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Cooks with Books: Janet Fletcher - Wine Country Table (Insalata's Restaurant)

Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 6:30pm

Insalata's Restaurant, San Anselmo 
Tickets: $125 per person; $200 per couple (includes meal & book)

A luxurious guided tour of breathtaking farms and wineries with a garden-to-table cooking class from a prominent Napa Valley chef -- Wine Country Table showcases the spirit and dishes that make wine country entertaining an evergreen trend from coast to coast. Fifteen renowned producers whose sustainable practices show the future of responsible farming and winegrowing are profiled, including Cakebread Cellars, Domaine Carneros, Handley Cellars, and Tablas Creek Vineyard, along with Lodi Farming (cherries), Hilltop & Canyon Farms (avocadoes and citrus), and Henderson Orchards (pears).

Award-winning author Janet Fletcher's recipes turn any gathering into a celebration. Wine pairings and recommendations add sophistication to everyday meals. Wine Country Table shows readers firsthand how responsible growing practices and careful technique result in delicious dishes you'll be proud to share with family and friends.

Janet Fletcher is the author or co-author of nearly 30 books on food and beverage, including Cheese & Wine, Cheese & Beer, Yogurt: Sweet and Savory Recipes for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner, and Sur la Table's Eating Local: Recipes Inspired by America's Farmers. She publishes the weekly Planet Cheese blog and is the cheese columnist for Specialty Food and Somm Journal magazines. Fletcher's journalism has received three James Beard Awards and the IACP Bert Greene Award, and her food writing has appeared in numerous national publications, including the New York Times, Saveur, Fine Cooking, and Food & Wine.

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Our award-winning Cooks with Books events are held at outstanding Bay Area restaurants. The meal is inspired by the author/chefs who discuss their cookbooks with guests throughout the meal. These are happy, convivial events that often sell out quickly, so don’t wait to register! Event tickets include the meal, wine, tip, and a signed copy of the book.

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

Cooks with Books: Jamie Purviance - Weber's Ultimate Grilling (Left Bank Brasserie)

Sunday, June 2, 2019 - 6:30pm

Left Bank, Larkspur
Tickets: $115 per person; $175 per couple (includes meal & book)

This is your new go-to companion from the most trusted name in grilling. Much more than just a recipe collection, Weber’s Ultimate Grilling is an entirely new take on grilling today, with every recipe step visually depicted in full-color photography. With these extensively tested recipes, anyone—from amateur to ace—can be a barbecue genius. Foundational recipes for popular grilled foods—steak, burgers, pork chops, ribs, chicken breasts and wings, and salmon fillets—are masterfully explained in this keepsake classroom-in-a-book. “Flavor Bomb” spreads offer inspiring, weeknight-friendly recipe ideas for how to create wonderful variations of the most-loved grilled foods. And fun food science facts, along with infographics, illustrations, and tips, help you get the absolute best results every time.

Jamie Purviance is one of America’s top grilling experts and Weber’s master griller. He graduated from Stanford University and the Culinary Institute of America before launching a career as a food writer for publications such as Bon Appetit, Better Homes and Gardens, Fine Cooking, Town & Country, and the Los Angeles Times. He is the author of numerous cookbooks including Weber’s Way to Grill, a James Beard Award nominee and New York Times best seller. Purviance has appeared as a grilling authority on numerous television shows including Today, The Early Show, Good Morning America, and The Oprah Winfrey Show. He lives in Sacramento, California.

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Our award-winning Cooks with Books events are held at outstanding Bay Area restaurants. The meal is inspired by the author/chefs who discuss their cookbooks with guests throughout the meal. These are happy, convivial events that often sell out quickly, so don’t wait to register! Event tickets include the meal, wine, tip, and a signed copy of the book.

Left Bank Brasserie
507 Magnolia Avenue
Larkspur, CA 94939

Cooks with Books: Elizabeth Minchilli - The Italian Table (Left Bank Brasserie)

Sunday, May 5, 2019 - 6:30pm

Left Bank, Larkspur
Tickets: $115 per person; $175 per couple (includes meal & book)

The Italian Table delivers both parts of the fantasy and reality of Italian meals as they would be eaten on location. Combining menus and recipes with visual experience and inspiration--as well as insight into the traditions of the food and celebrations--it serves as a practical resource that gives home cooks and hosts step-by-step guidance on how to re-create these fabulous meals at their own tables.

