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Matthew Weiner - Heather, the Totality (San Rafael)

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 7:30pm

Introduced by Tom Barbash
In conversation with Michael Krasny

Hoytt Theater, Osher Marin JCC
Tickets: $45 (one ticket & one signed book); $65 (two tickets & one signed book)

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

This event is in association with the Osher Marin JCC

A collision course between a privileged family and a dangerous young man, Heather, the Totality is a chilling debut novel by Matthew Weiner.

"This short novel of upper-crust anomie and class-divide obsession is a scorcher! It's the classic noir construction: the short walk off the long ledge and the plummet to an indifferent Hell. Matthew Weiner demonically delivers the goods! Read this book in one gasping breath."—James Ellroy, author of L.A. Confidential and Perfidia

"Heather, The Totality is a tour de force of control, tone and razor-slash insight. In its clear-eyed anatomist's gaze and its remarkable combination of empathy and pitilessness I hear echoes of Flaubert and Richard Yates, with a deeply twisted twist of Muriel Spark at her darkest. I could not put it down." —Michael Chabon, author of Moonglow

"Heather, The Totality gripped me at once and had me spellbound. It was partly the absolute certainty of the world he was describing, the sense that beyond these brilliantly chosen details there was a wealth of similarly truthful social and psychological perception unstated. And partly the slightly fastidious form, the sound of a voice a hair's breadth away from affectation, but so firmly where it was that there was no question of turning away and not hearing what was going to come next. Then there was the ice-cold mercilessness, of a kind that reminded me (oddly, I suppose, but there it was) of Evelyn Waugh."—Philip Pullman, author of His Dark Materials

"I cringed and shuddered my way through this short, daring novel to its terrible inevitable end. Each neat, measured paragraph carpaccios its characters to get to the book's heart - one of Boschian self-cannibalising isolation. A stunning novel. Heather, The Totality blew me away."—Nick Cave

Matthew Weiner has been entertaining audiences for two decades, most recently as writer, creator, executive producer and director of Mad Men, one of television's most honored series. He also worked as a writer and executive producer on The Sopranos

 

Heather, the Totality Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780316435314
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Little Brown and Company - November 7th, 2017

The explosive debut novel - about family, power and privilege - from the creator of the award-winning Mad Men.
Named a Barnes & Noble Best Book of the Year


Osher Marin JCC
200 N San Pedro Road
San Rafael, CA 94903

CANCELLED: Daniel Patterson and Mandy Aftel - The Art of Flavor (San Francisco)

Saturday, December 9, 2017 - 12:30pm

Tickets: $120 per person (includes meal & book)
Alta, San Francisco

Please note: this event has been cancelled.

Two masters of composition - a chef and a perfumer - present a revolutionary new approach to creating delicious food.

Michelin three-star chef Daniel Patterson and celebrated natural perfumer Mandy Aftel are experts at orchestrating ingredients. Yet in a world awash in cooking shows and food blogs, they noticed, home cooks get little guidance in the art of flavor. In this trailblazing guide, they share the secrets to making the most of your ingredients via an indispensable set of tools and principles:

  • The Four Rules for creating flavor
  • A Flavor Compass that points the way to transformative combinations
  • "Locking," "burying," and other aspects of cooking alchemy
  • The flavor-heightening effects of cooking methods
  • The Seven Dials that let you fine-tune a dish

With more than eighty recipes that demonstrate each concept and put it into practice, The Art of Flavor is food for the imagination that will help cooks at any level to become flavor virtuosos.

Daniel Patterson founded San Francisco's Michelin three-star Coi and several other Bay Area restaurants; most recently, he cofounded the acclaimed "revolutionary fast food" venture LocoL. His awards include Food & Wine's Best New Chef and a James Beard Award for Best Chef in the West. Patterson is the author of two previous books, and his essays have appeared in The New York Times, Food & Wine, Financial Times, San Francisco Magazine, and Lucky Peach.

Mandy Aftel is an internationally known artisan perfumer and award-winning author, most recently of Fragrant: The Secret Life of Scent. She has participated in many exhibitions, panels, and conferences on scent and food, and regularly collaborates with chefs and mixologists. She and her work have been featured in The New York Times, Vogue, Vanity Fair, Gourmet, Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, O, The Oprah Magazine, and Elle, on CNN, and in countless blogs. Aftel lives in Berkeley, California.

Event tickets include the meal, wine, tip, tax, and a signed copy of the book.

 

The Art of Flavor: Practices and Principles for Creating Delicious Food Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781594634307
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Riverhead Books - August 1st, 2017

As seen in Food52, Los Angeles Times, and Bloomberg


Alta
1420 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

John Green - Turtles All the Way Down (San Francisco)

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 7:00pm

Tickets: $35 - $50 (includes signed book)
The Curran, San Francisco

Join #1 bestselling author John Green and special guest Hank Green on tour in support of John’s new novel, Turtles All the Way Down. In this multimedia event, the brothers will talk about John’s latest book, answer audience questions, perform live music, and more. All tickets include an autographed copy of Turtles All the Way Down.

