Classes

Class: Steve Stein - Food and Culture Book Group

Monday, October 14, 2019 - 3:00pm
photo of Steve Stein

Four Mondays: Oct. 14, Nov. 11, Dec. 9, 2019 & Jan. 13, 2020 • 3:00 – 5:00 pm • Tuition: $100

Three of our four fall  books take us to foreign lands in search of answers to the familiar question: how shall food and dining enhance life’s enjoyment? The third book - by Alice Waters - addresses the same matter, but more locally.

(Note that the book list has changed since the July/August newsletter was published.)

  • October:      The Food Explorer: The True Adventures of the Globe-Trotting Botanist
                        Who Transformed What America Eats
    - Daniel Stone 
  • November:  Climbing the Mango Trees: A Memoir of a Childhood in India - Jeffrey Madhur
  • December:  Coming to My Senses: The Making of a Counterculture Cook - Alice Waters
  • January:      Food Journeys of a Lifetime: 500 Extraordinary Places to Eat Around the
                        Globe
    (National Geographic Anthology)

The moderator, Steve Stein, The moderator, Steve Stein, worked in the food and lodging industry for many years. He now spends more time reading and writing than booking room reservations or planning events.

The Food Explorer: The True Adventures of the Globe-Trotting Botanist Who Transformed What America Eats Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781101990599
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Dutton - February 5th, 2019

The true adventures of David Fairchild, a late-nineteenth-century food explorer who traveled the globe and introduced diverse crops like avocados, mangoes, seedless grapesand thousands more—to the American plate.


Climbing the Mango Trees: A Memoir of a Childhood in India Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781400078202
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Published: Vintage - October 9th, 2007

The enchanting autobiography of the seven-time James Beard Award-winning cookbook author and acclaimed actress who taught America how to cook Indian food.


Coming to My Senses: The Making of a Counterculture Cook Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780307718297
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Clarkson Potter - May 22nd, 2018

The New York Times bestselling and critically acclaimed memoir from cultural icon and culinary standard bearer Alice Waters recalls the circuitous road and tumultuous times leading to the opening of what is arguably America's most influential restaurant.
 


Food Journeys of a Lifetime: 500 Extraordinary Places to Eat Around the Globe Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9781426205071
Availability: Backordered
Published: National Geographic - October 20th, 2009

For pure pleasure, few experiences are as satisfying as a chance to explore the world’s great culinary traditions and landmarks—and here, in the latest title of our popular series of illustrated travel gift books, you’ll find a fabulous itinerary of foods, dishes, markets, and restaurants worth traveling far and wide to savor.


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Class: Laura Deutsch - Writing from the Senses

Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 1:00pm
photo of author and writing instructor Laura Deutsch

Saturday, Oct 19 • 1:00 – 4:00 pm • Tuition: $95

The sensory details that infuse our everyday experience—the smell of a favorite dish cooking, the texture of a well-worn coat, hearing a song that reminds us of a time in our lives—can add richness and spark to what we write. Using sensory prompts, Laura will show you how to tap into your best material, enriching memory and story with imagery and detail. With her book, Writing from the Senses, as your guide, you’ll never have to stare at a blank page or computer screen again. For writers at all levels.

Laura Deutsch leads writing workshops from Tassajara to Tuscany and has taught writing at UC Berkeley and SFSU. Her writing has appeared in the LA Times, SF Chronicle, Eating Well, and other publications and has aired on public radio.

What Students Say about Laura Deutsch

"Laura was terrific — organized and original, a generous and talented teacher. This is one of the best classes I’ve taken." -- Book Passage student 

“I loved this class and am eager for more.” -- Book Passage student 

Writing from the Senses: 59 Exercises to Ignite Creativity and Revitalize Your Writing Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781611800449
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Shambhala - May 13th, 2014

Break through writer's block using your five senses!


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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Alessandra Beraldi - Elementary 3 Italian

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 - 10:00am
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Six Tuesdays: Oct 22 - Dec 3 • 10:00 am - 12:00 pm • $225

Prerequisite: 30 hours of classes

Alessandra Beraldi is from Genoa, Italy and has been teaching Italian to children, undergraduates and adults for over 20 years. She has taught in US at University of Pennsylvania, in England at several language institutions, and at the Italian General Consulate. She teaches at several schools here in Marin.

What Students Are Saying about Alessandra Beraldi

The first class went very well. Our Italian teacher Alessandra is humorous and interesting in class. After a few classes with her, I found out she is good at expressing the complex and difficult process formulas clearly and in a concise language. The lectures are compact and rich, with a large number of examples and exercises, which is very helpful for beginners students to master the classroom content in a short period of time.

She always says, l’italiano è facile, that means, to learn Italian with joy and happiness! I think I got the most passionate learning spirit from her!" - Francesca Metaxas

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Alessandra Beraldi - Advanced Italian

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 - 12:15pm
photo of italian teacher alessandra beraldi

Five Wednesdays: Oct 23 - Dec 4 (no class 11/6,11/27) • 12:15 - 2:15 pm • $185

Alessandra Beraldi is from Genoa, Italy and has been teaching Italian to children, undergraduates and adults for over 20 years. She has taught in US at University of Pennsylvania, in England at several language institutions, and at the Italian General Consulate. She teaches at several schools here in Marin.

What Students Are Saying about Alessandra Beraldi

The first class went very well. Our Italian teacher Alessandra is humorous and interesting in class. After a few classes with her, I found out she is good at expressing the complex and difficult process formulas clearly and in a concise language. The lectures are compact and rich, with a large number of examples and exercises, which is very helpful for beginners students to master the classroom content in a short period of time.

