Food and Wine Events

Dining with Writers: Maureen Abood - Rose Water & Orange Blossoms

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 6:00pm

Spinster Sisters, Santa Rosa
Ticket: $100 (includes book, meal, & donation to End World Hunger 2030)

Please note: online registration for this event has closed.

Maureen Abood’s debut cookbook, Rose Water & Orange Blossoms: Fresh & Classic Recipes From My Lebanese Kitchen, already has Anthony Bourdain’s endorsement, calling it “A terrific and important book.” Abood, popular blogger whose work has appeared in numerous publications, explores her heritage and childhood growing up with food from her Lebanese American family. Her recipes combine traditional Lebanese and Middle Eastern flavors with her own fresh ideas.

This special meal will take place at the acclaimed Spinster Sisters restaurant, with a portion of proceeds going to End World Hunger 2030.

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ISBN: 9780762454860
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Published: Running Press Adult - April 28th, 2015

Publishers Weekly's Top 10 Cookbooks for Spring 2015

Spinster Sisters
401 S A St.
Santa Rosa, CA 95401

Ping Chow - Coffee & Dessert on the Coastside

Saturday, May 9, 2015 - 12:30pm

Coffee & Dessert on the Coastside is a large format, hardcover cookbook that pays tribute to the beautiful Northern California coastal community extending from Devil’s Slide to Pescadero. The book features Ping Chow’s photography and recipes, as well as signature desserts from favorite local restaurants.

Dr. Ping Chow is a board certified cardiologist who closed her Bay Area practice in 2009. Since then, she formed her own publishing company, Moss Beach Productions.

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ISBN: 9780996106405
Availability: Special Order
Published: Moss Beach Productions - July 4th, 2014

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Maria Speck - Simply Ancient Grains

Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 6:00pm

From black rice to burgundy quinoa and golden Kamut berries—ancient grains are showing up on restaurant menus and store shelves in abundance. Yet in our own kitchens, many of us fear that whole grains are too difficult and time-consuming to prepare. But ancient grains can transform our cooking and eating—from simple weeknight fare to mouthwatering reinventions of all-time favorites. In Simply Ancient Grains, Maria Speck explains how easy it is to bring these fascinating and nourishing staples to the table for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert. This simplified approach takes whole grains to the next level by re-creating familiar comfort foods and amplifying their flavor and nutritional profile.

Maria Speck is a food journalist and the author of the award-winning cookbook Ancient Grains for Modern Meals. She is currently an instructor in the professional program of the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts, and has contributed to Gourmet, Saveur, Gastronomica, Vegetarian Times, and Cooking Pleasures.

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ISBN: 9781607745884
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Published: Ten Speed Press - April 14th, 2015

The award-winning author of Ancient Grains for Modern Meals, Maria Speck makes cooking with ancient grains faster, more intuitive, and easier than ever before in this collection of recipes, most of which are gluten-free.

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Olivia Rathbone - The Occidental Arts & Ecology Center Cookbook

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - 6:00pm

More than anything, food brings us together—as families and as communities. So there is no better place to begin creating a healthier and sustainable community than around a shared table.

The Occidental Arts and Ecology Center Cookbook is a beautifully illustrated collection of 200 unique and delicious vegetarian recipes from the renowned California-based farm, educational retreat center, and eco-thinktank.

OAEC has a passionate ethos about eating seasonally, and this book shows readers how to cook based on what's available in their garden. This unique cookbook incorporates ingredients from all seasons, including weeds, flowers, herbs, nuts, fruits, mushrooms, and other forages. The recipes also include the quantities and measurements necessary to cook for a crowd—making each dish perfect to cook at home, or to share at parties, potlucks, and community events.

Lead author Olivia Rathbone currently manages the dynamic kitchen at OAEC and has tended the vibrant hearth of the community from the garden to the table for over a decade. A life-long farmer and cook, she orchestrates the inventive meals inspired by seasonal produce from the OAEC Mother Garden. Formerly, she directed vocational education programs and authored curriculum projects in the culinary arts and holistic health in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The Occidental Arts and Ecology Center Cookbook: Fresh-From-The-Garden Recipes for Gatherings Large and Small Cover Image
ISBN: 9781603585132
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Published: Chelsea Green Publishing Company - April 11th, 2015

Celebrating biodiversity through the Mother Garden's collection of rare, open-pollinated varieties and wild edibles from OAEC's ecological preserve

2016 IACP Cookbook Awards WINNER ("Food Matters" category)

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Nora Pouillon - My Organic Life

Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 2:00pm

Part of Independent Book Store Day 2015

More About IBD 2015

A wonderfully engaging memoir from the woman who founded America’s first certified organic restaurant, My Organic Life is the story of an unheralded culinary pioneer who made it her mission to bring delicious, wholesome foods to the American table.

