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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: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Artisan Publishers - 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


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
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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

Literary Luncheon: Louise Erdrich - LaRose (Corte Madera)

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 - 12:00pm

Tickets: $55 (Includes Book)

North Dakota, late summer, 1999. Landreaux Iron stalks a deer along the edge of the property bordering his own. He shoots with easy confidence but when the buck springs away, Landreaux realizes he's hit something else, a blur he saw as he squeezed the trigger. When he staggers closer, he realizes he has killed his neighbor's five-year-old son, Dusty Ravich. Following an ancient means of retribution, he and Emmaline will give LaRose to the grieving Peter and Nola. Our son will be your son now, they tell them.

As the years pass, LaRose becomes the linchpin linking the Irons and the Raviches, and eventually their mutual pain begins to heal. But when a vengeful man with a long-standing grudge against Landreaux begins raising trouble, hurling accusations of a cover-up the day Dusty died, he threatens the tenuous peace that has kept these two fragile families whole.

Inspiring and affecting, LaRose is a powerful exploration of loss, justice, and the reparation of the human heart, and an unforgettable, dazzling tour de force from one of America's most distinguished literary masters.

Louise Erdrich is the author of fourteen novels as well as volumes of poetry, children's books, short stories, and a memoir.

LaRose: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062277022
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Harper - May 10th, 2016

Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in Fiction

Finalist for the 2017 PEN Faulkner Award


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Literary Luncheon: Anna Quindlen - Miller's Valley (Corte Madera)

Thursday, April 7, 2016 - 12:00pm

Tickets: $55 (Includes Book)

Please note: online ticket sales are now closed. Tickets available at the door.

“Vintage Quindlen, a compelling family tale rich in recognizable characters, resplendent storytelling, and reflective observations. It is also an affectionate and appreciative portrait of a disappearing way of life.”
Booklist

“Keenly observed, quietly powerful … Quindlen, a Pulitzer Prize-winning essayist and former reporter, writes with great empathy, making you care deeply about her characters.”
Kirkus Reviews

“A moving exploration of family and notions of home … Quindlen’s prose is crisp and her insights resonant. This coming-of-age story is driven as much by the fully realized characters as it is by the astute ideas about progress and place.”
Publisher’s Weekly

“In this crisply told story of progress, loss, love, deception, loyalty, and grace, the Pulitzer-Prize-winning Quindlen once again captures her readers’ attention from first page to last.”
 – Library Journal

Read the New York Times Book Reivew review of Miller's Valley

Listen to Anna Quindlen discuss Miller's Valley on "The Diane Rehm Show"

Filled with insights that are hallmarks of Anna Quindlen’s bestsellers, Miller's Valley is an extraordinary novel about a woman coming of age, as she unearths secrets about her family and her town, and surprising truths about herself.

Anna Quindlen is the author of several bestselling novels: Rise and Shine, Blessings, Object Lessons, One True Thing, and Black and Blue, and nonfiction books Good Dog. Stay., Being Perfect, Loud & Clear, A Short Guide to a Happy Life, Living Out Loud, Thinking Out Loud, and How Reading Changed My Life. She has also written two children's books The Tree That Came to Stay, and Happily Ever After. Her New York Times column Public and Private won the Pulitzer Prize in 1992. Her column now appears every other week in Newsweek.

Miller's Valley: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780812996081
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Random House - April 5th, 2016

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • In a small town on the verge of big change, a young woman unearths deep secrets about her family and unexpected truths about herself. Filled with insights that are the hallmark of Anna Quindlen’s bestsellers, Miller’s Valley is an emotionally powerful story about a family you will never forget.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Literary Luncheon: Tracy Chevalier - At the Edge of the Orchard (Corte Madera)

Thursday, March 24, 2016 - 12:00pm

Tickets: $55 (Includes Lunch and a Book)

In At the Edge of the Orchard, the Goodenough family have left nineteenth-century New England to settle in the swamps of western Ohio, bringing with them branches of a favorite apple tree. But the orchard they plant sows the seeds of a long battle between James and Sadie Goodenough over what to do with the fruit, revealing irreconcilable differences in character. The escalation of this war resonates through their children and forces the youngest, Robert Goodenough, to make an agonizing choice that haunts him as he runs away, grows up, and moves ever farther west. Only among the redwoods and sequoias of goldrush-era California does he find solace and, eventually, answers.

