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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
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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

Trixie Garcia & Dennis McNally - Jerry on Jerry

Wednesday, December 2, 2015 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm

The Fillmore, San Francisco
Free with RSVP (on-site book purchase required for entry)

Join Trixie Garcia in conversation with Dennis McNally, the Grateful Dead’s official publicist, authorized biographer, and editor of the new book Jerry on Jerry: The Unpublished Jerry Garcia Interviews (available November 24).

These never-before-published interviews, which includes a foreword from daughter Trixie Garcia, reveal Jerry Garcia's thoughts on religion, politics, his past and personal life, and his creative process and provides new insight into the beloved frontman of the Grateful Dead in time for the 50th anniversary of the band. Onsite book purchase (provided by Book Passage) is required to enter and a book signing follows the event.

More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1283532648339609/

 

 

Jerry on Jerry: The Unpublished Jerry Garcia Interviews Cover Image
By Dennis McNally (Editor), Trixie Garcia (Foreword by)
$27.99
ISBN: 9780316389594
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Published: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers - November 24th, 2015

These never-before-published interviews with Jerry Garcia reveal his thoughts on religion, politics, his personal life, and his creative process. Jerry on Jerry provides new insight into the beloved frontman of the Grateful Dead in time for the 50th Anniversary of the band.


The Fillmore
1805 Geary Blvd.
San Francisco, CA 94115

2016 One Book One Marin Culminating Event - The Martian (Dominican University)

Wednesday, April 13, 2016 - 7:00pm

Andy Weir’s acclaimed science fiction novel, The Martian, has been selected as the 2016 honoree for One Book One Marin. Now celebrating its 10th anniversary, One Book One Marin seeks to build a stronger, enriched community through community dialogue, and the exploration of literature and culture. The One Book One Marin program will conclude with a special event on Wednesday, April 13, 2016, at Dominican University's Angelico Hall, featuring Andy Weir and KQED host Michael Krasny in conversation.

Winner of the 2015 Audie Award for Best Science Fiction, The Martian follows an American astronaut, Mark Watney, who through a series of tragic events, is left behind on the red planet, stranded and facing certain death. He must improvise in order to survive. The story is told mostly through Watney’s log entries, chronicling his efforts to finding a way to grow food, make water, and get himself off the planet. Interspersed among the log entries are sections told from the point of view of the NASA specialists, back on Earth, who discover that Watney is not dead (as everyone assumed) and scramble together a rescue plan. A film adaptation of the book was released in early October 2015.
 
Popular across the United States and throughout the world, One Book programs take the idea of a localized book discussion club and expand it to cover a whole city or county. The city, county and college libraries of Marin, and community partners Book Passage and the Institute for Leadership Studies at Dominican University of California collaborate to bring Marin County readers stimulating programming and events related to the book throughout a three-month period, February - April, each year. All events are free and open to the public.

 

The Martian Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780553418026
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Published: Broadway Books - October 28th, 2014

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars.

Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there.


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

William Petrocelli - The Circle of Thirteen (College of Marin)

Friday, April 29, 2016 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

College of Marin, Kentfield Library

Other College of Marin ESCOM Lectures:

Joshua Davis - Spare Parts

Melissa Cistaro - Pieces of My Mother

ESCOM is delighted to partner with Book Passage in bringing a free series of interesting authors to the community. ESCOM, the Emeritus Students College of Marin, is a unique organization of 1500 senior students within the Community Education Department at the College of Marin. The organization fosters lifelong learning through classes, clubs, special events and a reading room. They publish a newsletter of original writing and commentary. ESCOM is sustained by memberships, gifts and bequests. Leadership is through a Council and various committees.

Set in a turbulent futuristic society, The Circle of Thirteen follows one woman’s investigation into the dark forces unleashing chaos around the world—a thrilling ride that will mesmerize until the end.

The Circle of Thirteen's gripping narrative weaves back and forth in time, from an act of domestic violence that created the disturbed personality of the Patria mastermind, to the two weeks leading up to the bombing at the UN, to events half a century before the bombing that directly influence it. The strong, relatable women and the unbreakable bond between them provide an emotionally grounded window intothe future's unforgettable history.

Bill Petrocelli is the co-owner, with his wife Elaine, of the famed independent San Francisco Bay Area Book Passage bookstores. As a former Deputy Attorney General for the State of California and a poverty lawyer in Oakland, Petrocelli has long been an advocate for women’s rights. The Circle of Thirteen is his first novel.

Parking: Free campus parking for the event.

For more information call the ESCOM Volunteer Desk: 415-485-9652

The Circle of Thirteen Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781630268763
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Turner - May 19th, 2015

NOW AVAILABLE IN PAPERBACK

In 2082, a catastrophic explosion rocks the dedication ceremony of the new United Nations in New York City. Security Director Julia Moro is on the job, chasing after the misogynistic leader of Patria, a long-disbanded international terrorist organization now being whispered about again on the streets.