Menus and recipes include: Eating in the Market in Florence with Coward's Spaghetti, Pappa al Pomodoro, and Apple Cake; A Sunday Lunch in Emilia-Romagna with Ricotta and Swiss Chard Tortelli, Vegetable Pie, and Stuffed Pork Roast; and A Table by the Sea in Positano with Mozzarella on Grilled Lemon Leaves, Squid and Walnut Salad, and Jackie O's Spaghetti. With a resources section for Italian ingredients; headnotes brimming with interesting history, recipe shortcuts, and serving suggestions; and menu introductions detailing what to drink, how to set the table, and how to time the preparation and the party itself, this is an essential guide for home cooks and those who love to entertain.

Elizabeth Minchilli has written about food, style, and architecture from her home in Italy for the past 25 years. Her website, Elizabeth Minchilli in Rome won a Saveur Blog Award for Best Culinary Coverage, an Italy Magazine Best Food Blog Award, and was named The Culture Trip Local Favorite. Elizabeth is the author of eight books, including Eating My Way Through Italy. She is also the founder of the Eat Italy app. Her books, blogs, apps, and food tours have been praised by the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Travel & Leisure, NPR, The Huffington Post, Condé Nast Traveler, and more.

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Our award-winning Cooks with Books events are held at outstanding Bay Area restaurants. The meal is inspired by the author/chefs who discuss their cookbooks with guests throughout the meal. These are happy, convivial events that often sell out quickly, so don’t wait to register! Event tickets include the meal, wine, tip, and a signed copy of the book.

 

Left Bank Brasserie
507 Magnolia Avenue
Larkspur, CA 94939

POSTPONED: Cooks with Books: Martina McBride - Martina’s Kitchen Mix: My Recipe Playlist for Real Life (LE Estates)

Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 12:00pm

 

IMPORTANT UPDATE: As a result of the ongoing wildfires in Northern California, tomorrow's event has been postponed. If you purchased tickets, you will be contacted by Book Passage. We hope to reschedule this event and will share information on a new date as soon as we have it.

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LE Estates, Napa
Tickets: $145 per person; $255 per couple (includes meal & book)


To country music icon Martina McBride, cooking and singing aren't all that different. When she makes something delicious, she wants to share it, which is a lot like sharing her music with an audience. When she's not on stage or in the studio, Martina is most likely experimenting in the kitchen and cooking with family and friends. Growing up on a farm in Kansas, Martina began helping her mother in the kitchen at an early age, preparing fresh-from-the-field ingredients. Meals and stories were shared daily around the table. It's a tradition she continues with her own family as often as she can because real life is what's worth celebrating. In this gorgeously photographed cookbook, readers will find more than 100 simple and satisfying recipes filled with fresh, seasonal ingredients and downhome flavor.

In Martina's Kitchen Mix, Martina encourages cooking "outside the lines" and shows you how to make cooking fun with creative "ad-lib" tips for recipe riffs you might consider. Mix things up in the kitchen and create your own delicious memories with her inspired recipes to feed a handful or a houseful. Whip up Martina's family favorites like her mother-in-law Flavia's Deviled Eggs, husband John's Bacon-Wrapped Olives, or her go-to Grilled Shrimp Tacos with Chipotle Sauce and Slaw. Plan a weekend brunch menu, serving Baked French Toast with Pecan Crumble and Blackberry-Maple Syrup and Hashbrown Breakfast Casserole with Tomato Gravy. Toast friends at happy hour with her Blackberry-Lemon Gin & Tonic while enjoying Grilled Sweet Peppers with Goat Cheese and Herbs. And when it's time to celebrate with family and indulge in dessert, try Martina's Fresh Apple Cake with Homemade Caramel Sauce or No-Bake Peanut Butter-Chocolate Cookies.

