Events at Omnivore Books on Food

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Fri. April 29 • Sara Moulton. • Sara Moulton's Home Coooking 101: How to Make Everything Taste Better • 6:30-7:30 p.m. FREE

Sara Moulton believes that with the right guidance anyone can become a good cook. After all, great home cooking is in the details. Having the proper tools, understanding temperature and cooking time, and knowing how to balance flavors are simple skills that elevate everyday meals. In Sara Moulton's Home Cooking 101, Sara teaches readers how to a make good dish taste even better.

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Sat. April 30 • Sarah Henry and Erin Scott • Farmsteads of the California Coast • 3:00-4:00 p.m. FREE, with samples from the spring harvest to taste!

Farmsteads of the California Coast introduces readers to a dozen diverse growers and their dynamic agricultural ventures in some of the most scenic farm locations in the country. From row crop farmers and shellfish harvesters to water buffalo ranchers and coffee growers, this visually-rich book celebrates the best of farmstead bounty, including 'beyond organic' greens, briny oysters, creamy goat cheese, crisp heirloom apples, luscious buffalo gelato and juicy u-pick strawberries.

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Sunday May 1 • Christine Moore and Cecilia Leung • Little Flower Baking • 3:00-4:00 p.m. FREE

Christine Moore is one of Southern California’s most beloved bakers. Now Christine - aided by longtime head baker Cecilia Leung - is sharing her very best bakery recipes, each one gorgeously photographed and carefully tested for the home kitchen. Rich in warmth and wisdom, Little Flower Baking inspires home cooks to make her rustically beautiful, always delicious cookies, cakes, tarts, savory baked goods, scones, biscuits, rolls, bars, muffins, pies, puddings, candies, and so much more.

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Thurs. May 5 • Yossy Arefi • Sweeter off the Vine: Fruit Desserts for Every Season. 6:30-7:30 p.m. FREE

Celebrate the luscious fruits of every season with this stunning collection of heirloom-quality recipes for pies, cakes, tarts, ice cream, preserves, and other sweet treats. Summer's wild raspberries become Raspberry Pink Peppercorn Sorbet, ruby red rhubarb is roasted to adorn a pavlova, juicy apricots and berries are baked into galettes with saffron sugar, and winter's bright citrus fruits shine in Blood Orange Donuts and Tangerine Cream Pie.

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Sat. May 7 • Jamie Purviance. Weber's New American Barbecue: A Modern Spin on the Classics • 3:00-4:00 p.m. FREE, with Weber digital thermometer giveaway!

Through stories and essays, hundreds of photos, crystal-clear techniques, and 100 exceptional and fool-proof recipes, Weber’s New American Barbecue celebrates what’s happening at the grill today. From chefs creating new classics to everyday backyard heroes melding flavors to pitmasters setting new standards of excellence at competitions, this book explores the delicious evolution of our true American pastime—barbecue.

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Thurs. May 12 • Adrian Miller • Soul Food: The Surprising Story of an American Cuisine, One Plate at a Time • 6;30-7:30 p.m. FREE

In this insightful and eclectic history, Adrian Miller delves into the influences, ingredients, and innovations that make up the soul food tradition. Focusing each chapter on the culinary and social history of one dish--such as fried chicken, chitlins, yams, greens, and "red drinks--Miller uncovers how it got on the soul food plate and what it means for African American culture and identity. Miller argues that the story is more complex and surprising than commonly thought. Four centuries in the making, and fusing European, Native American, and West African cuisines, soul food--in all its fried, pork-infused, and sugary glory--is but one aspect of African American culinary heritage.

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Sat. May 14 • Sophie Egan • Devoured: From Chicken Wings to Kale Smoothies--How What We Eat Defines Who We Are • 3:00-4:00 p.m. FREE

Food writer and Culinary Institute of America program director Sophie Egan takes readers on an eye-opening journey through the American food psyche, examining the connections between the values that define our national character—work, freedom, and progress—and our eating habits, the good and the bad. Egan explores why these values make for such an unstable, and often unhealthy, food culture and, paradoxically, why they also make America’s cuisine so great.

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Sun. May 15 • Archana Pidathala • Five Morsels of Love • 3:00-4:00 p.m. FREE

Five Morsels of Love is a translation of a Telugu (a south Indian language) cookbook the author's grandmother wrote in 1975, which she self-published to huge success in India. She was in midst of translating her cookbook to English when she succumbed to cancer in 2007. Archana picked the project up because she wanted to complete what her grandmother had started and also wanted to celebrate her life and her love for cooking.

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Wed. May 18 • Party with the Editors of Cherry Bombe Magazine! • 6:30-8:30 p.m. FREE

Join us for a reception for Cherry Bombe celebrating their California issue and the chefs featured: Liz Prueitt, Heidi Swanson, Michelle Polzine, Tanya Holland, Smitten ice cream founder Robyn Sue King, Cortney Burns, Pim Techamuanvivit, and so many more. Cherry Bombe's founding editors Kerry Washington and Claudia Wu we be on-hand to meet and greet you, and of course sign copies of the new issue of the magazine. We'll have wine and food and all your favorite chefs, so please come!

