Food and Wine Events

Cooks with Books: Cal Peternell - Twelve Recipes

Sunday, December 7, 2014 - 12:30pm

Left Bank in Larkspur • Single $105; Couple $165 (includes signed book & meal)

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

When his oldest son was leaving for college, Cal Peternell, the chef of San Francisco's legendary Chez Panisse, realized that, although he regularly made dinners for his family, he'd never taught them the basics of cooking. Based on the life-altering course of instruction he prepared and honed through many phone calls with his son, Twelve Recipes is the ultimate introduction to the kitchen. Peternell focuses on the core foods and dishes that comprise a successful home cook's arsenal, each building skill upon skill--from toast, eggs, and beans, to vinaigrettes, pasta with tomato, and rice, to vegetables, soup, meats, and cake.

Twelve Recipes will help home cooks develop a core repertoire of skills and increase their culinary confidence. Peternell tells you what basic ingredients and tools you need for a particular recipe, and then adds variations to expand your understanding. Each tip, instruction, and recipe connects with others to weave into a larger story that illuminates the connection between food and life. A deeply personal book, it was written by the chef alone and it glows with warmth and humor as he mulls over such mundane items as toast and rice to offer surprising new insights about foods that only seem exceedingly ordinary. It's a book you're as likely to keep by your bedside as your stovetop. With Peternell as your guide, the journey is pure pleasure and the destination is delicious.

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

 

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$27.99
ISBN: 9780062270306
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Published: William Morrow & Company - October 21st, 2014

Winner of the 2015 International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) Cookbook Award

Forewords by Alice Waters and Michael Pollan


Armistead Maupin - Tales of the City

Friday, October 24, 2014 - 12:00pm
Reserved seating with lunch tickets are sold out. Come early for standing room!

Join Book Passage and the S.F. Public Library for an event celebrating their 2014 One City One Book selection Tales of the City and author Armistead Maupin. Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City has blazed its own trail through popular culture—from a groundbreaking newspaper serial, to a classic novel, to a television event that entranced millions around the world.

This event is open to the public, but attendees who prepay for the box lunch (organic and farm-fresh from Golden Gate Meat Company in the Ferry Building; turkey & vegetarian options available) are guaranteed seating. Please order in advance; seating is limited. 

Armistead Maupin is the author of Maybe the Moon, The Night Listener, and the bestselling Tales of the City series.

 

 

Tales of the City (P.S.) Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780061358302
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Published: Harper Perennial - May 29th, 2007

The first novel in the beloved Tales of the City series, Armistead Maupin's best-selling San Francisco saga, soon to return to television as a Netflix original series once again starring Laura Linney and Olympia Dukakis.


Charles Phan - The Slanted Door

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 7:00pm

In conversation with KQED's Thuy Vu
Ticket: $45 (includes book and food samples)

The long-awaited cookbook from The Slanted Door, James Beard award-winning chef Charles Phan’s beloved San Francisco Vietnamese restaurant.

Charles Phan opened The Slanted Door in San Francisco’s Mission District in 1995, inspired by the food of his native Vietnam. Since then, The Slanted Door has moved across town to the historic Ferry Building and has grown into a world-class dining destination. Its accessible, modern take on classic Vietnamese dishes is adored by diners, chefs, and critics alike. The Slanted Door is a love letter to the restaurant, its people, and its food, featuring stories and essays along with its most iconic recipes such as Seared Scallops with Vietnamese Beurre Blanc, Wok-Seared Eggplant with Satay Sauce, and Rack of Lamb with Tamarind Sauce. In addition to recipes, the book will include an extensive cocktail section, and essays on its esteemed wine program.

Charles Phan is the executive chef and owner of The Slanted Door family of restaurants. He received the James Beard Award for Best Chef California in 2004, and in 2011 was inducted into the James Beard Foundation’s list of Who’s Who of Food in America.

Thuy Vu is a four-time Emmy award winning journalist, anchor and program host who’s covered everything from presidential debates to culinary creations.  She currently hosts KQED Newsroom, an innovative multi-platform news analysis and interview program that digs deeper, taking audiences beyond the headlines and quick soundbites.  The program is available on KQED television, radio and online.  

The Slanted Door: Modern Vietnamese Food Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9781607740544
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Published: Ten Speed Press - October 7th, 2014

The long-awaited cookbook featuring 100 recipes from James Beard award-winning chef Charles Phan's beloved San Francisco Vietnamese restaurant, The Slanted Door.