Martina McBride is a Kansas native and country music icon who made her debut on the charts in 1992. She has earned a string of hits across 13 albums, and has sold over 14 million albums. She is the author of Around the Table: Recipes and Inspiration for Gatherings Throughout the Year. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with her husband and three daughters.

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Our award-winning Cooks with Books events are held at outstanding Bay Area restaurants. The meal is inspired by the author/chefs who discuss their cookbooks with guests throughout the meal. These are happy, convivial events that often sell out quickly, so don’t wait to register! Event tickets include the meal, wine, tip, and a signed copy of the book.

LE Estates
2750 Las Amigas Rd.
Napa, CA 94559

Nick Offerman & Megan Mullally - The Greatest Love Story Ever Told (Curran)

Saturday, October 6, 2018 - 8:00pm

 

With Special Guests Tig Notaro and Stephanie Allynne!

This event is at the Curran in San Francisco. The ticket price is $50-$110, which includes a copy of the book. 
For tickets, click on “Register” to got to the Curran website to make your purchase.

In The Greatest Love Story Ever Told: An Oral History, Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman reveal the full story behind their epic romance -- presented in a series of intimate conversations between the couple, including photos, anecdotes, and the occasional puzzle.

The year: 2000. The setting: Los Angeles. A gorgeous virtuoso of an actress agreed to star in a random play, and a basement-dwelling scenic carpenter said he would assay a supporting role in the selfsame pageant. At the first rehearsal she surveyed her fellow cast members, determining if any of the men might qualify to provide her with a satisfying fling. Her gaze fell upon the carpenter, and like a bolt of lightning the thought struck her: no dice. Moving on.

Yet, unbeknownst to our protagonists, Cupid had merely set down his bow and picked up a rocket launcher...that fired a love rocket (not a euphemism). The players were Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman, and the resulting romance, once ignited, was...epic. Beyond epic. It resulted in a coupling that has endured to this day; a sizzling, perpetual tryst that has captivated the world with its kindness, athleticism, astonishingly low-brow humor, and true (fire emoji) passion.

How did they do it? They came from completely different families, ignored a significant age difference, and were separated by the gulf of several social strata. Megan loved books and art history; Nick loved hammers. But much more than these seemingly unsurpassable obstacles were the values they held in common: respect, decency, the ability to mention genitalia in almost any context, and an abiding obsession with the songs of Tom Waits.

Eighteen years later, they're still very much in love and have finally decided to reveal the philosophical mountains they have conquered, the lessons they've learned, and the myriad jigsaw puzzles they've completed. Presented as an oral history in a series of conversations between the couple, the book features anecdotes, hijinks, photos, and a veritable grab bag of tomfoolery. This is not only the intoxicating book that Mullally's and Offerman's fans have been waiting for, it might just hold the solution to the greatest threat facing our modern world: the single life.

Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally are actors, performers, and comedians. Together, they have appeared in the television shows Will & Grace, Parks & Recreation, and Children's Hospital, the movies Somebody Up There Likes Me, Kings of Summer, Infinity Baby, and Smashed, and the comedy tour "Summer of 69: No Apostrophe." They live in Los Angeles, California, with their pups.

 

Curran
445 Geary Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

Julian Castro - An Unlikely Journey (Dominican University)

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 7:00pm

Angelico Hall, Dominican University
Ticket: $40 (includes book)

*Tickets are available at the door.*

In An Unlikely Journey: Waking Up from My American Dream, the keynote speaker at the 2012 DNC, former San Antonio mayor and Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Julián Castro, tells his remarkable and inspiring life story.

In the spirit of a young Barack Obama's Dreams from My Father, comes a candid and compelling memoir about race and poverty in America. In many ways, there was no reason Julián Castro would have been expected to be a success. Born to unmarried parents in a poverty-stricken neighborhood of a struggling city, his prospects of escaping his circumstance seemed bleak.

