Events at Omnivore Books on Food

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Sat. Oct. 21 • Sonya Gropman and Gabrielle Rosmer Gropman, The German-Jewish Cookbook: Recipes & History of a Cuisine • 3:00-4:00 p.m. FREE

This cookbook features recipes for German-Jewish cuisine as it existed in Germany prior to World War II, and as refugees later adapted it in the United States and elsewhere. Because these dishes differ from more familiar Jewish food, they will be a discovery for many people. With a focus on fresh, seasonal ingredients, this indispensable collection of recipes includes numerous soups, both chilled and hot; vegetable dishes; meats, poultry, and fish; fruit desserts; cakes; and the German version of challah, Berches.

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EVENT POSTPONED TO APRIL 18 - DUE TO SMOKY AIR • Jacques Pepin and his granddaughter, Shorey. A Grandfather's Lessons: In the Kitchen with Shorey • 5:00-6:00 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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Mon. Oct. 23 • Cenk Sonmezsoy • The Artful Baker: Extraordinary Desserts From an Obsessive Home Baker • 6:30-7:30 p.m. FREE

A collection of more than 100 extraordinary desserts—all with photos and meticulous instructions—by Cenk Sönmezsoy, creator of the internationally acclaimed blog Cafe Fernando. Written, styled, photographed, and designed by Cenk Sönmezsoy, The Artful Baker shares the inspiring story of a passionate home baker, beginning with his years after graduate school in San Francisco and showcasing the fruits of a baking obsession he cultivated after returning home to Istanbul.

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Tues. Oct. 24 • Josef Centeno • Baco: Vivid Recipes from the Heart of Los Angeles • 6:30-7:30 p.m. FREE

Josef Centeno is the chef and owner of Bäco Mercat, Bar Amá, Orsa & Winston, Ledlow, and P.Y.T. In Bäco, he draws on his multicultural heritage, formal training in top-notch restaurants such as Manresa and Daniel, a lifelong obsession with cookbooks, and his insatiable curiosity. Centeno's cooking layers textures and explores how spices and sauces can be used to transform the most basic vegetables.

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EVENT CANCELLED • Jane Anson • Wine Revolution: The World's Best Organic, Biodynamic and Craft Wines • 6:30-7:30 p.m. FREE

Organic, biodynamic, and natural wines have seen a huge surge in popularity in recent years, with many high-end, commercially successful producers converting to organic and biodynamic practices to supply the increasing demand for wines that are good for both the drinkers and the environment and that are produced with care. Written by award winning wine expert, Jane Anson, this stylish compendium explores what makes these wines different, how they are produced and why they are enjoying such a boom. Whether you're a wine-buff or just love wine, this beautiful collection is for you.

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Thurs. Oct. 26 • Stuart Brioza & Nicole Krasinski • State Bird Provisions: A Cookbook • 6:30-7:30 p.m. FREE, with snacks from the restaurant!

Few restaurants have taken the nation by storm in the way that State Bird Provisions has. Inspired by their years catering parties, chefs Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski use dim sum style carts to offer guests small but finely crafted dishes ranging from Potato Chips with Crème Fraiche and Cured Trout Roe, to Black Butter-Balsamic Figs with Wagon Wheel Cheese Fondue, to their famous savory pancakes and a menu of more substantial dishes such as their signature fried quail (our state bird) with stewed onions.

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Sat. October 28 • Pascale Beale • Les Légumes: Vegetable Recipes from the Market Table • 3:00-4:00 p.m. FREE

Pascale Beale's latest culinary treat revels in cooking with vegetables throughout the seasons. Grouped by key ingredients in 12 chapters, with stunning full-page photos, delightful anecdotes, practical tips, and uncomplicated recipes that work every time, Les Legumes transforms vegetable dishes into the highlight of any meal. The book is a compendium of more than 110 healthy, tempting plant-based dishes, brimming with vibrant hues, innovative ingredients and creative flavor combinations.

