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Dining with Writers: Pati Jinich - Mexican Today

Sunday, April 17, 2016 - 6:30pm

Please note: this event has been cancelled.

Spinster Sisters Restraurant, Santa Rosa
 

On her PBS TV series, now in its fifth season, as well as in frequent appearances on shows like "The Chew," Pati Jinich, a busy mother of three, has shown a flair for making Mexican cooking irresistibly accessible. In Mexican Today, she shares easy, generous dishes, both traditional ones and her own new spins. Some are regional recipes she has recovered from the past and updated, like Miners Enchiladas with fresh vegetables and cheese or Drunken Rice with Chicken and Chorizo, a specialty of the Yucatan. Sweaty Tacos with ripe tomatoes and cheese are so convenient they re sold on Mexican streets by bicyclists. Her grandmother's Cornflake Cookies feel just as contemporary now as they did then.Pati has Mexed up other recipes in such family favorites as Mexican Pizza with Grilled Skirt Steak and Onions. Still other dishes show the evolution of Mexican food north and south of the border, including Mexican Dreamboat Hotdogs and Cal-Mex Fish Tacos with Creamy Slaw. This food will draw everyone together a family at the end of a working day, a book club, or a neighborhood potluck. Throughout, Pati is an infectious cheerleader, sharing stores of the food, people, and places behind the recipes.

Pati Jinich is the host of the popular PBS show Pati's Mexican Table and the official chef of the Mexican Cultural Institute. She has appeared on the Food Network, Fox News, NPR, and The Splendid Table, and appears regularly on NBC's Today Show, ABC's The Chew, and CBS's The Talk. She hosts live programs for the Smithsonian Institution and has cooked at the Blair House, the official guest house for the President of the United States.

 

Mexican Today: New and Rediscovered Recipes for Contemporary Kitchens Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780544557246
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Published: Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - April 12th, 2016

Intriguing recipes for everyday meals from the host of the PBS series Pati's Mexican Table


Spinster Sisters
401 South A Street
Santa Rosa, CA 95401

Kate Hudson - Pretty Happy

Wednesday, February 24, 2016 - 7:00pm

In conversation with Christine Bronstein

Please note: this event is now sold out! To inquire about waitlist availability, please call (415) 927-0960.

Angelico Hall, Dominican University of California
Tickets: $35 (includes signed copy of Pretty Happy)

I didn’t just wake up one day understanding how to take care of myself. I had to learn how to do so over time, and I continue to learn—each and every day.This is a process, and my body is constantly changing. So is yours. And when I learned how to accept that I will always be like this, I relaxed. Our bodies do not stand still for time.

When you understand yourself and connect to how you can become body smart, you realize pretty quickly that the perfect, the ideal is not the goal. Instead, the goal is feeling good in your body. That’s what leads to confidence, to feeling and looking fit, and being pretty happy. Doesn’t that sound great? I think so! 

In almost every interview she gives, Kate Hudson is asked the same questions: What do you eat? How do you stay so fit? What workout do you do? What's your secret? Well, the secret is that the sound bites the media loves so much don?t tell the story, and the steps you need to take to have a healthy, vibrant and happy life can’t be captured in a short interview. The key to living well, and healthy, is to plug into what your body needs, understanding that one size does not fit all, all the time, and being truly honest with yourself about your goals and desires.

Like everyone else, Kate is constantly on the move, with a life full of work, family, responsibilities and relationships. In Pretty Happy, Kate explains how she honors her body through exercise, mindfulness about what she eats, and the flexibility to go back to the drawing board, setting fresh goals rather than holding herself to unrealistic standards of perfection. Focusing on the Four Pillars of Health to enhance her well-being, Hudson shows the benefits of:

• Cultivating an Intuitive Relationship With Your Body
• Eating Well
• Awakening Your Body Through Movement
• The Miracle of Mindfullness

Full of questionnaires to help you assess your Body Type and your stress levels, advice about cleanses and keeping your diet and body balanced, and plenty of interactive Drawing Board exercises, this is a beautiful, insightful, and personal look at health from the inside out, an authentic plan for an authentic life from a woman who truly lives what she speaks.

Kate Hudson is an internationally-renowned actress, fashion icon, humanitarian, and founder of the activewear line, Fabletics. She was nominated for an Academy Award and won a Golden Globe Award for her breakthrough performance in Almost Famous. The mother of two sons, Kate makes her home in Los Angeles, California.

