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: Patricia Wells - Simply Truffles EVENT SOLD OUT

Sunday, November 13, 2011 - 5:30pm

This event is now sold out.

This extraordinary event marks the high point of the truffle season. It brings together Patricia Wells, the world-famous authority on French and European cooking, SPQR Executive Chef Matthew Accarrino, an expert on truffle cooking, and Owner/Wine Director Shelley Lindgren, who will bring together the perfect wines for what promises to be an unforgettable meal. Patricia Wells’ acclaimed books include The Paris Cookbook and The Provence Cookbook. Plan to reserve early for this truffle-laden extravaganza. The price includes the meal, wine, coffee, tax, tip & a signed copy of the author’s book.

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SPQR Restaurant
1911 Fillmore Street
94115 San Francisco
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Cooks with Books: Chef Morimoto & Melanie Dunea - My Last Supper

Monday, November 21, 2011 - 5:30pm

Admission $150 per person/ $250 per couple SOLD OUT
Reserve by phone: (415) 927-0960, ext. 1


Melanie Dunea, an award-winning photographer, asks 50 of the world’s top chefs a simple question: “What would you eat for your last meal?” Chef Morimoto, one of the authors in the book, has invited our customers into his new Napa restaurant, Morimoto, to celebrate Dunea’s book and to tell us how he would answer the question.
The price includes the meal, wine, coffee, tax, tip & a signed copy of the author’s book.

The evening's menu will include:

1st Course
Kin Medai w/ Geoduck, Papaya & Coconut Foam

2nd Course
Steamed Snapper w/ Kimchee & Chorizo

3rd Course
Sushi w/ konbu tea

4th Course
Washugyu Flat Iron, Veal Cheek Tempura & Chu Toro Wellington

Dessert
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Morimoto
610 Main St.
94559 Napa
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Cooks with Books: Bradley Ogden - Holiday Dinners with Bradley Ogden

Saturday, December 3, 2011 - 12:30pm

Admission $130 per person/$200 per couple
Reserve by phone: (415) 927-0960, ext. 1

Our own backyard culinary genius, Bradley Ogden, presents perfect holiday meals with a twist. Along with 150 featured recipes and elegant dinner menus, he shows how to carve a turkey and provides great wine pairings for the holidays. There are stunning full color photographs throughout the book. Ogden is the recipient of many awards including the James Beard Best Chef: California.
The price includes the meal, wine, coffee, tax, tip & a signed copy of the author’s book.

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The Tavern at Lark Creek
234 Magnolia Ave.
94939 Larkspur
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Cooks with Books: Graham Kerr - Growing at the Speed of Life: A Year in the Life of My First Kitchen Garden

Sunday, March 27, 2011 - 12:30pm

Insalata's in San Anselmo
Tickets: $100 per person
/$170 per couple
Reserve by phone at (415) 927-0960, ext. 1

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Who else but the Galloping Gourmet would run onto the set and jump over a dining room chair as their entrance in front of a live audience? Come meet Graham Kerr, the internationally-known culinary and TV personality, award-winning author, and advocate of living and eating healthy. He spent years on radio, TV and even created a PBS special with Julia Child. In Growing at the Speed of Life, Kerr shows readers the joys of cooking from a kitchen garden and the pleasure that comes from growing and eating your own food. He profiles 60 garden vegetables and features over 120 recipes. Join us for this special luncheon. The ticket price includes the meal, wine, coffee, tax, tip & a signed copy of the author’s book.

120 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard
94960-2539 San Anselmo
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Cooks with Books: Jeff Morgan & Perry Hoffman SOLD OUT

Sunday, February 27, 2011 - 6:30pm
Perry HoffmannThis event is now SOLD OUT.

Domaine Chandon in Yountville

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Etoile, the fine dining restaurant at Domaine Chandon is one of Napa Valley’s most celebrated destinations. Chef Perry Hoffman, who is the youngest Michelin star recipient in the US, heads up an amazing culinary team who collaborate daily with winemakers and cook seasonally to provide diners with an unforgettable meal in a stunning setting. Jeff Morgan, cookbook author and winemaker for Covenant Wines in Napa, provides home chefs with 75 of the best recipes from the restaurant’s repertoire. Each recipe has suggested wine pairings and fun entertaining tips. From the elegant Crab Salad with Maderia Gelee to Roasted Quail with Israeli Couscous to Bitter Orange Creme Brulee, you’ll discover a world of delicious contemporary California food. Please join us for this special dinner!
The ticket price includes the meal, wine, coffee, tax, tip & a signed copy of the author’s book.

1 California Drive
94599 Yountville
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Cooks with Books: Gabrielle Hamilton SOLD OUT

Thursday, March 10, 2011 - 6:30pm

This event is now SOLD OUT. We are accepting requests for the WAITING LIST. Call (415) 927-0960, ext. 1 for availability. 