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#1 bestselling author John Green returns with his first new novel since The Fault in Our Stars

Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there's a hundred thousand dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett's son, Davis.

Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.

In his long-awaited return, John Green, the acclaimed, award-winning author of Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars, shares Aza's story with shattering, unflinching clarity in this brilliant novel of love, resilience, and the power of lifelong friendship.

John Green is the award-winning, #1 bestselling author of Looking for Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines, Paper Towns, Will Grayson, Will Grayson (with David Levithan), and The Fault in Our Stars. His many accolades include the Printz Medal, a Printz Honor, and the Edgar Award. John has twice been a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize and was selected by TIME magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. With his brother, Hank, John is one half of the Vlogbrothers and co-created the online educational series CrashCourse. You can join the millions who follow him on Twitter @johngreen and Instagram @johngreenwritesbooks or visit him online at johngreenbooks.com. John lives with his family in Indianapolis, Indiana.

 

Turtles All the Way Down Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780525555360
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - October 10th, 2017

"Wrenching and revelatory." An instant #1 bestseller, the widely acclaimed Turtles All the Way Down is John Green's brilliant and shattering new novel.

"A tender story about learning to cope when the world feels out of control." - People


The Curran
445 Geary Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

Cooks with Books: David Tanis - David Tanis Market Cooking (Larkspur)

Monday, November 13, 2017 - 6:30pm

Left Bank Restaurant, Larkspur
Tickets: $115 per person; $180 per couple (one book)

David Tanis returns to Left Bank to discuss David Tanis Market Cooking. Tanis describes how to shop for the best ingredients at the market with tips on how to discern the best quality of each, and the ideal recipes. He offers over 200 recipes and 300 color photographs with each chapter organized by ingredients. Tanis worked as a professional chef for over 3 decades including chef at Chez Panisse in Berkeley, is the author of several highly acclaimed cookbooks and currently writes for the food section in the New York Times.

 

 

David Tanis Market Cooking: Recipes and Revelations, Ingredient by Ingredient Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9781579656287
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Artisan Publishers - October 3rd, 2017

Named a Best Cookbook to Give and Get by Food & Wine, Martha Stewart Living, the Boston Globe, the Chicago Tribune, the Houston Chronicle, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, and Eater


Left Bank Restaurant
507 Magnolia Ave.
Larkspur, CA 94939

POSTPONED: Cooks with Books: Thomas Keller & Roland G. Henin - Roland G. Henin (Yountville)

Saturday, November 4, 2017 - 3:00pm

Finesse, The Store; Yountville
Tickets: $90 per person (includes signed book)

This is a signing/reception only with bites and bubbles

Please note: this event has been postponed. We look forward to announcing a rescheduled date shortly.

Join us for a rare chance to meet two culinary greats, Chef Roland G. Henin and Chef Thomas Keller, mentor and mentee.

In Chef Henin’s new memoir, Roland G. Henin: 50 Years of Mentoring Great American Chefs, he shares anecdotes through dozens of interviews with his mentees and describes behind the scenes glimpses of the culinary world.

Join us for an afternoon reception to celebrate the life and legacy of Roland Henin, a Certified Master Chef who was among the first European chefs to cross the Atlantic to bring classic cuisine to the US.

Chef Keller has written the foreword and is the award-winning chef/proprietor at 6 restaurants and 5 bakeries, author of numerous cookbooks and owner of Finesse, The Store.

 

 

 

 

Roland G. Henin: 50 Years of Mentoring Great American Chefs Cover Image
By Susan Crowther, Thomas Keller (Foreword by), Raimund Hofmeister (Afterword by)
$27.99
ISBN: 9781510728004
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Skyhorse Publishing - October 10th, 2017

Certified Master Chef Roland G. Henin has been our nation's top culinary mentor for the past fifty years, training such prestigious chefs as Chef Thomas Keller of French Laundry and Per Se and Certified Master Chef Ron DeSantis. For the first time, his story is being told--from his own perspective and through the lens of some of America's most prominent chefs.


Finessee, The Store
6540 Washington Street
Yountville, CA 94599

Cooks with Books: Gail Simmons - Bringing It Home (Larkspur)

Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 6:30pm

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

Bringing it Home is the long-awaited cookbook from the well-loved judge on Bravo’s popular food show Top Chef. In her book, Gail Simmons shares her best recipes and experiences from her travels and from her Top Chef culinary adventures. She has taken some of the best dishes you’ve seen cooked on TV and presented them in a way for viewers to make at home. These are smart, simple cooking techniques for both family meals and easy entertaining.