Carly de Castro, Hedi Gores & Hayden Slater - Juice

Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 1:00pm

Once considered a fringe practice of raw-food zealots, juicing has gone mainstream. The founders of the wildly successful LA-based Pressed Juicery explain how juicing and juice cleansing can be used as a tool to create a fit and healthy life. Requiring only a juicer or blender, Juice features seventy-five recipes from the shop’s most popular juices including greens, roots, citrus, fruits, aloe and chlorophyll waters. Readers will learn all the ins and outs of juicing from its benefits and how-to’s to cleansing and testimonials. Pressed Juicery and it’s founders believe that the real secret to a healthy life shouldn’t be a secret at all, which is why they’ve created this book and are giving all their recipes to you!

Carly de Castro, Hedi Gores, and Hayden Slater are the founders of Pressed Juicery, a Los Angeles–based chain of juice shops that feature more than forty organic, cold-pressed juices and a simple series of multi-day juice cleansing regimens. With nearly twenty locations in Northern and Southern California (and many more opening soon), Pressed Juicery has been featured in Vanity Fair, InStyle, Details, Natural Health, Marie Claire, Vogue, the Los Angeles Times, and Entrepreneur, among many others.

 

Juice: Recipes for Juicing, Cleansing, and Living Well Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781607746270
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Published: Ten Speed Press - July 22nd, 2014

A lushly illustrated and accessible guide to juicing and juice cleansing, featuring 75 recipes for making organic juices, milks, and other concoctions at home to provide the vital nutrients a healthy body needs to function at an optimal level.


Victoria Redhed Miller - Pure Poultry

Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 12:30pm

Houdan. Nankin. Indian Runner. Naragansett. These may sound like exotic place names or unusual varieties of produce, but each actually refers to one of the many hundreds of lesser-known poultry breeds that tempt the livestock owner who's prepared to venture into less familiar territory. Providing an alternative to commercial breeds and hybrids, heritage breeds each boast their own unique set of characteristics and personality traits, and are a valuable (and entertaining) addition to a sustainable food system.

Pure Poultry is the first book in nearly a hundred years to focus specifically on heritage breeds of chickens, turkeys, and ducks and their role in a self-reliant lifestyle. It's an immensely readable "how-to and why-to" based entirely on personal experience--including plenty of lessons learned the hard way. Pure Poultry shows how heritage-breed poultry can enhance and deepen anyone's quality of life, whether you have a farm, a small backyard, or a neighbor with space to share.

Victoria Redhed Miller is a writer, photographer, and off-grid homesteader who raises heritage poultry in the foothills of Washington’s Olympic Mountains.

Pure Poultry: Living Well with Heritage Chickens, Turkeys and Ducks Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9780865717534
Availability: Special Order
Published: New Society Publishers - November 5th, 2013

Houdan. Nankin. Indian Runner. Naragansett. These may sound like exotic place names or unusual varieties of produce, but each actually refers to one of the many hundreds of lesser-known poultry breeds that tempt the livestock owner who's prepared to venture into less familiar territory.


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 Press - 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.


Allen Salkin - From Scratch

Saturday, November 15, 2014 - 4:00pm

America has come a long way from the handful of “dump and stir” cooking shows of the 1970s and 80s to the vast and vibrant television food scene of today, when most of the population seems to be on a first-name basis with the likes of Bobby Flay, Ina Garten, and Mario Batali. Now out in paperback, From Scratch: The Uncensored History Of The Food Network is the first book about the network that covers the whole story from the beginning. It includes a brand new afterword with behind-the-scenes revelations about a bullying Robert Irvine as he confronts a rising rival, a never-say-die Paula Deen trying to rebuild her brand against all odds, and a not-ready-for-her-close-up Ree Drummond, the Pioneer Woman, as she struggles to adapt to being a TV star. Illuminating one of the most notable cultural and media trends of recent decades, the rise of a food-obsessed culture, the book also tells a powerful business story, revealing how creativity, chance, technology, and money sometimes work together and sometimes at cross purposes when building a brand. In its paperback form, it will continue to be devoured by devoted fans of food shows, by media business junkies who want to know how an empire was created, and by everyone curious about what some of today’s best known pop culture personalities are really like behind the scenes.

Allen Salkin's journalism has appeared in The New York Times, New York Magazine, The Village Voice, and Details. He produces and stars in video interviews of food celebrities for a variety of websites. A well-known trend spotter, his article on the renewed popularity of monocles attracted worldwide attention in spring 2014. Allen was a featured player on the E! reality show #1 Single, has appeared in documentaries including True Hollywood Story: Chris Farley, and on numerous outlets to discuss his first book Festivus: The Holiday for the Rest of Us, about the Seinfeld-inspired celebration.