Left Bank Restaurant in Larkspur
Tickets: $100 per person
| $170 per couple

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Gabrielle Hamilton is the chef/owner of Prune restaurant in New York City. Anthony Bourdain writes, “Hamilton packs in more heart, soul, and pure power into one beautifully crafted page than I’ve ever accomplished in my entire writing career.” If that doesn’t convince you, then read what Mario Batali says: “I will read this book to my children and then burn the books I have written for pretending to be anything even close to this. After that I will apply for the dishwasher job at Prune to learn from my new queen.” Hamilton’s writing has appeared in The New Yorker, GQ, Bon Appetit, and Saveur. The ticket price includes the meal, wine, coffee, tax, tip & a signed copy of the author’s book.

507 Magnolia Avenue
94939-1328 Larkspur
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Marcus Samuelsson - Cooks with Books: YES, CHEF with Traci Des Jardins EVENT SOLD OUT

Thursday, July 12, 2012 - 12:00pm

Admission $110 per person - EVENT SOLD OUT
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Join Marcus Samuelsson at the top rated Jardinière restaurant in San Francisco, along with co-owner and award winning chef/restauranteur Traci Des Jardins, for what is sure to be a very special event.

Some may recognize Marcus Samuelsson as the winner of Top Chef: Master's Season 2 or as the James Beard Foundation award winning chef of New York City's Red Rooster Harlem. In his memoir, YES, CHEF, Samulesson chronicles his incredible journey from the age of 3 when he was orphaned along with his sister in Ethiopia after walking 75 miles from a remote village to a hospital to try and save his mother from succumbing to tuberculosis. Later, when he was adopted by a loving Swedish family, Samuelsson developed a lifelong passion for cooking alongside his Swedish grandmother, Helga. From this humble beginning to some of the most demanding restaurants in Europe, Samuelsson then arrived in NYC's Aquavit. While there, he earned a coveted three-star rating from the New York Times at the age of 24. President Clinton writes, "In his famed dishes, and now in this memoir, Marcus Samuelsson tells a story that reaches past racial and national divides to the foundations of family, hope and downright good food." 

Jardinière
300 Grove Street
94102 San Francisco
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Cooks with Books: Michael Chiarello - Bottega

Wednesday, October 27, 2010 - 6:30pm
Cooks with Books Event!
Left Bank Restaurant, Larkspur

Tickets: $140 per person
/ $195 per couple
Reserve by phone at (415) 927-0960 ext. 1

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Within a year of its opening, Michael Chiarello’s restaurant Bottega in the Napa Valley was selected as one of America’s best new restaurants by Forbes and Esquire and a top new-comer by Zagat guides. Chiarello’s signature dishes are full of big, bold Italian flavors, which draw inspiration from his Calabrese roots. Chiarello has been a fixture on Top Chef Masters, the Food Network, and PBS. Now, with Bottega, home cooks can enjoy the Bottega experience. The ticket price includes the meal, wine, coffee, tax, tip & a signed copy of the author’s book.

Left Bank Restaurant
507 Magnolia Ave.
94939 Larkspur
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Cooks with Books: Connie Green & Sarah Patterson Scott - The Wild Table

Thursday, December 2, 2010 - 12:00pm
Cooks with Books Event!
Greens Restaurant, San Francisco
Tickets: $120 per person ($190 per couple)
Reserve by phone at (415) 927-0960, ext. 1

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The Wild Table offers an invitation to the mysterious world of exotic, foraged foods. Connie Green is on the forefront of the foraging movement, and she sells her gathered goods to restaurants like French Laundry and Greens. Readers of this original cookbook will be taken into the woods in search of prize morels, chanterelles, mousserons and more. Along with incredible recipes are entertaining stories of wild foods from the gatherers, foragers, and chefs. You’ll learn the art of enjoying and appreciating these delicious delicacies. Connie Green has been foraging foods for 30 years. She owns Wine Forest, and her clients include Thomas Keller, Daniel Patterson, Nancy Oaks, Charles Phan,
Bradley Ogden, and others. Sarah Patterson Scott is a chef and culinary consultant who served as executive chef for Robert Mondavi Winery for 13 years. The ticket price includes the meal, wine, coffee, tax, tip & a signed copy of the author’s book.

Sarah Patterson Scott
Greens Restaurant
Fort Mason, Building A
94123 San Francisco
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Susan Feniger - Cooks with Books: Street Food: Irresistibly crispy, creamy, crunchy, spicy, sticky, sweet recipes!

Thursday, September 20, 2012 - 6:30pm

Admission $110 per person

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Call (415) 927-0960, ext. 1 to reserve

Susan Feniger is an award winning chef and leading authority on Latin Cuisine. She was one of the original stars on the Food Network. She and her partner opened Border Grill in L.A. before creating STREET, a multi-ethnic eatery that draws inspiration from street-food carts all over the globe. In Street Food, she shares 83 of her favorite recipes from places like Vietnam, Mongolia, Turkey and Egypt.

Join Susan Feniger at Insalata's restaurant in San Anselmo for what is sure to be a very special and very tasty event.

Don't wait to sign up - space is limited. Price includes the meal, wine, tax, tip & a signed copy of the author’s book. Reserve at Book Passage (415-927-0960) or at bookpassage.com/food-wine-events Can't attend the event? Order a signed copy.

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