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Sun. Oct. 29 • Tara Whitsitt • Fermentation on Wheels: Road Stories, Food Ramblings, and 50 Do-It-Yourself Recipes from Sauerkraut, Kombucha, and Yogurt to Miso, Tempeh, and Mead • 3:00-4:00 p.m. FREE

Through her winning stories, illustrations, photographs, and fifty recipes, Fermentation on Wheels tracks the two-year. twenty-thousand mile journey that made Tara into a known apostle of outrageously delicious, creative, healthy, and sustainable fermented flavors--from sourdough to sauerkraut to wild berry wines. The book is also an inspiring celebration of how food traditions (and starter cultures) can bring people together, pollinate their minds, and change their lives for the better.

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Mon. Oct. 30 • Michelle Mandro and Kelleen Sullivan • Wine Country Women of Napa Valley • 6:30-7:30 p.m. FREE

California’s picturesque Napa Valley is known for its undulating vineyards, historic wineries nestled among the trees, and quaint towns that dot the countryside. It is also home to many amazing women who have made names for themselves with wineries and boutique businesses throughout the area. Wine Country Women of Napa Valley celebrates 65 of these leading ladies, shining a light on the entrepreneurial spirits, winemaking expertise, culinary skills, and artistic abilities of the women who make this valley unique.

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Thurs. Nov. 2 • Preeti Mistry • The Juhu Beach Club Cookbook: Indian Spice, Oakland Soul • 6:30-7:30 p.m. FREE

Influenced by her background as a second-generation Indian -- born in London, raised across the US, now based in the Bay Area -- Preeti's irreverent style informs her personality and her food. This collection of street food, comfort classics, and restaurant favorites blends cuisines from across India with American influences to create irresistible combinations.

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Sat. Nov. 4 • Matt Jennings • Homegrown: Cooking from My New England Roots • 3:00-4:00 p.m. FREE

In his debut cookbook, chef Matt Jennings honors the iconic foods of his heritage and celebrates the fresh ingredients that have come to define his renowned, inventive approach to cooking. With four James Beard Award nominations for Best Chef: Northeast, three Cochon 555 wins, and a spot on Food & Wine’s 40 Big Food Thinkers 40 and Under list, Jennings is a culinary innovator known for his unexpected uses of traditional northern ingredients.

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Sun. Nov. 5 • Robert Arnold • Shots of Knowledge: The Science of Whiskey • 3:00-4:00 p.m. FREE, with whiskey tasting.

Shots of Knowledge is a guidebook for whiskey lovers. Organized into approximately sixty illustrated essays, the book samples selected topics in whiskey production through the lenses of science and engineering. While the essays are subdivided into three sections--From Sunshine to Sugar, From Wee Beasties to White Dogs, and From Barrel to Brain--the reader is free to sip them in any order. The story commences with water, carbon dioxide, and sunlight; travels through the manufacturing process; and ends with the molecules that entertain the palate.

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Mon. Nov. 6 • Karen Page & Andrew Dornenburg • Kitchen Creativity: Unlocking Culinary Genius - with Wisdom, Inspiration, and Ideas from the World's Most Creative Chefs • 6:30-7:30 p.m. FREE

Based on four years of extensive research and dozens of in-depth interviews, Kitchen Creativity illuminates the method of culinary invention. Part I reveals how to learn fundamental skills, including how to appreciate, taste, and season classic dishes (Stage 1: Mastery), before reinventing the classics from a new perspective (Stage 2: Alchemy). Einstein's secret of genius-combinatory play-pushes chefs to develop unique creations and heighten their outer and inner senses (Stage 3: Creativity). Part II's A-to-Z entries are an invaluable culinary idea generator, with exercises to prompt new imaginings.

