Cooks with Books: Gabrielle Hamilton - Prune

Left Bank in Larkspur • $125 per person, $185

 

 

At 12, Gabrielle Hamilton started working as a dishwasher and from there went on to college, cook, cater, until she opened up New York's beloved Lower East Side restaurant Prune in 1999. Hamilton has become one of America's most recognized chef's and her bestselling memoir, Blood, Bones and Butter, captured reader's hearts. The Prune Recipe Book offers 250 favorite recipes written from the unique perspective from cook to cook. Her straight forward, down home cooking style garnered not only neighborhood loyalty but nods from food critics, gourmands and fellow chef's alike. Hamilton has won the James Beard Foundation Award for Best Chef NYC, and writes regularly for Bon Appetit, GQ, The New Yorker, Saveur, and many other publications.

 

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

Prune (Hardcover)

$40.00
ISBN-13: 9780812994094
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Random House, 11/2014

Anne Lamott - Small Victories

Anne Lamott writes about faith, family, and community in essays that are both wise and irreverent. It’s an approach that has become her trademark. Now in Small Victories, Lamott offers a new message of hope that celebrates the triumph of light over the darkness in our lives. Our victories over hardship and pain may seem small, she writes, but they change us—our perceptions, our perspectives, and our lives. Lamott writes of forgiveness, restoration, and transformation, how we can turn toward love even in the most hopeless situations, how we find the joy in getting lost and our amazement in finally being found.

Anne Lamott is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Stitches; Help, Thanks, Wow; Some Assembly Required; Grace (Eventually); Plan B; and Traveling Mercies, as well as several novels, including Imperfect Birds and Rosie. A past recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and an inductee to the California Hall of Fame, she lives in Northern California.

 

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925
$22.95
ISBN-13: 9781594486296
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Riverhead Hardcover, 11/2014

Dining with Writers: Sean Brock - Heritage

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)

 

 

Sean Brock is the chef behind the gamechanging restaurants Husk and McCrady’s, and Heritage, his first book, offers all of his inspired recipes. The recipes include all the comfort food (think food to eat at home) and high-end restaurant food (fancier dishes when there’s more time to cook) for which he has become so well-known.

 

 

Location: 
Street:
Spinster Sisters
Additional:
401 South A Street
City:
Santa Rosa
,
Postal Code:
95401

Heritage (Hardcover)

$40.00
ISBN-13: 9781579654634
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Artisan Publishers, 10/2014

Victoria Tennant - Irina Baronova and the Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo

Introduction by Peter Coyote

In conversation with Dan Geller and Dayna Goldfine 

In the 1930s and '40s, the Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo toured the United States and the world, introducing many to ballet as an art form, while spreading the enduring image of the ballerina as an embodiment of feminine grace and sophistication. Irina Baronova and the Ballet Russes de Monte Carlo ($55.00) is a sumptuous, illustrated history that tells the story of the rise of modern ballet and its popularity through the life story of one of ballet's most glamorous stars, Irina Baronova (1919-2008), prima ballerina for the Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo and later for Ballet Theatre in New York. 

Drawing on letters, correspondence, oral histories, and interviews, Baronova's daughter, the actress Victoria Tennant, warmly recounts Baronova's dramatic life, from her earliest aspirations to her grueling time on tour to her later years in Australia as a pioneer of the art. She begins with the Baronov family's flight from Russia during the Revolution, which led them to Romania and later Paris, where at the age of thirteen, Baronova became a star, chosen by the legendary George Balanchine to join the Ballets Russes, where she danced the lead in Swan Lake. Tennant provides an intimate account of Baronova's life as a dancer and rare behind-the-scenes stories of life on the road with the stars of the company. Spectacular photographs, a mix of archival images and family snapshots, offer many rare views of rehearsals, costumes, set designs, and the dancers themselves both at their most dazzling and in their most everyday. 

The story of Irina Baronova is also the story of the rise of ballet in America thanks to the Ballets Russes, who brought the magisterial beauty and star power of dance to big cities and small towns alike. "Irina Baronova and the Ballet Russes de Monte Carlo "offers a unique perspective on this history, sure to be treasured by dance patrons and aspiring stars. 

For over twenty-five years, Emmy-award winning directors/producers Dan Geller and Dayna Goldfine have jointly created critically-acclaimed multi-character documentary narratives that braid their characters' individual personal stories to form a larger portrait of the human experience. Geller and Goldfine first met Irina Baronova in June 2000 while filming the Ballets Russes Reunion in New Orleans during the production of their documentary Ballets Russes. A feature-length documentary covering more than fifty years in the lives of a group of revolutionary artists combines intimate interviews and verite documentary scenes with surviving members of the Ballets Russes companies, as well as rare motion picture performance footage, clips from Hollywood movies and "home movies," letters, diaries, journals and other archival materials, to trace the story of the companies and the lives of the individuals who danced with them. 

 

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925
$55.00
ISBN-13: 9780226167169
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: University of Chicago Press, 10/2014

Richard Blanco - The Prince of Los Cocuyos

Richard Blanco’s childhood and adolescence were experienced between two imaginary worlds: his parents’ nostalgic world of 1950s Cuba and his imagined America, the country he saw on reruns of The Brady Bunch and Leave it to Beaver—an “exotic” life he yearned for as much as he yearned to see “la patria.” Navigating these worlds eventually led Blanco to question his cultural identity through words; in turn, his vision as a writer—as an artist—prompted the courage to accept himself as a gay man. In The Prince of Los Cocuyos: A Miami Childhood, Blanco traces his poignant, often hilarious, and quintessentially American coming-of-age and the people who helped influenced him.

Richard Blanco was born in Madrid in 1968 and immigrated as an infant with his Cuban-exile family to the United States. He was raised and educated in Miami, earning a B.S. in civil engineering and a M.F.A. in creative writing from Florida International University. Blanco is practicing engineer, writer and poet, and has taught at Georgetown University, American University, Writer’s Center and Central Connecticut State University. In addition to his numerous honors and awards, in 2013 he was chosen to serve as the fifth inaugural poet of the United States, becoming the youngest, first Latino, immigrant, and openly gay writer to hold the honor.

 

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925
$25.99
ISBN-13: 9780062313768
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Ecco Press, 9/2014

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

11/15/2014 2:00 pm
Sat., Nov. 15 • 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


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