Mandy Aftel - The Art of Flavor (San Francisco)

Saturday, December 9, 2017 - 12:30pm

Tickets: $120 per person (includes meal & book)
Alta, San Francisco

Please note: this event has been cancelled.

Two masters of composition - a chef and a perfumer - present a revolutionary new approach to creating delicious food.

Michelin three-star chef Daniel Patterson and celebrated natural perfumer Mandy Aftel are experts at orchestrating ingredients. Yet in a world awash in cooking shows and food blogs, they noticed, home cooks get little guidance in the art of flavor. In this trailblazing guide, they share the secrets to making the most of your ingredients via an indispensable set of tools and principles:

  • The Four Rules for creating flavor
  • A Flavor Compass that points the way to transformative combinations
  • "Locking," "burying," and other aspects of cooking alchemy
  • The flavor-heightening effects of cooking methods
  • The Seven Dials that let you fine-tune a dish

With more than eighty recipes that demonstrate each concept and put it into practice, The Art of Flavor is food for the imagination that will help cooks at any level to become flavor virtuosos.

Daniel Patterson founded San Francisco's Michelin three-star Coi and several other Bay Area restaurants; most recently, he cofounded the acclaimed "revolutionary fast food" venture LocoL. His awards include Food & Wine's Best New Chef and a James Beard Award for Best Chef in the West. Patterson is the author of two previous books, and his essays have appeared in The New York Times, Food & Wine, Financial Times, San Francisco Magazine, and Lucky Peach.

Mandy Aftel is an internationally known artisan perfumer and award-winning author, most recently of Fragrant: The Secret Life of Scent. She has participated in many exhibitions, panels, and conferences on scent and food, and regularly collaborates with chefs and mixologists. She and her work have been featured in The New York Times, Vogue, Vanity Fair, Gourmet, Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, O, The Oprah Magazine, and Elle, on CNN, and in countless blogs. Aftel lives in Berkeley, California.

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

 

The Art of Flavor: Practices and Principles for Creating Delicious Food Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781594634307
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Riverhead Books - August 1st, 2017

As seen in Food52, Los Angeles Times, and Bloomberg


Alta
1420 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

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: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Artisan Publishers - October 3rd, 2017

Named a Best Cookbook to Give and Get by Food & Wine, Martha Stewart Living, the Boston Globe, the Chicago Tribune, the Houston Chronicle, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, and Eater


Left Bank Restaurant
507 Magnolia Ave.
Larkspur, CA 94939

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