From Bloody Mary eggs to Singapore Style Hokkien Noodles to Fish Tacos with Soy Lime Crema, all her recipes are made from accessible ingredients to help make family meals healthy and quick.

Simmons was head critic on Top Chef Duels and host of Top Chef Desserts as well as a frequent guest on the Today Show, Good Morning America, and more.

Event tickets include the meal, wine, tip, tax, and a signed copy of the book.

 

Bringing It Home: Favorite Recipes from a Life of Adventurous Eating Cover Image
By Gail Simmons, Mindy Fox (With), Tom Colicchio (Foreword by)
$30.00
ISBN: 9781455542208
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Grand Central Life & Style - October 24th, 2017

The cookbook that Top Chef fans have been waiting for, from the celebrated judge who makes delicious food and inspired cooking accessible for home cooks.


Left Bank Restaurant
507 Magnolia Ave.
Larkspur, CA 94939

Cooks with Books: Jacques Pépin - A Grandfather's Lessons (Peju Winery)

Saturday, April 14, 2018 - 6:30pm

Peju Winery, Rutherford
Tickets: $145 per person (includes meal & book)

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Please Note: This event is sold out. For waitlist availability, please call (415) 927-0960 ext. 1.

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The grand master of cooking has a new apprentice in the kitchen: his granddaughter.

Jacques Pépin is one of the nation’s most famous cooking teachers, renowned for his knife skills. Ever since she was very young, his granddaughter, Shorey, has loved “helping” him in the kitchen. Now that she is twelve, Jacques gives his charismatic pupil a short course on preparing “food that is plain, but elegant, and more than anything, fun.” In the process, he proves himself as inspiring to her as he is to the country’s greatest chefs. Curly hot dogs, spinach with croutons, sushi salmon cakes, skillet bread and homemade butter, raspberry cake: These recipes will become irresistible new classics for kids. In A Grandfather's Lessons, Jacques also imparts lessons in kitchen etiquette, from how to set a table to how to fold a napkin properly—even how to load a dishwasher. And perhaps the most important lesson of all: that the best meals are the ones shared at home with family.

The winner of sixteen James Beard Awards and author of twenty-nine cookbooks, including Jacques Pépin Heart & Soul in the Kitchen and Essential Pépin, Jacques Pépin has starred in twelve acclaimed PBS cooking series. He was awarded France's highest distinction, the Legion of Honor.

Event tickets include the meal, wine, tip, tax, and a signed copy of the book.

 

A Grandfather's Lessons: In the Kitchen with Shorey Cover Image
By Jacques Pepin, Tom Hopkins (Photographer)
$30.00
ISBN: 9780544824393
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - September 12th, 2017

The grand master of cooking has a new apprentice in the kitchen: his granddaughter.


Peju Province Winery
8466 St. Helena Hwy
Rutherford, CA 94573

Cooks with Books: Jacques Pépin - A Grandfather's Lessons (Left Bank)

Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 6:30pm

Left Bank, Larkspur
Tickets: $145 per person (includes meal & book)

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Note: Ticketholders for the original Oct. 20 date do not need to purchase tickets again. Staff will contact you regarding the new date.

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**Registration closed, for waitlist please call 415 927-0960 ext. #1**

The grand master of cooking has a new apprentice in the kitchen: his granddaughter.

Jacques Pépin is one of the nation’s most famous cooking teachers, renowned for his knife skills. Ever since she was very young, his granddaughter, Shorey, has loved “helping” him in the kitchen. Now that she is twelve, Jacques gives his charismatic pupil a short course on preparing “food that is plain, but elegant, and more than anything, fun.” In the process, he proves himself as inspiring to her as he is to the country’s greatest chefs. Curly hot dogs, spinach with croutons, sushi salmon cakes, skillet bread and homemade butter, raspberry cake: These recipes will become irresistible new classics for kids. In A Grandfather's Lessons, Jacques also imparts lessons in kitchen etiquette, from how to set a table to how to fold a napkin properly—even how to load a dishwasher. And perhaps the most important lesson of all: that the best meals are the ones shared at home with family.

The winner of sixteen James Beard Awards and author of twenty-nine cookbooks, including Jacques Pépin Heart & Soul in the Kitchen and Essential Pépin, Jacques Pépin has starred in twelve acclaimed PBS cooking series. He was awarded France's highest distinction, the Legion of Honor.

Event tickets include the meal, wine, tip, tax, and a signed copy of the book.

 

A Grandfather's Lessons: In the Kitchen with Shorey Cover Image
By Jacques Pepin, Tom Hopkins (Photographer)
$30.00
ISBN: 9780544824393
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - September 12th, 2017

The grand master of cooking has a new apprentice in the kitchen: his granddaughter.


