Cooks with Books: Bryant Terry - Afro-Vegan

Greens Restaurant, San Francisco • Single $115; Couple $175 (one book)
 
 
 

Rising star and chef-activist, Bryant Terry draws from African, Caribbean, and Southern food to create 100 enticing vegan dishes. They include Jamaican Patties Stuffed With Maque Choux, Bereberre-Spiced Black-Eyed Pea Sliders, and Cornmeal Dumplings. He explores popular African ingredients and traces their history, offering a cultural context. Terry is also the author of The Inspired Vegan, Vegan Soul Kitchen, and Grub.
 
The ticket includes the meal, wine, tax, tip, and a signed copy of the book. 
 
Location: 
Street:
2 Marina Boulevard
Additional:
Fort Mason Building A
City:
San Francisco
,
Postal Code:
94123
$27.50
ISBN-13: 9781607745310
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Ten Speed Press, 4/2014

Jean-Pierre Moullé & Denise Lurton Moullé - French Roots

Intimate Meals with Famed Authors at The Spinster Sisters Restaurant in Santa Rosa

Spinster Sisters Restaurant • Santa Rosa

Ticket: $95 person (includes the book, meal, wine, tax, tip & dessert)

 

 

A narratively rich cookbook of French and Californian recipes from longtime Chez Panisse executive chef Jean-Pierre Moullé and his wife, Denise Moullé. French Roots spans 60 years and two continents, following the lives of its authors through food. Beginning with the dishes of old-world France, the couple’s birthplace, the book focuses on the simple, pared-down preparations of French food common in the postwar period. Their story then travels to the San Francisco Bay Area in the 1970s, where Jean-Pierre was appointed executive chef at Chez Panisse when California cuisine was just emerging as a distinctive and important style, and where Denise began importing French wine. Finally, the journey returns to France, where the couple revisit the classic dishes of their native country and forgotten skills of foraging, hunting, and preserving at their home in Bordeaux. So much more than a collection of 100 elegant recipes, French Roots is the story of an adventure of two people and two cuisines.

Until his retirement in April 2012, Jean-Pierre Moullé was the executive chef at Chez Panisse, where he began working in 1975. Denise Moullé comes from the Bordeaux wine-making empire of the Lurton family. She worked as a wine distributor in California for many years before starting Two Bordelais in 1987, which offers guided tours through France.

Location: 
Street:
401 South A St.
City:
Santa Rosa
,
Postal Code:
95401
Country:
United States
$35.00
ISBN-13: 9781607745471
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Ten Speed Press, 9/2014

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand - Off the Sidelines

Angelico Hall, Dominican University
Tickets: $30 (includes a complimentary signed book)

 

 

Fourteen years before Kirsten Gillibrand succeeded Hillary Rodham Clinton as senator from New York, she heard her future mentor say these life-changing words: “Decisions are being made every day in Washington, and if you are not part of those decisions, you might not like what they decide, and you’ll have no one to blame but yourself.” A young corporate lawyer at the time, Gillibrand felt as if she’d been struck by lightning. She instantly knew that her voice—all women’s voices—were essential to shaping the future of this country, and that she had a greater purpose in life: to speak up and effect change. Now, in this extraordinary memoir, the senator, wife, and mother of two recounts her personal journey in public service and galvanizes women to reach beyond their busy lives and make a meaningful difference in the world around them.

Off the Sidelines is a playbook for women who want to step up, whether in Congress or the boardroom or the local PTA. If women were fully represented in politics, Gillibrand says, national priorities would shift to issues that directly impact them: affordable daycare, paid family medical leave, and equal pay. Pulling back the curtain on Beltway politics, she speaks candidly about her legislative successes (securing federally funded medical care for 9/11 first responders, repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell) and her crushing disappointments (failing by five votes to pass a bill protecting survivors of sexual assault in the military).

Gillibrand also shares stories of growing up the daughter and granddaughter of two trailblazing feminists in a politically active family in Albany, New York, and retraces her nonlinear path to public office. She lays bare the highs and lows of being a young (pregnant!) woman in Congress, the joys and sacrifices every working mother shares, and the support system she turns to in her darkest moments: her husband, their two little boys, and lots of girlfriends. She explains why “ambition” is not a dirty word, failure is a gift, listening is the most effective tool, and the debate over women “having it all” is absurd at best and demeaning at worst. In her sharp, honest, and refreshingly relatable voice, she dares us all to tap into our inner strength, find personal fulfillment, and speak up for what we believe in.

 

Location: 
Street:
Dominican University
Additional:
50 Acacia Avenue
City:
San Rafael
,
Postal Code:
94901
$26.00
ISBN-13: 9780804179072
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Ballantine Books, 9/2014

Walter Isaacson - The Innovators

Co-Sponsored by Grace Cathedral
Grace Cathedral in San Francisco • Ticket: $42 (includes complimentary signed book)

 

 

Following his blockbuster biography of Steve Jobs, The Innovators is Walter Isaacson's revealing story of the people who created the computer and the Internet. It is destined to be the standard history of the digital revolution and an indispensable guide to how innovation really happens.

