Food & Wine

POSTPONED: The Book of Eating with Adam Platt (Marin Art & Garden Center)

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Please note: This event has been postponed. For information on a rescheduled date, please check the Marin Art & Garden Center website.

Tickets: $15 • In conversation with Kevin Alexander • A wine and cheese reception and book signing will follow the presentation
For more information, please contact (415) 455-5260

Join us for an unforgettable evening with Adam Platt at Marin Art & Garden Center on March 24th from 6:00–8:00 pm in The Studio. Platt will recount his culinary journeys and share his recent memoir, The Book of Eating: Adventures in Professional Gluttony. Local food author, Kevin Alexander, will introduce Platt and engage him in conversation. A wine and cheese reception, book sales through Book Passage, and book signing will follow the presentation.

Since the year 2000, Adam Platt has been one of the most influential, revered names in food. As restaurant critic for New York magazine, he’s spent nearly two decades popping up around town (and the globe) in his oversized black blazer under various absurd pseudonyms, marking new trends, assessing the efforts of famous and unknown chefs alike, and generally guiding the wallet-wielding diners of New York to their next great meal. In the course of this work, he’s picked up the James Beard Foundation Journalism Award for Restaurant Reviews, an assortment of friends and enemies, and a few extra inches around the waist. But where did Platt come from and how did he land “the best job of the twentieth century”?

The son of a diplomat growing up in places like Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Japan, Platt didn’t have the chance to become a picky eater. Living, traveling, and eating in some of the most far-flung locations around the world, he developed an eclectic palate and a nuanced understanding of cultures and cuisines that led to revelations that would prove important in his future career as a food critic. Providing a glimpse into a life that has intertwined food and travel in exciting and unexpected ways, The Book of Eating is a delightful and sumptuous trip that is also the culinary coming-of-age of a voracious eater and his eventual ascension to become, as he puts it, “a professional glutton.”

Adam Platt has been a contributing editor and restaurant critic for New York magazine since 2000. He won the James Beard Foundation Journalism Award for Restaurant Reviews in 2010. During the course of nearly twenty-five years in the magazine business, Platt has written for a variety of publications, including The New Yorker, The New York Observer, Esquire, and Condé Nast Traveler. He lives in Greenwich Village with his wife and two pizza-loving daughters.

Kevin Alexander is a James Beard Award-winning food journalist, recipient of the Society of Professional Journalist’s Mark of Excellence Award, and Thrillist’s National Writer-at-large with a focus on the restaurant industry. His work has appeared in Esquire, Elle, Men’s Journal, The New Republic, and The Boston Globe; and he is a 2018 Association of Food Journalists award winner. Kevin was born in Texas, grew up in New England, and now lives in Marin County.

The Marin Art & Garden Center is an 11-acre historic property that is open to the public year-round with programs in the arts, gardens, and conservation. Located at 30 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard in Ross, MAGC is accessible by public transportation and there is limited free parking. MAGC is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization supported by private contributions. For more information, visit www.magc.org.

Marin Art & Garden Center
30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd
Ross, CA 94957

POSTPONED: Shanta Nimbark Sacharoff - Cooking Together: A Vegetarian Co-op Cookbook (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Saturday, March 21, 2020 - 1:30pm

Please note: This event has been postponed due to concerns for the health and well-being of our community. For updates on this event and for additional event information, please subscribe to our e-newsletter.

Meet & Greet Following CUESA Demo!

Cooking Together: A Vegetarian Co-op Cookbook is Shanta Nimbark Sacharoff’s third cookbook which focuses on the importance of cooking together with family and friends. In addition to many vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free recipes, the book offers some real-world solutions for the younger generation, working parents, and the elderly alike by pointing out ways in which to engage with community via shopping consciously, remaking the kitchen into a cooperative workplace, and/or joining existing community kitchens.

Shanta Nimbark Sacharoff grew up in India, went to college in New York, and moved to San Francisco in 1973, where she became active in The San Francisco Bay Area’s Peoples Food System, a grass roots, fair food distribution organization that created about a dozen store fronts and wholesale venues.  Shanta later became co-owner of Other Avenues, a food cooperative in San Francisco’s Sunset District where she worked for over 35 years. Shanta is the author of four books, Other Avenues Are Possible: Legacy of the Peoples Food System of the San Francisco Bay Area, The Ethnic Vegetarian Kitchen, Flavors of India, and Cooking Together.  Shanta currently lives in San Francisco where she teaches vegetarian cuisine and writes recipes and articles about nutrition and food politics. Shanta gives talks and workshops about cooking, nutrition and food sharing at various public locations.

