Wed., August 25, 2021 • 5:30pm PT • Live • Online
In conversation with Avram Kosasky
A charming and refreshingly frank memoir from Deborah Madison—"The Queen of Greens" and America's leading culinary authority on vegetables—in which she gives us a deeply personal look at the rise of vegetarian cooking and a manifesto for how to eat well.
Thanks to her beloved cookbooks and groundbreaking work as the chef at Greens Restaurant in San Francisco, Deborah Madison, though not a vegetarian herself, has long been revered as this country's leading authority on vegetables.
She profoundly changed the way generations of Americans think about cooking with vegetables, helping to transform vegetarian from a dirty word into a mainstream way of eating. But before she became a household name, Madison spent almost twenty years as an ordained Buddhist priest, coming of age in the midst of counterculture San Francisco. In this charmingly intimate and refreshingly frank memoir, she tells her story—and with it the story of the vegetarian movement—for the very first time.
From her childhood in Big Ag Northern California to working in the kitchen of the then-new Chez Panisse, and from the birth of food TV to the age of green markets everywhere, An Onion in My Pocket is as much the story of the evolution of American foodways as it is the memoir of the woman at the forefront. It is a deeply personal look at the rise of vegetable-forward cooking, and a manifesto for how to eat well.
Deborah Madison is the award-winning author of fourteen cookbooks, including The New Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone and Vegetable Literacy. Her books have received four James Beard Foundation Book Awards and five awards from the IACP; she was inducted into the James Beard Foundation Cookbook Hall of Fame in 2016 and the Who's Who of Food and Beverage in 2005. She lives in New Mexico.
Avram Kosasky lives and works in New York City selling natural and terroir driven wines to the city’s best restaurants and retailers. Raised in the rolling hills of Marin County, wine country was never far away. After studying conceptual art and working in magazines and industrial design, he found himself always drawn back to the many and exquisite expressions of the vine. He devotes himself to seeking out new wines and producers and sharing them with his community and friends.
Deborah Madison photo by Doug Merriam