Christine Bronstein is the founder of Nothing But The Truth Publishing, an independent publishing house specializing in works by diverse female authors.  She is also the author of the award-winning Stewie BOOM! children’s book series.  In 2009, she started A Band of Women, a social network and information website for women. Chris's writing has been published on Forbes.com, as well as in the San Francisco Chronicle, Huffington Post, and on Maria Shriver’s website. She has been featured in Elle, 7x7 Magazine and The San Francisco Chronicle. She is married to journalist Phil Bronstein, who is the Executive Board Chair of the Center for Investigative Reporting. Chris is mother to three school age children and ten animals. Chris earned her MBA from Columbia University and is a member of the honor society, Beta Gamma Sigma. For eight years, Chris was CEO of one of the few women run, venture-backed health and fitness companies in the U.S. She was also president of a child-welfare foundation for three years.

 

Pretty Happy: Healthy Ways to Love Your Body Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062434234
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Published: Dey Street Books - February 16th, 2016

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELER


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

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.


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
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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


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
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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: Jane Sigal - Bistronomy (Left Bank Restaurant)

Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 6:30pm

Left Bank Restaurant in Larkspur • Single $120; Couple $185 (one book)

This event is now SOLD OUT.

French food reimagined by a new generation of chefs. There is a new movement afoot in Paris. Young chefs have turned their backs on stuffiness and are creating an experience that is more fun and a lot less formal. In tiny independent bistros mostly on the outskirts of the city, they are turning out fantastically inventive food that bypasses many of the old sauces and relies instead on the vibrancy of responsibly sourced ingredients. Because they are working in tiny kitchens with little or no staff, advance preparation is esteemed. (Good news for the home cook looking to crib kitchen notes.) Among their tricks (which could fit easily into anyone’s repertoire) are finding inspired uses for humble root vegetables like rutabaga and parsnips, presenting a vegetable raw and cooked in the same dish, and revitalizing the classic crumble for dessert. In Bistronomy, Jane Sigal captures these chefs’ creative approach, culling recipes that translate their genius in ways the home cook can achieve. From L’Ami Jean’s chef Stéphane Jégo comes the soulful but unexpected Winter Squash Soup, accented with a cocoa whipped cream. Haricots Verts Salad with Strawberries and Feta is a charmer from Atsumi Sota at Clown Bar. And there is the showstopping Cherry and Beet Pavlova from Sean Kelly. The more than one hundred dishes in Bistronomy prove that these Paris bistros have become the idea factories of the culinary world. Like a trip to Paris, Bistronomy will make you fall in love with French cooking all over again.

Sigal lived in Paris for twelve years and earned a Grand Diplôme at L’École de Cuisine La Varenne. She’s a contributing writer at Food & Wine, and her articles appear in such publications as the New York Times, Saveur, The Wall Street Journal, Every Day with Rachael Ray, and Time Out New York.

The ticket includes the meal, wine, tax, tip, and a signed copy of the book.

Bistronomy: Recipes from the Best New Paris Bistros Cover Image
By Jane Sigal, Patricia Wells (Foreword by), Fredrika Stjarne (Photographer)
$39.95
ISBN: 9780847846108
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Published: Rizzoli International Publications - September 22nd, 2015

Finalist for the IACP Cookbook Award, Chefs and Restaurants


Left Bank Restaurant
507 Magnolia Ave.
Larkspur, CA 94939

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
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
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

Bryan Stevenson - Just Mercy (Congregation Rodef Sholom)

Tuesday, January 26, 2016 - 6:30pm

Congregation Rodef Sholom, San Rafael

Free & open to the public, but RSVP required. To RSVP, contact Molly at molly@rodefsholom.org or (415) 479-3441

Bryan Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need: the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of our criminal justice system. One of his first cases was that of Walter McMillian, a young man who was sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he didn’t commit. The case drew Bryan into a tangle of conspiracy, political machination, and legal brinksmanship—and transformed his understanding of mercy and justice forever. Just Mercy is at once an unforgettable account of an idealistic, gifted young lawyer’s coming of age, a moving window into the lives of those he has defended, and an inspiring argument for compassion in the pursuit of justice.

Bryan Stevenson is the executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama, and a professor of law at New York University Law School. He has won relief for dozens of condemned prisoners, argued five times before the Supreme Court, and won national acclaim for his work challenging bias against the poor and people of color. He has received numerous awards, including the MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Grant.

