Food & Wine

POSTPONED: Literary Luncheon: Julia Alvarez - Afterlife (Corte Madera Store)

Friday, April 17, 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 Afterlife)

The first adult novel in fourteen years by the bestselling author of In the Time of the Butterflies and How the García Girls Lost Their Accents.

Antonia Vega, the immigrant writer at the center of Afterlife, has had the rug pulled out from under her. She has just retired from the college where she taught English when her beloved husband, Sam, suddenly dies. And then more jolts: her bighearted but unstable sister disappears, and Antonia returns home one evening to find a pregnant, undocumented teenager on her doorstep. Antonia has always sought direction in the literature she loves—lines from her favorite authors play in her head like a soundtrack—but now she finds that the world demands more of her than words.

Afterlife is a compact, nimble, and sharply droll novel. Set in this political moment of tribalism and distrust, it asks: What do we owe those in crisis in our families, including—maybe especially—members of our human family? How do we live in a broken world without losing faith in one another or ourselves? And how do we stay true to those glorious souls we have lost?

Julia Alvarez left the Dominican Republic for the United States in 1960 at the age of ten. She is the author of six novels, three books of nonfiction, three collections of poetry, and eleven books for children and young adults. She has taught and mentored writers in schools and communities across America and, until her retirement in 2016, was a writer-in-residence at Middlebury College. Her work has garnered wide recognition, including a Latina Leader Award in Literature from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, the Hispanic Heritage Award in Literature, the Woman of the Year by Latina magazine, and inclusion in the New York Public Library’s program “The Hand of the Poet: Original Manuscripts by 100 Masters, from John Donne to Julia Alvarez.” In the Time of the Butterflies, with over one million copies in print, was selected by the National Endowment for the Arts for its national Big Read program, and in 2013 President Obama awarded Alvarez the National Medal of Arts in recognition of her extraordinary storytelling.

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Please note: Tickets are non-refundable.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Misha and Vicki Collins - The Adventurous Eaters Club (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, November 30, 2019 - 4:00pm

Meet & Greet • Tickets: $34 (includes signed copy of The Adventurous Eaters Club)

Tickets are available for sale at the door beginning at 3:30 pm!

Misha Collins—social media influencer and star of the hit TV show Supernatural—and his wife Vicki Collins are no strangers to family mealtime battles, but they knew that processed foods like chicken nuggets, hot dogs, and macaroni and cheese were setting their kids up for a lifetime of bad eating and poor health. So, they hit on the idea to embrace what they love best—adventure—and invited their kids into the kitchen, encouraging them to play and explore. They share their secrets to success and more than 100 recipes in their first book, The Adventurous Eaters Club: Mastering the Art of Family Mealtime. Over time, their children developed a more diverse palate and sense of autonomy as they learned to see food as something to celebrate.

In The Adventurous Eaters Club, Misha and Vicki candidly chronicle their story of transformation: how they went from harried parents squeezing processed yogurt into their two-year-old’s mouth to parents whose children eat salad as comfort food, and how they created a home where mealtime doesn’t involve coercion, trickery, or tears. Drawing on nutrition studies, child development research, interviews with early childhood educators, and advice from pediatricians and therapists, Misha and Vicki distill the strategies they’ve found most useful in forming their Adventure eating philosophy into 10 essential food rules. Filled with funny stories, tips that work, beautiful full-color photographs, and over 100 creative, delicious, whimsical recipes little hands will love to eat and help prepare—including Salad Popsicles, Pink Gnocchi, Shitake Crispies, Wishing Well Soup and much more—The Adventurous Eaters Club provides support, encouragement, and practical advice parents need to turn their kids into adventurous and healthy eaters.

100% of author profits from book sales will be donated to non-profit programs that help underserved children gain access to healthy food.

Misha Collins is a TV actor, social media personality, and star of the CW’s Supernatural. He is the founder of the charity Random Acts and GISH, the annual Guinness-World-Record-breaking international scavenger hunt.

