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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Thurs. Sept. 20 • Jim Kempton • First We Surf, Then We Eat: Recipes From a Lifetime of Surf Travel • 6:30-7:30 p.m. FREE

Jim Kempton has spent his life traveling and surfing the world, along the way learning to cook the world's best beach-loving dishes. Now he's sharing his vividly colorful, richly flavorful, and vibrantly healthful collection of more than 90 recipes, along with stories of the best waves, markets, restaurants, adventures, and misadventures that he's experienced, from Australia to Hawaii, the Basque Country to Indonesia, California to Mexico.

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Sat. Sept. 22 • Kankana Saxena • Taste of Eastern India: Delicious, Authentic Bengali Meals You Need to Try • 3:00-4:00 p.m. FREE

Bengali native Kankana Saxena captures the wealth of intoxicating dishes and depths of favor that are fundamental to the Bengali community with savory stews, fragrant rice dishes, zesty spice blends and iconic street foods. Each recipe preserves the authenticity of traditional Indian cuisine but with a modern approach specific to the Eastern region―such as Chicken Shingara, which is similar to an Indian samosa but in Kolkata they’re smaller, spicier and deep-fried.

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Sunday Sept. 23 • Marvin Gapultos • Pulutan! Filipino Bar Bites, Appetizers and Street Eats • 3:00-4:00 p.m. FREE, with cocktails!

In his new cookbook, Marvin Gapultos delves further into Filipino cuisine by exploring the drinking food and bar snacks of the Philippines known as "Pulutan." Marvin shows you how to eat and drink like a Filipino with a range of easy Pulutan recipes - all of which are perfect accompaniments to an icy cold beer!

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Wed. Sept. 26 • Jennifer Clair • Six Basic Cooking Techniques: Culinary Essentials for the Home Cook • 6:30-7:30 p.m. FREE

Bursting with vibrant photographs, step-by-step photo tutorials, and delicious recipes to test out new-found skills, Six Basic Cooking Techniques focuses on the six essential skills needed to create a strong foundation so that any home cook can maximize his/her culinary potential. There will be a knife sharpening demo - bring all the questions you were too embarrassed to ask!

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Sat. Sept. 29 • Georgia Freedman. Cooking South of the Clouds: Recipes and Stories from China’s Yunnan Province • 3:00-4:00 p.m. FREE

Yunnan has been called the China "beyond the Great Wall." Twenty-four of the country's minority groups call Yunnan home, each retaining their own traditions. On a culinary level, this means Yunnan is one of the most delicious places on earth. The region is famous for its mushrooms, hams, pickles, edible flowers, its use of potatoes, and its love of chiles and Sichuan peppercorns.

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Mon. Oct. 1 • Kausar Ahmed • The Karachi Kitchen: Classic and Contemporary Flavors of Pakistan • 6:30-7:30 p.m. FREE.

From the Arabian Sea to the peaks of the Himalayas, cuisine in Karachi is as diverse as its inhabitants and draws influences from across South, Central, and West Asia. The local food is bold in flavor, and comes in many forms including curries, soups, stews, wraps, pilafs, pies, and more. Internationally acclaimed Pakistani chef and educator Kausar Ahmed has curated and created unique, mouthwatering recipes in this gorgeous one-of-a-kind cookbook.

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Tues. Oct. 2 • Nik Sharma, in conversation with John Birdsall. Season: Big Flavors, Beautiful Food • 6:30-7:30 p.m. FREE

There are few books that offer home cooks a new way to cook and to think about flavor—and fewer that do it with the clarity and warmth of Nik Sharma's Season. Nik, beloved curator of the award-winning food blog A Brown Table, shares a treasury of ingredients, techniques, and flavors that combine in a way that's both familiar and completely unexpected. These are recipes that take a journey all the way from India by way of the American South to California. It's a personal journey that opens new vistas in the kitchen, including new methods and integrated by a marvelous use of spices.

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Wed. Oct. 3 • P.K. Newby • Food & Nutrition: What Everyone Needs to Know • 6:30-7:30 p.m. FREE

In Food & Nutrition, Harvard- and Columbia-trained nutrition scientist Dr. P.K. Newby examines 134 stand-alone questions addressing "need to know" topics, including how what we eat affects our health and environment, from farm to fork, and why, when it comes to diet, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts-and one size doesn't fit all. At the same time, Newby debunks popular myths and food folklore, encouraging readers to "learn, unlearn, and relearn" the fundamentals of nutrition at the heart of a health-giving diet.

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OFF-SITE EVENT! Thurs. Oct. 4. Nik Sharma dinner at Camino Restaurant. Join us for a multi-course family-style feast to celebrate Nik's wonderful first book, Season. 6:00 p.m. TICKETS HERE!

 

Fri. Oct. 5 • Rose Levy Beranbaum • Rose's Baking Basics: 100 Essential Recipes, with More Than 600 Step-by-Step Photos • 6:30-7:30 p.m. FREE

In this book of no-fuss recipes everyone should know, trusted baking expert Rose Levy Beranbaum guides you through every recipe for can’t-fail results—with a streamlined, simplified approach and more than 600 mouthwatering and instructive photos. Whether you're a baking enthusiast or just want to whip up the occasional treat, you will be able to easily make perfect brownies, banana bread, holiday pies, birthday cakes, homemade bread, and more.

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Sat. Oct. 6 • Naz Deravian • Bottom of the Pot: Persian Recipes and Stories • In conversation with Cheryl Sternman Rule. 3:00-4:00 p.m. FREE

"Like Madhur Jaffrey and Marcella Hazan before her, Naz Deravian will introduce the pleasures and secrets of her mother culture's cooking to a broad audience that has no idea what it's been missing. America will not only fall in love with Persian cooking, it'll fall in love with Naz.” - Samin Nosrat, author of Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: The Four Elements of Good Cooking

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