What were the talents that allowed certain inventors and entrepreneurs to turn their visionary ideas into disruptive realities? What led to their creative leaps? Why did some succeed and others fail? In his masterly saga, Isaacson begins with Ada Lovelace, Lord Byron's daughter, who pioneered computer programming in the 1840s. He explores the fascinating personalities that created our current digital revolution, such as Vannevar Bush, Alan Turing, John von Neumann, J.C.R. Licklider, Doug Engelbart, Robert Noyce, Bill Gates, Steve Wozniak, Steve Jobs, Tim Berners-Lee, and Larry Page. This is the story of how their minds worked and what made them so inventive. It's also a narrative of how their ability to collaborate and master the art of teamwork made them even more creative

Walter Isaacson is the author of Steve Jobs, Einstein: His Life and Universe, Benjamin Franklin: An American Life, and Kissinger: A Biography, and the coauthor of The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made.

Location: 
Street:
Grace Cathedral
Additional:
1100 California St
City:
San Francisco
,
Postal Code:
94108
$35.00
ISBN-13: 9781476708690
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Simon & Schuster, 10/2014

Leon Panetta - Worthy Fights

Angelico Hall, Dominican University
Tickets: $40 (includes a complimentary signed book)

 

 

It could be said that Leon Panetta has had two of the most consequential careers of any American public servant in the past fifty years. His first career, beginning as an army intelligence officer and including a distinguished run as one of Congress’s most powerful and respected members, lasted thirty-five years and culminated in his transformational role as Clinton’s budget czar and White House chief of staff. He then “retired” to establish the Panetta Institute with his wife of fifty years, Sylvia; to serve on the Iraq Study Group; and to protect his beloved California coastline. But in 2009, he accepted what many said was a thankless task: returning to public office as the director of the CIA, taking it from a state of turmoil after the Bush-era torture debates and moving it back to the vital center of America’s war against Al Qaeda, including the campaign that led to the killing of Osama bin Laden. And then, in the wake of bin Laden’s death, Panetta became the U.S. secretary of defense, inheriting two troubled wars in a time of austerity and painful choices.

Like his career, Worthy Fights is a reflection of Panetta’s values. It is imbued with the frank, grounded, and often quite funny spirit of a man who never lost touch with where he came from: his family’s walnut farm in beautiful Carmel Valley, California. It is also a testament to a lost kind of political leadership, which favors progress and duty to country over partisanship. Panetta is a Democrat who pushed for balanced budgets while also expanding care for the elderly and sick; a devout Catholic who opposes the death penalty but had to weigh every drone strike from 2009 through 2011. Throughout his career, Panetta’s polestar has been his belief that a public servant’s real choice is between leadership or crisis. Troubles always come about through no fault of one’s own, but most can be prevented with courage and foresight.

Leon Panetta served as the director of the Central Intelligence Agency from 2009–2011, and as secretary of defense from 2011–2013. An Italian American Democrat, he was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1977–1993, the director of the Office of Management and Budget from 1993–1994, and President Clinton’s chief of staff from 1994–1997. He is the founder of the Panetta Institute for Public Policy, and has served as professor of public policy at his alma mater, Santa Clara University.

 

Location: 
Street:
Dominican University
Additional:
50 Acacia Avenue
City:
San Rafael
,
Postal Code:
94901
$35.00
ISBN-13: 9781594205965
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Penguin Press HC, The, 10/2014

Bill Broder - Two Russian Bicycles

Sausalito Library • Russian Tea Provided

Two Russian Bicycles: A Fictional Journey into the Past on Two Novellas consists of two curiously related novellas, both prophetic of the future course of Russian and world history.  Based in historical fact, both reveal how the small battles of the hearth, friendship, and love shape history and underlie the effort to remain human in times bedeviled by a brutal destiny. The first novella, Tolstoy’s Wife, depicts Sonya Tolstoy’s struggle for the love of her husband, Leo Tolstoy—a struggle intimately shaped by her belief in the values that inform Tolstoy’s great novels. The second, The Sphynx of Kiev, focuses on the importance of Lenin's character and personal life in shaping the distinctive properties of the two Russian Revolutions at the beginning of the twentieth century.

Bill Broder is the author of A Prayed for the Departed, Crimes of Innocence, Esau's Mountain, What Rough Beast?, Taking Care of Cleo, and The Sacred Hoop, among other books. Broder has also acted as member, Executive Director and Artistic Director of a playwrights workshop, California On Stage, and has completed a number of full-length plays. Abalone! was produced in Carmel, California. His other plays have received staged readings in the Bay Area by Equity actors at the Upstart Stage, The Plays in Progress Series at A.C.T., The Western Stage Theater Company, the New Playwrights Festival, and New Visions Festival. Two of his plays were presented as staged readings at The Second and Third Annual California Studies Conference in Sacramento, California.Professionally, Broder has worked extensively as a free-lance writer, specializing in the writing, design, and production of educational materials for museums, schools, exhibitions, and publishing companies.

 

 



 

Location: 
Street:
Sausalito Library
Additional:
420 Litho St
City:
Sausalito
,
Postal Code:
94965
$12.96
ISBN-13: 9781496123640
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Createspace, 5/2014



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