Food and Wine Events

Literary Luncheon: Ann Packer - The Children's Crusade

Friday, May 8, 2015 - 12:00pm

Ticket: $55 (includes meal & signed book) 

From the New York Times bestselling, award-winning author of The Dive From Clausen’s Pier, a sweeping, masterful new novel that explores the secrets and desires, the remnant wounds and saving graces of one California family, over the course of five decades.

Bill Blair finds the land by accident, three wooded acres in a rustic community south of San Francisco. The year is 1954, long before anyone will call this area Silicon Valley. Struck by a vision of the family he has yet to create, Bill buys the property on a whim. In Penny Greenway he finds a suitable wife, a woman whose yearning attitude toward life seems compelling and answerable, and they marry and have four children. Yet Penny is a mercurial housewife, at a time when women chafed at the conventions imposed on them. She finds salvation in art, but the cost is high.

Thirty years later, the three oldest Blair children, adults now and still living near the family home, are disrupted by the return of the youngest, whose sudden presence and all-too-familiar troubles force a reckoning with who they are, separately and together, and set off a struggle over the family’s future. One by one, the siblings take turns telling the story—Robert, a doctor like their father; Rebecca, a psychiatrist; Ryan, a schoolteacher; and James, the malcontent, the problem child, the only one who hasn’t settled down—their narratives interwoven with portraits of the family at crucial points in their history.

Reviewers have praised Ann Packer’s “brilliant ear for character” (The New York Times Book Review), her “naturalist’s vigilance for detail, so that her characters seem observed rather than invented” (The New Yorker), and the “utterly lifelike quality of her book’s everyday detail” (The New York Times). Her talents are on dazzling display in The Children’s Crusade, an extraordinary study in character, a rare and wise examination of the legacy of early life on adult children attempting to create successful families and identities of their own. This is Packer’s most deeply affecting book yet.

Ann Packer is the critically acclaimed author of two collections of short fiction, Swim Back to Me and Mendocino and Other Stories, and two nationally bestselling novels, Songs Without Words and The Dive from Clausen’s Pier, which received the Kate Chopin Literary Award among many other prizes and honors. Her short fiction has appeared in The New Yorker and in the O. Henry Prize Stories anthologies, and her novels have been translated into a dozen languages and published around the world.

 

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$26.99
ISBN: 9781476710457
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Published: Scribner Book Company - April 7th, 2015

From the New York Times bestselling, award-winning author of The Dive From Clausen's Pier, a sweeping, masterful new novel that explores the secrets and desires, the remnant wounds and saving graces of one California family, over the course of five decades.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Books & Bites: Maureen Abood - Rose Water and Orange Blossoms

Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 6:30pm to 9:30pm

Please note: online registration is now closed. Call (415) 927-0960 x233 for waitlist availability.

Cavallo Point Cooking School, Sausalito
Registration (Book Included): $125 per person
• 6:30 - 9:30 pm

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 interactive evening will include a collaborative preparation of the recipes, culminating a yummy meal to enjoy at the end of the class.
 

Rose Water and Orange Blossoms: Fresh & Classic Recipes from My Lebanese Kitchen Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780762454860
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Published: Running Press Adult - April 28th, 2015

Publishers Weekly's Top 10 Cookbooks for Spring 2015


Cavallo Point Cooking School
601 Murray Cir
Sausalito, CA 94965

CANCELLED: Hugh Acheson - The Broad Fork: Recipes for a Wide World of Vegetables and Fruits

Monday, June 8, 2015 - 12:00pm

Please note: this event has been cancelled. To request a signed copy, please call (415) 927-0960 x 233.

If you missed seeing Hugh Acheson as a competitor on Top Chef you may still recognize him from being a judge for 4 seasons on Top Chef. Or you may have eaten at one of his many restaurants in Georgia like Five and Ten, The National, Empire State South or The Florence. In his new cookbook, The Broad Fork: Recipes for a Wide World of Vegetables and Fruits, Acheson guides readers to over 50 farmer's market favorites from apples to yacon (yes yacon) and has written 200 recipes for pickles, salads, roasts, purees, and sautes.  His recipes include Griddled Asparagus with Piperade, Poached Eggs and Grits  or Sea Scallops with Buttered Kraut and Pecan Brown Butter or Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Bok Choy, Curried Tomatoes and Avocado. According to Acheson, eating well shouldn't be a clash between deliciousness and dieting––it's all about moving fruits and vegetables closer to the middle of the plate. He is also the author of A New Turn in the South and Pick a PIckle cookbooks.

The Broad Fork: Recipes for the Wide World of Vegetables and Fruits Cover Image
By Hugh Acheson, Rinne Allen (Photographer)
$35.00
ISBN: 9780385345026
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Published: Clarkson Potter Publishers - May 12th, 2015

From James Beard Award winner Hugh Acheson comes a seasonal cookbook of 200 recipes designed to make the most of your farmers' market bounty, your CSA box, or your grocery produce aisle.