From Scratch: The Uncensored History of the Food Network Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780425272862
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Published: Berkley Publishing Group - October 7th, 2014

Twenty Years of Dish from Flay and Fieri to Deen and DeLaurentiis...
Includes a New Afterword

"I don't want this shown. I want the tapes of this whole series destroyed."--Martha Stewart
"In those days, the main requirement to be on the Food Network was being able to get there by subway."--Bobby Flay


Jean-Pierre Moullé & Denise Lurton Moullé - French Roots

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 - 6:30pm

Intimate Meals with Famed Authors at The Spinster Sisters Restaurant in Santa Rosa

Spinster Sisters Restaurant • Santa Rosa

Please note this event is now Sold Out. For waitlist availability please call (415) 927-0960 ext. 1.

 

 

A narratively rich cookbook of French and Californian recipes from longtime Chez Panisse executive chef Jean-Pierre Moullé and his wife, Denise Moullé. French Roots spans 60 years and two continents, following the lives of its authors through food. Beginning with the dishes of old-world France, the couple’s birthplace, the book focuses on the simple, pared-down preparations of French food common in the postwar period. Their story then travels to the San Francisco Bay Area in the 1970s, where Jean-Pierre was appointed executive chef at Chez Panisse when California cuisine was just emerging as a distinctive and important style, and where Denise began importing French wine. Finally, the journey returns to France, where the couple revisit the classic dishes of their native country and forgotten skills of foraging, hunting, and preserving at their home in Bordeaux. So much more than a collection of 100 elegant recipes, French Roots is the story of an adventure of two people and two cuisines.

Until his retirement in April 2012, Jean-Pierre Moullé was the executive chef at Chez Panisse, where he began working in 1975. Denise Moullé comes from the Bordeaux wine-making empire of the Lurton family. She worked as a wine distributor in California for many years before starting Two Bordelais in 1987, which offers guided tours through France.

French Roots: Two Cooks, Two Countries, and the Beautiful Food Along the Way Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781607745471
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Published: Ten Speed Press - September 16th, 2014

A narratively rich cookbook of French and Californian recipes from longtime Chez Panisse executive chef Jean-Pierre Moulle and his wife, Denise Moulle.


Becky Selengut - Shroom

Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 3:00pm

Chef and cooking teacher Becky Selengut's Shroom feeds our enduring passion for foraged and wild foods by exploring 15 types of mushrooms, including detailed how-to's on everything home cooks need to know to create 75 inventive, internationally-flavored mushroom dishes. In a voice that's informed, but friendly and down-to-earth, Selengut guides the home cook through 15 species-specific chapters on mushroom cookery with the same levity and expertise she brought to the topic of sustainable seafood in her IACP-nominated 2011 book Good Fish. Selengut's wife and sommelier April Pogue once again teams up to provide wine pairings for each of the 75 recipes.

 

Shroom: Mind-Bendingly Good Recipes for Cultivated and Wild Mushrooms Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781449448264
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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - September 9th, 2014

Chef and cooking teacher Becky Selengut's Shroom feeds our enduring passion for foraged and wild foods by exploring 15 types of mushrooms, including detailed how-to's on everything home cooks need to know to create 75 inventive, internationally-flavored mushroom dishes.


Allan Karl - Forks

Saturday, September 6, 2014 - 4:00pm

Why would someone sell nearly everything he owns, then pack up and travel for three years, alone, on a motorcycle? One day Allan Karl woke up to discover that he was unemployed and his marriage had ended in divorce.
Allan looked at these forks in the road of his life as an opportunity to both follow a life-long dream and pursue his passions. He hopped on his motorcycle and traveled around the world. After three years and 62,000 miles of riding, through 35 countries on 5 continents, he returned home only to set out on another journey--to share the truths he'd uncovered and the lessons learned during his adventure around the world. Through stories, color photos, and the flavors of real local food, Forks brings his adventure to life and the world to your table: the kindness of strangers, the beauty of humanity, the colors of culture, and the powerful gift of human connection.

Allan Karl is an author, photographer, marketing entrepreneur, professional keynote speaker, and committed adventurer. He is also principal of WorldRider Productions where he focuses on speaking, publishing, coaching, and creating content that brings to life his stories and experiences around the world.

Forks: A Quest for Culture, Cuisine, and Connection: Three Years, Five Continents, One Motorcycle Cover Image
$39.00
ISBN: 9780989441810
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Published: Worldrider Publishing & Press - June 3rd, 2014

Why would someone sell nearly everything he owns, then pack up and travel for three years--alone--on a motorcycle? One day Allan Karl woke up to discover that he was unemployed and his marriage had ended in divorce.


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