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: Michael Chiarello Hosts Dana Cowin - Mastering My Mistakes in the Kitchen

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 6:30pm

Bottega Restaurant, Yountville • Ticket: $140 (includes book)
Wine for the meal provided by Trione Winery

This event is now SOLD OUT. For wait list availability, please call (415) 927-0960 ext. 1.

For years, Dana Cowin, the longtime editor-in-chief of Food & Wine magazine kept a dark secret: from meat to vegetables, broiling to baking, breakfast to dinner, she ruined literally every kind of dish she attempted. Now, in Mastering My Mistakes in the Kitchen: Learning to Cook with 65 Great Chefs and Over 100 Delicious Recipes, the vaunted “first lady of food” finally comes clean about her many meal mishaps. With the help of friends—all-star chefs, including Mario Batali, Alex Guarnaschelli, and Tom Colicchio, among many others—Cowin takes on over 100 recipes dear to her heart. Ideal dishes for the home cook, each recipe has a high “yum” factor, a few key ingredients, and a simple trick that makes them special. With every dish, she attains a critical new skill, learning invaluable lessons along the way from the hero chefs who help her discover exactly where she goes wrong. Hilarious and heartwarming, encouraging and instructional, this book will inspire anyone who loves a good meal but fears its preparation. Featuring gorgeous full color photography, it is an intimate, hands-on cooking guide from a fellow foodie and amateur home chef, designed to help even the biggest kitchen phobics overcome their reluctance, with delicious results.

Dana Cowin, Food & Wine’s Editor-in-Chief since 1995, has been covering the world of food, wine, style, and design for over 30 years. In 2012, she was an inductee into the James Beard Foundation’s Who’s Who in Food & Beverage in America.

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

Mastering My Mistakes in the Kitchen: Learning to Cook with 65 Great Chefs and Over 100 Delicious Recipes Cover Image
$34.99
ISBN: 9780062305909
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Published: Ecco - October 14th, 2014

An uproarious, inspiring cookbook from the longtime editor-in-chief of Food & Wine magazine, in which the first lady of food spills the secret of her culinary ineptitude, while learning—finally—to cook, side-by-side with some of the greatest chefs working today, from David Chang to Alice Waters to Thomas Keller.


Cooks with Books: Gabrielle Hamilton - Prune

Sunday, November 9, 2014 - 6:30pm

Limited Seats! Please call 415-927-0960 ext. 1 to check for availability.  

Left Bank in Larkspur • Single $125; Couple $185 (one book)

 

At 12, Gabrielle Hamilton started working as a dishwasher and from there went on to college, cook, cater, until she opened up New York's beloved Lower East Side restaurant Prune in 1999. Hamilton has become one of America's most recognized chefs and her bestselling memoir, Blood, Bones and Butter, captured readers' hearts. The Prune recipe book offers 250 favorite recipes written from a unique cook-to-cook perspective. Her straight forward, down home cooking style garnered not only neighborhood loyalty but nods from food critics, gourmands and fellow chefs alike. Hamilton has won the James Beard Foundation Award for Best Chef NYC, and writes regularly for Bon Appetit, GQ, The New Yorker, Saveur, and many other publications.

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

 

 

Prune Cover Image
$45.00
ISBN: 9780812994094
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Published: Random House - November 4th, 2014

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

From Gabrielle Hamilton, bestselling author of Blood, Bones & Butter, comes her eagerly anticipated cookbook debut filled with signature recipes from her celebrated New York City restaurant Prune.
 
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY PUBLISHERS WEEKLY


CANCELLED: Cooks with Books: Tanya Holland - Brown Sugar Kitchen

Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 12:30pm

 Please note: This Event is Cancelled. Please contact the Events department with any questions at 415-927-0960 

Left Bank in Larkspur • Single $105; Couple $165 (one book)

 

 

Alice Waters describes Tanya Holland’s food as “...robust, soulful recipes that use seasonal and local ingredients. This book is a wonderful reflection of the spirit she has fostered at Brown Sugar Kitchen in West Oakland.” If you haven’t yet been to eat at Brown Sugar Kitchen, executive chef and owner Tanya Holland has created a delicious outpost of soul food and a common gathering spot for locals at her popular restaurant. Brown Sugar Kitchen features recipes for 80 restaurant favorites including her famous chicken and waffles dish as well as sides, salads, and desserts like Caramel Layer Cake with Brown Butter Caramel Frosting. The foreword is by Michael Chabon, Pulitzer Prize winning novelist and a regular at her restaurant.

