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: Eric Ripert - 32 Yolks

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 - 6:30pm

Left Bank Restaurant in Larkspur • Single $120; Couple $190 (one book)

Online ticket sales have closed. To inquire about waitlist availability, please call (415) 927-0960 ext. 1.

For readers of Jacques Pepin's The Apprentice and Marcus Samuelsson's Yes, Chef, here is 32 Yolks: From My Mother's Table to Working the Line, the coming-of-age story of a true French chef and international culinary icon. Before he earned three Michelin stars at Le Bernardin, won the James Beard Foundation Award for Outstanding Chef, or became a regular guest judge on Bravo's "Top Chef," and even before he knew how to make a proper omelet, Eric Ripert was a young boy in the South of France who felt that his world had come to an end. The only place Eric felt at home was in the kitchen. His desire to not only cook, but to become the best would lead him into some of the most celebrated and demanding restaurants in Paris, serving under such legendary chefs as Joel Robuchon and Dominique Bouchet, and trying to survive the brutal, exacting environment of their kitchens.

Eric Ripert is the co-author of the recently published On the Line: Inside the world of Le Bernardin, and chef and part-owner of Le Bernardin, awarded four stars by The New York Times, three stars by the Michelin Guide, and rated best restaurant in New York by Zagat. He is a frequent guest on such national shows as Bravo's "Top Chef," "Today," "Charlie Rose," "Martha," and Anthony Bourdain's "No Reservations." He has opened two new restaurants, 10 Arts in the Philadelphia Ritz-Carlton and Westend Bistro in Washington, D.C. You can watch Eric Ripert in action on his forthcoming television show "Avec Eric" and on his Web site, www.aveceric.com.

 

32 Yolks: From My Mother's Table to Working the Line Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780812992984
Availability: Special Order
Published: Random House - May 17th, 2016

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - Hailed by Anthony Bourdain as "heartbreaking, horrifying, poignant, and inspiring," 32 Yolks is the brave and affecting coming-of-age story about the making of a French chef, from the culinary icon behind the renowned New York City restaurant Le Bernardin.

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR


Left Bank Restaurant
507 Magnolia Ave.
Larkspur, CA 94939

Dining with Writers: Joyce Goldstein - The New Mediterranean Jewish Table (Spinster Sisters)

Wednesday, June 1, 2016 - 6:30pm

Spinster Sisters Restaurant in Santa Rosa• Single $100; Couple $165 (one book) 

This event is now sold out. Please call Spinster Sisters Restaurant for potential availability. Spinster Sisters Restaturant phone number is: 707-528-7100

For thousands of years, the people of the Jewish Diaspora have carried their culinary traditions and kosher laws throughout the world. In the United States, this has resulted primarily in an Ashkenazi table of matzo ball soup and knishes, brisket and gefilte fish. But Joyce Goldstein is now expanding that menu with this comprehensive collection of over four hundred recipes from the kitchens of three Mediterranean Jewish cultures: the Sephardic, the Maghrebi, and the Mizrahi.

The New Mediterranean Jewish Table is an authoritative guide to Jewish home cooking from North Africa, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Spain, Portugal, and the Middle East. It is a treasury filled with vibrant, seasonal recipes—both classic and updated—that embrace fresh fruits and vegetables; grains and legumes; small portions of meat, poultry, and fish; and a healthy mix of herbs and spices. It is also the story of how Jewish cooks successfully brought the local ingredients, techniques, and traditions of their new homelands into their kitchens. With this varied and appealing selection of Mediterranean Jewish recipes, Joyce Goldstein promises to inspire new generations of Jewish and non-Jewish home cooks alike with dishes for everyday meals and holiday celebrations.

Joyce Goldstein was chef and owner of the groundbreaking Mediterranean restaurant Square One in San Francisco. Prior to opening Square One, she was chef at the Chez Panisse Café and visiting executive chef at the Wine Spectator Restaurant at the Culinary Institute of America in Napa. Today she is a cooking teacher, consultant to the restaurant and food industries, and prolific cookbook author.

The New Mediterranean Jewish Table: Old World Recipes for the Modern Home Cover Image
$39.95
ISBN: 9780520284999
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: University of California Press - April 12th, 2016

For thousands of years, the people of the Jewish Diaspora have carried their culinary traditions and kosher laws throughout the world. In the United States, this has resulted primarily in an Ashkenazi table of matzo ball soup and knishes, brisket and gefilte fish.