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We are pleased to share our Saturday mornings at the Ferry Building with our friends at CUESA, as they host well-known chefs at their demonstration kitchen. The food-portion of the events usually start at the market about an hour or so earlier than the times listed above. We invite the chefs and their fans to take a short walk over to our store where they can meet their readers and sign their books.

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

POSTPONED: Literary Luncheon: Laura Lippman - My Life as a Villainess: Essays (Corte Madera Store)

Thursday, May 14, 2020 - 12:00pm

Please note: This event has been postponed due to concerns for the health and well-being of our community. For updates on this event and for additional event information, please subscribe to our e-newsletter.

Ticket: $55 (includes meal & signed copy of My Life as a Villainess: Essays)

New York Times bestselling author Laura Lippman’s first book of nonfiction, My Life as a Villainess, is a collection of personal, wry, relatable, often surprising essays that explore childhood, motherhood, friendship, her career as a newspaper reporter, and as a novelist. Lippman's life stories are at once specific and universal, with as many twists as her award-winning crime fiction.

These candid essays offer insights into the experiences that have helped Lippman become one of the most successful writers of her generation.

Since Laura Lippman's debut in 1997, she has been recognized as a distinctive voice in mystery fiction and named one of the "essential" crime writers of the last 100 years. Her books have won most of the major awards in her field and been translated into thirty languages. A perennial bestselling author, she lives in Baltimore, New York, and New Orleans with her family.

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Please note: Tickets are non-refundable.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Bryant Terry - Vegetable Kingdom (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Saturday, February 22, 2020 - 1:00pm

Meet & Greet Following CUESA Demo!

In Vegetable Kingdom, food justice activist and author Bryant Terry breaks down the fundamentals of plant-based cooking, showing you how to make delicious meals from popular vegetables, grains, and legumes. Recipes like Dirty Cauliflower, Barbecued Carrots with Slow-Cooked White Beans, Millet Roux Mushroom Gumbo, and Citrus & Garlic-Herb-Braised Fennel are enticing enough without meat substitutes, instead relying on fresh ingredients, vibrant spices, and clever techniques to build flavor and texture. The book is organized by ingredient, making it easy to create simple dishes or showstopping meals based on what’s fresh at the market. Bryant also covers the basics of vegan cooking, explaining the fundamentals of assembling flavorful salads, cooking filling soups and stews, and making tasty grains and legumes. With beautiful imagery and classic design, Vegetable Kingdom is an invaluable tool for plant-based cooking today.

Bryant Terry is a James Beard Award-winning chef and educator and the author of Afro-Vegan. He is renowned for his activism and efforts to create a healthy, equitable, and sustainable food system. He is currently in his fifth year as chef-in-residence at the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco, where he creates programming that celebrates the intersection of food, farming, health, activism, art, culture, and the African Diaspora. His work has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, and San Francisco Chronicle, and on NPR's All Things Considered. San Francisco magazine included Bryant among the 11 Smartest People in the Bay Area Food Scene and Fast Company named him one of 9 People Who Are Changing the Future of Food.

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We are pleased to share our Saturday mornings at the Ferry Building with our friends at CUESA, as they host well-known chefs at their demonstration kitchen. The food-portion of the events usually start at the market about an hour or so earlier than the times listed above. We invite the chefs and their fans to take a short walk over to our store where they can meet their readers and sign their books.

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

POSTPONED: Cooks with Books: Melissa Clark - Dinner in French (Left Bank, Larkspur)

Sunday, April 19, 2020 - 6:30pm

Please note: This event has been postponed due to concerns for the health and well-being of our community. For updates on this event and for additional event information, please subscribe to our e-newsletter.

Presented by Book Passage at Left Bank Brasserie, Larkspur
Tickets: $130 (includes meal, wine, tax, tip, and a signed copy of Dinner in French)

Just as Julia Child brought French cooking to twentieth-century America, so now Melissa Clark brings French cooking into the twenty-first century. She first fell in love with France and French food as a child; her parents spent their August vacations traversing the country in search of the best meals with Melissa and her sister in tow. Near to her heart, France is where Melissa's family learned to cook and eat. And as her own culinary identity blossomed, so too did her understanding of why French food is beloved by Americans.