But he and his twin brother Joaquín had something going for them: their mother. A former political activist, she provided the launch pad for what would become an astonishing ascent. Julián and Joaquín would go on to attend Stanford and Harvard before entering politics at the ripe age of 26. Soon after, Joaquin become a state representative and Julián was elected mayor of San Antonio, a city he helped revitalize and transform into one of the country's leading economies. His success in Texas propelled him onto the national stage, where he was the keynote speaker at the 2012 DNC--the same spot President Obama held three conventions prior--and then to Washington D.C. where he served as the Obama Administration's Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. After being shortlisted as a potential running mate for Hillary Clinton, he is now seen by many as a future presidential candidate.

Julián Castro's story not only affirms the American dream, but also resonates with millions, who in an age of political cynicism and hardening hearts are searching for a new hero. No matter one's politics, this book is the transcendent story of a resilient family and the unlikely journey of an emerging national icon.

Julian Castro is an American Democratic politician who served as the 16th United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under President Barack Obama from 2014 to 2017. Castro served as the mayor of San Antonio, Texas from 2009 to 2014 and was selected at the keynote speaker at the 2012 Democratic Convention.

 

Angelico Hall, Dominican University
20 Olive Avenue
San Rafael, CA 94941

Pete Souza - Shade (Curran)

Friday, October 19, 2018 - 7:00pm

This event is at the Curran in San Francisco. The ticket price is $55-$85, which includes a copy of the book (VIP option for $135 also available).
For tickets, click on “Register” to got to the Curran website to make your purchase.

From Pete Souza, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Obama: An Intimate Portrait, comes a powerful tribute to a bygone era of integrity in politics.

As Chief Official White House Photographer, Pete Souza spent more time alongside President Barack Obama than almost anyone else. His years photographing the President gave him an intimate behind-the-scenes view of the unique gravity of the Office of the Presidency -- and the tremendous responsibility that comes with it. Now, as a concerned citizen observing the Trump administration, he is standing up and speaking out.

Shade is a portrait in Presidential contrasts, telling the tale of the Obama and Trump administrations through a series of visual juxtapositions. Here, more than one hundred of Souza's unforgettable images of President Obama deliver new power and meaning when framed by the tweets, news headlines, and quotes that defined the first 500 days of the Trump White House.

What began with Souza's Instagram posts soon after President Trump's inauguration in January 2017 has become a potent commentary on the state of the Presidency, and our country. Some call this "throwing shade." Souza calls it telling the truth. In Shade, Souza's photographs are more than a rejoinder to the chaos, abuses of power, and destructive policies that now define our nation's highest office. They are a reminder of a President we could believe in, and a courageous defense of American values.

Pete Souza was the Chief Official White House Photographer for President Obama and the Director of the White House Photo Office. Previously Souza was an Assistant Professor of Photojournalism at Ohio University, the national photographer for the Chicago Tribune, a freelancer for National Geographic, and an Official White House Photographer for President Reagan. His books include the New York Times bestsellers Obama: An Intimate Portrait and The Rise of Barack Obama. Souza is currently a freelance photographer based in Washington, D.C., and a Professor Emeritus at Ohio University's School of Visual Communication.

 

The Curran
445 Geary St.
San Francisco, CA 94102

Eric Idle - Always Look on the Bright Side of Life (Curran)

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 - 7:00pm

In Conversation with Dave Eggers

This event is at the Curran in San Francisco. The ticket price is $45-$95, which includes a copy of the book.
For tickets, click on “Register” to got to the Curran website to make your purchase.

We know him best for his unforgettable roles on Monty Python -- from the Flying Circus to The Meaning of Life. Now, Eric Idle reflects on the meaning of his own life in this entertaining memoir that takes us on a remarkable journey from his childhood in an austere boarding school through his successful career in comedy, television, theater, and film. Coming of age as a writer and comedian during the Sixties and Seventies, Eric stumbled into the crossroads of the cultural revolution and found himself rubbing shoulders with the likes of George Harrison, David Bowie, and Robin Williams, all of whom became dear lifelong friends.

