Events at Omnivore Books on Food


If you would like a signed copy of a book from one of our events, but are unable to attend,
just call the shop at 415-282-4712, we’ll be happy to take care of it for you.

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Sun. Sept. 21 • Becky Selengut • Shroom: Mind-bendingly Good Recipes for Cultivated and Wild Mushrooms • 3-4 p.m. FREE

Chef and cooking teacher Becky Selengut's Shroom feeds our enduring passion for foraged and wild foods by exploring 15 types of mushrooms, including detailed how-to's on everything home cooks need to know to create 75 inventive, internationally-flavored mushroom dishes.

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Tues. Sept. 23 • Jean-Pierre & Denise Moullé • French Roots: Two Cooks, Two Countries, and the Beautiful Food along the Way • 6:30-7:30. FREE.

A narrative-rich cookbook of French and Californian recipes from longtime Chez Panisse executive chef Jean-Pierre Moulle and his wife, Denise Moulle. Jean-Pierre and Denise Moullé met on a street corner in Berkeley, California, in 1980; six months later they were married. French Roots is the story of their lives told through the food they cook—beginning with the dishes of old-world France, the couple’s birthplace, and focusing on the simple, pared-down preparations of French food common in the postwar period.

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Sat. Sept. 27 • Zoe Nathan & Josh Loeb • Huckleberry: Stories, Secrets, and Recipes From Our Kitchen • 3-4 p.m. FREE, with treats from the bakery!

"Everything in generosity" is the motto of Zoe Nathan, the big-hearted baker behind Santa Monica's favorite neighborhood bakery and breakfast spot, Huckleberry Bakery & Café. This irresistible cookbook collects more than 115 recipes spanning from sweet (rustic cakes, muffins, and scones) to savory (hot cereals, biscuits, and quiche).

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Sun. Sept. 28 • Kathleen Weber • Della Fattoria Bread: 63 Foolproof Recipes for Yeasted, Enriched & Naturally Leavened Breads • 3-4 p.m. FREE, with samples from the bakery!

Della has provided bread to the French Laundry for more than 20 years, and their Petaluma bakery is a destination for travelers from around the world. More than an instructional guide, the book takes the fear out of bread baking,and encourages bakers to draw on their senses, experiences, and instincts.

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Tues. Sept. 30 • Karen Morgan • The Everyday Art of Gluten-Free: 125 Savory and Sweet Recipes Using 6 Fail-Proof Flour Blends • 6:30-7:30. FREE, with treats from the bakery and drinks from Tito's Vodka!

In her second cookbook, Blackbird Bakery’s Karen Morgan tackles the fundamental secrets to gluten-free delicious recipes: the six flour blends and getting them right. The Everyday Art of Gluten-Free is divided by flour blends—Biscuit, Donut and Fritter, Pie and Pasta, Bread and Pizza, Cake and Muffin, and Cookie Jar—with each chapter offering easy-to-follow recipes that demonstrate the versatility of blends and debunk the notion of an “all-purpose” flour.

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Thursday, Oct. 2 • Dinner Party at Camino with Francis Mallmann • 6:00-10:00 p.m.

Come enjoy a multi-course dinner with the author of Seven Fires and Mallmann on Fire. This dinner, cooked over the open fires of Camino's kitchen, will comprise recipes from Mallmann's new cookbook, and Francis will be there to sign books and wax poetic on the art of Argentine grilling. $100 plus tax & tip.

To read more about the author, read this!

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Sat. Oct. 4 • Alder Yarrow • The Essence of Wine • 3:00-4:00 p.m. FREE

Alder Yarrow is widely regarded as the original and most influential wine blogger on the Internet. His award-winning site, Vinography, has been around for nearly 11 years, and in 2011, he was a finalist for the James Beard journalism award. Now after more than a decade online, Yarrow has turned his attention to print, marrying his eye for design and penchant for poetic writing into a 150-page hardcover coffee table book that celebrates the singular flavors and aromas found in wine.

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Wed. Oct. 8 • Thomas McNaughton • Flour + Water: Pasta • 6:30-7:30. FREE, with Flour + Water's housemade salumi!

“Without a doubt, Thomas represents the new American chef who is bringing pasta to the forefront of American cuisine. His passion is on display daily at flour + water and this book allows you to immerse yourself in the world of a truly talented chef.”—Michael Tusk, chef/owner of Quince and Cotogna.