Vicki Collins is a historian, journalist, and apprentice sandwich maker. She holds a PhD in history and has written for the Washington Post, U.S. News & World Report, and the Los Angeles Times. She came to the kitchen late in life, but with the help of two young avant-garde chefs, she’s come to enjoy cooking family meals.

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Please note: Tickets are non-refundable

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Small Business Saturday: Carolyn Jung - East Bay Cooks (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Saturday, November 30, 2019 - 1:00pm

Click here for the full list of Small Business Saturday events!
With Dave Wasem • Meet & Greet Following CUESA Demo!

The East Bay has always remained true to itself. It includes Oakland, the most ethnically diverse population in the nation; Berkeley, the birthplace of the Free Speech Movement; the island of Alameda with its artisan breweries, wineries, and distilleries; and the Livermore Valley, one of California's oldest winemaking regions. East Bay Cooks is an impressive collection of 80 signature dishes from 40 of the region's leading restaurants. An uncomplicated taco with the power to stir the soul? A nourishing bowl of authentic Singaporean laksa? Shrimp and grits with layers of flavors never imagined? It's all here. And designed with home cooks in mind, recreating signature dishes from the area's favorite chefs has never been easier. It's a region that's got you covered, no matter what the craving.

Carolyn Jung is a James Beard Award-winning food writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her work has appeared in local, national and international publications, including the San Francisco Chronicle, San Jose Mercury News, Silicon Valley Magazine, San Francisco Magazine, Oakland Magazine, EatingWell, Edible: Marin & Wine Country, Via Magazine, Nob Hill Gazette, Rachael Ray Every Day, Wine Spectator, and Coastal Living. She is the creator of the blog, FoodGal.com, and is also the author of the cookbook San Francisco Chef's Table. For more, visit www.FoodGal.com.

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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

Robert Holmes - Pecans: Recipes & History of an American Nut (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, December 21, 2019 - 4:00pm

Event will also feature a pecan pie contest—bring an entry or come to taste the winner!

A delicious superfood, the pecan is quintessentially American but also an international favorite, prized for its buttery flavor and abundant fiber, protein, and vitamins. Pecans: Recipes & History of an American Nut gives the underrated nut its due with sixty recipes inspired by global flavors and regional traditions, plus sidebars from chefs and writers such as Vivian Howard, Virginia Willis, Gerard Craft, Nathalie Dupree, Sandra Gutierrez, Lois Ellen Frank, Wendell Brock, and Janet Fletcher.

Dishes run the gamut from breakfasts and baked goods to sauces and entrées, showcasing the pecan's delicious versatility in original recipes, including Pecan, Pineapple, and Lemon Sunrise Smoothies; Fried Pecan-Coated Oysters with Old Bay Remoulade; Penne with Turnips and Turnip Green-Pecan Pesto; Stir-Fried Pecan Kung Pao Chicken; and Mexican Dark Chocolate Pecan Shortbread Tart.

Robert Holmes is one of the world’s most successful and prolific travel photographers whose career has extended over 30 years. He has been honored by the Society of American Travel Writers with their Travel Photographer of the Year Award four times, and in 2016 was voted the Wine Photographer of The Year by an international panel of judges sponsored by Errazuriz in Chile. Holmes has worked for National Geographic, Geo, Saveur, Wine Spectator, Life, Time, and hundreds of other major magazines and international companies. He has illustrated over 40 books and has regularly been one of the world’s best photojournalists invited to participate in the acclaimed “Day in the Life” series.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Robert Holmes - Pecans: Recipes & History of an American Nut (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Saturday, November 23, 2019 - 3:00pm

A delicious superfood, the pecan is quintessentially American but also an international favorite, prized for its buttery flavor and abundant fiber, protein, and vitamins. Pecans: Recipes & History of an American Nut gives the underrated nut its due with sixty recipes inspired by global flavors and regional traditions, plus sidebars from chefs and writers such as Vivian Howard, Virginia Willis, Gerard Craft, Nathalie Dupree, Sandra Gutierrez, Lois Ellen Frank, Wendell Brock, and Janet Fletcher.

