Events at Omnivore Books on Food

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Thurs. Sept. 21 • Mary-Frances Heck • Sweet Potatoes: Roasted, Loaded, Fried, and Made into Pie • 6:30-7:30 p.m. FREE

60 next-level sweet potato recipes that call on new techniques and bold flavors—like chilies, coconut milk, and chocolate—for flavorful takes on this delicious superfood.

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Sat. Sept. 23 • Tommy McDonald • Field Roast: 101 Artisan Vegan Meat Recipes to Cook, Share, and Savor • 3:00-4:00 p.m. FREE

Hailed as 2015's Company of the Year by VegNews Magazine, the Field Roast Grain Meat Co. offers their first cookbook, dedicated to delicious, satisfying vegan meat recipes. Founded in 1997 in Seattle, Washington, Field Roast creates artisan vegan meats, made with real ingredients and traditional food making practices. Chef Tommy McDonald shares fundamental techniques and processes that will enable you to make your own vegan grain meats (sausages, roasts and more) at home.

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Sun. Sept. 24 • Gabi Moskowitz & Miranda Berman • Hot Mess Kitchen: Recipes for Your Delicious Disastrous Life • 3:00-4:00 p.m.

Decades ago, every young woman left home knowing how to cook, but now, well, not so much. And while they're happy times have changed, authors Gabi Moskowitz and Miranda Berman want to save millennials from the perils of takeout and take back the kitchen with their new book, HOT MESS KITCHEN. Snacks will be served!

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Wed. Sept. 27 • Kathy Brennan & Caroline Campion • The Dinner Plan: Simple Weeknight Recipes and Strategies for Every Schedule • 6:30-7:30 p.m. FREE

Between juggling work, family activities, mismatched schedules, and often bare refrigerators, there are all sorts of situations that make weeknight cooking a universally challenging—and frustrating—experience. The Dinner Plan offers five meal strategies—Make-Ahead, Staggered, One-Dish, Extra-Fast, and Pantry—that will help get dinner on the table no matter what the workweek throws at you.

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Thurs. Sept. 28 • Shanna Farrell • Bay Area Cocktails: A History of Culture, Community and Craft • 6:30-7:30 p.m. FREE, with Negronis!

An American invention, the cocktail fluctuated in popularity following Prohibition and had firmly taken root in the culinary landscape by the 1990s. The Bay Area played a significant role in reviving it--as much as New York and London. From the distillers who pioneered craft spirits and Alice Waters' revolutionary take on simple, fresh food at Chez Panisse to the bartenders who cared enough to grow a dedicated cocktail community, this is the story of how the Bay Area shaped the art of elevated drinking in America. Through oral history interviews and recipes, author Shanna Farrell chronicles the narrative history of the modern cocktail renaissance.

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Sun. Oct. 1 • Stella Parks • Bravetart: Iconic American Desserts • 3:00-4:00 p.m. FREE

From an award-winning pastry chef, foolproof recipes and a fresh take on the history of American desserts, from chocolate chip cookies to toaster pastries. From One-Bowl Devil’s Food Layer Cake to a flawless Cherry Pie that’s crisp even on the very bottom, BraveTart is a celebration of classic American desserts.

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Mon. Oct. 2 • Peter Reinhart • The Bread Baker's Apprentice, 15th Anniversary Edition: Mastering the Art of Extraordinary Bread • 6:30-7:30 p.m. FREE

Co-founder of the legendary Brother Juniper’s Bakery, author of ten landmark bread books, and distinguished instructor at the world’s largest culinary academy, Peter Reinhart has been a leader in America’s artisanal bread movement for more than thirty years. Never one to be content with yesterday’s baking triumph, however, Peter continues to refine his recipes and techniques in his never-ending quest for extraordinary bread.

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OFF-SITE EVENT! Tues. Oct. 3 • Yotam Ottolenghi & Helen Goh. Sweet: Desserts from London's Ottolenghi. 7 p.m. Premium Seat Tickets here!

Sweet is entirely filled with delicious baked goods, desserts, and confections starring Ottolenghi's signature flavor profiles and ingredients including fig, rose petal, saffron, orange blossom, star anise, pistachio, almond, cardamom, and cinnamon. A baker's dream, Sweet features simple treats such as Chocolate, Banana, and Pecan cookies and Rosemary Olive Oil Orange Cake, alongside recipes for showstopping confections such as Cinnamon Pavlova with Praline Cream and Fresh Figs and Flourless Chocolate Layer Cake with Coffee, Walnut, and Rosewater.