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Thursday, October 9 • A Book Party for Celebrated Italian chef • Massimo Bottura, hosted by Tosca Cafe • 5:00-8:00 p.m.

Come celebrate chef Bottura's new cookbook, Never Trust a Skinny Italian Chef. Wine & cocktails with passed canapés inspired by Massimo's new cookbook. $55 includes food & drink. Chef Bottura will be signing copies of Never Trust a Skinny Italian Chef, which will be available for purchase at the event from Omnivore Books.

To read more about the chef, read this!

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Fri. Oct. 10 • Thug Kitchen: The Official Cookbook • 6:30-7:30 p.m. FREE book party, with food from Hella Vegan Eats and beer from somewhere cool.

Thug Kitchen started their wildly popular web site to inspire people to eat some Goddamn vegetables and adopt a healthier lifestyle. Beloved by Gwyneth Paltrow (“This might be my favorite thing ever”) and named Saveur’s Best New Food blog of 2013—with half a million Facebook fans and counting—Thug Kitchen wants to show everyone how to take charge of their plates.

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Sat. Oct. 11 • Rachel Saunders • Blue Chair Jam Cooks with Jam and Marmalade • 3-4 p.m. FREE, with samples!

Building on the success of her James Beard Award-nominated Blue Chair Jam Cookbook, Rachel Saunders' Blue Chair Cooks with Jam & Marmalade is the definitive modern guide to using preserves in the kitchen. Far from merely a narrow look at obvious ways to incorporate jam, Blue Chair Cooks with Jam & Marmalade is a rich and wide-ranging general cookbook for every day.

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Mon. Oct. 13 • Renee Erickson • A Boat, a Whale, and a Walrus: Menus and Stories • 6:30-7:30 p.m. FREE.

One of the country's most acclaimed chefs, Renee Erickson is a James-Beard nominated chef and the owner of several Seattle restaurants: The Whale Wins, Boat Street Café, The Walrus and the Carpenter, and Barnacle. This luscious cookbook is perfect for anyone who loves the fresh seasonal food of the Pacific Northwest.

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Thu, Oct 16 • Sara Kate Gillingham and Faith Durand • The Kitchn Cookbook: Recipes, Kitchens & Tips to Inspire Your Cooking •6:30-7:30pm FREE

From Apartment Therapy's cooking site, The Kitchn, comes 150 recipes and a cooking school with 50 essential lessons, as well as a guide to organizing your kitchen--plus storage tips, tool reviews, inspiration from real kitchens, maintenance suggestions, 200 photographs, and much more. This is two books in one: a trove of techniques and recipes, plus a comprehensive guide to organizing your kitchen so that it's one of your favorite places to be.

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Sat. Oct. 18 • Diane Kochilas • Ikaria: Lessons on Food, Life, and Longevity from the Greek Island Where People Forget to Die • 3:00-4:00 p.m. FREE

Part cookbook, part travelogue, filled with gorgeous photography, stunning recipes, and interviews with locals, and packed with the often quirky secrets to a long life that Ikarians are spoon-fed at birth, Ikaria is award-winning author Diane Kochilas’s ethno-culinary paean to this magical island.

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Mon. Oct. 20 • Alexander Lobrano • Hungry for Paris (second edition): The Ultimate Guide to the City's 109 Best Restaurants • 6:30-7:30. FREE

If you’re passionate about eating well, you couldn’t ask for a better travel companion than Alexander Lobrano’s charming, friendly, and authoritative Hungry for Paris, the fully revised and updated guide to this renowned culinary scene. Having written about Paris for almost every major food and travel magazine since moving there in 1986, Lobrano shares his personal selection of the city’s best restaurants, from bistros featuring the hottest young chefs to the secret spots Parisians love.

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OFF-SITE EVENT! Tues. Oct. 21 • Dana Cowin and Tyler Florence. Mastering Mistakes in the Kitchen, at the JCC SF • 7:00 p.m. Get Tickets here!

Dana Cowin spent years as the editor-in-chief of Food & Wine magazine, all the time harboring a dark, dirty secret: she ruined literally every dish she attempted to make. After confessing her culinary ineptitude to her friends – some of the best chefs working today – they rallied together to teach her how to cook. She is joined by one of her teachers, Food Network star Chef Tyler Florence, for a conversation about mastering the art of the kitchen.