Left Bank Restaurant
507 Magnolia Ave.
Larkspur, CA 94939

Dan Rather - What Unites Us (San Rafael)

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 - 7:00pm

In conversation with co-author Elliot Kirschner

Angelico Hall, Dominican University of California
Tickets: $40 (includes book)

*This event is now sold out. Please call the store at (415) 927-0960 ext. 1 for waitlist availability.*  

"I find myself thinking deeply about what it means to love America, as I surely do."

At a moment of crisis over our national identity, Dan Rather has been reflecting—and writing passionately almost every day on social media—about the world we live in, what our core ideals have been and should be, and what it means to be an American. Now, in a collection of wholly original essays, the venerated television journalist celebrates our shared values and what matters most in our great country, and shows us what patriotism looks like. Writing about the institutions that sustain us, such as public libraries, public schools, and national parks; the values that have transformed us, such as the struggle for civil rights; and the drive toward science and innovation that has made the United States great, Rather will bring to bear his decades of experience on the frontlines of the world's biggest stories, and offer readers a way forward.

After a career spent as reporter and anchor for CBS News, where he interviewed every living President since Eisenhower and was on the ground for every major event, from the assassination of John F. Kennedy to Watergate to 9/11, Rather has in the last year also become a hugely popular voice of reason on social media, with more than two million Facebook followers and an engaged new audience who help to make many of his posts go viral. With his famously plainspoken voice and a fundamental sense of hope, Dan Rather has written the book to inspire conversation and listening, and to remind us all how we are ultimately united.

What Unites Us will be a must-read for everyone you know who is engaged in the urgent national conversation right now—and interested in our place in history going forward.

With a storied career that has spanned more than six decades, Dan Rather has earned his place as one of the world's best-known journalists. He has interviewed every president since Eisenhower and, over that time, personally covered almost every important dateline in the United States and around the world. Rather joined CBS News in 1962. He quickly rose through the ranks, and in 1981 he assumed the position of Anchor and Managing Editor of the CBS Evening News—a post he held for twenty-four years. His reporting across the network helped turn 60 Minutes into an institution, launched 48 Hours as an innovative news magazine program, and shaped countless specials and documentaries. Upon leaving CBS, Rather returned to the in-depth reporting he always loved, creating the Emmy Award winning Dan Rather Reports on HDNet. Now, building upon that foundation, he is president and CEO of News and Guts, an independent production company he founded that specializes in high-quality nonfiction content across a range of traditional and digital distribution channels.

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Please note: Tickets are non-refundable

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What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9781616207823
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Algonquin Books - November 7th, 2017

AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

"I find myself thinking deeply about what it means to love America, as I surely do." --Dan Rather


Angelico Hall, Dominican University
20 Olive Avenue
San Rafael, CA 94901

Khizr Khan - An American Family (San Rafael)

Monday, December 4, 2017 - 7:00pm

In conversation with Book Passage co-owner William Petrocelli

Angelico Hall, Dominican University of California
Tickets: $40 (includes signed book)

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

This inspiring memoir by Gold Star parent and captivating DNC speaker Khizr Khan is the story of one family’s pursuit of the American dream and why—especially in these tumultuous times—we must not be afraid to step forward for what we believe in when it matters most.

An American Family is an intensely personal story about the nature of true patriotism and what it’s like to risk everything you know for the promise of a 226-year-old piece of parchment. As Khizr Khan traces his remarkable journey—from humble beginnings on a poultry farm in Pakistan to obtaining a degree from Harvard Law School and raising a family in America—he shows what it means to leave the limitations of one’s country behind for the best values and promises of another. He also tells the story of the Khans’ middle child, U.S. Army Captain Humayun Khan, who was killed while protecting his base camp in Iraq, and the ways in which their undying pride in him and his sacrifice have helped them endure the deepest despair a parent can know.

The book is a stark depiction of what an American looks like, what being a nation of immigrants really means, and what it is to live—rather than simply to pay lip service to—our ideals.
    
Khizr Khan was born in 1950, the eldest of ten children, to poultry farming parents in Gujranwala, a city in rural Pakistan. He moved to the United States with his wife Ghazala in 1980. The couple became American citizens in 1986, and raised their three sons in Silver Lake, Maryland. His middle son, Captain Humayun Khan, was killed in 2004 in a suicide attack near Baqubah, Iraq, and was posthumously awarded a Purple Heart and Bronze Star. Khizr works as a legal consultant, and is involved with the University of Virginia’s ROTC program.

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Please note: Tickets are non-refundable

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An American Family: A Memoir of Hope and Sacrifice Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780399592492
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Random House - October 24th, 2017

This inspiring memoir by the Muslim American Gold Star father and captivating DNC speaker is the story of one family's pursuit of the American dream.

NAMED ONE OF THE FIVE BEST MEMOIRS OF THE YEAR BY THE WASHINGTON POST


Angelico Hall, Dominican University
20 Olive Avenue
San Rafael, CA 94901

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