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

 

Brown Sugar Kitchen: New-Style, Down-Home Recipes from Sweet West Oakland Cover Image
By Tanya Holland, Jan Newberry (With), Jody Horton (Photographer)
$29.95
ISBN: 9781452122342
Availability: Backordered
Published: Chronicle Books - September 9th, 2014

Brown Sugar Kitchen is more than a restaurant. This soul-food outpost is a community gathering spot, a place to fill the belly, and the beating heart of West Oakland, a storied postindustrial neighborhood across the bay from San Francisco.


Cooks with Books: Dorie Greenspan - Baking Chez Moi

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 6:30pm
Left Bank, Larkspur • Single $115; Couple $180 (one book)
 
Tickets for this event are Sold Out, please call (415) 927-0960 ext. 239 for wait list availibility.
 
In Baking Chez Moi, Dorie Greenspan focuses on pastries that are inspired by French tradition and by her travels around the country. The recipes include cakes (most simple, she claims), petit pastries, tarts and galettes, cookies, fruit desserts, creams, custards, puddings, and chocolate. She is the award winning author of Around my French Table.
 
The ticket includes the meal, wine, tax, tip, and a signed copy of the book. 
 
 
 
 
Baking Chez Moi: Recipes from My Paris Home to Your Home Anywhere Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9780547724249
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - October 28th, 2014

A “culinary guru” and author of the award-winning Around My French Table and Baking: From My Home to Yours returns with an exciting collection of simple desserts from French home cooks and chefs

With her groundbreaking bestseller Around My French Table, Dorie Greenspan changed the way we view French food.


Cooks with Books: Bryant Terry - Afro-Vegan

Friday, September 26, 2014 - 12:00pm
Greens Restaurant, San Francisco • Single $115; Couple $175 (one book)
 
Online registration is now closed. To inquire about waitlist availability, please call (415) 9270960 ext. 1.
 
Rising star and chef-activist, Bryant Terry draws from African, Caribbean, and Southern food to create 100 enticing vegan dishes. They include Jamaican Patties Stuffed With Maque Choux, Bereberre-Spiced Black-Eyed Pea Sliders, and Cornmeal Dumplings. He explores popular African ingredients and traces their history, offering a cultural context. Terry is also the author of The Inspired Vegan, Vegan Soul Kitchen, and Grub.
 
The ticket includes the meal, wine, tax, tip, and a signed copy of the book. 
 
 
 
 
Afro-Vegan: Farm-Fresh African, Caribbean, and Southern Flavors Remixed Cover Image
$27.50
ISBN: 9781607745310
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Published: Ten Speed Press - April 8th, 2014

In Afro-Vegan, renowned chef and food justice activist Bryant Terry reworks and remixes the favorite staples, ingredients, and classic dishes of the African Diaspora to present more than 100 wholly new, creative culinary combinations that will amaze vegans, vegetarians, and omnivores alike. 


Cooks with Books: Mark & Talia Kurlansky - International Night

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 6:30pm
Left Bank, Larkspur • Single $110; Couple $175 (one book) 
 
Please note: online registration for this event has closed.
 
Once a week Mark Kurlansky and his daughter spun the globe, and where her finger landed set the stage for that week’s family dinner. This tradition morphed into a cookbook of 52 meals, including appetizers, main and side dishes, and a dessert— 250 recipes in all. The book is full of stories and insights from his travels all over the world. Kurlansky’s many books include World Without Fish and Salt: A World History.
 
International Night: A Father and Daughter Cook Their Way Around the World *Including More than 250 Recipes* Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9781620400272
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - August 19th, 2014

From celebrated food writer Mark Kurlansky, a savory trip across the globe for parents and kids, with delicious and accessible recipes and tidbits both cultural and historical.


Cooks with Books: Steven Raichlen - Man Made Meals

Saturday, June 28, 2014 - 12:00pm

Peju Winery in St. Helena • Single $125; Couple $195 (one book)

Please note: this event is now sold out.

