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Cooks with Books: Gayle Pirie & John Clark - The Foreign Cinema Cookbook

Thursday, June 7, 2018 - 6:30pm

Foreign Cinema Restaurant, San Francisco
Tickets (includes meal and book): $125 per person, $200 per couple

This is a special evening in a Fellini-esque setting with an abundance of food served tapas style from piazza-style outdoor cooking stations (not a sit down meal), along with signature cocktails, original wine selections, and entertainment under the stars.

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Foreign Cinema opened its doors in 1999 in the Mission District of San Francisco, pioneers in transforming the neighborhood into a culinary destination. The dramatic experience of dining in the sweeping courtyard, where films screen nightly, still enchant visitors 18 years later. Now, for the first time, chef-owners Gayle Pirie and John Clark share the best from their distinctive North African, California-Mediterranean menu.

Featuring 125 signature dishes, The Foreign Cinema Cookbook spans Pirie and Clark’s award-winning brunch favorites like Champagne Omelet and Persian Bloody Mary, cocktail hour with Lavender Baked Goat Cheese in Fig Leaves, and dinner fare including a Five-Spice Duck Breast with Cassis Sauce and Madras Curry Fried Chicken with Spiced Honey, alongside instructions for how to blend spice staples like Ras el Hanout. With rich storytelling throughout, Pirie and Clark offer home cooks a chance to take the restaurant into their own kitchen.

Gayle Pirie and John Clark are the chef-owners of Foreign Cinema. In 2010, Pirie was inducted into Les Dames d’Escoffier International. The couple have published two previous books; they live in Berkeley, California, with their two children.

The Foreign Cinema Cookbook: Recipes and Stories Under the Stars Cover Image
By Gayle Pirie, John Clark, Alice Waters (Foreword by)
$40.00
ISBN: 9781419729041
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Harry N. Abrams - May 15th, 2018

Foreign Cinema opened its doors in 1999 in the Mission District of San Francisco, pioneers in transforming the neighborhood into a culinary destination. The dramatic experience of dining in the sweeping atrium, where films screen nightly, still enchant visitors 18 years later.


Foreign Cinema
2534 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA 94110

Michael Beschloss - Presidents of War (Dominican University)

Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 7:00pm

Angelico Hall, Dominican University
Ticket: $45 (includes signed book)

Ten years in the research and writing, Presidents of War is a fresh, magisterial, intimate look at a procession of American leaders as they took the nation into conflict and mobilized their country for victory. It brings us into the room as they make the most difficult decisions that face any President, at times sending hundreds of thousands of American men and women to their deaths.

From James Madison and the War of 1812 to recent times, we see them struggling with Congress, the courts, the press, their own advisors and antiwar protesters; seeking comfort from their spouses, families and friends; and dropping to their knees in prayer. We come to understand how these Presidents were able to withstand the pressures of war--both physically and emotionally--or were broken by them.

Beschloss's interviews with surviving participants in the drama and his findings in original letters, diaries, once-classified national security documents, and other sources help him to tell this story in a way it has not been told before. Presidents of War combines the sense of being there with the overarching context of two centuries of American history. This important book shows how far we have traveled from the time of our Founders, who tried to constrain presidential power, to our modern day, when a single leader has the potential to launch nuclear weapons that can destroy much of the human race.

Michael Beschloss is the author of nine books on Presidential history, including, most recently, the New York Times bestsellers Presidential Courage and The Conquerors, and was editor of the number-one global bestseller, Jacqueline Kennedy. He is the NBC News Presidential Historian and a PBS NewsHour contributor and has received an Emmy and six honorary degrees. He lives in Washington, D.C.

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Please note: Tickets are non-refundable

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Presidents of War Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780307409607
Availability: Not Yet Published
Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - October 9th, 2018

From a preeminent presidential historian comes a groundbreaking and often surprising saga of America's wartime chief executives


Angelico Hall, Dominican University
20 Olive Avenue
San Rafael, CA 94901