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Cooks with Books: Valerie Bertinelli - Valerie's Home Cooking (Napa)

Friday, November 10, 2017 - 4:30pm

Liana Estates Winery, Napa
Tickets: $120 per person; $195 per couple

Please note: this event is now sold out. Call (415) 927-0960 ext. 1 for waitlist inquiries.

In her newest cookbook, Valerie's Home Cooking, sitcom celebrity and Food Network host Valerie Bertinelli shares over 100 recipes for making comfort food that has a modern and fun twist. With their innovative flavor combinations, these recipes transform traditional comforting classics into crave worthy and exciting dishes that are made to be shared with family and friends.

As the current star of her Food Network show, Valerie's Home Cooking, and co-host of the network's Kids Baking Championship, as well as having spent years acting on television, Valerie Bertinelli has made a name for herself in households across America. But to really know Valerie, is to spend time in her kitchen.

Inspired by her family's cooking legacy, Valerie specializes in showing fans how to make dishes their own families will love that are for the heart and soul. As she often says, there's a story behind every recipe and Valerie shares them in this gorgeous cookbook, where home cooks will find more than 100 recipes that are easy to make and innovative--they're just as fresh, vibrant and down to earth as Valerie herself. Many of these classic comforting recipes have an original twist like Bloody Mary Tea Sandwiches, Lobster BLTs, Quick Rotisserie Chicken Gumbo, and S'mores Popcorn. These mouthwatering dishes will become your go-tos, whether you're having breakfast or lunch on your own, friends are joining for last-minute cocktails and small bites, or the whole family is coming together for a hearty dinner and dessert.

Valerie Bertinelli is a television personality, New York Times bestselling author, and passionate home cook. She hosts her own Food Network cooking show called Valerie's Home Cooking, reaching 1.5 million weekly viewers, and co-hosts Kids Baking Championship on the network. Bertinelli is well-known for her starring roles on the shows One Day at a Time and Hot in Cleveland. She currently lives in Los Angeles, CA.

 

 

Liana Estates Winery
2750 Las Amigas Rd.
Napa, CA 94559

National Kidney Foundation - 30th Annual San Francisco Author Luncheon (Marriott Marquis San Francisco)

Saturday, November 3, 2018 - 10:00am

San Francisco Marriott Marquis
Tickets: $145 (individual tickets); $1350 (tables)

During the last two decades, the annual San Francisco Author’s Luncheon has grown into the Bay Area’s premier literary event. This year is no different: the National Kidney Foundation celebrate its 30th annual luncheon on Saturday, November 4.

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Featured Speakers 

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Tina Brown
The sizzling diaries of Tina Brown’s eight spectacular years as editor-in-chief of Vanity Fair paint a riveting portrait of the flash and follies of the eighties in New York and Hollywood. Astute, open-hearted, often riotously funny, The Vanity Fair Diaries is a fascinating chronicle of a remarkable woman’s adventures

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Andrew Sean Greer
A struggling novelist travels the world to avoid an awkward wedding in Less, the hilarious 2018 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel from Andrew Sean Greer. Greer is the bestselling author of five works of fiction, including The Confessions of Max Tivoli.

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Lisa McCubbin
Betty Ford: First Lady, Women’s Advocate, Survivor, Trailblazer is an intimate and insightful biography of the groundbreaking, candid, and resilient First Lady and wife of President Gerald Ford, from Lisa McCubbin, the #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of Five Presidents and Mrs. Kennedy and Me.

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Susan Orlean
Susan Orlean
, hailed as a “national treasure” by The Washington Post and the acclaimed bestselling author of The Orchid Thief, reopens the unsolved mystery of the most catastrophic library fire in American history in The Library Book, and delivers a dazzling love letter to a beloved institution—our libraries.

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Bill Petrocelli
Through the Bookstore Window grapples with the grim effects of war and violence while exploring how love can transcend age, gender, background, and -- perhaps -- the readers’ expectations. Bill Petrocelli is the author of the novel The Circle of Thirteen. He is co-owner with his wife, Elaine, of Book Passage.

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LeUyen Pham
LeUyen Pham
has illustrated more than fifty books, including board books, picture books, chapter books, and graphic novels. Her work has been recognized with numerous honors, and includes a new trio of titles: Vampirina in the Snow, Best Friends in the Universe, and Stop That Yawn!

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Sarah & Evan Rich (Rich Table)
From Sarah and Evan Rich, the proprietors of Michelin-starred Rich Table—one of San Francisco’s most coveted reservations—Rich Table: : A Cookbook for Making Beautiful Meals at Home is a debut cookbook that brings recipes from the restaurant together with the food the Riches cook for friends and family at home.

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Book Passage is proud to be a part of this major literary event!

The National Kidney Foundation’s 30th Annual Authors Event is the largest literary event of its kind in the Bay Area. Featuring a luncheon and a dinner, the event brings together those who are passionate about literature and saving lives through kidney disease research, advocacy, and education. Meet each author during book signing sessions. Individuals and corporations sponsoring the event at $5,000 and above receive an invitation to the exclusive Authors VIP Cocktail & Dinner Party, the Friday night before the luncheon.

Nearly 2 million people in Northern California suffer from chronic kidney disease, including 1 million living in the Greater Bay Area. Luncheon proceeds support the work of the National Kidney Foundation to directly enhance the lives of people in our community who are either dialysis or transplant patients, or at risk for developing kidney disease.

 

San Francisco Marriott Marquis
780 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

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

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Left Bank Restaurant
507 Magnolia Ave.
Larkspur, CA 94939

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