With anecdotes sprinkled throughout involving other close friends and luminaries such as Mike Nichols, Mick Jagger, Steve Martin, Paul Simon, Lorne Michaels, and many more, as well as the Pythons themselves, Eric captures a time of tremendous creative output with equal parts hilarity and heart. In Always Look on the Bright Side of Life, named for the song he wrote for Life of Brian and which has since become the number one song played at funerals in the UK, he shares the highlights of his life and career with the kind of offbeat humor that has delighted audiences for five decades. The year 2019 marks the fiftieth anniversary of The Pythons, and Eric is marking the occasion with this hilarious memoir chock full of behind-the-scenes stories from a high-flying life featuring everyone from Princess Leia to Queen Elizabeth.

Eric Idle is a comedian, actor, author, and singer-songwriter who found immediate fame on television with the sketch-comedy show Monty Python's Flying Circus. Following its success, they began making films that include Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975), Life of Brian (1979) and The Meaning of Life (1983). Eric wrote, directed, and created The Rutles, the world's first-ever mockumentary, as well as the Tony Award-winning musical, Spamalot (2005). He lives in Los Angeles.

 

Curran
445 Geary Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

Cooks with Books: Dorie Greenspan - Everyday Dorie (Left Bank Restaurant)

Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 6:30pm

Left Bank Restaurant, Larkspur
Tickets: $120 per person; $185 per couple (includes meal & book)

Online ticket sales have now closed. Please call (415) 927-0960 ext. 233 to inquire about waitlist availability.

To the hundreds of thousands who follow her on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, Dorie Greenspan’s food is powerfully cookable—her recipes instant classics. In Everyday Dorie, she invites readers into her kitchen to savor the dishes that she makes all the time, from Miso-Glazed Salmon to Lemon Goop.

What makes a “Dorie recipe”?

Each one has a small surprise that makes it special. Mustard and walnuts in the cheese puffs. Cherry tomatoes stuffed into red bell peppers and oven-charred. Cannellini beans in cod en papillote. The dishes are practical, made with common ingredients from the supermarket, farmers’ market, or pantry, like Sweet Chili Chicken Thighs, which is both weeknight simple and fine enough for company, and Eton Mess, a beautifully casual dessert of crumbled meringue, fruit, and whipped cream. They are easygoing, providing swaps and substitutions. They invite mixing and matching. Many can be served as dinner, or as a side dish, or as an appetizer, or hot, cold, or room temperature. And every single one is like a best friend in the kitchen, full of Dorie’s infectious love of cooking and her trademark hand-holding directions.

Inducted into the James Beard Foundation’s Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America, Dorie Greenspan is the author of Dorie's Cookies, a 2017 James Beard Award-winner for Best Baking and Dessert book; Around My French Table, a New York Times bestseller that wasnnamed Cookbook of the Year by the IACP; Baking Chez Moi, also a Times bestseller; and Baking: From My Home to Yours, a James Beard Award winner. She lives in New York City, Westbrook, Connecticut, and Paris.

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Our award-winning Cooks with Books events are held at outstanding Bay Area restaurants. The meal is inspired by the author/chefs who discuss their cookbooks with guests throughout the meal. These are happy, convivial events that often sell out quickly, so don’t wait to register! Event tickets include the meal, wine, tip, and a signed copy of the book.

 

Left Bank Restaurant
507 Magnolia Ave.
Larkspur, CA 94939

Cooks with Books: Cara Black - Murder on the Left Bank (Left Bank Restaurant)

Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 6:30pm

Left Bank Restaurant, Larkspur
Tickets: $100 per person; $160 per couple (includes meal & book)

Please note: online ticket sales are now closed. Please call Kathryn Petrocelli (415-927-0960 ext. 239) for ticket availability.

What better way to solve a murder mystery on the Left Bank than to be at the Left Bank? Join us for a fun evening with fellow sleuths and foodies for a French-inspired meal and discussion with Cara Black, author of eighteen books in the New York Times bestselling detective series set in Paris. Murder on the Left Bank is a beautifully crafted page turner that has all of Black’s trademark ingredients including suspenseful plotting, sharp dialogue, and colorful sights and smells of Paris. Readers will visit an ancient royal tapestry factory, art galleries, pungent cafes, and lesser known parts of Paris—all on a pink Vespa.

 

Left Bank Restaurant
507 Magnolia Ave.
Larkspur, CA 94939

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