While growing up on a farm in the Austrian Alps and later in Vienna, Nora Pouillon was surrounded by fresh and delicious foods. So when she and her French husband moved to Washington, D.C. in the 1960s, she was horrified to discover a culinary culture dominated by hormone-bloated meat and unseasonal vegetables. The distance between good, healthy produce and what even the top restaurants were serving was vast, and Nora was determined to bridge that gap.

First as a cooking teacher, then as a restaurant owner, and eventually as the country’s premier organic restaurateur, she charted a path that forever changed our relationship with what we eat. Since it opened in 1979, her eponymous restaurant has been a hot spot for reporters, celebrities, and politicians alike. Along the way, Pouillon redefined what food could be, forging close relationships with local producers and launching initiatives to take the organic movement mainstream.

Nora Pouillon was born in Vienna. She moved to the United States in the late 1960s and in 1979 opened Restaurant Nora, which in 1999 became the first certified organic restaurant in the country.

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ISBN: 9780385350754
Availability: Special Order
Published: Knopf Publishing Group - April 21st, 2015

A wonderfully engaging memoir from the woman who founded America's first certified organic restaurant, My Organic Life is the story of an unheralded culinary pioneer who made it her mission to bring delicious, wholesome foods to the American table.

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Literary Luncheon: Isabel Allende - Ripper

Friday, June 12, 2015 - 12:00pm

Tickets: $55 (includes meal & signed book)

Online sales have closed. Tickets available at the door.

Indiana and Amanda Jackson have always had each other. Though their bond is strong, mother and daughter are as different as night and day. Indiana, a beautiful holistic healer, is a free-spirited bohemian. Teenage Amanda is fascinated by the dark side of human nature-as is her father, the SFPD’s deputy chief of homicide. Brilliant and introverted, Amanda is a natural-born sleuth addicted to Ripper, the online mystery game she plays with her beloved grandfather and friends around the world.

When a string of strange murders occurs across the city, Amanda plunges into her own investigation, probing hints and deductions that elude the police department. But the case becomes all too personal when Indiana suddenly vanishes. Could her mother’s disappearance have something to do with the series of deaths? Now, with her mother’s life on the line, the young detective must solve the most complex mystery she’s ever faced before it’s too late. Ripper, the latest novelf from Isabel Allende, is a tightly plotted tale of crimes obvious and masked is sharply perceptive, utterly charming, and intensely suspenseful

Isabel Allende is the author of twelve works of fiction, including the New York Times bestsellers Maya’s Notebook, Island Beneath the Sea, Inés of My Soul, Daughter of Fortune, and a novel that has become a world-renowned classic, The House of the Spirits. Born in Peru and raised in Chile, she lives in California.


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ISBN: 9780062291424
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Published: Harper Perennial - January 27th, 2015

Isabel Allende--the New York Times bestselling author whose books, including Maya's Notebook, Island Beneath the Sea, and Zorro, have sold more than 57 million copies around the world--demonstrates her remarkable literary versatility with Ripper, an atmospheric, fast-paced mystery involving a brilliant teenage sleuth who must unmask a serial killer in San Fra

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Mina Holland - The World on a Plate

Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 6:00pm

Guardian Cook editor Mina Holland is our tour guide to eating around the world without leaving the kitchen in her first book, The World on a Plate: 40 Cuisines, 100 Recipes, and the Stories Behind Them. Ripe with history, trivia, and lore, tantalizing with authentic but simple recipes, Holland’s book is both an armchair traveler’s introduction to global cuisine as well as a useful companion to any home chef’s recipe book collection.

Mina Holland is the editor of Guardian Cook. Traveling and living (and eating) abroad—including the U.S., where she spent one year of college, at the University of California, Berkeley—inspired her to journey the globe exploring people’s eating habits.

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ISBN: 9780143127659
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Published: Penguin Books - May 26th, 2015

Eat your way around the world without leaving your home in this mouthwatering cultural history of 100 classic dishes.

Best Culinary Travel Book (U.K.), Gourmand World Cookbook Awards
Finalist for the Fortnum & Mason Food Book Award

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

CANCELLED: Jax Peters Lowell - The Gluten-Free Revolution

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 7:00pm

Please Note: This event has been cancelled.