 

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Thurs. Oct. 5 • Vanessa Kimbell • The Sourdough School: How to make delicious and healthy bread at home • 6:30-7:30 p.m. FREE

Starting with creating your own starter from scratch, Kimbell covers basic breadmaking techniques accompanied by step-by-step photography so you can master the basics before going on to experiment with different flavours for delicious and healthy breads. Laced with an abundance of flavor options and inspiring cultural notes, Sourdough School celebrates the timeless craft of artisan baking.

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Fri. Oct. 6 • Carolyn Ketchum • The Everyday Ketogenic Kitchen: With More than 150 Inspirational Low-Carb, High-Fat Recipes to Maximize Your Health • 6:30-7:30 p.m. FREE

Step into the kitchen of renowned food blogger and low-carb guru Carolyn Ketchum as she shows you how to create mouthwatering keto dishes. She delivers a delectable array of recipes from easy family favorites to more gourmet, “date night” fare. Each recipe is made from fresh, accessible, whole-food ingredients and is free of grains, gluten, and sugar. From breakfast to dessert and everything in between, these recipes will inspire readers to get into the kitchen and enjoy cooking, every day.

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Sat. Oct. 7 • Cat-a-Palooza! Brad Thomas Parsons • Distillery Cats: Profiles in Courage of the World's Most Spirited Mousers • 3:00-4:00 p.m. FREE, with a CAT ADOPTION EVENT from 1:00-4:00 p.m. • featuring cats from Town Cats, a rescue organization in Santa Clara

James Beard Award-winning author (and noted cat enthusiast) Brad Thomas Parsons profiles 30 of the world's most adorable and lovable distillery cats, featuring "interviews," a hand-drawn portrait of each cat, plus trading card-style stat sheets with figures like "super-power" and "mice killed." Featuring 15 cocktail recipes to enjoy while you page through, Distillery Cats is a quirky but essential addition to any cat or spirits lover's bookshelf.

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Tues. Oct. 10 • Gabrielle Langholtz • America: The Cookbook • 6:30-7:30 p.m. FREE

America: The Cookbook is the first book to document comprehensively – and celebrate – the remarkable diversity of American cuisine and food culture. A thoroughly researched compendium of 800 home-cooking recipes for delicious and authentic American dishes, America: The Cookbook explores the country's myriad traditions and influences, regional favourites and melting-pot fusion – the culinary heritage of a nation, from appetizers to desserts and beyond.

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Fri. Oct. 13 • Laura Shapiro • What She Ate: Six Remarkable Women and the Food That Tells Their Stories • 6:30-7:30 p.m. FREE

From renowned food historian Laura Shapiro, comes a fascinating new book. Each of the six women in this entertaining group portrait was famous in her time, and most are still famous in ours; but until now, nobody has told their lives from the point of view of the kitchen and the table. It’s a lively and unpredictable array of women; what they have in common with one another (and us) is a powerful relationship with food.

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Tues. Oct. 17 • Best Food Writing 2017 • Editor Holly Hughes will moderate and panelists will be Kenji Lopez-Alt, Luke Tsai, Rachel Levin, Daniel Duane, and Liz Weil • 6:30-7:30 p.m. FREE

For seventeen years, this anthology has served up the cream of each years crop of food writing, from legendary figures like Anthony Bourdain to lauded chefs like Alice Waters, alongside movers-and-shakers like J. Kenji Lopez-Alt and Besha Rodell. The 2017 edition promises to continue in that tradition with a dynamic mix of writers; from seasoned journalists and authors to star chefs and up-and-coming bloggers.

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UPCOMING EVENT HIGHLIGHTS!!

OFF-SITE EVENT! Thurs. Oct. 19 • Paul Kahan • Cheers to the Publican, Repast and Present: Recipes and Ramblings from an American Beer Hall • Book Party at Tofino Wines! 6:30-7:30 p.m. FREE

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Fri. Oct. 20 • John T. Edge • The Potlikker Papers: A Food History of the Modern South• 6:30-7:30 p.m. FREE

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Sat. Oct. 21 • Jacques Pepin and his granddaughter, Shorey. A Grandfather's Lessons: In the Kitchen with Shorey • 5:00-6:00 p.m. FREE.

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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!

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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

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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

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