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OFF-SITE EVENT! Tues. Nov. 7 • Wendy MacNaughton, Sarah Rich and Friends: Cipe Pineles’s Leave Me Alone with the Recipes • 6:00 p.m. at the JCCSF

Wendy MacNaughton and Sarah Rich would like you to meet Cipe Pineles, the world-changing, influential designer-illustrator you’ve probably never heard of… until now. Four years ago, Wendy and Sarah discovered her unpublished manuscript at an antiquarian book fair, and, along with Maria Popova and Debbie Millman bought it and set out to give this creative genius her due. Leave Me Alone with the Recipes: The Life, Art and Cookbook of Cipe Pineles is the result. Join Wendy, Sarah and friends for dinner featuring recipes from the book and conversation on design, art, food and the prominent role food plays in memory-making. TICKETS HERE!

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Wed. Nov. 8 • Alison Roman • Dining In: Highly Cookable Recipes • 6:30-7:30 p.m. FREE

Alison Roman is known as much for her keeper recipes as her wry Instagram voice and effortless style. Her debut cookbook features 125 recipes for simple, of-the-moment dishes that are full of great techniques (think slathering roast chicken in anchovy butter, roasting citrus to bring out new flavors, and keeping boiled potatoes in your fridge for instant crispy smashed potatoes). Roman's recipes set today's trends and will show up as tomorrow’s classics.

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Fri. Nov. 10 • Alex Prud’homme & Katie Pratt • France is a Feast: The Photographic Journey of Paul and Julia Child • 6:30-7:30 p.m. FREE

Through intimate and compelling photographs taken by her husband Paul Child, a gifted photographer, France is a Feast documents how Julia Child first discovered French cooking and the French way of life. Paul and Julia moved to Paris in 1948 where he was cultural attaché for the US Information Service, and in this role he met Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa, Brassai, and other leading lights of the photography world. As Julia recalled: “Paris was wonderfully walkable, and it was a natural subject for Paul.”

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Tues. Nov. 14 • Sri Rao. Bollywood Kitchen: Home-Cooked Indian Meals Paired with Unforgettable Bollywood Films • 6:30-7:30 p.m. FREE

Indian cuisine and Indian cinema (known as Bollywood) share much in common – bold colors and flavors with plenty of drama. Let Sri Rao be your guide. As one of the only Americans working in Bollywood, Sri is an expert on Indian musical films, and as an avid cook, he’s taken his mom’s authentic, home-cooked recipes and adapted them for the modern, American kitchen.

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Wed. Nov. 15 • Robyn Exkhardt & Dave Hagerman • Istanbul and Beyond: Exploring the Diverse Cuisines of Turkey • 6:30-7:30 p.m. FREE

Standing at the crossroads between the Mediterranean, the Middle East, and Asia, Turkey boasts astonishingly rich and diverse culinary traditions. Journalist Robyn Eckhardt and her husband, photographer David Hagerman, have spent almost twenty years discovering the country’s very best dishes. Now they take readers on an unforgettable epicurean adventure, beginning in Istanbul, home to one of the world’s great fusion cuisines. From there, they journey to the lesser-known provinces, opening a vivid world of flavors influenced by neighboring Syria, Iran, Iraq, Armenia, and Georgia.

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Sat. Nov. 18 • David Lebovitz • L'Appart: The Delights and Disasters of Making My Paris Home • 3:00-4:00 p.m. FREE - just show up!

David will speak for a few minutes, and then sign books purchased at Omnivore. Bestselling author and world-renowned chef David Lebovitz continues to mine the rich subject of his evolving ex-Pat life in Paris, using his perplexing experiences in apartment renovation as a launching point for stories about French culture, food, and what it means to revamp one's life. Includes dozens of new recipes.

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Thurs. Nov. 30 • Jim Lahey • Sullivan Street Bakery Cookbook •6:30-7:30 p.m. FREE

Founded in 1994, Sullivan Street Bakery is renowned for its outstanding bread, which graces the tables of New York’s most celebrated restaurants. The bread at Sullivan Street Bakery, crackling brown on the outside and light and aromatic on the inside, is inspired by the dark, crusty loaves that James Beard Award–winning baker Jim Lahey discovered in Rome.

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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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