Dishes run the gamut from breakfasts and baked goods to sauces and entrées, showcasing the pecan's delicious versatility in original recipes, including Pecan, Pineapple, and Lemon Sunrise Smoothies; Fried Pecan-Coated Oysters with Old Bay Remoulade; Penne with Turnips and Turnip Green-Pecan Pesto; Stir-Fried Pecan Kung Pao Chicken; and Mexican Dark Chocolate Pecan Shortbread Tart.

Robert Holmes is one of the world’s most successful and prolific travel photographers whose career has extended over 30 years. He has been honored by the Society of American Travel Writers with their Travel Photographer of the Year Award four times, and in 2016 was voted the Wine Photographer of The Year by an international panel of judges sponsored by Errazuriz in Chile. Holmes has worked for National Geographic, Geo, Saveur, Wine Spectator, Life, Time, and hundreds of other major magazines and international companies. He has illustrated over 40 books and has regularly been one of the world’s best photojournalists invited to participate in the acclaimed “Day in the Life” series.

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Whitney Otawka - The Saltwater Table (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Saturday, November 16, 2019 - 1:00pm

Meet & Greet Following CUESA Demo!

Whitney Otawka is the award-winning chef of Greyfield, a celebrated Carnegie-built inn located on Cumberland Island, Georgia—a magical and remote barrier island that has been left undeveloped as a National Seashore. Cumberland Island and the exceptional local ingredients to be found there are Otawka’s muse, inspiring her to celebrate the beloved food found along the Southeast coast. Offering a modern perspective on southern flavors with a strong emphasis on vegetables and fresh ingredients, the book contains 125 approachable and flavorful recipes, such as summer tomatoes topped with crispy okra, flakey buttermilk biscuits with ginger-spiked jam, and sweet Atlantic shrimp poached with beer, citrus, and bay leaves. This beautifully photographed book also shows us how to enjoy iconic southern meals, everything from an oyster roast, to a fish fry, to a Low Country boil. The Saltwater Table transports readers to the mysterious, lush Cumberland Island, allowing us to recreate a taste of this vibrant world in our own kitchens.

Whitney Otawka is the chef of Greyfield Inn, on Cumberland Island, Georgia. She previously worked as a sous chef at Hugh Acheson’s 5&10 and has held stages at Per Se, Le Bernadin, and Blue Hill at Stone Barns. Otawka appeared on season nine of Top Chef.

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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

Thalassa Skinner - Cheese Boards to Share (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, December 1, 2019 - 4:00pm

In conversation with Melissa Cistaro • Cheese will be served at the event

Cheese boards are the ideal fuss-free, delicious, and visually impressive meal option. Though traditionally thought of as just a festive treat, impressive modern incarnations have recently taken social media by storm, as people discover that they can be a show-stopping option for entertaining at any time of year. The 25 themed boards in Cheese Boards to Share offer the perfect cheese board for any occasion, from lively boards themed around wine, beer, and cocktail pairings, to a wholesome kids’ board and a picnic board. No matter the size of your crowd or your budget, there is a themed board here to suit it—from small romantic boards for two, to more extravagant aspirational boards suitable for a wedding. Each cheese included in the book is followed by a detailed description and ideas for suitable alternatives. Suggestions for store-bought accompaniments are included, or if you are feeling more creative, try the simple recipes such as Italian Herb Flatbread, Rainbow Pepper Oatcakes, or Tomato and Smoked Pepper Jam. Essential practical information in the front section includes tips on buying, storing and cutting cheese plus much more.

Thalassa Skinner is co-founder of the general consumer cheese magazine Culture, now in its 10th year. She caught the cheese bug 20+ years ago at Formaggio Kitchen in Cambridge, MA—as well as in restaurant kitchens across Boston. In 2000, she settled in the Napa Valley, where she started a cheese program at Tra Vigne’s wine bar, managed the St. Helena Farmers Market, opened the Oxbow Cheese Merchant, and co-authored Cheese For Dummies. Lassa is passionate about spreading the love of cheese, judging in competitions and teaching across the US and overseas as well as partnering with chefs, wineries, breweries, and all things food-centric.