Spinster Sisters
401 South A Street
Santa Rosa, CA 95401

Dining with Writers: Pati Jinich - Mexican Today

Sunday, April 17, 2016 - 6:30pm

Please note: this event has been cancelled.

Spinster Sisters Restraurant, Santa Rosa
 

On her PBS TV series, now in its fifth season, as well as in frequent appearances on shows like "The Chew," Pati Jinich, a busy mother of three, has shown a flair for making Mexican cooking irresistibly accessible. In Mexican Today, she shares easy, generous dishes, both traditional ones and her own new spins. Some are regional recipes she has recovered from the past and updated, like Miners Enchiladas with fresh vegetables and cheese or Drunken Rice with Chicken and Chorizo, a specialty of the Yucatan. Sweaty Tacos with ripe tomatoes and cheese are so convenient they re sold on Mexican streets by bicyclists. Her grandmother's Cornflake Cookies feel just as contemporary now as they did then.Pati has Mexed up other recipes in such family favorites as Mexican Pizza with Grilled Skirt Steak and Onions. Still other dishes show the evolution of Mexican food north and south of the border, including Mexican Dreamboat Hotdogs and Cal-Mex Fish Tacos with Creamy Slaw. This food will draw everyone together a family at the end of a working day, a book club, or a neighborhood potluck. Throughout, Pati is an infectious cheerleader, sharing stores of the food, people, and places behind the recipes.

Pati Jinich is the host of the popular PBS show Pati's Mexican Table and the official chef of the Mexican Cultural Institute. She has appeared on the Food Network, Fox News, NPR, and The Splendid Table, and appears regularly on NBC's Today Show, ABC's The Chew, and CBS's The Talk. She hosts live programs for the Smithsonian Institution and has cooked at the Blair House, the official guest house for the President of the United States.

 

Mexican Today: New and Rediscovered Recipes for Contemporary Kitchens Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780544557246
Availability: Backordered
Published: Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - April 12th, 2016

Intriguing recipes for everyday meals from the host of the PBS series Pati’s Mexican Table


On her PBS TV series, now in its fifth season, as well as in frequent appearances on shows like The Chew, Pati Jinich, a busy mother of three, has shown a flair for making Mexican cooking irresistibly accessible.


Spinster Sisters
401 South A Street
Santa Rosa, CA 95401

Cooks with Books: Sara Moulton - Home Cooking 101 (Left Bank Restaurant)

Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 6:30pm

Left Bank Restaurant in Larkspur • Single $125; Couple $190 (one book)

In Sara Moulton's Home Cooking 101, Sara helps answer that eternal question, "What's for dinner?" This must-have resource combines 150-plus all-new recipes with time-tested methods that elevate meals from everyday to extraordinary.

Sara guides readers every step of the way, from including detailed instructions in every recipe to ensure the dish comes out perfectly every time to tips about selecting ingredients and balancing flavors . Bright color photographs and straightforward techniques show how easy it is to build flavors in a pan for a one-dish dinner, bake seafood in parchment for a quick healthy meal, and turn fresh seasonal produce into scene-stealing side dishes.

Readers will find recipes to please every palate, including a whole chapter of vegetarian and vegan options. Enjoy fresh-tasting classics such as Sautéed Lemon Chicken with Fried Capers, Steak with Pickled Salsa Verde, and No-Knead Walnut Rosemary Bread, along with inspired new dishes such as Smashed Crispy Jerusalem Artichokes and Seared Scallop Salad with Spicy Watermelon Vinaigrette. Home Cooking 101 also features contributions from some of Sara's favorite fellow chefs, including Rick Bayless, Amanda Cohen, Hiroko Shimbo, Jacques Torres, Marc Vetri, and Grace Young.

Sara's signature mix of energy and warmth makes this invaluable resource a joy to cook from, proving that even a quick weeknight meal can be fun and easy.

Sara Moulton kicked off her fourth season as host of public television's Sara's Weeknight Meals in June of 2014, marking the latest milestone in a storied career that stretches back more than 30 years. As a protégée of Julia Child, founder of the New York Women's Culinary Alliance, executive chef of Gourmet magazine, Food Editor of ABC-TV's "Good Morning America," and the host of several popular shows on the Food Network during that channel's first decade, the diminutive chef has made her mark over and over again. A teacher at heart, Sara's mission has remained the same for decades: to help the home cook get dinner on the table. She is the author of several cookbooks including Sara Moulton Cooks at Home (2002), Sara's Secrets for Weeknight Meals (2005) and Sara Moulton's Everyday Family Dinners (2010). 

