Cooks with Books: Cal Peternell - Twelve Recipes

Left Bank in Larkspur • Single $105; Couple $165 (includes signed book & meal)

     

 

When his oldest son was leaving for college, Cal Peternell, the chef of San Francisco's legendary Chez Panisse, realized that, although he regularly made dinners for his family, he'd never taught them the basics of cooking. Based on the life-altering course of instruction he prepared and honed through many phone calls with his son, Twelve Recipes is the ultimate introduction to the kitchen. Peternell focuses on the core foods and dishes that comprise a successful home cook's arsenal, each building skill upon skill--from toast, eggs, and beans, to vinaigrettes, pasta with tomato, and rice, to vegetables, soup, meats, and cake.

Twelve Recipes will help home cooks develop a core repertoire of skills and increase their culinary confidence. Peternell tells you what basic ingredients and tools you need for a particular recipe, and then adds variations to expand your understanding. Each tip, instruction, and recipe connects with others to weave into a larger story that illuminates the connection between food and life. A deeply personal book, it was written by the chef alone and it glows with warmth and humor as he mulls over such mundane items as toast and rice to offer surprising new insights about foods that only seem exceedingly ordinary. It's a book you're as likely to keep by your bedside as your stovetop. With Peternell as your guide, the journey is pure pleasure and the destination is delicious.

The ticket includes the meal, wine, tax, tip, and a signed copy of the book. 

 

Location: 
Street:
Left Bank Restaurant
Additional:
507 Magnolia Ave.
City:
Larkspur
,
Postal Code:
94939

Twelve Recipes (Hardcover)

$26.99
ISBN-13: 9780062270306
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: William Morrow & Company, 10/2014

John F. Martin - In Character: Opera Portraiture

In Character: Opera Portraiture memorably captures operatic performers away from the audience but fully inhabiting their roles. It showcases the work of John F. Martin, who for years set up a portable studio in the basement of the San Francisco Opera and photographed the players in costume and full makeup right before or after they took the stage. The subjects range from nonsinging supernumeraries through chorus members and comprimarii to opera's greatest stars, such as Anna Netrebko, Natalie Dessay, Deborah Voigt, Juan Diego Florez, and Dmitri Hvorostovsky. Their roles run the gamut of opera personalities: heroes and heroines, villains and outcasts, royalty and common folk, Biblical figures and creatures of myth. Facing Martin's camera, each artist projects the essence of his or her character, however great or small the part. The book also features a foreword by author Amy Tan; a preface by David Gockley, general director of the San Francisco Opera; essays on opera behind the scenes, the vital role of costumes, and the transformation of singers into characters; and an interview with world-renowned soprano Danielle de Niese. A collection unlike any other, In Character will have broad appeal-to opera and theater buffs, costume and fashion aficionados, and anyone who appreciates fine art photography.

John F. Martin has been a commercial photographer for more than 30 years. His photographs were included in the show of the Sacred Arts of Haitian Vodou at UCLA Fowler Museum and are in its permanent collection, and this work has been published in Sacred Arts of Haitian Vodou, edited by Donald J. Cosentino. John’s publications also include a commemorative book of photographs from Amy Tan’s Bonesetter’s Daughter, the Opera. John has studied at New York’s School of Visual Arts, at City College, San Francisco, and at Stanford Continuing Studies, and he has taught at Academy of Art University.

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925
Country:
United States
$34.99
ISBN-13: 9781574674538
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Amadeus Press, 11/2014

Class: Amy Novesky - On-the-Spot Children's Writing Workshop

12/13/2014 2:00 pm
Sat., Dec. 13 • 10:00-2:00 pm • $60
 
48-hour advance registration • Limit of six
 
 
You’ve written a brilliant children’s story and can’t wait to hear what others think, or you’re stuck and need a critique. Bring your manuscript or idea to this on-the-spot workshop, and we’ll critique it. Amy Novesky is a children’s book editor, author, and experienced workshop leader.

