Events at Omnivore Books on Food

 

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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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OFF-SITE EVENT! Mon. Nov. 3 • Joy the Baker Homemade Decadence • Demonstration & conversation at the JCC SF. 7:00 p.m. $45 (includes book).

Joy Wilson believes that everything is better with pie. And caramel. And definitely ice cream. As her blogging alter ego Joy the Baker, she dabbles daily in butter and sugar. Her new book, Joy the Baker. Homemade Decadence, is packed with her favorite super-easy, over-the-top, totally delicious treats like Butterscotch Cream Pie with Thyme-Marshmallow Meringue. She’ll demonstrate techniques from her new book, ending the evening with a tasting of her sweet treats. BUY TICKETS HERE!

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Tues. Nov. 4 • Robert Carmack • The Burma Cookbook • 6:30-7:30. FREE

Robert Carmack writes regularly on food and travel, and is the author of five books; his last two were on Thai and Vietnamese cooking, and have been in continuous publication for well over a decade, with separate French language editions.He and partner Morrison Polkinghorne tour regularly to Southeast Asia, hosting culinary journeys through their companies Globetrotting Gourmet and Morrison is an internationally recognized textile designer and authority on Southeast Asian weaving.

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Wed. Nov. 5 • Margarita Carrillo Arronte • Mexico: The Cookbook • 6:30-7:30. FREE

The first truly comprehensive bible of authentic Mexican home cooking, written by a living culinary legend, Mexico: The Cookbook features an unprecedented 700 recipes from across the entire country, showcasing the rich diversity and flavors of Mexican cuisine. Author Margarita Carrillo Arronte has dedicated 30 years to researching, teaching, and cooking Mexican food.

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Thurs. Nov. 6 • Talia Baiocchi • Sherry: A Modern Guide to the Wine World's Best-Kept Secret, with Cocktails and Recipes • 6:30-7:30. FREE

Sherry is essential reading for wine or spirits professionals looking to incorporate this complex wine into their menu, and for adventurous drink enthusiasts who are on the hunt for something unexpected. With a comprehensive yet accessible overview of the different styles of sherry, how they are made, and the people and places that produce it, Sherry demystifies what can be a confusing (and seemingly contradictory) wine.

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Mon. Nov. 10 • DOUBLE-HEADER! Take your pick: Christopher Kostow • A New Napa Cuisine • 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Omnivore • FREE

Christopher Kostow is the critically acclaimed chef of The Restaurant at Meadowood in St. Helena, California and the third youngest chef to ever receive three Michelin stars. Chef Kostow draws upon his own American upbringing and the singular beauty and bounty of the Napa Valley, to cook food that is thoughtful, personal, and in concert with his community and collaborators.

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OFF-SITE EVENT! Gabrielle Hamilton • Prune • At Camino Restaurant in Oakland. 6:00 p.m.

Gabrielle Hamilton is the chef/owner of Prune restaurant in New York’s East Village and the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef. She received an MFA in fiction writing from the University of Michigan, and her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, GQ, Bon Appétit, Saveur, House Beautiful, and Food & Wine. BUY TICKETS HERE!

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OFF-SITE EVENT! Thurs. Nov. 13. Dinner with Charleston chef Sean Brock at Camino. 6-10 p.m. Join us for a 3-course meal (with wine) inspired by Sean's new cookbook, Heritage, cooked in Camino's open fire. $110 plus tax & tip

Sean Brock is the chef behind the game-changing restaurants Husk and McCrady’s, and his first book offers all of his inspired recipes. With a drive to preserve the heritage foods of the South, Brock cooks dishes that are ingredient-driven and reinterpret the flavors of his youth in Appalachia and his adopted hometown of Charleston.

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Fri. Nov. 14. Sean Brock (with Daniel Patterson). Heritage. 6:30-7:30 p.m. $40 (includes a signed book). SOLD OUT!

Join us at Omnivore for an evening with Sean Brock, of McCrady's and Husk and all-around rock star of Southern heritage cooking, in conversation with Daniel Patterson. Tickets include a copy of Sean's new book, Heritage. Event will be standing room only and is limited to 60 attendees.

 

Sat. Nov. 15 • Cathy Barrow • Mrs. Wheelbarrow's Practical Pantry: Recipes and Techniques for Year-Round Preserving • 3-4 p.m. FREE

In Mrs. Wheelbarrow’s Practical Pantry, food preserving expert Cathy Barrow presents a beautiful collection of essential preserving techniques for turning the fleeting abundance of the farmers’ market into a well-stocked pantry full of canned fruits and vegetables, jams, stocks, soups, and more.

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Sun. Nov. 16 • Rose Levy Beranbaum • The Baking Bible • 3-4 p.m. FREE

 

Legendary baker Rose Levy Beranbaum is back, with all-new recipes for the best cakes, pies, tarts, cookies, candies, pastries, breads, and more, this magnum opus draws from Rose’s passion and expertise in every category of baking. As is to be expected from the woman who’s been called “the most meticulous cook who ever lived,” each sumptuous recipe is truly foolproof.

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OFF-SITE EVENT! Tues. Nov. 18. Emily Luchetti, Alice Medrich & Rose Levy Beranbaum, in conversation with Sunset Magazine's food editor, Margo True. At the JCC SF. 7 p.m. $25-35.

 

It’s a baking dream team: Rose Levy Beranbaum, who wrote the bibles on cake, bread, pie and pastry; Emily Luchetti, local pastry chef legend from Stars, Farallon and Waterbar; and Alice Medrich, who introduced chocolate truffles to America at her influential Berkeley dessert shop Cocolat. Combined, they’ve written over 25 highly-praised and bestselling baking and dessert books, received James Beard and Cookbook-of-the-Year awards, been named Culinary Pioneers of America and have taught us how to achieve sweet bliss in the kitchen. BUY TICKETS HERE!

 

Wed. 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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Thurs. Nov. 20 • Rod Phillips • Alcohol: A History • 6:30-7:30. FREE

Whether as wine, beer, or spirits, alcohol has had a constant and often controversial role in social life. In his innovative book on the attitudes toward and consumption of alcohol, Rod Phillips surveys a 9,000-year cultural and economic history, uncovering the tensions between alcoholic drinks as healthy staples of daily diets and as objects of social, political, and religious anxiety.

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Sat. Nov. 22 • Aglaia Kremezi • Mediterranean Vegetarian Feasts • 3-4 p.m. FREE

In Mediterranean Vegetarian Feasts, Aglaia Kremezi, who teaches Greek cooking to food lovers visiting the Greek isles, has gone back to her roots, rediscovering the delicious, fresh, healthy, easy-to-make recipes she grew up with, like Flat Bread with Dried Figs, Spicy Cheese, and Rosemary; Santorini Favas with Braised Capers and Onions; and more.

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