Way ahead of its time, the original edition of this book, Against the Grain, was the first book of its kind: a funny, supportive, and absolutely essential handbook for gluten-free living. With two successful editions and countless devoted fans, this book has helped thousands of gluten-free readers follow their diets with creativity, resourcefulness, and, always, good humor. The Gluten-Free Revolution is fully revised and updated with the newest resources and information, and is packed with authoritative, practical advice for every aspect of living without gluten. With her signature wit and style, Jax Peters Lowell guides readers through the intricacies of shopping; understanding labels, from cosmetics to prescription drugs; strategies for eating out happily and preparing food safely at home; advice about combining gluten-free eating with any other diet, like gluten-free-paleo and gluten-free-dairy-free; negotiating complicated emotional and interpersonal reactions to your new diet; and includes fabulous gluten-free recipes from the best chefs in the world, including Thomas Keller, Rick Bayless, Alice Waters, Bobby Flay, and Nigella Lawson, among many others.

Jax Peters Lowell has been a diagnosed celiac—and gluten-free—since 1981. A lifestyle expert, advocate, and contributing editor to Living Without magazine, Lowell lives in Philadelphia with her husband and bread machine.

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ISBN: 9780805099539
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Published: St. Martins Press-3pl - February 3rd, 2015

An expanded, revised, and exhaustively updated 20th anniversary edition of the book that fired the first shot--a comprehensive and entertaining guide to living gluten-free

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Stephen Yafa - Grain of Truth

Thursday, June 11, 2015 - 6:00pm

Featuring bread & olive oil!

Like Michael Pollan before him, Stephen Yafa amiably merges science, history, biology, economics, and the always contentious world of nutritional fact and myth. Grain of Truth does not set out just to bash wheat bashers, but to offer us a viable alternative to going gluten free. Most importantly, Yafa tackles the questions that matter to us, straight on: What’s in gluten that’s so controversial? How can these complex proteins be broken down into safe digestible units by most of us who don’t suffer from celiac disease? What valuable fiber and nutrients do we lose when we give it up? Why can we digest pasta in Italy without stomach upset but not in the United States? Is there a way to consume gluten comfortably and benefit from the experience?

Stephen Yafa, the author of Cotton, is a novelist, a playwright, and an award-winning screenwriter. His writing has been appeared in numerous online and print publications including Salon, Playboy, Details, Rolling Stone, The Rotarian, and the San Francisco Chronicle.

Grain of Truth: The Real Case for and Against Wheat and Gluten Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594632495
Availability: Special Order
Published: Avery Publishing Group - May 12th, 2015

A Pollan-esque look at the truth about wheat: meal or menace?

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Dallas & Melissa Hartwig - The Whole30

Tuesday, May 5, 2015 - 12:30pm

In Conversation with Michelle Tam

It started as a playful dare—in 2009 Dallas and Melissa Hartwig created a 30-day challenge to push the reset button on their health. That personal effort sparked a national health and wellness phenomenon now known as The Whole30. The Whole30: The 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom by New York Times best-selling authors Melissa Hartwig and Dallas Hartwig is a complete guide to the program with more than 100 delicious recipes, grocery shopping suggestions, cooking techniques, and an extensive FAQ. This book offers everything needed to jump start a full-on lifestyle makeover, with the Hartwigs’ own brand of tough love cheering the reader on.

Melissa Hartwig is a Certified Sports Nutritionist who specializes in helping people change their relationship with food and create life-long, healthy habits. Dallas Hartwig is a licensed physical therapist, Certified Sports Nutritionist, and functional medical practitioner who specializes in treating lifestyle-related hormonal, digestive, and metabolic health issues.

Michelle Tam is the food nerd and working mom behind Nom Nom Paleo, a popular food blog that was recognized by Saveur Magazine as the world’s Best Special Diets Food Blog in 2012. Along with her husband, Henry Fong, Michelle wrote a cookbook, Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans, which became a New York Times best seller. Michelle also created the Webby Award-winning Nom Nom Paleo iPad cooking app, one of the App Store’s all-time bestselling Food & Drink apps.

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ISBN: 9780544609716
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - April 21st, 2015

Over 1 million copies sold

Millions of people visit every month and share their dramatic life-changing testimonials. Get started on your Whole30 transformation with the #1 New York Times best-selling The Whole30.

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111


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