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I feel like the luckiest person in the world. Handling beautiful antiques has been a passion of mine since I worked as in intern at Christie's in New York. My department was Nineteenth Century European Paintings, but as an intern, I was allowed to attend all auctions and previews. The behind-the-scenes access I had for nearly four years meant playing Robert Mapplethorpe's pinball machine when his apartment was (rather unceremoniously) unloaded into a salesroom, riding alone in a cargo elevator with an enormous $4 million Botero next to me, and jumping into a cab on Park Ave. with a Corot painting under my arm, to be cleaned at a conservator's studio. Yes, they made me wear a skirt every day, but it was worth it.

When I moved back to San Francisco, I took a job at Pacific Book Auction, and became the head of Modern Literature, among other areas. I became a specialist in whatever collections and archives came my way, whether it was the Yeats family, Henry Miller, or Emily Dickinson. I also evolved into the leading golf and angling book specialist on the West Coast; an unexpected development to say the least. But that's the wonderful thing about auctions; you never know what'll come along. My collecting interest was books on food, and I've been able to telescope that into a career, which is truly my greatest passion and honor. You can see the latest and greatest of what we have on offer here, and it includes not just rarities, but plenty of nostalgic collectibles as well. I've also added the last of the books from Paula Wolfert's collection, so snap them up while you can.

Speaking of nostalgia, I wrote what I think is my favorite piece yet for Edible San Francisco, where I write the "Bookmonger's Book Review" each issue. This one ostensibly reviews Paul Freedman's excellent book, Ten Restaurants that Changed America, but it's also a love letter to The Mandarin, Cecelia Chiang's classic San Francisco restaurant of my youth. If you have a few spare moments, I'd love you to read it. As for upcoming author events, we've got some great ones in June, including a party to celebrate New Orleans at Bar Agricole, and a book bash for Samin Nosrat and Wendy MacNaughton, whose book Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat is quickly becoming my bestseller.

Lastly, I'm headed off on vacation for a few weeks at the end of the month and into July (don't worry, Omnivore will still be open); if anyone's looking for a place to stay in San Francisco's Castro District or in the picture-perfect town of Tomales in West Marin, give me a shout. I've never gotten it together to post on Airbnb, but would be happy to arrange a rental via email, and can of course provide details and photos.

Happy Summer!

Sincerely,

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

 

OFF-SITE EVENT! Tues. June 6 • Tipple & Snack at Bar Agricole! Celebrating the food, cocktails, and cookbooks of New Orleans • 6-8 p.m. $25. Tickets Here!

Join us for a celebration of all things New Orleans: Bar Agricole will be slinging sazeracs and other NOLA cocktails, as well as serving the delicious fare of that fine city, while Omnivore offers new and vintage New Orleans books on food and drink.

OFF-SITE EVENT! Sat. June 10 • David Montgomery • Growing a Revolution: Bringing Our Soil Back to Life. 4:00-5:30 p.m. at The Perennial • FREE

We are thrilled to host one of our heroes, healthy soil advocate David Montgomery, to celebrate the release of his new book, Growing a Revolution (Norton). Find out how we can use agriculture to turn back the clock on climate change. David will be in conversation with Kiera Butler (host of Mother Jones's BITE podcast) and introduced by filmmaker Deborah Koons Garcia. Books, food, and drinks available for sale; no ticket price.

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Sun. June 11 • Samin Nosrat & Wendy MacNaughton • Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking • 4:00-6:00 p.m. FREE

Join us for a party to celebrate the publication of Samin & Wendy's wonderful new book on the art and science of cooking! A visionary new master class in cooking that distills decades of professional experience into just four simple elements, from the woman declared “America’s next great cooking teacher” by Alice Waters. We'll have drinks and food and of course, books!

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Mon. June 12 • Jamie Purviance • Weber's Greatest Hits: 125 Classic Recipes for Every Grill • 6:30-7:30 p.m. FREE.

Jamie Purviance will tell us all about the history of barbecue, as well as divulge his secrets for the tastiest barbecue anyone can make. Jamie is one of America’s top grilling experts and Weber’s master griller. He has crafted a stylish and singularly smart book based on 65 years of iconic Weber recipes, but with his own creative twists. Think big flavors, up-to-the-minute techniques, and photos that will make you hungry.

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Wed. June 14 • Darren Purchese • Lamingtons & Lemon Tart: Best-Ever Cakes, Desserts and Treats From a Modern Sweets Maestro • 6:30-7:30 p.m. FREE

Hailed as Australia's Willy Wonka, Darren Purchese is renowned for his stunning high-end dessert creations. Known as the chef with the tricks, with a scientific approach to food and ingredients, in Lamingtons & Lemon Tart, he turns his eye to the classics, cast with his trademark flair for the home cook who might be ambitious, but also wants to feel that the recipes are within their grasp.

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Sat. June 17 • Christina Lane • Sweet & Simple: Dessert for Two • 3:00-4:00 p.m. FREE

Christina Lane, everyone’s favorite “for two” cookbook author has once again taken her favorite desserts and scaled them down to size. Here are nearly 100 delicious new recipes drawn from her personal favorites, complete with her signature gorgeous photography.

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Thurs. June 22 • Desmond Tan • Burma Superstar: Addictive Recipes from the Crossroads of Southeast Asia • 6:30-7:30 p.m. FREE

From the beloved San Francisco restaurant, a mouthwatering collection of recipes, including Fiery Tofu, Garlic Noodles, the legendary Tea Leaf Salad, and many more. Never before have the vivid flavors of Burmese cooking been so achievable for home cooks.

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