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

Sara Moulton's Home Cooking 101: How to Make Everything Taste Better Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780848744410
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Oxmoor House - March 8th, 2016

The ultimate everyday cookbook you'll turn to again and again. Like her mentor Julia Child, Sara Moulton believes that with the right guidance anyone can become a good cook. After all, great home cooking is in the details. Having the proper tools, understanding temperature and cooking time, and knowing how to balance flavors are simple skills that elevate everyday meals.


Left Bank Restaurant
507 Magnolia Ave.
Larkspur, CA 94939

POSTPONED: Cooks with Books: Marie Simmons - Whole World Vegetarian (Greens Restaurant)

Friday, May 20, 2016 - 12:00pm

Please note: this event has been POSTPONED due to unforseen circumstances. 
All customers with tickets will be contacted. Please email mwhitehead@bookpassage.com to be contacted about our rescheduled date. We apologize for any inconvenience. 

Greens Restaurant in San Francisco • Single $115; Couple $175 (one book)

The best of our vegetarian recipes have always drawn inspiration from other cultures. In Whole World Vegetarian, Marie Simmons follows her culinary wanderlust, bringing together a collection of bold, imaginative dishes and seamlessly adapting them to contemporary tables. Cooks can expect a wealth of sumptuous options: rice- and corn-stuffed poblano chiles; Greek-style mac-and-cheese with summer squash; Indonesian vegetable salad with peanut dressing. Even the homiest dishes deliver rich rewards, like South American pumpkin–black bean stew with prunes. All have fresh twists: In a zucchini lasagna, squash replaces pasta, and a cold beet soup is replete with chopped fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, and apples. A Persian herb omelet gets an unexpected lift with baking powder. From a quick and little-known dip of Iranian yogurt, spinach, and caramelized onions garnished with toasted walnuts to shakshuka, a spicy Tunisian ratatouille crowned with poached eggs and fresh herbs, all become accessible and inviting under Simmons’ guidance.

The winner of a Julia Child Award and two James Beard Awards, Simmons is a cooking teacher and the author of more than a dozen cookbooks, including Sur La Table's Things Cooks Love, Fresh & Fast, The Good Egg, and 365 Ways to Cook Pasta. She was a columnist for Bon Appétit for eighteen years.

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

Whole World Vegetarian Cover Image
$23.00
ISBN: 9780544018457
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - May 10th, 2016

Big-flavored vegetarian dishes from around the globe, from the James Beard Award– and IACP Award–winning author Marie Simmons

The best of our vegetarian recipes have always drawn inspiration from other cultures.


Greens
A, Fort Mason, 2 Marina Blvd.
San Francisco, CA 94115

Cooks with Books: Floyd Cardoz - Flavorwalla (Insalata's Restaurant)

Thursday, April 21, 2016 - 6:30pm

Insalata's Restaurant in San Anselmo • Single $120; Couple $185 (one book)

Please note: online reservations are now closed. To inquire about availability, please call (415) 927-0960 x239.

At his many successful restaurants, including New York City’s famed Tabla, Floyd Cardoz built a name for himself by bringing extraordinary flavors to everyday foods and using spice to turn a dish into something distinct and memorable. In Floyd Cardoz: Flavorwalla, readers will learn how Cardoz amplifies the flavors in more than 100 recipes. The simple addition of mustard seed and lemon makes grilled asparagus a revelation; slow-cooking salmon with fennel and coriander takes it to another level. But this husband and dad has the same challenges we do when cooking for our families, for guests, and for special occasions. Here he presents the recipes he cooks at home, where even the humblest of ingredients—such as eggs, steak, and vegetables—benefit from his nuanced use of spice and simple yet impeccable techniques, making this book an indispensable resource for getting weeknight dinners on the table or for cooking a holiday meal. The standout recipes include Grilled Lamb Shanks with Salsa Verde; Shrimp with Spicy Tomato Sauce; Coconut Basmati Pilaf; Roasted Cauliflower with Candied Ginger, Pine Nuts, and Raisins; and Cardoz’s Tamarind Margaritas, of course.