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780812984965
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Published: Spiegel & Grau - August 18th, 2015

#1 New York Times Bestseller - Named one of the Best Books of the Year by The New York Times - The Washington Post - The Boston Globe - The Seattle Times - Esquire - Time


Congregation Rodef Sholom
170 N San Pedro Rd
San Rafael, CA 94903

Dr. Christine Carter - The Sweet Spot (Edna McGuire School)

Thursday, January 7, 2016 - 7:00pm

Edna McGuire School in Mill Valley

Join It Takes A Village + Mill Valley Middle School PTSA as they welcome Dr. Christine Carter to Edna McGuire, a great way to kick off the New Year!  The topic of this Parent Ed is "New Year New You - How to Find Greater Ease in 2016!"  Dr. Carter will also be touching on points from her new book The Sweet Spot: How to Find Your Groove at Home & Work and you will walk away with some tips & tricks from Dr. Carter's 90 Days to a New Habit to achieve that new you!

Reserved seats for the first 100 book purchasers!

 

The Sweet Spot: How to Find Your Groove at Home and Work Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780553392043
Availability: Special Order
Published: Ballantine Books - January 20th, 2015

Learn how to achieve more by doing less Live in that zone you've glimpsed but can't seem to hold on to--the sweet spot where you have the greatest strength, but also the greatest ease.


Edna McGuire School
80 Lomita Drive
Mill Valley, CA 94941

Arianna Huffington - The Sleep Revolution (Dominican University)

Saturday, April 9, 2016 - 7:00pm

Angelico Hall, Dominican University of California
Tickets: $35 (includes signed copy of The Sleep Revolution)

Tickets available at the door! Questions? Call (415) 927-0960 x 1.

In her new book, Arianna Huffington, the co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post, and the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Thrive delves into the sleep revolution that is happening all across the world - a revolution that can transform our lives. Sleep, she writes, is one of humanity’s great unifiers, binding us to each other, to our ancestors, to our past, and to the future. Yet we find ourselves in the middle of a crisis of sleep deprivation, with devastating effects on our health, our happiness, our job performance, and our relationships. Only by renewing our relationship with sleep, she writes, can we take control of our lives, live more fully, be more engaged with ourselves and with the world, and more able to meet the inevitable challenges we all face.

In Thrive, Arianna Huffington introduced her readers to the importance of sleep as a part of redefining success through well-being, wisdom, wonder, and giving. The topic struck such a powerful chord, resonating so intensely with her readers and her audiences around the world that she realized the power of sleep needed a full exploration. The result is a sweeping, scientifically rigorous, and deeply personal look at sleep, from its history though the ages and the current crisis of sleep deprivation, to the mysteries of dreams and the golden age of sleep science that is revealing all the ways sleep plays a vital role in our health, happiness, well-being, and productivity.

In The Sleep Revolution, Arianna identifies the many ways our cultural dismissal of sleep as time wasted undermines our health and our decision-making, and ravages our relationships, our work lives, and even our sex lives. She takes on sleep from every angle, exploring the latest science on sleep, the manipulative and dangerous sleeping pill industry, and all the ways our addiction to technology disrupts our sleep. She also presents scientific recommendations and expert tips on how we can all achieve better and more restorative sleep, and learn how to make the power of sleep work for us.

Most important, by highlighting the many areas where sleep’s benefits are being rediscovered - from the world of sports and technology to college campuses, the hotel industry, and even workplaces around the world - she points the way forward to amazing innovations, reforms, and inventions rooted in our new love affair with sleep.

In today’s 24/7 fast-paced, always-connected, perpetually harried, and sleep-deprived world, the hunger for sleep is only getting stronger. The Sleep Revolution both sounds the alarm on the worldwide sleep crisis, and offers a road map for how we can take back our sleep and transform our lives and our world.

Arianna Huffington has been named one of Washington's most influential commentators by both Newsweek and People. Her syndicated column appears twice weekly in newspapers around the country, including the Los Angeles Times, the New York Post, and the Chicago Sun-Times. She is a frequent guest on television talk shows from Crossfire to Politically Incorrect, and a contributing writer to Talk magazine. The author of seven previous books, she lives in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., with her two daughters.

 

The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night at a Time Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781101904008
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Harmony - April 5th, 2016

Co-founder and editor in chief of The Huffington Post Arianna Huffington shows how our cultural dismissal of sleep as time wasted compromises our health and our decision-making and undermines our work lives, our personal lives--and even our sex lives in this New York Times bestseller.


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

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