College of Marin, Kentfield Library
835 College Ave.
Kentfield, CA 94904

Melissa Cistaro - Pieces of My Mother (College of Marin)

Friday, March 25, 2016 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

College of Marin, Kentfield Library

Other College of Marin ESCOM Lectures:

Joshua Davis - Spare Parts

William Petrocelli - The Circle of Thirteen

ESCOM is delighted to partner with Book Passage in bringing a free series of interesting authors to the community. ESCOM, the Emeritus Students College of Marin, is a unique organization of 1500 senior students within the Community Education Department at the College of Marin. The organization fosters lifelong learning through classes, clubs, special events and a reading room. They publish a newsletter of original writing and commentary. ESCOM is sustained by memberships, gifts and bequests. Leadership is through a Council and various committees.

From the events coordinator of San Francisco's amazing Book Passage comes Pieces of My Mother, a provocative memoir that explores the complex emotional landscape of a child abandoned by her mother

One summer, Melissa Cistaro's mother drove off without a word. Devastated, Melissa and her brothers were left to pick up the pieces, wondering why their mother abandoned them. Decades later, Melissa finds herself in Olympia, Washington with her dying mother and just days to find out what happened that summer and confront the fear she could do the same to her kids. She never expects to stumble on a cache of letters her mother wrote but never sent her, which could hold the answers she seeks. Haunting yet ultimately uplifting, Pieces of My Mother reveals how our parents' choices impact our own and how we can survive those to forge our own paths.

Melissa Cistaro is an events coordinator at Book Passage, the legendary San Francisco Bay Area independent bookstore. A writer and mother, she has been published in numerous literary journals, as well as in two anthologies alongside Anne Larnott, Jane Smiley, and others. She lives in San Francisco.

Parking: Free campus parking for the event.

For more information call the ESCOM Volunteer Desk: 415-485-9652

Pieces of My Mother: A Memoir Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781492623113
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Sourcebooks - February 2nd, 2016

"A story that lingers in the heart long after the last page is turned." --HOPE EDELMAN, bestselling author of Motherless Daughters and The Possibility of Everything

This provocative, poignant memoir of a daughter whose mother left her behind by choice begs the question: Are we destined to make the same mistakes as our parents?


College of Marin, Kentfield Library
835 College Ave.
Kentfield, CA 94904

Joshua Davis - Spare Parts (College of Marin)

Friday, February 26, 2016 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

College of Marin, Kentfield Library

Other College of Marin ESCOM Lectures:

Melissa Cistaro - Pieces of My Mother

William Petrocelli - The Circle of Thirteen

ESCOM is delighted to partner with Book Passage in bringing a free series of interesting authors to the community. ESCOM, the Emeritus Students College of Marin, is a unique organization of 1500 senior students within the Community Education Department at the College of Marin. The organization fosters lifelong learning through classes, clubs, special events and a reading room. They publish a newsletter of original writing and commentary. ESCOM is sustained by memberships, gifts and bequests. Leadership is through a Council and various committees.

Spare Parts: Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot, and the Battle for the American Dream is the story of four Latino teenagers, who in 2004, arrived at the Marine Advanced Technology Education Robotics Competition at the University of California, Santa Barbara. They were born in Mexico but raised in Phoenix, Arizona, where they attended an underfunded public high school. No one had ever suggested to Oscar, Cristian, Luis, or Lorenzo that they might amount to much--but two inspiring science teachers had convinced these impoverished, undocumented kids from the desert to build an underwater robot.Their robot wasn't pretty, especially compared to those of the competition. They were going up against some of the best collegiate engineers in the country, including a team from MIT backed by a $10,000 grant from ExxonMobil. The Phoenix teenagers had scraped together less than $1,000 and built their robot out of scavenged parts. This was never a level competition--and yet, against all odds . . . they won!

Joshua Davis is a contributing editor at Wired, and cofounder of Epic magazine. In 2014, he was nominated for a National Magazine Award for feature writing. The movie Spare Parts is based on his reporting. He lives in San Francisco, California.

Parking: Free campus parking for the event.

For more information call the ESCOM Volunteer Desk: 415-485-9652

Spare Parts: Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot, and the Battle for the American Dream Cover Image
$14.00
ISBN: 9780374534981
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Fsg Originals - December 2nd, 2014

Finalist for the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize

New York Times Best Seller

Four undocumented Mexican American students, two great teachers, one robot-building contest . . . and a major motion picture


College of Marin, Kentfield Library
835 College Ave.
Kentfield, CA 94904

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