Floyd Cardoz is the celebrated New York City chef of Tabla, North End Grill, and his newest restaurant, Paowalla. Cardoz attended culinary school and began his career in his native Bombay, India, where he recently opened the Bombay Canteen, his first restaurant in his home country. The four-time James Beard Award nominee won Season 3 of Bravo's Top Chef Masters and created the food for the feature film "The Hundred-Foot Journey." He lives with his wife and two sons in northern New Jersey.

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

Floyd Cardoz: Flavorwalla: Big Flavor. Bold Spices. A New Way to Cook the Foods You Love. Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781579656218
Availability: Backordered
Published: Artisan - April 5th, 2016

From the Winner of Top Chef Masters

“A fun, fresh, and inspiring collection that deserves room on any self-respecting home cook’s bookshelf.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review


At his many successful restaurants, including New York City’s famed Tabla, Floyd Cardoz built a name for himself by bringing extraordinar


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

Cooks with Books: Greg Denton & Gabrielle Quinonez Denton - Around the Fire (A16 Restaurant)

Sunday, April 3, 2016 - 12:00pm

A16 Restaurant in San Francisco • Single $115; Couple $180 (one book)

Congratulations to Greg and Gabrielle Denton, James Beard 2016 Best Chef Northwest nominees!!

Please note: online registration is now closed. To inquire about ticket availability, please call Karen West at (415) 518-0338.  

One hundred innovative and exciting recipes for the backyard griller—inspired by the live-fire and asador cooking traditions of Latin America and the authors’ popular restaurant, Ox, in Portland, Oregon.

Food & Wine rising star chefs Greg Denton and Gabrielle Quiñónez Denton have earned rave reviews and legions of fans for the wonderfully creative, edgy, and surprisingly vegetarian-friendly wood-fired cooking at their acclaimed restaurant, Ox. Around the Fire translates their Argentine-by-way-of-Portland cooking into simple, flavorful, accessible recipes for the home cook. Grilling recipes are adapted for Weber grills and conventional barbecues, and feature unexpected, unfamiliar cuts of meat such as lamb shoulder, halibut tails, and bone-in fish steaks. An extensive section on grilled vegetable preparations—such as Grilled Artichoke with Espelette Mayo—will take summer barbecues to the next level, and chapters on starters, sides, and desserts are designed to perfectly accompany the grilled main dishes. The food is influenced by Argentine traditions but also showcases fresh, seasonal produce, and recipes for salads, ceviches, cocktails, and other grill accompaniments make this much more than a meat book.

Greg Denton and Gabrielle Quinonez Denton are the chefs and owners of Ox Restaurant in Portland, Oregon. 

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

Around the Fire: Recipes for Inspired Grilling and Seasonal Feasting from Ox Restaurant Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781607747529
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Ten Speed Press - March 29th, 2016

One hundred innovative and exciting recipes for the backyard griller--inspired by the live-fire and asador cooking traditions of Latin America and the authors' popular restaurant, Ox, in Portland, Oregon.


A-16
2355 Chestnut St.
San Francisco, CA 94115

Cooks with Books: Nigella Lawson - Simply Nigella

Wednesday, November 18, 2015 - 6:30pm

Please note: online sales are now closed. Please call (415) 927-0960 x 1 to inquire about ticket availability.

Left Bank Brasserie in Larkspur
Tickets: $125
Price includes meal, wine, tax, tip, and signed copy of the book

Internationally bestselling author Nigella Lawson's Simply Nigella is an inspirational and practical cookbook about cooking food that makes our lives easier, the sort of cooking that can be incorporated into our daily lives and celebrated without any stress. This is food that will make everyone feel better, both in body and mind. In this cookbook there are everyday recipes that are lighter and easy to prepare and cook, but also indulgent dishes for special occasions-the message is simple: balance is all! Containing 150 recipes for nourishing oneself, friends, and family, including breakfasts and brunches; fast, easy, and light suppers; a feasting chapter for entertaining a group; and a section dedicated to "Bowlfoods," to be eaten in comfort with a fork or spoon. There is also a wide array of sweet treats-including fabulous dairy-free and gluten-free recipes.

Nigella Lawson is an internationally-renowned chef, journalist, and cooking show host. Her many books of cooking and food writing, for which she has won several awards, include How to Be a Domestic Goddess, How to Eat, Nigella Bites, Nigella Express, Feast, Nigella Fresh, Nigella Christmas, and Nigella Kitchen. Her television cookery shows include "Nigella Bites", "Nigella Express", "Forever Summer, Nigella's Kitchen", and more. Her TV shows have been seen worldwide, on BBC and Channel 4 in the UK, and on the Food Network and the Cooking Channel in the US. In 2003, Nigella launched Nigella Lawson's Living Kitchen, a range of kitchen items designed in collaboration with Sebastian Conran, to widespread acclaim in the US. She lives in London.