Now, as one of the nation's favorite cookbook authors and food writers, Melissa updates classic French techniques and dishes to reflect how we cook, shop, and eat today. With recipes such as Salade Nicoise with Haricot Vert, Cornmeal and Harissa Soufflé, Scalloped Potato Gratin, Lamb Shank Cassoulet, Ratatouille Sheet-Pan Chicken, Campari Olive Oil Cake, and Apricot Tarte Tatin (to name a few), Dinner in French will quickly become a go-to resource and endure as an indispensable classic.

Melissa Clark is the author of Dinner, Dinner in an Instant, and Comfort in an Instant, and is a staff writer for the New York Times Food section, where she writes their wildly popular food column, “A Good Appetite.” The winner of multiple James Beard and IACP awards, Melissa is the host of the “Weeknight Kitchen” podcast on The Splendid Table. Melissa earned an MFA in writing from Columbia, and her work has been selected for the Best American Food Writing. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter.

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

 

Left Bank Brasserie
507 Magnolia Avenue
Larkspur, CA 94939

POSTPONED: Cooks with Books: Fanny Singer - Always Home (Left Bank, Larkspur)

Sunday, April 26, 2020 - 12:30pm

Please note: This event has been postponed due to concerns for the health and well-being of our community. For updates on this event and for additional event information, please subscribe to our e-newsletter.

Presented by Book Passage at Left Bank Brasserie, Larkspur
Tickets: $125 (includes meal, wine, tax, tip, and a signed copy of Always Home)

In this extraordinarily intimate portrait of her mother—and herself—Fanny Singer, daughter of food icon and activist Alice Waters, chronicles a unique world of food, wine, and travel; a world filled with colorful characters, mouth-watering traditions, and sumptuous feasts. Across dozens of vignettes with accompanying recipes, she shares the story of her own culinary coming of age and reveals a side of her legendary mother that has never been seen before. A charming, smart translation of Alice Waters's ideals and attitudes about food for a new generation, Always Home is a loving, often funny, exquisitely written look at a life defined in so many ways by food, as well as the bond between mother and daughter.

Fanny Singer is a writer, editor, and co-founder of the design brand, Permanent Collection. In 2013, she received a Ph.D. on the subject of the British pop artist Richard Hamilton's late work from the University of Cambridge. In 2015, she and her mother, Alice Waters, published My Pantry, which she also illustrated. Having spent more than a decade living in the United Kingdom, Fanny recently moved back to her native California. Based in San Francisco, she travels widely, contributing art reviews and culture writing to a number of publications including Frieze, The Wall Street Journal Magazine, Apartamento, T Magazine, and Art Papers, among others.

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

 

Left Bank Brasserie
507 Magnolia Avenue
Larkspur, CA 94939

POSTPONED: Cooks with Books: Bryant Terry - Vegetable Kingdom (Greens Restaurant, San Francisco)

Friday, March 20, 2020 - 12:30pm

Please note: This event has been postponed. A rescheduled date will be announced soon.

Presented by Book Passage at Greens Restaurant, San Francisco
Tickets: $130 (includes meal, wine, tax, tip, and a signed copy of Vegetable Kingdom)

Food justice activist and author Bryant Terry breaks down the fundamentals of plant-based cooking in Vegetable Kingdom, showing you how to make delicious meals from popular vegetables, grains, and legumes. Recipes like Dirty Cauliflower, Barbecued Carrots with Slow-Cooked White Beans, Millet Roux Mushroom Gumbo, and Citrus & Garlic-Herb-Braised Fennel are enticing enough without meat substitutes, instead relying on fresh ingredients, vibrant spices, and clever techniques to build flavor and texture.

The book is organized by ingredient, making it easy to create simple dishes or showstopping meals based on what’s fresh at the market. Bryant also covers the basics of vegan cooking, explaining the fundamentals of assembling flavorful salads, cooking filling soups and stews, and making tasty grains and legumes. With beautiful imagery and classic design, Vegetable Kingdom is an invaluable tool for plant-based cooking today.

Bryant Terry is a James Beard Award-winning chef and educator and the author of Afro-Vegan. He is renowned for his activism and efforts to create a healthy, equitable, and sustainable food system. He is currently in his fifth year as chef-in-residence at the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco, where he creates programming that celebrates the intersection of food, farming, health, activism, art, culture, and the African Diaspora. His work has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, and San Francisco Chronicle, and on NPR's All Things Considered. San Francisco magazine included Bryant among the 11 Smartest People in the Bay Area Food Scene and Fast Company named him one of 9 People Who Are Changing the Future of Food.

