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March is upon us, but I will look back on February fondly, as it was a banner month for antiquarian books on food. Early in the month, I picked up yet another fantastic library of M.F.K. Fisher books; this one had belonged to Judith Clancy, an illustrator and portraitist who worked with Fisher on some of her books. Every book in the collection is lovingly inscribed from Fisher to Judith and her husband, Bud. Then last weekend, I attended the annual San Francisco Antiquarian Book Fair, a.k.a. Heaven. Not only did I find and purchase some amazing rare books on cocktails, coffee, chocolate, tea, and butchery, but I learned so much about areas that aren't even my field. There were original Audubon folios of hand-colored bird plates, and there were Gould's. The first editions of Captain Cook's Voyages, as well as his artist De Bouganville's illustrations of the first Western views of the South Seas, were there to be salivated over. Did you know a first edition in dust jacket of The Velveteen Rabbit can be yours for $12,000? I saw the actual bullfighting costume used by the torero featured in Hemingway's Death in the Afternoon. If you haven't been, go next year!

I've recently updated my Vintage Books Page , so take a look at what's new that's old in the shop. As always, there's much more in the shop than I have time to photograph and post, so stop by when you're in the 'hood, or just let me know if you're looking for anything in particular, and I'll continue to post as often as I can.

Egg sales at Omnivore continue to grow stronger - I'm selling through 25 dozen a week, and starting to fear for my life if I don't go to Tomales every weekend to pick them up from Cody's farm. Pictured are my customer Amy Cleary's cats suspiciously sniffing her weekly purchase. The best days to pick them up from me are Tues-Fri. - after that, they are often sold out. I'm also planning to start selling some unusual spices a customer and my step-father are bringing back from their trips to the Far East, so if you're in need of keffir-lime powder or tamarind pulp powder, come on over after March 5.

Events are up on our website for March - pudding contest, anyone? Just say yes,

Sincerely,


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

 

Sat. March 2 • Pudding Contest! • 3-4 p.m. Entrants are FREE

 

 

Tasters-only are $5. Got an awesome pudding recipe? Bring it on! Love to eat pudding? Bring a spoon! Here's how it works: Anyone can enter a sweet or savory, soft or lumpy pudding in our contest and enter for free (bring it just before 3 p.m. in a bowl with a serving spoon - we will provide small cups to portion it out). Anyone just tasting pays us $5 at the door. Everyone gets to judge their favorite, so the idea is to taste as many puddings as possible and pick a favorite. The winner splits the door money with us!

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Sun. March 3 • Jess Goldman Foung • Sodium Girl's Limitless Low-Sodium Cookbook • 3-4 p.m. FREE

 

 

Millions of people live with hypertension or chronic kidney disease, and for them, eating a diet low in sodium is a vital part of maintaining good health. And, on average, Americans consumer more than double the lower recommended daily intake. Unfortunately, there just aren't enough great low-sodium cookbooks that offer the kind of dishes that home cooks want. But not any more! In Sodium Girl's Limitless Low-Sodium Cookbook, Jessica Goldman Foung, the blogger behind SodiumGirl.com, presents an enticing collection of recipes that bring color and excitement toa low-sodium diet.

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Wed. March 6 • Chloe Coscarelli • Chloe's Vegan Desserts • 6-7 p.m. FREE.

 

 

Coscarelli's first all-dessert cookbook, Chloe’s Vegan Desserts, will satisfy your sweet tooth from morning to night with more than 100 recipes for cakes and cupcakes, ice cream and doughnuts and pies—oh my! And you just will not believe these delicious dishes are vegan. You can start the day with New York–Style Crumb Cake, light and zesty Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins, luscious Chocolate Babka, or decadent Tiramisu Pancakes (topped with a dollop of cool Coconut Whipped Cream).

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OFF-SITE EVENT • Sun. March 10 • Mark Russ Federman (in conversation with Joyce Goldstein) • Russ & Daughters: The House that Herring Built • At the JCC of SF • 12 p.m. • $45, with lox and bagel spread!

 

 

Join Mark Russ Federman, the third-generation owner of Russ & Daughters, the beloved appetizing store on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, for a celebration of its long history. In Russ & Daughters: The House That Herring Built, Federman shares his immigrant family’s rags-to-riches journey from a pushcart on Hester Street in 1907 to a landmark institution of Jewish cuisine. To buy tickets go to tickets at jccsf, and click on "Culinary".

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Mon. March 11 • Pati Jinich • Pati's Mexican Table: The Secrets of Real Mexican Home Cooking • 6-7 p.m. FREE.