Greens Restaurant
A, Fort Mason
San Francisco, CA 94123

Cooks with Books: April Bloomfield - A Girl and Her Greens

Friday, May 8, 2015 - 5:00pm

Tickets: Single $150; Couples $250 (one book)

Online registration is now closed. Please call (415) 927-0960 for waitlist availability. 

April Bloomfield is a culinary star who been awarded the coveted James Beard Foundation Award for Best Chef, New York City and named Food and Wine's Best New Chef in 2007.  She is the owner and executive chef of New York's restaurants The Spotted Pig, The Breslin Bar and Dining Room, The John Dory Oyster Bar, and Salvation Taco.  A Girl and Her Greens is a beautiful, full colored cookbook that offers delicious and seasonal recipes for a wide variety of vegetables. Bloomfield shows how simple, honest ingredients and attention to detail can help your meals become unforgettable. Her down to earth style combined with charming narratives throughout reveal her sources of inspiration. Bloomfield will be in the kitchen of her restaurant Tosca Cafe in San Francisco so be prepared for an outstanding meal at one of the most classic restaurants in North Beach.

A Girl and Her Greens: Hearty Meals from the Garden Cover Image
$34.99
ISBN: 9780062225887
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Published: Ecco Press - April 21st, 2015

From the chef, restaurant owner, and author of the critically lauded A Girl and Her Pig comes a beautiful, full-color cookbook that offers tantalizing seasonal recipes for a wide variety of vegetables, from summer standbys such as zucchini to earthy novelties like sunchokes.


Tosca Cafe
242 Columbus Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94133

Dr. Sara Gottfried - The Hormone Reset Diet

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 7:00pm

Hormones are likely the culprit for anyone struggling with stubborn extra weight that seems impossible shed despite an array of diets and fitness regimens.  A new plan created by Harvard and MIT-educated physician and New York Times bestselling author Sara Gottfried, M.D., reveals how to outsmart hormones, regain lost energy, and lose up to 15 pounds in 21 days.

Dr. Sara Gottfried’s protocol has already worked for thousands of patients, and she’s successfully used it herself losing 25 lbs. in the process. The Hormone Reset Diet is based on three-day “resets” of seven key hormones to help release stubborn weight and improve energy and mood in three weeks, regardless of the number of pounds to be lost, age, ethnicity, food cravings, or willpower level.

Dr. Sara Gottfried has been dedicated to practicing and helping women feel at home in their bodies for the past 20 years.  After graduating from the physician-scientist training program at Harvard Medical School and MIT, Dr. Gottfried completed her residency at the University of California at San Francisco, where she still teaches medical students. She is board-certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology, a teacher of the adjunct faculty at Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine, and a mentor to medical students in her virtual medicine practice and online learning center, The Gottfried Institute.

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$27.99
ISBN: 9780062316240
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Published: HarperOne - March 17th, 2015

The Harvard-educated physician and New York Times bestselling author of The Hormone Cure shows you how to grow new receptors for your seven metabolic hormones, making you lose weight and feel great fast


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Thor Hanson - The Triumph of Seeds

Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 12:30pm

Seeds surround us. From our morning coffee to the cotton in our clothes, the spices in our foods, and the cosmetics we use, seeds are part of nearly every aspect of our lives. They give us food and fuels, intoxicants and poisons, oils, dyes, fibers, and spices. Without seeds there would be no bread, rice, beans, corn, or nuts. “They are quite literally the staff of life,” says award-winning conservation biologist Thor Hanson, “the basis of diets, economies, and lifestyles around the globe.”

In his new book, The Triumph of Seeds: How Grains, Nuts, Kernels, Pulses, & Pips Conquered the Plant Kingdom and Shaped Human History, Hanson turns his eye to the ubiquitous seed plants that dominate landscapes and define entire ecosystems. Following the winding path that seeds have paved through evolution, natural history, and human culture, he examines the traits and habits that have allowed seeds–and the plants that bear them–to be so successful, and to so thoroughly transform our planet.

Thor Hanson is a conservation biologist, Guggenheim Fellow, Switzer Environmental Fellow, and member of the Human Ecosystems Study Group. The author of Feathers and The Impenetrable Forest, Hanson lives with his wife and son on an island in Washington State.

The Triumph of Seeds: How Grains, Nuts, Kernels, Pulses, and Pips Conquered the Plant Kingdom and Shaped Human History Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780465055999
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Published: Basic Books - March 24th, 2015

Winner of the 2016 PNBA Book Award
A finalist for the 2016 AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books, Young Adult Science Book category


1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Gene Baur - Living the Farm Sanctuary Life

Saturday, April 11, 2015 - 4:00pm

Gene Baur, the cofounder and president of Farm Sanctuary, the nation’s leading farm animal protection organization, knows that the key to happiness lies in aligning your beliefs with your actions. In this definitive vegan and animal-friendly lifestyle guide, he and Gene Stone, author of Forks Over Knives, explore the deeply transformative experience of visiting the sanctuary and its profound effects on people’s lives. The book covers the basic tenets of Farm Sanctuary life—such as eating in harmony with your values, connecting with nature wherever you are, and reducing stress—and offers readers simple ways to incorporate these principles into their lives.