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925
Country:
United States

Herbert Anderson - The Divine Art of Dying

Examining what the dying person and their caregivers can expect, The Divine Art of Dying looks at the unique moment when a person turns toward death. Based on the author’s own experience, it’s about how we might die well and live well up to the very end of our physical existence. Combining personal stories with solid research on palliative and hospice care, this book identifies the decisions the dying one and his or her loved ones and friends must make. Unlike other books on dying, The Divine Art of Dying takes a broader approach than just a medical one. It is not a case book but rather a well-integrated look at the divine art of living and dying to the fullest, including spiritual insights from many sources along with references from literature, movies, and current culture.

Karen Speerstra was a writer, editor, and the author of ten books, including the Nautilus gold medal winner, Sophia: the Feminine Face of God. She passed away in November 2013 shortly after completing the manuscript for The Divine Art of Dying.

Herbert Anderson is a Research Professor of Practical Theology at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley and a member of the Core Doctoral Faculty of the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. He has taught a course on dying and grieving every year since 1972. He is the author or coauthor of over 90 articles and 13 books on topics such as death and grief, family living, ritual and narrative, empathy, and men’s spirituality.

Dr. Ira Byock is one of the foremost palliative-care physicians in the country and an expert in end of life decisions. His book Dying Well has sold over 50,000 copies. He served as the president of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and is currently the director of Palliative Medicine at Dartmouth- Hitchcock Medical Center.

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925
Country:
United States
$18.95
ISBN-13: 9781611250237
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Divine Arts, 9/2014

Dr. Suzana E. Flores - Facehooked

The number of Facebook users worldwide exceeded one billion in August of 2012. With the increase in Facebook users, psychologists have seen an alarming increase in the number of Facebook-related complaints from their clients. Dr. Suzana E. Flores, clinical psychologist, has interviewed Facebook users of all ages for three years exploring the positive and negative features of Facebook and evaluating the effect it has on our lives.

Facehooked explores the eight problems most-commonly found on Facebook, including controversial topics such as self-esteem, privacy, peer pressure, emotional manipulation, and stalking. Once these problems have been identified, readers are not only provided with the practical tools and activities to help identify and avoid unhealthy behaviors, but also suggestions for healthier interactions on Facebook in the future.

Dr. Suzana E. Flores is a licensed clinical psychologist with over ten years of experience. A social-media expert and commentator, she is sought after as a speaker and author on national and international newscasts, podcasts, radio shows, and talk shows. She is a regular blog contributor and is frequently featured on The Ron Kelly Show. Dr. Flores holds a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Argosy University and a Master in Counseling Psychology from Loyola University Chicago.

Location: 
Street:
1 Ferry Building
City:
San Francisco
,
Postal Code:
94111

Lori Stewart - Grandma, Aren’t You Glad the World’s Finally in Color Today!

Children's Special Event!

Grandma, Aren’t You Glad the World’s Finally in Color Today! is a story in rhyme that takes readers on a “then and now” journey through time. Narrated by a grandmother thumbing through an old photo album, the story compares her own mother’s life and times to those of her grandchildren today. Side-by-side vintage and full color photos contrast fashion, schools, transportation, entertainment, technology, culture, and the arts from the Great Depression and World War II years to those of today. Grandchildren glimpse what life was like in their great-grandmother’s time and rich color photos give grandparents a peek into their grandchildren’s colorful world!

Lori Stewart is an award winning author of multi-generational books and a range of other works. Born and raised in northern California, she graduated from Santa Clara University and headed east for careers in finance and technology. In addition to writing, Lori ran AFTA Associates, a non-profit organization she founded, that supports wildlife conservation through community enterprise. She also works with the recently launched Ceca Foundation, which promotes quality patient care through programs that recognize exceptional caregivers.

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925
Country:
United States
$19.95
ISBN-13: 9780983929314
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Palmar Press, 9/2014



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