 

 

The host of a highly popular PBS series, Pati’s Mexican Table, Pati Jinich has a mission. She’s out to prove that Mexican home cooking is quicker and far easier than most Americans think. Her dishes are not blanketed with cheese, or heavy and fried, or based on complex sauces. Surprising in their simplicity and freshness, they incorporate produce and grains. Most important, they fit perfectly into an everyday family cooking schedule and use just a handful of ingredients, most of which are already in your pantry. Many are homey specialties that Pati learned from her mother and grandmother, some are creative spins on classics, while others are not well known outside of Mexico.

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Thurs. March. 14 • Leslie Bennett • The Beautiful Edible Garden: Design a Stylish Outdoor Space Using Vegetables, Fruits and Herbs • 6-7 p.m. FREE.

 

 

The Beautiful Edible Garden shares how to not only grow organic fruits and vegetables, but also make your garden a place of year-round beauty that is appealing, enjoyable, and fits your personal style. Written by a landscape design team that specializes in artfully blending edibles and ornamentals together, The Beautiful Edible Garden shows that it’s possible for gardeners of all levels to reap the best of both worlds. Featuring a fresh approach to garden design, glorious photographs, and ideas for a range of spaces—from large yards to tiny patios—this guide is perfect for anyone who wants a gorgeous and productive garden.

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Wed. March 20 • Elissa Altman • Poor Man's Feast: A Love Story of Comfort, Desire, and the Art of Simple Cooking. 6-7 p.m. FREE.

 

 

From James Beard Award-winning writer Elissa Altman comes a story that marries wit to warmth, and flavor to passion. Born and raised in New York to a food-phobic mother and food-fanatical father, Elissa was trained early on that fancy is always best. After a childhood spent dining everywhere from Le Pavillion to La Grenouille, she devoted her life to all things gastronomical, from the rare game birds she served at elaborate dinner parties in an apartment so tiny that guests couldn't turn around to the eight timbale molds she bought while working at Dean & DeLuca, just so she could make tall food.

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Sun. March 24 • Ellen Zachos • Backyard Foraging: 65 Familiar Plants You Didn't Know You Could Eat • 3-4 p.m. FREE

 

 

You don't need to trek into the forest to forage edible plants. Ideal for first-time foragers, this book features 70 edible weeds, flowers, mushrooms, and ornamental plants typically found in urban or suburban neighborhoods. You'll be amazed by how many of the plants you see each day are actually nutritious edibles. Full-color photographs make identification easy, and tips on where certain plants are likely to be found, how to avoid pollution and pesticides, and how to recognize the plants you should never harvest make foraging as safe and simple as stepping into your own backyard.

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Tues. March 26 • Laena McCarthy • Jam On: The Craft of Canning Fruit • 6-7 p.m. FREE DEMO!

 

 

In Jam On, New York’s “Jam Queen” Laena McCarthy shares her love of making inventive handmade jam with delicious recipes and canning techniques. Her down-to-earth approach and unique, easy method allows even the novice cook to make fresh and exciting jam. The recipes in Jam On use less sugar, making the jams not only healthier, but more intensely flavorful than your average fruit concoction.

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Thurs. March 28 • Pascal Rigo • La Boulange Cafe Cooking at Home • 6-7 p.m. FREE

 

Since the first cafe opened in 1999, La Boulange has continued to provide numerous San Francisco neighborhoods with traditional French pastries and breads, healthful and wholesome breakfast and brunch. Cafè Cooking at Home is an accumulation of the café’s top items. From the incredible photography of David Vergne to the easy-to-follow instructions, the La Boulange cookbook is ideal for any home cook.

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Fri. March 29 • Rebecca Katz • The Longevity Kitchen: Satisfying, Big-Flavor Recipes Featuring the Top 16 Age-Busting Power Foods • 6-7 p.m. FREE

 

 

Katz is is an accomplished chef and national speaker who has worked with the country’s top wellness physicians, including Andrew Weil, Deepak Chopra, Michael Lerner, Jim Gordon, and Dean Ornish. She is the author of the award-winning Cancer-Fighting Kitchen and One Bite at a Time, as well as director of the Healing Kitchens Institute at Commonweal and executive chef of the annual Food as Medicine training program sponsored by the Center for Mind Body Medicine at Georgetown Medical School. She has been featured in the Washington Post, Oprah.com, The Atlantic, Better Homes and Gardens, Associated Press, and other national media.

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Omnivore Books on Food • 3885a Cesar Chavez Street • San Francisco, CA 94131
415.282.4712 • Hours: Mon-Sat 11am-6pm, Sun 12pm-5pm