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With Easter right around the corner, I want to dedicate this newsletter to the two families who provide the wonderful eggs I sell at Omnivore. To the right, you'll see the white leghorns of Williamsen Ranch, on the Dillon Beach Road near Tomales. Below is their caretaker, 15-year old Cody Strode. Paula and I have been lucky enough to own a weekend farmhouse in Tomales for ten years, and in that time, we've been buying eggs from Cody's grandmother, Joyce Williamsen, every weekend. She's finally retiring and turning the business over to Cody, who strives to become a poultry farmer once he's out of school. Between him and his old elementary school teacher, Shannon Hobbs (who lives just down the road), I'm able to put together enough eggs every week to sell to my customers, who tend to wax poetic about their magical properties.

At the risk of sounding like pastoral purple prose, I think life can't get much better than getting to know your rancher and cooking their product. To that end, this week I heard that BiRite Market had ramps in, so I found this irresistible recipe, got out some eggs, and started baking. Trust me, that tart was as good as it looks. It was the taste of spring, on crack.

The March rains were actually great for attendance at our events, as there's nothing like a warm, cozy room with talk of delicious food to get you inside. Barb Stuckey gave a great interview to Emily Luchetti about the science of taste; Andrea Nguyen got a packed room excited about tofu (not an easy feat), and Joy Wilson (Joy the Baker), a blogger I had truthfully never heard of before, packed about 150 people into our little shop and outsold almost every author who has ever come in! April has more fabulous authors on the way, but hopefully a little less rain.

I purchased yet another great cookbook library this month as well, a collection that belonged to Emily Chase, the first food editor of Sunset Magazine. I've even gotten it together to post many of them on my website, and will get more up as soon as I can. Paula and I are headed back to France next month, and I'll be searching high and low for both new and old treasures. It's really just like an Easter egg hunt.


Celia Sack, Owner
Omnivore Books on Food
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Upcoming Events at Omnivore Books



Wed. March 28 • Willi Galloway • Eat Grow Cook: A Food Lover's Guide to Vegetable Gardening, including 50 Recipes • 6-7 p.m. • FREE



Grow Cook Eat will inspire people who already buy fresh, seasonal, local, organic food to grow the food they love to eat. For those who already have experience getting their hands dirty in the garden, this handbook will help them refine their gardening skills and cultivate gourmet quality food. The recipes at the end of each guide help readers explore the foods they grow and demonstrate how to use unusual foods, like radish greens, garlic scapes, and green coriander seeds.

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Sat. April 7 • Novella Carpenter and Willow Rosenthal • The Essential Urban Farmer • 3-4 p.m. • FREE



The Essential Urban Farmer guides readers from day one to market day, advising on how to find the perfect site, design a landscape, and cultivate crops. For anyone who has ever grown herbs on windowsills, or tomatoes on fire escapes, this is an invaluable volume with the potential to change our menus, our health, and our cities forever.

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Sat. April 14 • Tamar Adler • An Everlasting Meal • 3-4 p.m. • FREE



An Everlasting Meal is beautifully intimate, approaching cooking as a narrative that begins not with a list of ingredients or a tutorial on cutting an onion, but with a way of thinking…. Tamar is one of the great writers I know—her prose is exquisitely crafted, beautiful and clear-eyed and open, in the thoughtful spirit of M.F.K. Fisher. This is a book to sink into and read deeply.” —Alice Waters

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Sun. April 15 • Kelsey Banfield • The Naptime Chef: Fitting Great Food into Family Life • 3-4 p.m. • FREE



"At last, a cookbook for parents that doesn't push you away from the kitchen! Kelsey Banfield has done all the hard work for us—coming up with inventive, delicious recipes that you can get done in your down time, and helping us all eat well." - Amanda Hesser

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Wed. April 18 • Jacques Pepin • The Essential Pepin • 1-2 p.m. • FREE


Jacques will give an informal talk followed by a signing of books purchased at Omnivore, so make your way over at lunch time and meet the master! For the first time ever, the legendary chef collects and updates the best recipes from his six-decade career. With a searchable DVD demonstrating every technique a cook will ever need.

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Thurs. April 26 • Cheryl Sternman Rule • Ripe: A Fresh, Colorful Approach to Fruits and Vegetables • 6-7 p.m. • Accompanied by a fruit sampling by Frog Hollow Farm! • FREE



Ripe is first-and-foremost a celebration of all the wonderful facets of good produce (by a person who very clearly loves it). Cheryl’s flavor combinations impress me—Pomegranate Clove Thumbprint Cookies, Radish Olive Crostini, Persimmon Apple Radicchio Stacks, and Maple Pomelo Parfaits. This is a beautiful cookbook full of wonderful, inspiring ideas that are sure to be warmly welcomed into many kitchens.” - Heidi Swanson

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Sat. April 28 • Alice Medrich • Sinfully Easy Delicious Desserts • 3-4 p.m. • FREE



Alice Medrich rewrites the dessert menu for cooks in search of totally doable desserts without hours of prep. In Sinfully Easy Delicious Desserts, you'll find the quickest lemon tart, a lattice-free linzer, one-bowl French chocolate torte, imaginative ways with ice cream, and much more. And you won't need a rolling pin, a pastry brush, or the skills of a professional baker.

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Sun. April 29 • Michael Natkin • Herbivoracious: A Flavor Revolution with 150 Vibrant and Original Vegetarian Recipes • 3-4 p.m. • FREE



Some of the most creative new minds in the kitchen and the most exhilarating new voices in food writing come from the world of blogs. Michael Natkin, creator of the wildly popular, indisputably fits both of those descriptions. This is sophisticated, grown-up meatless cooking.

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Thurs. May 3 • Julia Usher • Ultimate Cookies • 6-7 p.m. • FREE.



Delve into the world of cookie magic! Organized by theme, each chapter overflows with luscious photographs and dozens of recipes and cookie crafting ideas. With carefully illustrated details, award-winning author Julia M. Usher expertly guides you in the making of perfect cookie masterpieces.

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