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As we head into the quiet months of July, I have a chance to take stock of my shop, and make some space for incoming fall cookbooks. From this, we all benefit, because it's time for Omnivore's annual SALE! For one day only, Saturday, July 14, all books in the shop will be 20% off, and three overflowing tables will feature 50% off books. These are a great deal, as many of the 50% off books include numerous great books left over from author events that I'm just too lazy to ship back to the publisher for credit. The sale will run from 11:00-6:00, so bring your bags and your shopping list!

I was thrilled to see so many friends and customers attend the opening of The Joy of Cookbooks at the American Bookbinders Museum. The show explores the development of cookbooks from royal households of the 1700's through today's cookbooks for home cooks of all ages and backgrounds, and the display features books from my personal collection. I'm particularly interested in the evolution of cookbooks from traditionally disenfranchised cultures: Indian cookbooks from the Raj era that told English immigrants how to speak to servants and teach them how to make a proper mulligatawny stew. Southern cookbooks that featured recipes by African-American cooks, but never credited them. The first Italian cookbook in America, 1912, which was a small and unassuming book filled with recipes like ravioli stuffed with brains. I love to compare those books to the cookbooks of today that celebrate those cultures, publishers who choose one micro-region for an entire cookbook, who show images of people native to a place cooking there, and give them credit due. At least in this realm, we can say we've made some progress. The show runs through August 25, so check it out if you have time!

Speaking of antiquarian cookbooks, I was proud to sell a very important one last month. The Ideal Bartender by Tom Bullock (1917) was purchased by Toni Tipton-Martin, who penned The Jemimah Code, a bibliography of African-American cookbooks. Bullock, born in the early 1870's to a former slave and ex-union soldier, became the first African American to pen a cocktail book. He compiled 25 years of experience into this book with 175 pre-prohibition cocktails. My favorite part of the book is a testimonial from the St. Louis dispatch, claiming Col. Teddy Roosevelt lied when, to prove his sobriety, he proclaimed he drank "just a part of one julep" - it was a well know fact one could not resist an entire julep made by Tom Bullock. I'm always happy when a rare book finds the perfect home, and this is a perfect example of that.

Join us for some great upcoming events if you're stuck in the city with me this summer!

Sincerely,

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

 


 

OFF-SITE EXHIBITION! June 23-August 25 • The Joy of Cookbooks, at the American Bookbinders Museum • 355 Clementina St, San Francisco

 

The cookbook is a snapshot of its time, its culture, and its owner. Omnivore Books and the American Bookbinders Museum are delighted to present The Joy of Cookbooks, drawing from Omnivore’s shelves as well as from the collection of Omnivore owner Celia Sack. Come see why, after 2000 years, the cookbook is still going strong.

Sat. July 14 • Annual Book Sale at Omnivore! • 11:00-6:00

It's time for our annual clearance sale! All books in the store will be 20%-50% off, so come stock up on cookbooks by your favorite authors. And don't forget to bring bags!

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Sun. July 15 • Carolyn Federman. New Favorites for New Cooks: 50 Delicious Recipes for Kids to Make • 3:00-4:00 p.m. FREE

From a leader in the field of food education, this smart, fun, lavishly illustrated cookbook provides 50 kid-tested recipes that engage children's natural inclination for adventure and use fresh, seasonal ideas for breakfast, lunch, snacks, and sweets to teach basic cooking skills.

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EVENT POSTPONED - NEW DATE: Thurs. July 19 • Leslie Jonath • Feed Your People: Big-Batch, Big-Hearted Cooking and Recipes to Gather Around • 6:30-7:30 p.m. FREE

Sharing a meal is one of life’s greatest pleasures and a powerful and intimate way to create community. Starting with an introduction to big-batch cooking, this book features dishes by Alice Waters, Bryant Terry, Gonzalo Guzman, Joyce Goldstein, Tanya Holland, Dennis Lee, Preeti Mistry, and other generous cooks who know how to feed a crowd.

 

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Sat. July 21 • Tabitha Blankenbiller • Eats of Eden • 3:00-4:00 p.m. FREE

Eats of Eden is a trip into the memory, into the stomach, and into the heart of every woman. These essays of tasty bites, writing, coming-of-age, family, sex, self-esteem—and above all, overcoming personal odds to live your best life—are complete with mouth-watering recipes and memories that will change your relationship with food forever.

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Sat. July 28 • Cured Meat, Smoked Fish & Pickled Eggs: Recipes & Techniques for Preserving • 3:00-4:00 p.m. FREE

Food preservation teacher and cook Karen Solomon teaches you how to smoke, pickle, salt-cure, oil-cure, and dehydrate a variety of meats, dairy, fish, eggs, and other proteins economically and at home. Fifty-six creative recipes highlight the range of specialty foods that you can make yourself with these techniques, including smoked salmon, pickled beans, cured sardines, brined cheese, duck breast prosciutto, and, of course, beef jerky (eight varieties!).

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Sat. Aug. 4 • Stephanie Rosenbaum • A Little Taste of San Francisco • 3:00-4:00 p.m. FREE

Exploring the sweet and savory dishes of San Francisco has never been easier. This exquisitely prepared guide through the numerous flavors of one of the most popular cities in America will take you on an unforgettable adventure with steep hills, exciting landmarks, and incredibly delicious foods from food trucks, restaurants, and the like.

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Sun. Aug. 12 • Joyce Goldstein • Jam Session: A Fruit-Preserving Handbook • 3:00-4:00 p.m. FREE

Former restaurant chef/owner, culinary historian, and master preserver Joyce Goldstein includes straightforward, no-fail instructions for canning fruit preserves, along with serving ideas for using preserves for much more than toast, including Mango-Lime Jam to elevate pork tenderloin, Pickled Peaches to perk up fried chicken, and Apricot Jam to glaze cake.

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Sat. Aug. 18 • Laura Borrman • Iconic San Francisco Dishes, Drinks and Desserts • 3:00-4:00 p.m. FREE

The roots of San Francisco's celebrated food and drink culture are as diverse as the city itself. A bountiful ocean, rich soil and ingenious residents combined to create unforgettable and enduring gastronomic legacies. Discover the disputed origins of local specialties like the Chicken Tetrazzini, chop suey and the classic martini, along with the legend behind the creation of Green Goddess Dressing. Special guest stars in attendance: Peruvian cuisine expert Nico Vera making pisco punches, and Tamir Ben-Shalom of Bull Valley Roadhouse representing (and doing a tasting of) the martini/martinez cocktails!

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