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Wed. Oct. 22 • Tony Gemignani • The Pizza Bible: The World's Favorite Pizza Styles, from Neapolitan, Deep-Dish, Wood-Fired, Sicilian, Calzones and Focaccia to New York, New Haven, Detroit, and more • 6:30-7:30. FREE

A comprehensive guide to making pizza, covering nine different regional styles--including standards like Neapolitan, Roman, and Chicago, as well as renowned pizza sub-specialties like St. Louis and Californian--from chef, 11-time world Pizza Champion Tony Gemignani.

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Thurs. Oct. 23 • Anne Willan • One Soufflé at a Time: A Memoir of Food and France • 6:30-7:30. FREE, with wine!

Anne Willan demystified classic French culinary technique for regular people who love food. Her legendary La Varenne Cooking School—in its original location in Paris and later in its longtime home in Burgundy—trained chefs, food writers and home cooks. Under Willan’s cheerful, no-nonsense instruction, anyone could learn to truss a chicken, make a bernaise, or loft a soufflé.

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Saturday, October 25 • A Book Party for Yotam Ottolenghi, hosted by Omnivore, with an amazing vegetarian spread inspired by Ottolenghi's recipes by Sharon Ardiana, owner of Ragazza and Gialina • 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Yotam has a new cookbook coming out, called Plenty More, and we want to toast him. He will of course be here to sign copies of his new book purchased at Omnivore, and to reward you all for your loyalty over the past 6 years, this party is free to the public! WHAT? Yes! So just swing by and say hi, get a bit to eat, and buy a book!

To learn more about Yotam Ottolenghi, read this!


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Sun. Oct. 26 • Karen Page • The Vegetarian Flavor Bible • 3:00-4:00. FREE

Emphasizing plant-based whole foods including vegetables, fruits, grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds, the book provides an A-to-Z listing of hundreds of ingredients, from açaí to zucchini blossoms, cross-referenced with the herbs, spices, and other seasonings that best enhance their flavor, resulting in thousands of recommended pairings.

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Mon. Oct. 27 • Cal Peternell • Twelve Recipes • 6:30-7:30. FREE

In this dazzling, full color cookbook and kitchen manual filled with lush photographs and beautiful drawings, the chef of Alice Waters’ Chez Panisse offers basic techniques and essential recipes that will transform anyone into a confident home cook.

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Tues. Oct. 28 • Brooks Headley • Brooks Headley's Fancy Desserts: The Recipes of Del Posto’s James Beard Award–Winning Pastry Chef • 6:30-7:30. FREE

While other chefs paid dues on restaurant lines and at cooking schools, Brooks Headley was in the back of a tour van as a drummer in much-loved punk bands that never made a dime. Now executive pastry chef at New York’s Del Posto restaurant, Headley creates unorthodox recipes that echo his unconventional background: fruit is king, vegetables are championed, acidity is key, and simplicity is the goal.

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Thurs. Oct. 30 • Charles Phan • The Slanted Door: Modern Vietnamese Food • 6:30-7:30. FREE

Award-winning chef and restaurateur Charles Phan opened The Slanted Door in San Francisco in 1995, inspired by the food of his native Vietnam. Since then, The Slanted Door has grown into a world-class dining destination, and its accessible, modern take on classic Vietnamese dishes is beloved by diners, chefs, and critics alike.

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Sat. Nov. 1 • Dorie Greenspan • Baking Chez Moi: Recipes from My Paris Home to Your Home Anywhere • 3:00-4:00 p.m. FREE

With her groundbreaking bestseller Around My French Table, Dorie Greenspan changed the way we view French food. Now, in Baking Chez Moi, she explores the fascinating world of French desserts, bringing together a charmingly uncomplicated mix of contemporary recipes, including original creations based on traditional and regional specialties, and drawing on seasonal ingredients, market visits, and her travels throughout the country.

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Sun. Nov. 2 • Marcus Samuelsson • Marcus Off-Duty: The Recipes I Cook at Home • 3-4 p.m. FREE

For two decades, Marcus Samuelsson has captivated food lovers with his brilliant culinary interpretations. Born in Ethiopia, raised in Sweden, and trained in European kitchens, he is a world citizen turned American success story. Here, the chef serves up the dishes he makes at his Harlem home for his wife and friends. The recipes blend a rainbow of the flavors he experienced in his travels.

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DATE CHANGED TO NOV. 19! • Allen Salkin • From Scratch: Inside the Food Network • 6:30-7:30. FREE.

Big personalities, high drama—the extraordinary behind-the-scenes story of the Food Network, now about to celebrate its twentieth anniversary: the business, media, and cultural juggernaut that changed the way America thinks about food.

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