Simply Nigella: Feel Good Food Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781250073754
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Flatiron Books - November 3rd, 2015

"Part of the balance of life lies in understanding that different days require different ways of eating . . ."

Whatever the occasion, food-in the making and the eating-should always be pleasurable. Simply Nigella taps into the rhythms of our cooking lives with recipes that are uncomplicated and relaxed yet always satisfying.


Left Bank Brasserie
507 Magnolia Ave
Larkspur, CA 94939

Cooks with Books: Yotam Ottolenghi & Ramael Scully - NOPI: The Cookbook

Wednesday, October 28, 2015 - 12:00pm

Please note: this event is now sold out. To inquire about waitlist availability, please call (415) 927-0960 x1

Insalata's in San Anselmo
Tickets: $115
Price includes meal, wine, tax, tip, and signed copy of the book

Yotam Ottolenghi is beloved in the food world for his beautiful, inspirational cookbooks, as well as his Ottolenghi delis and his fine-dining restaurant, Nopi. In NOPI: The Cookbook, head chef Ramael Scully's Asian-inspired pantry meets Ottolenghi's Middle Eastern influences and brings the restaurant's favorite dishes within reach of the home cook.

Yotam Ottolenghi is the author of Plenty, Plenty More, 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 four books were New York Times bestsellers. He lives in London, where he owns an eponymous group of restaurants and a high-end restaurant, Nopi. 

Ramael Scully was born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and started his culinary career at the age of 17 in Sydney, Australia. Now head chef at Nopi, Scully first worked under Yotam Ottolenghi in 2004 at Ottolenghi.

 


 

NOPI: The Cookbook Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9781607746232
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Ten Speed Press - October 20th, 2015

A cookbook from acclaimed London restaurant Nopi, by powerhouse author Yotam Ottolenghi and Nopi head chef Ramael Scully.

Pandan leaves meet pomegranate seeds, star anise meets sumac, and miso meets molasses in this collection of 120 new recipes from Yotam Ottolenghi's restaurant.


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

Cooks with Books: Emeril Lagasse - Essential Emeril

Friday, October 9, 2015 - 12:00pm

Sold Out! Please call (415) 927-0960 x 1 for waitlist availability.

Tickets: $125 per person
Price includes meal, wine, tax, tip, and a signed copy of the book

One of the original Food Network stars, Emeril Lagasse has hosted numerous television shows, opened 13 restaurants, and become one of the most beloved personalities in the industry today, inspiring millions of fans with his great passion for food. In Essential Emeril: Favorite Recipes and Hard-Won Wisdom from My Life in the Kitchen, the iconic chef goes back to basics, presenting more than 130 recipes that defined his award-winning career, each tested and perfected for today's home cook. Emeril is at the reader's elbow throughout, offering valuable tips and step-by-step photo tutorials to ensure flawless results. Fans will delight in Emeril's anecdotes revealing the inspiration behind each recipe, with appearances from A-list names , Mario Batali, Roy Choi, and Nobu Matsuhira, to family members and early influences such as Julia Child and Charlie Trotter. Gorgeously photographed and imbued with his signature warmth, this book is Emeril's most personal cookbook yet, offering an intimate portrait of a chef at the top of his game.

Emeril Lagasse is a chef, restaurateur, and the author of eighteen bestselling cookbooks, including Emeril's Kicked-Up Sandwiches and Sizzling Skillets and Other One Pot Wonders. He is the proprietor of thirteen award-winning restaurants across the country and is the host of The Originals with Emeril and Emeril's Florida, both airing on the Cooking Channel. He has been the food correspondent for ABC's Good Morning America for fourteen years. In 2002, Emeril established the Emeril Lagasse Foundation to support children's educational programs that inspire and mentor young people through the culinary arts and promote nutrition and healthy eating.

Essential Emeril: Favorite Recipes and Hard-Won Wisdom from My Life in the Kitchen Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9780848744786
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Oxmoor House - October 6th, 2015

-Thinking back on all of the wonderful people I have learned from and the dishes I have made over the years, I knew that I had to get them all down in one place. This book is it.-- Emeril Lagasse


Left Bank Brasserie
507 Magnolia Ave
Larkspur, CA 94939

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