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

 

Greens Restaurant
Fort Mason Center, Landmark Building A, 2 Marina Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94123

POSTPONED: Cooks with Books: Nancy Silverton with Ryan DeNicola - Chi Spacca (Insalata's, San Anselmo)

Thursday, May 14, 2020 - 6:30pm

Presented by Book Passage at Insalata's, San Anselmo • Sponsored by Bank of Marin
Tickets: $140 (includes meal, wine, tax, tip, and a signed copy of Chi Spacca)

Please note: This event has been postponed due to concerns for the health and well-being of our community. For updates on this event and for additional event information, please subscribe to our e-newsletter.

 

Meal planned and prepared by co-author and chi SPACCA Executive Chef Ryan DeNicola

In Chi Spacca, her first meat-centric cookbook, Nancy Silverton ("Queen of L.A.'s restaurant scene" —Los Angeles Times) shares the secrets of cooking like an Italian butcher with recipes for meats, fish, and vegetables that capture the spirit of Italy. Drawing on her years of living and cooking in Umbria, Italy, and from the menu of her revered steakhouse, Chi Spacca (hailed as a "meat speakeasy" by Food & Wine), Silverton, and Chi Spacca's executive chef Ryan DeNicola, present their take on such mouth-watering dishes as Beef Cheek and Bone Marrow Pie; Coffee-Rubbed Tri-Tip; Fried Whole Branzino with Pickled Peppers and Charred Scallions; and Moroccan Braised Lamb Shanks. And vegetable dishes are given just as much attention, from fire-kissed Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Green Garlic Crème Fraîche; Charred Sugar Snap Peas with Yogurt, Guanciale, and Lemon Zest; Little Gems with Herb Breadcrumbs, Bacon Vinaigrette, and Grated Egg; Roasted Beets with Chicories, Yogurt, and Lemon Zest. Also included are Silverton's own spins on steakhouse classics such as Caesar salad, creamed corn, and mashed potatoes, as well as desserts—including, of course, her beloved butterscotch budino.

Nancy Silverton is the co-owner of Pizzeria Mozza in Los Angeles and Newport Beach as well as Osteria Mozza, Mozza2Go, and chi SPACCA in Los Angeles. Silverton also founded the world-renowned La Brea Bakery as well as Campanile Restaurant, an institution that Angelenos cherished for decades. She has worked with some of the nation’s most notable and influential chefs including Jonathan Waxman at Michael’s Restaurant and Wolfgang Puck at Spago. She has served as a mentor to numerous others who have gone on to become award-winning chefs and restaurant owners themselves Early in her career, Nancy was named Food and Wine Magazine’s “Best New Chef.” In 2014, she received the highest honor given by the James Beard Foundation for “Outstanding Chef.” That year, she was listed as one of the Most Innovative Women in Food and Drink by both Fortune and Food and Wine Magazines. Silverton is the author of eight cookbooks including Desserts (1986), Breads from the La Brea Bakery (1996), Pastries from the La Brea Bakery (2000), Nancy Silverton’s Sandwich Book (2005), Twist of the Wrist (2007) and the Mozza Cookbook (2011). In 2017, Nancy was profiled on Netflix’s documentary series “Chef’s Table.” She is active in fundraising for numerous charities including No Kind Hungry and Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation in Philadelphia, New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago.

Born and raised in Southern California, Ryan DeNicola was taught the importance of quality ingredients at an early age. Ryan started his professional career as a dishwasher in Santa Ana and quickly raised the ranks to line cook. After high school, Ryan attended the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park where he received an Associates Degree in Culinary Arts. After working his way through kitchens in Nantucket, New York and Las Vegas, Ryan moved back to LA, where worked in kitchens of restaurants from casual concepts to fine dining at Son of a Gun, Animal, and Michael’s. Ryan eventually landed on the corner of Melrose and Highland, where he opened chi SPACCA under the tutelage of Nancy Silverton and Chad Colby. It is there that Ryan has discovered his true love for butchery and charcuterie. After two years at chi SPACCA, Ryan worked as Chef de Cuisine at Pizzeria Mozza, ultimately returning to chi SPACCA where he can now be found wielding a cleaver as Executive Chef.