Moving back and forth between Ohio and California and anchored by two real-life tree men—legendary Johnny Appleseed and the English plant collector William Lobb—this epic novel chronicles the implosion of a pioneer family and the shock waves it sends through the generations and across America.

Tracy Chevalier is the New York Times bestselling author of seven previous novels, including Girl With a Pearl Earring, which has been translated into thirty-nine languages and made into an Oscar-nominated film. Born and raised in Washington, D.C., she lives in London with her husband and son.

At the Edge of the Orchard: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525953005
Availability: Special Order
Published: Viking - March 15th, 2016

“With impeccable research and flawless prose, Chevalier perfectly conjures the grandeur of the pristine Wild West . . . and the everyday adventurers—male and female—who were bold enough or foolish enough to be drawn to the unknown. She crafts for us an excellent experience.”
USA Today


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Dining with Writers: Michele Anna Jordan - The Good Cook's Book Series

Tuesday, November 10, 2015 - 6:30pm

Please note: online ticket sales are now closed. Call (415) 927-0960 x1 to inquire about ticket availability.

Spinster Sisters Restraurant, Santa Rosa
Ticket: $95 per person (Includes Meal and Choice of Michele Anna Jordan's Books)

How do you cook with flavored vinegars and should they be bought or made at home? What are the best oils for frying? The Good Cook's of Oil and Vinegar: One of the World's most Delicious Pairings, with More Than 150 Recipes answers these and many other questions about this important culinary duo. The most comprehensive oil and vinegar guide available today, it offers key scientific, nutritional, and culinary facts as well as interesting history behind oil and vinegar. In addition, award-winning author Michele Anna Jordan shows how a distinctive oil or vinegar can add spark to a meal. She showcases a whole realm of delicious cooking with recipes such as: Bruschetta, Fall fruit gazpacho, and more.

Salt is indispensable and pepper is superfluous. Michelle Anna Jordan guides you through this cookbook where salt and pepper is a one-word dictionary term in her kitchen vocabulary. This exquisite cookbook will go over the necessities of salt, and the luxury of pepper via 135 seasoned recipes. The Good Cook's Book of Salt and Pepper: Achieving Seasoned Delight, with More Than 150 Recipes separates itself from other competitors by offering scientific facts, a healthier exposure to salt and pepper, and some interesting worldwide trivia. Recipes in this book include: 
Au poivre rouge steak, Three-peppercorn bread, and Pepper-crusted pizza with porcini, fontina, and sage.

Michele Anna Jordan has twelve years of experience as an award-winning chef and has written a multitude of cookbooks. Currently, she writes three weekly columns for The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, Savuer magazine, which recently took a first place award from the Association of Food and Wine Journalists. Jordan has held positions as restaurant critic for San Francisco Focus Magazine, as well as the San Francisco Chronicle, and has written for numerous national publications, including: Cooking Light, Wine Enthusiast, Kitchen Garden, Fine Cooking, Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, Asian Week, and more. Jordan also teaches and lectures on a variety of food-related topics and is a frequent guest on radio and television around the country. Jordan lives in Western Sonoma County with her two black cats, Poe and Rosemary.

The Good Cook's Book of Oil and Vinegar: One of the World's Most Delicious Pairings, with More Than 150 Recipes Cover Image
By Michele Anna Jordan, M. F. K. Fisher (Foreword by), Liza Gershman (Photographer)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781632205872
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Skyhorse Publishing - July 21st, 2015

"Michele Jordan knows her food and she knows how to write about it." --San Francisco Examiner

What is extra virgin olive oil and how do you find the best kind? How do you cook with flavored vinegars and should they be bought or made at home? What are the best oils for frying? How does the strength of a vinegar influence a recipe?