Steven Raichlen really knows the pleasure men get from cooking, the joy they take in having the skills, the need to show off a little bit. Man Made Meals: The Essential Cookbook for Guys ($24.95), is everything a man needs to achieve confidence and competence in the kitchen. It's about tools and techniques, adopting secrets from the pros how to multitask, prep before you start cooking, clean as you go. It's about understanding flavor and flavor boosters, like anchovies and miso, and it's about essentials: how to shuck an oyster, truss a chicken, cook a steak to the desired doneness. It's about having a repertoire of great recipes (there are 300 to choose from), breakfast to dessert, to dazzle a date, or be a hero to your family, or simply feed yourself with real pleasure.

Event will include a wine tasting 
 
  
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
Man Made Meals: The Essential Cookbook for Guys Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9780761166443
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Workman Publishing - May 6th, 2014

Steven Raichlen really knows the pleasure men get from cooking, the joy they take in having the skills, the need to show off a little bit. His Barbecue Bible books have over 4.7 million copies in print--and now he leads his readers from the grill into the kitchen.


Cooks with Books: David Lebovitz - My Paris Kitchen

Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 6:30pm

Left Bank in Larkspur • Single $115; Couple $175 (one book)

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

It’s been ten years since David Lebovitz moved to Paris. In that time, the culinary culture of France has shifted as a new generation of chefs and home cooks incorporate ingredients and techniques from around the world into traditional French dishes. In My Paris Kitchen: Recipes and Stories ($35.00), David remasters the classics, introduces lesser-known fare, and presents 100 sweet and savory recipes that reflect the way modern Parisians eat today. David also shares stories told with his trademark wit and humor. Lush photography taken on location around Paris and in David’s kitchen reveal the quirks, trials, beauty, and joys of life in the culinary capital of the world.

 

My Paris Kitchen: Recipes and Stories Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781607742678
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Published: Ten Speed Press - April 8th, 2014

A collection of stories and 100 sweet and savory French-inspired recipes from popular food blogger David Lebovitz, reflecting the way Parisians eat today and featuring lush photography taken around Paris and in David's Parisian kitchen.


Cooks with Books: Deborah Madison - The New Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone

Sunday, May 4, 2014 - 12:00pm

Left Bank in Larkspur • Single $105; Couple $170 (one book)

Please note: online registration for this luncheon is now closed. Please call (415) 927-0960 ext. 1 to inquire about ticket availability. 

This special lunch will feature seasonal fresh organic produce from Marin Organic's Member Farms and select wines, including the 2013 Commanderie de la Bargemone Rosé (AOP Coteaux d’Aix en Provence) 

What Julia Child is to French cooking, Deborah Madison is to vegetarian cooking--a demystifier and definitive guide to the subject. After her many years as a teacher and writer, she realized that there was no comprehensive primer for vegetarian cooking, no single book that taught vegetarians basic cooking techniques, how to combine ingredients, and how to present vegetarian dishes with style. Originally published in 1997, Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone was both ahead of its time and an instant classic, and has endured as one of the world's most popular vegetarian cookbooks. Featuring 1,400 recipes suitable for vegetarians, vegans, and everyone who loves fresh produce and good food, New Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone is as full of practical information as it is inspiring, a treasure from a truly irreplaceable culinary voice.

Deborah Madison is the award-winning author of 12 books, including The Greens Cookbook, The Savory Way, Local Flavors, and, most recently, Vegetable Literacy. She received the M.F.K. Fisher Mid-Career Award from Les Dames d'Escoffier in 1994.

 

The New Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9781607745532
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Published: Ten Speed Press - March 11th, 2014

A fully revised and expanded edition of the most comprehensive vegetarian cookbook ever published, with more than 400,000 copies in print, from America’s leading authority on vegetarian cooking.


Cooks with Books: Michael Ruhlman - Egg

Sunday, April 13, 2014 - 6:30pm

Left Bank in Larkspur • Single $120; Couple $180 (one book)

Registration for this event is now closed - please call (415) 927-0960 ext. 1 with any questions

James Beard Award-winning author Michael Ruhlman brings food lovers and home chefs his delightful new cookbook Egg. He explains why the egg is a “miracle of natural design” and the key to the craft of cooking. He shows how to make brioche, souffles, homemade pasta, breads, meringues, custards, quiche, cakes, and mayonnaise. Color photographs take readers step by step through the recipes. Ruhlman’s books include The Elements of Cooking, Charcuterie, and The French Laundry Cookbook.

 

Egg: A Culinary Exploration of the World's Most Versatile Ingredient Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9780316254069
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Published: Little Brown and Company - April 8th, 2014

In this innovative cookbook, James Beard award-winning author Michael Ruhlman explains why the egg is the key to the craft of cooking.


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