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

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

Kathryn Lukas - The Farmhouse Culture Guide to Fermenting (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Saturday, January 4, 2020 - 1:30pm

Meet & Greet Following CUESA Demo!

Fermented and live-culture foods are beloved for their bold and layered flavors as well as their benefits for gut health and boosting immunity, but until now, there hasn't been a book that is both authoritative and easy to use. The Farmhouse Culture Guide to Fermenting provides you with the history, health information, and safest methods for preserving, along with 100 recipes for krauts, pickles, kimchi, fermented vegetables, hot sauces, preserved fruits and jams, kombucha, and even mead. With trusted author Kathryn Lukas, founder of mega brand Farmhouse Culture, and her thoroughly tested recipes, this is the fermentation book that every home fermenter needs--whether you are about to make your first batch of pickles or have been preserving foods for decades.

Kathryn Lukas is a former chef and the founder of Farmhouse Culture, an award-winning fermented food and beverage company based in Santa Cruz, California. A native Californian, Kathryn’s love affair with food started in her grandparents’ farmhouse kitchen where home-grown ingredients were turned into simple, yet delicious meals. Years later, she fell in love with fresh fermented sauerkraut at her restaurant in Stuttgart, Germany. Kathryn returned home to the US in the late 90s and learned how to make live-culture ferments through a Natural Culinary Program in Santa Cruz. Obsessed, she traveled the globe in pursuit of ancient fermentation techniques and in 2008 founded Farmhouse Culture. She now shares her love and knowledge of fermented, live-culture foods and their powerful healing qualities through workshops and retreats worldwide.

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We are pleased to share our Saturday mornings at the Ferry Building with our friends at CUESA, as they host well-known chefs at their demonstration kitchen. The food-portion of the events usually start at the market about an hour or so earlier than the times listed above. We invite the chefs and their fans to take a short walk over to our store where they can meet their readers and sign their books.

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

POSTPONED: Holistic Keto for Gut Health - Kristin Grayce McGary (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, April 5, 2020 - 1:00pm

Please note: This event has been postponed due to concerns for the health and well-being of our community. For updates on this event and for additional event information, please subscribe to our e-newsletter.

Do you feel exhausted? Experience foggy thinking and mysterious symptoms that come and go—symptoms your doctors can’t figure out and yet they keep prescribing more and more medications? Do you have headaches, congestion, or allergies? Do you suffer from joint pain, sleep challenges, hormone imbalances, skin problems such as eczema and psoriasis, thyroid dysfunction, or any other autoimmune disorder? Holistic healthcare expert Kristin Grayce McGary reveals that the answer to resolving your health challenges may lie in comprehensive gut repair.

Combining the best gut-healthy elements of primal, paleo, and ketogenic nutritional plans, McGary offers a one-of-a-kind approach for optimal digestive health. Unlike the traditional keto diet, which contains inflammatory foods, McGary’s science-based, functional ketogenic program emphasizes a holistic nutritional and lifestyle plan to repair your gut while avoiding the dangers of gluten, dairy, soy, starches, sugars, chemicals, and pesticides. She reveals how nearly everyone has some degree of gut damage and explains how this impacts your immune function, energy levels, and many health issues.

Drawing on her extensive knowledge of blood chemistry analysis and how to halt and prevent autoimmune challenges, McGary details the right kind of lab tests needed for proper diagnosis of food sensitivities and autoimmune disorders and where to get them—helping readers overcome the ongoing misdiagnosis that millions with gut problems and autoimmunity symptoms suffer. Additionally, she provides a thorough list of supplements and foods for gut healing, delicious recipes that leave you feeling satisfied and strong, and contemplative exercises to help you dive even deeper into healing.

Blending humor, scientific information, client examples, and personal stories with unique insights into achieving optimal health, Holistic Keto for Gut Health gives you the practical tools necessary to achieve a healthy digestive system, sustainable well-being, and vibrant longevity.

Kristin Grayce McGary, L.Ac., M.Ac., CFMP, CSTcert, CLP, is an internationally recognized authority on autoimmunity, functional blood chemistry analysis, thyroid and gut health, food as medicine, and integrating mind, body, and spirit in health care. A health and lifestyle teacher, she weaves together more than 22 years of experience, education, and wisdom to empower you to heal on all levels. She lives in Boulder, Colorado. Learn more at www.kristingraycemcgary.com.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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