Melissa Cistaro is the bestselling author of the award-winning memoir Pieces of My Mother (US edition) and the Canadian bestseller Without My Mother (HarperCollins Canada). Melissa mentors writers and teaches memoir writing workshops in the Bay Area and internationally.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Andrew Rea - Binging with Babish (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Wednesday, October 30, 2019 - 6:00pm

Meet & Greet Event • Tickets: $33 (includes a copy of Binging with Babish)

Tickets available at will-call, starting at 5pm, which will be behind the Book Passage Ferry Building store beside the Gandhi statue.

The internet cooking show Binging with Babish has taken YouTube by storm with an astounding 5 million fans and views as high as 12 million per episode. For each video, Andrew Rea, a self-proclaimed movie and TV buff, teaches a recipe based on a favorite TV show or film, such as the babka from the classic Seinfeld episode, the beef bourguignon from Julie & Julia, or the timpano from Big Night. This cookbook includes these and other fan-favorite recipes. Some are so delicious that you’ll want to make them for dinner right away, like Bubba's shrimp from Forrest Gump, while others can be saved for impressing a loved one—like the chocolate lava cake from Jon Favreau’s Chef, which the actor/director asked to make during a guest appearance on Rea’s show. Complete with behind-the-scenes stories and answers to frequently asked fan questions, Binging with Babish is a must-have companion to the wildly popular YouTube show.

Andrew Rea is one part chef, one part filmmaker, and a generous dash of irreverent YouTube personality.  Self-taught both behind and in front of the camera, his cooking show, Binging with Babish, is enjoyed by millions of burgeoning chefs around the globe.  His passion for teaching and experimenting in the kitchen is rivaled only by his love of film and television, both of which he endeavors to share from his New York City kitchen.

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Please note: Tickets are non-refundable

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1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Jason Wilson - The Cider Revival (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Monday, September 16, 2019 - 6:00pm

Cider is the quintessential American beverage. Drank by early settlers and founding fathers, it was ubiquitous and pervasive, but following Prohibition when orchards were destroyed and neglected, cider all but disappeared. In The Cider Revival, Jason Wilson chronicles what is happening now, an extraordinary rebirth that is less than a decade old.

Following the seasons through the autumn harvest, winter fermentation, spring bottling, and summer festival and orchard work, Wilson travels around New York and New England, with forays to the Midwest, the West Coast, and Europe. He meets the new heroes of cider: orchardists who are rediscovering long lost apple varieties, cider makers who have the attention to craftsmanship of natural wine makers, and beverage professionals who see cider as poised to explode in popularity. What emerges is a deeply rewarding story, an exploration of cider’s identity and future, and its cultural and environmental significance. A blend of history and travelogue, The Cider Revival is a toast to a complex drink.

Jason Wilson is an award-winning journalist and the author of Boozehound and Godforsaken Grapes. The series editor for Best American Travel Writing since its inception in 2000, Wilson has also written for the Washington Post, the New York Times, The New Yorker, and many others. He lives in the Philadelphia suburbs.

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Kathryn Lukas & Shane Peterson - The Farmhouse Culture Guide to Fermenting (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, October 6, 2019 - 4:00pm

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 authors Kathryn Lukas, founder of mega brand Farmhouse Culture, and master fermenter and best-selling author Shane Peterson and their 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.

Shane Peterson is a master fermenter, product developer, and best-selling cookbook author with over 10 years of experience in the fermented food and beverage industry. His first book Fermentering was a best-seller in Denmark, and eventually was published throughout Scandinavia. As head Fermentologist for Farmhouse Culture he co-created many award winning product lines. Shane is a passionate advocate for the rewilding of the human microbiome and the human spirit through the craft of fermentation. An ardent lover of nature, he spends much of his time hiking and foraging the trails of the Northern California. Shane consults for fermented food companies and leads fermentation workshops both in the U.S. and abroad.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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