Living the Farm Sanctuary Life also teaches readers how to cook and eat the Farm Sanctuary way, with 100 extraordinarily delicious recipes selected by some of the organization’s greatest fans—chefs and celebrities such as Chef AJ, Chloe Coscarelli, Emily Deschanel, and Moby.

Gene Baur is the cofounder and president of Farm Sanctuary and was named “the conscience of the food movement” by Time magazine. He has been featured in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, and the Wall Street Journal, among many other outlets, and is a frequent guest on television.

Living the Farm Sanctuary Life: The Ultimate Guide to Eating Mindfully, Living Longer, and Feeling Better Every Day Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781623364892
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Published: Rodale Books - April 7th, 2015

Winner of a Books for a Better Life award


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Lilly & Audrey Andrews - Cooking Light's 'We Heart Cooking!'

Saturday, March 14, 2015 - 12:30pm

Special Meet & Greet Event!

Thirteen-year-old Twin Chefs Lilly and Audrey Andrews are going to teach you and your kids how to make 85 taste bud-tingling recipes that are a blast to cook and eat! With an emphasis on creativity, tasty flavor combinations and ease in preparation, Cooking Light We Heart Cooking! is the perfect cookbook for kids and parents who want to prepare healthy food the whole family will love.

Lilly and Audrey Andrews, identical twin sisters, have been interested in food and cooking since they happened to see a show on the Food Network when they were 3 years old. By kindergarten, they were often helping out in the kitchen, and now 13, they attend classes at culinary school and are young expert chefs, cooking full dinners at home together (with a little grown-up help). They have cooked side-by-side with mentor chefs like Bob Blumer, television food personalities like Wolf Gang Puck and Michael Chiarello, and talk show hosts including Ellen Degeneres.
 

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$21.95
ISBN: 9780848704247
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Published: Cooking Light - October 7th, 2014

A People Magazine New Fall Cookbooks Pick Twelve-year-old Twin Chefs Lilly and Audrey are going to teach you and your kids how to make 85 taste bud-tingling recipes that are a blast to cook and eat With an emphasis on creativity, tasty flavor combinations and ease in preparation, We {Heart} Cooking is the perfect cookbook for kids and parents who want to prepar


1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Cathy Erway - The Food of Taiwan

Saturday, April 4, 2015 - 12:30pm

Taiwan, an island the size of Massachusetts, has a big presence in food and culture here in the states. Best-selling American authors, NBA stars, chefs, actors, scientists, journalists and many more hold a connection to the island and its traditions. Surprisingly, there has yet to be a collection of food insights and history of Taiwan—until now at least. In The Food of Taiwan, author Cathy Erway brings into focus those foods and the wild array of flavors that define Taiwan. The book serves as an insider’s look at the nation of Taiwan, its cuisine, and a visual journey through the country.

Cathy Erway is also the author of The Art of Eating In: How I Learned to Stop Spending and Love the Stove and the blog Not Eating Out In New York. She is the host of Heritage Radio Network’s “Eat Your Words” and has written for publications such as Saveur, PAPER magazine, and Serious Eats. As a half-Taiwanese, Cathy co-founded the Hapa Kitchen supper club.

The Food of Taiwan: Recipes from the Beautiful Island Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780544303010
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - March 24th, 2015

Acclaimed author Cathy Erway offers an insider's look at Taiwanese cooking--from home-style dishes to authentic street food


1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

CUESA Growing New Farmers Panel Discussion

Sunday, January 25, 2015 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

The average age of the American farmer is steadily increasing, and new farmers are entering the profession much more slowly than older farmers are retiring. To put it bluntly, the US farming population is aging and shrinking. Who will grow food for the next generation? Join CUESA and a panel of experts to discuss 4-H, beginning farmer programs, and what it takes for an aspiring farmer to achieve the dream.

Panelists:

Kenny Baker, farmer/owner, Lonely Mountain Farm

Kiera Butler, author of Raise: What 4-H Teaches Seven Million Kids and How Its Lessons Could Change Food & Farming Forever

Jennifer Taylor, director of the Center for Land-Based Learning’s California Farm Academy

Evan Wiig, executive director of the Farmers Guild
 

The talk will be followed by a reception with farmers market refreshments and a book signing with Kiera Butler (books sold by Book Passage).

Location: Port Commission Hearing Room, second floor of the Ferry Building, on The Embarcadero at Market Street, San Francisco

Cost: $5 at the door

RSVP to reserve a spot.

Port Commission Hearing Room, Ferry Building, 2nd Floor
1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

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