The Good Cook's Book of Salt and Pepper: Achieving Seasoned Delight, with More Than 150 Recipes Cover Image
By Michele Anna Jordan, Liza Gershman (Photographer)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781629145761
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Skyhorse Publishing - July 21st, 2015

"It amazes me that so little has been written about the two foods we eat most often. Here is a book that tells us about these two ingredients--one essential to life, the other the flavor of almost everything we eat. . . . A book like Ms. Jordan's is long overdue." --James Peterson


Spinster Sisters
401 South A Street
Santa Rosa, CA 95401

Dining with Writers: Cat Cora - Cooking As Fast As I Can

Saturday, October 3, 2015 - 6:30pm

Spinster Sisters in Santa Rosa 
Tickets: $95 (Includes meal and signed book)

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

Before she became a celebrated chef, Cathy Cora was just a girl from Jackson, Mississippi, where days were slow and every meal was made from scratch. Her passion for the kitchen started in her home, where she spent her days internalizing the dishes that would form the cornerstone of her cooking philosophy incorporating her Greek heritage and Southern upbringing from crispy fried chicken and honey-drenched biscuits to spanakopita. But outside the kitchen, Cat's life was volatile. In Cooking as Fast as I Can: A Chef's Story of Family, Food and Forgiveness, Cat Cora reveals, for the first time, coming-of-age experiences from early childhood sexual abuse to the realities of life as a lesbian in the deep South. She shares how she found her passion in the kitchen and went on to attend the prestigious Culinary Institute of America and apprentice under Michelin star chefs in France. After her big break as a co-host on the Food Network's Melting Pot, Cat broke barriers by becoming the first-ever female Iron Chef. Cora writes movingly about how she found courage and redemption in the dark truths of her past and about how she found solace in the kitchen and work, how her passion for cooking helped her to overcome hardships and  find happiness at home as a wife and a mother to four boys. Above all, this is an utterly engrossing story about the grit and grace it takes to achieve your dreams.

Cat Cora grew up in Jackson, Mississippi, and attended the Culinary Institute of America and worked in New York City before travelling overseas to apprentice in Europe with world-renowned French chefs Georges Blanc and Roger VergE. She settled in Napa Valley in her first job as a chef. After The Food Network discovered her in 1999, she went on to become the first female Iron Chef for the Network. She is the founder of the charitable organization Chefs for Humanity, a grassroots organization that mobilizes chefs to lend their skills to communities in need, and she has built a brand that includes two food lines, cookware a shoe line, cookbooks and restaurants, in Orlando, Costa Mesa, Houston, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, Atlanta, and Singapore. She lives in Santa Barbara with her wife and four sons.

Cooking as Fast as I Can: A Chef's Story of Family, Food, and Forgiveness Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781476766140
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Scribner Book Company - September 15th, 2015

Remarkably candid, compulsively readable, renowned chef Cat Cora's no-holds-barred memoir on Southern life, Greek heritage, same sex marriage, and the meals that have shaped her memories.


Spinster Sisters
401 South A Street
Santa Rosa, CA 95401

Literary Luncheon: Elizabeth George - A Banquet of Consequences

Wednesday, October 28, 2015 - 12:00pm

Please call (415) 927-0960 x 1 for ticket availability.

Tickets: $60 (Includes Lunch and a Signed Book)

The unspoken secrets and buried lies of one family rise to the surface in Elizabeth George's A Banquet of Consequences.  As Inspector Thomas Lynley investigates the London angle of an ever more darkly disturbing case, his partner, Barbara Havers, is looking behind the peaceful facade of country life to discover a twisted world of desire, deceit, and murder. The suicide of William Goldacre is devastating to those left behind, but what was the cause of his tragedy and how far might the consequences reach? Is there a link between the young man's leap from a Dorset cliff and a horrific poisoning in Cambridge? After various career-threatening issues with her department, Barbara Havers is desperate to redeem herself. So when a past encounter with a bestselling feminist writer and her pushy personal assistant gives her a connection to the Cambridge murder, Barbara begs Thomas Lynley to let her pursue the crime. Full of shocks, intensity and suspense from first page to last, Lynley and Havers are pushed under mounting pressure to solve one of the most complex cases they have ever encountered.

Elizabeth George, whose books have sold more than 9 million copies, is the author of several books for teens including A Young Woman's Guide to Making Right Choices, A Young Woman's Call to Prayer, and A Young Woman After God's Own Heart--A Devotional. She's taught high school and college students and currently teaches and speaks at Christian events worldwide. Elizabeth and her husband, Jim, have two married daughters.

A Banquet of Consequences: A Lynley Novel Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9780525954330
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Viking - October 27th, 2015

“George’s mystery unfolds with great psychological depth, finely drawn characters and gorgeous portraits of the English countryside. . . . [George] is an essential writer of popular fiction today.” —The Washington Post


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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