She always says, l’italiano è facile, that means, to learn Italian with joy and happiness! I think I got the most passionate learning spirit from her!" - Francesca Metaxas

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Victoria Einhorn - Advanced Intermediate Spanish

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 10:00am
photo of Spanish teacher Victoria Einhorn

Seven Thursdays • Oct 24 - Dec 12 (no class 11/28) • 10:00am-12:00pm • $245

Students will learn more Spanish vocabulary, work on their accents, and gain competence using grammar. By the end of this course participants will feel confident communicating in Spanish.

Victoria Einhorn has a bachelor's degree in Spanish language from William Smith College and a master's degree in education from NYU. She has taught Spanish for 25 years. 

What Students Say about Victoria Einhorn 

Thank you for this ongoing Spanish Class!! Victoria is a delightful teacher, knowledgeable and approachable – a great combination. We all chat after class and agree that Victoria has pushed us along successfully to another level and that we are feeling more confident. – VSD, current student

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Sara Bender - Beginning Spanish

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 12:30pm
photo of Spanish teacher Sara Bender

Seven Thursdays • Oct 24 - Dec 12 (no class 11/28) • 12:30 - 2:30pm • $245

Students will be introduced to the foundations of vocabulary and grammar that include key Spanish phrases, terminology for travel, and basic conversation. Participants will focus on their pronunciation while they begin to feel confident speaking Spanish. 

Sara Bender was born in Mexico and later received her Master’s degree in Secondary Spanish from Johns Hopkins University. She has taught and tutored Spanish for several years. 

What Students Say about Sara Bender 

“Thank you for offering Spanish language classes taught by Sara and her Mom. I will continue taking Spanish classes at Book Passage for as long as Profesora Bender teaches them. She is fluent in Spanish, an excellent teacher, and very delightful.” – Ann Becker

"I just completed an absolutely delightful Spanish class taught by Cyretta and her daughter Sara Bender. It was terrific." - Maeve B.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Alessandra Beraldi - Higher Intermediate Italian

Friday, October 25, 2019 - 9:30am
photo of italian teacher alessandra beraldi

Six Wednesdays: Oct 25 - Dec 4 (no class 11/27) • 9:30 am - 11:30 am • $225

Alessandra Beraldi is from Genoa, Italy and has been teaching Italian to children, undergraduates and adults for over 20 years. She has taught in US at University of Pennsylvania, in England at several language institutions, and at the Italian General Consulate. She teaches at several schools here in Marin.

What Students Are Saying about Alessandra Beraldi

The first class went very well. Our Italian teacher Alessandra is humorous and interesting in class. After a few classes with her, I found out she is good at expressing the complex and difficult process formulas clearly and in a concise language. The lectures are compact and rich, with a large number of examples and exercises, which is very helpful for beginners students to master the classroom content in a short period of time.

She always says, l’italiano è facile, that means, to learn Italian with joy and happiness! I think I got the most passionate learning spirit from her!" - Francesca Metaxas

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Alessandra Beraldi - Lower Intermediate Italian

Friday, October 25, 2019 - 10:00am
photo of italian teacher alessandra beraldi

Six Fridays: Oct 25 - Dec 6 (no class 11/29) • 10:00 am - 12:00 pm • $225

Alessandra Beraldi is from Genoa, Italy and has been teaching Italian to children, undergraduates and adults for over 20 years. She has taught in US at University of Pennsylvania, in England at several language institutions, and at the Italian General Consulate. She teaches at several schools here in Marin.

What Students Are Saying about Alessandra Beraldi

The first class went very well. Our Italian teacher Alessandra is humorous and interesting in class. After a few classes with her, I found out she is good at expressing the complex and difficult process formulas clearly and in a concise language. The lectures are compact and rich, with a large number of examples and exercises, which is very helpful for beginners students to master the classroom content in a short period of time.

She always says, l’italiano è facile, that means, to learn Italian with joy and happiness! I think I got the most passionate learning spirit from her!" - Francesca Metaxas

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Sara Bender - Intermediate Spanish

Friday, October 25, 2019 - 10:30am
photo of Spanish teacher Sara Bender

Seven Fridays • Oct 25 - Dec 13 (no class 11/29) • 10:30am-12:30pm • $245

Participants will learn more conversational Spanish, improve upon and add to their vocabulary, work on their accents and learn the remaining “core” grammar.

Sara Bender was born in Mexico and later received her Master’s degree in Secondary Spanish from Johns Hopkins University. She has taught and tutored Spanish for several years. 

What Students Say about Sara Bender 

“Thank you for offering Spanish language classes taught by Sara. I will continue taking Spanish classes at Book Passage for as long as Profesora Bender teaches them. She is fluent in Spanish, an excellent teacher, and very delightful.” – Ann Becker

"I just completed an absolutely delightful Spanish class taught by Cyretta and her daughter Sara Bender. It was terrific." - Maeve B.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Tim Lea - Writing for Television – A View From the Inside and How to Get There

Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 10:00am
photo of playwright, director, television writer Tim Lea

Saturday, October 26 • 10-2 pm • Tuition: $110

Playwright, director, television writer and producer Tim Lea provides insights on a wide variety of topics from finding an agent, sample script writing, staffing, pitching stories and shows, and what to expect in your career trajectory. The class will consist of two sections – an overview of the state of the industry and the process of breaking in, and an introduction to a hands-on process for getting your first script written, read, and produced in Hollywood.

Tim Lea has worked on numerous television shows including CSI:NY, Law and Order, Criminal Intent, and Flash Forward.

 

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

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