Events at Omnivore Books on Food

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Wed. Jan. 17 • Maricel Presilla. • Peppers of the Americas: The Remarkable Capsicums That Forever Changed Flavor. 6:30-7:30 p.m. FREE

This stunning visual reference to peppers now seen on menus, in markets, and beyond, showcases nearly 200 varieties (with physical description, tasting notes, uses for cooks, and beautiful botanical portraits for each). Following the cook's gallery of varieties, more than 40 on-trend Latin recipes for spice blends, salsas, sauces, salads, vegetables, soups, and main dishes highlight the big flavors and taste-enhancing capabilities of peppers.Presilla is the author of La Gran Cocina Latina & Chocolate.

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CLOSED FOR WINTER BREAK JAN. 18-23
 

 

 

Wed. Jan. 24 • Chitra Agrawal in conversation with Nik Sharma • Vibrant India: Fresh Vegetarian Recipes from Bangalore to Brooklyn • 6:30-7:30 p.m. FREE

Lifelong vegetarian and chef Chitra Agrawal takes you on an epicurean journey to her mother’s hometown of Bangalore and back to Brooklyn, where she adapts her family’s South Indian recipes for home cooks. This particular style of Indian home cooking, often called the “yoga diet,” is light and fresh, yet satisfying and rich in bold and complex flavors. Grains, legumes, fresh produce, coconut, and yogurt—along with herbs, citrus, chiles, and spices—form the cornerstone of this delectable cuisine, rooted in vegetarian customs and honed over centuries for optimum taste and nutrition.

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Thurs. Jan. 25 • Jonathan Kauffman. Hippie Food: How Back-to-the-Landers, Longhairs, and Revolutionaries Changed the Way We Eat • 6:30-7:30 p.m. FREE

Food writer Jonathan Kauffman journeys back more than half a century—to the 1960s and 1970s—to tell the story of how a coterie of unusual men and women embraced an alternative lifestyle that would ultimately change how modern Americans eat. Impeccably researched, Hippie Food chronicles how the longhairs, revolutionaries, and back-to-the-landers rejected the square establishment of President Richard Nixon’s America and turned to a more idealistic and wholesome communal way of life and food.

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Sat. Jan. 27 • Lori Rice • Food on Tap: Cooking with Craft Beer • 3:00-4:00 p.m. FREE

In the age of craft beer, the varieties seem endless. From floral IPAs to rich porters and stouts, and tart lambic ales to gluten-free options, there is a beer for every taste. Food on Tap is an accessible guide to using these delicious brews to add complex flavor and exciting twists to classic and new recipes.

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OFF-SITE EVENT! Sun. Jan. 28 • Spirits Dinner with Thad Vogler at Camino! 5:00 p.m.

Join Bar Agricole owner Thad Vogler as we celebrate his memoir. In By the Smoke & the Smell, spirits expert Vogler takes readers around the world, celebrating the vivid characters who produce hand-made spirits like rum, scotch, cognac, and mezcal. From the mountains of Mexico and the forbidden distilleries of Havana, to the wilds of Scotland and the pastoral corners of France and beyond, this adventure will change how you think about your drink.Tickets here!

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Tues. Jan. 30 • Cynthia Graubart • Chicken: A Savor the South Cookbook • 6:30-7:30 p.m. FREE

While fried chicken may be the South's iconic dish, when it comes to southern foodways, there are a lot of ways to love America's most popular fowl. Preparations range from Country Captain to Carolina Chicken Bog to Chicken and Parslied Dumplings and more. Here, Cynthia Graubart celebrates the bird in all its glory, southern style and beyond. This little cookbook packs all the know-how that cooks need to make irresistible chicken dishes for everyday and special occasions, from shopping and selecting to cutting up, frying, braising, roasting, and much more.

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Thurs. Feb. 1 • James Syhabout & John Birdsall • Hawker Fare: Stories & Recipes from a Refugee Chef's Isan Thai & Lao Roots • 6:30-7:30 p.m. FREE

James Syhabout’s hugely popular Hawker Fare restaurant in San Francisco is the product of his unique family history and diverse career experience. Born into two distinct but related Asian cultures—from his mother’s ancestral village in Isan, Thailand’s northeast region, and his father’s home in Pakse, Laos—he and his family landed in Oakland in 1981 in a community of other refugees from the Vietnam War. Syhabout also owns Commis in Oakland; this is his debut cookbook, written with San Francisco food writer John Birdsall.

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Sat. Feb. 3 • Kyndra Holley and Suzanne Ryan • Craveable Keto and Simply Keto • 3:00-4:00 p.m. FREE

It's a keto-palooza, with two highly respected keto authors taking the stage together at Omnivore. Kyndra Holley, the master behind the wildly popular food blog Peace, Love and Low Carb, brings together food, fun, and feeling fantastic in her new cookbook, Craveable Keto: Your Low-Carb, High-Fat Road Map to Weight Loss and Wellness. Suzanne Ryan is the author of the blog Keto Karma, and in her debut cookbook, she details how she accomplished the incredible feat of losing almost 40 percent of her total body weight and developed a healthier and more balanced relationship with food.

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OFF-SITE EVENT! Mon. Feb. 5 • Tofu Evolved • At the JCCSF • Hodo Soy and JCCSF Foodways present Minh Tsai of Hodo Soy in conversation with J. Kenji López-Alt. Featuring a multi-course dinner prepared by Bay Area chefs Kim Alter of Nightbird Nick Balla of Duna James Syhabout of Commis & Hawker Fare

Tofu has a rich, 2,000-year heritage in Asia as the oldest plant-based protein. In contrast, tofu’s history and introduction in the West is short, complicated – and limited. Join us as we collaborate with prominent Bay Area chefs to craft a multi-course dinner showcasing the intricacy and versatility of this storied ingredient. Enjoy complementary wine while Minh Tsai demonstrates the art and science of tofu and yuba making with J. Kenji López-Alt, Chief Culinary Advisor for Serious Eats and author of the James Beard Award-nominated column and book, The Food Lab. Together they’ll discuss how Minh has reacquainted eaters and chefs with tofu that is expertly crafted and innovative. TICKETS HERE!

 

 

Wed. April 18 • Jacques Pepin and his granddaughter, Shorey. A Grandfather's Lessons: In the Kitchen with Shorey • 6:30-7:30 p.m. FREE.

Ever since she was very young, his granddaughter, Shorey, has loved “helping” him in the kitchen. Now that she is twelve, Jacques gives his charismatic pupil a short course on preparing “food that is plain, but elegant, and more than anything, fun.” In the process, he proves himself as inspiring to her as he is to the country’s greatest chefs.

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Sat. April 21 • Nigella Lawson • At My Table: A Celebration of Home Cooking • 3:00-4:00 p.m. FREE

Nigella Lawson is every home cook's goddess, and in this new book she returns to celebrating the food she loves to cook for friends and family every day. As Nigella writes, "The food in this book, that comes from my kitchen, is eaten at my table, and will be eaten at yours, is the food I have always loved cooking. It doesn't require technique, dexterity or expertise, none of which I lay claim to. Life is complicated; cooking doesn't have to be." And yes, Anglophiles, there's a recipe for sticky toffee pudding in here.

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