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Thurs. May 19 • Marie Simmons • Whole World Vegetarian • 6:30-7:30. FREE •

The best of our vegetarian recipes have always drawn inspiration from other cultures. In Whole World Vegetarian, Marie Simmons follows her culinary wanderlust, bringing together a collection of bold, imaginative dishes and seamlessly adapting them to contemporary tables. Cooks can expect a wealth of sumptuous options: rice- and corn-stuffed poblano chiles; Greek-style mac-and-cheese with summer squash; Indonesian vegetable salad with peanut dressing.

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Sat. May 21 • Simone Miller • The New Yiddish Kitchen: Gluten-Free and Paleo Kosher Recipes for the Holidays and Every Day • 3:00-4:00 p.m. FREE

The New Yiddish Kitchen is a fresh and healthful take on a beloved food tradition. Packed with over 100 traditional Jewish foods plus bonus holiday menus, this book lets you celebrate the holidays and every day with delicious food that truly nourishes. Authors Simone Miller and Jennifer Robins have selected classic dishes―like matzo balls, borscht, challah, four different bagel recipes, a variety of deli sandwiches, sweet potato latkes, apple kugel and more, all adapted to be grain-, gluten-, dairy- and refined sugar-free, as well as kosher.

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Sun. May 22 • Margit Roos-Collins • The Flavors of Home: A Guide to the Wild Edible Plants of the San Francisco Bay Area (Second Edition). 3:00-4:00 p.m. FREE

A new edition of a much-loved foraging classic, The Flavors of Home introduces readers to the San Francisco Bay Area’s abundance of edible wild plants and mushrooms. Margit Roos-Collins’s lively, graceful instructions for identifying and enjoying 128 blossoms, berries, nuts, greens, mushrooms, and seaweeds inspires a deep sense of intimacy and affection for our surroundings. Detailed line drawings accompany each description of a plant’s appearance, habitat, seasonality, and taste.

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OFF-SITE EVENT! Sun. May 22 • Eric Ripert (with the Kitchen Sisters' Davia Nelson). 7:00 p.m. at the JCCSF

Before he earned three Michelin stars at Le Bernardin, won the James Beard Foundation Award for Outstanding Chef, or became a regular guest judge on Bravo’s Top Chef, and even before he knew how to make a proper omelet, Eric Ripert was a young boy in the South of France who felt that his world had come to an end. The only place Eric felt at home was in the kitchen. His desire to not only cook but to become the best would lead him into some of the most celebrated and demanding kitchens in Paris, and to his own success as an international culinary icon. BUY TICKETS!

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OFF-SITE EVENT! Mon. May 23. Book Party for Eric Ripert. 7:00-9:00 p.m. at Bar Agricole

Ripert's latest is not a cookbook, but a memoir of his life before and after becoming one of the world's best chefs. To celebrate the publication of 32 Yolks: From My Mother's Table to Working the Line, we are joining forces with Bar Agricole to throw chef Ripert a fabulous party. With cocktails and food inspired by Ripert's career at Le Bernardin, this is not a party to miss. BUY TICKETS!

Tues. May 24 • Michael Kalanty • How to Bake MORE Bread • 6:30-7:30 p.m. FREE

Michael Kalanty is an artisan breadbaker and writer. For over twenty years, he has taught professional baking to hundreds of successful students and authored curricula for culinary schools around the world. He is certified as an Executive Pasty Chef, Culinary Educator, and Master Taster. His ground-breaking first book won Best Baking Book at 2009's Paris Gourmand Cookbook Awards.

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Wed. May. 25 • Marjorie Williams • Markets of Provence: Food, Antiques, Crafts, and More • 6:30-7:30 p.m. FREE

Provence, France, is justly famous for its dazzling light, vibrant colors, rich history, and flavorful foods and wines. And its markets have been the beating heart of Provençal life since the Middle Ages. In Markets of Provence, Marjorie R. Williams whisks you away to 30 of the best. This pocketable guide, complete with detailed maps and organized by days of the week, gives you all the information you need for your visit to this Mediterranean region.

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OFF-SITE EVENT! Thurs. May 26. • Joyce Goldstein. • The New Mediterranean Jewish Table • 6:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m. • Join us for a special dinner for the author at Camino Restaurant!

The New Mediterranean Jewish Table is an authoritative guide to Jewish home cooking from North Africa, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Spain, Portugal, and the Middle East. It is a treasury filled with vibrant, seasonal recipes and tells the story of how Jewish cooks successfully brought the local ingredients, techniques, and traditions of their new homelands into their kitchens. With this varied and appealing selection of Mediterranean Jewish recipes, Joyce Goldstein promises to inspire new generations of Jewish and non-Jewish home cooks alike with dishes for everyday meals and holiday celebrations. BUY TICKETS!

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