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The crew and audience at Unforgettable
 

 

April has been a very busy month at Omnivore, with near-daily events the last couple of weeks. I've been cheered to see so many well-attended events, and it means the publishers will continue to send us great authors. We had standing-room only attendance for Jeremy Fox, Rachel Khong, the authors of Unforgettable, Melissa Clark, Jack Bishop, Joan Nathan, and others. All of their talks were informative and often-times fascinating; I interviewed Gonzalo Guzman about his work as the chef at Nopalito and his background learning to make masa from scratch in his small hometown in Mexico. I talked with Jeremy Fox about his breakdown after achieving intense fame and scrutiny as chef at Ubuntu, and his rebirth in Los Angeles at Rustic Canyon. Ana Sortun talked about the importance of Middle Eastern spices in her food at Sofra and Oleana in Cambridge, and contributors to Khong's All About Eggs read from their work on the subject.

These events continue to inspire and excite me and our audiences, and will continue to into the future. May is quite a bit calmer, but we've got several good talks on tap, including a talk by Michael Ruhlman mid-month, and our first off-site event at The Perennial, with Joshua McFadden and his beautiful book on vegetables.

I'm thrilled to see that many worthy cookbooks won the prestigious James Beard Award for Excellence this past week: Naomi Duguid for Persia, Martin & Rebecca Cate for Smuggler's Cove, Ronni Lundy for her wonderful Southern cookbook, Victuals, Dorie Greenspan for Dorie's Cookies, and many others. You can see the full list here.

I don't have much more to add, because I'm really tired. Thanks to everyone for helping me earn my exhaustion, because I'm still having so much fun going into my ninth year here,

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

 

Mon. May 1• Caroline Eden • Samarkand: Recipes & Stories from Central Asia & The Caucasus • 6:30-7:30 p.m. FREE

Samarkand is a love letter to Central Asia and the Caucasus, containing travel essays, beautiful photography and recipes that are little known in the West that have been expertly adapted for the home cook. There is an introduction to the region (explaining the ethnic groups – Uzbeks, Tajiks, Russian, Turkis, Koryo-Saram, Jewish, Caucasus, Afghan) with a useful pantry of essential ingredients, followed by an array of delicious dishes.

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Tues. May 2 • Peter Gethers • My Mother's Kitchen: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and the Meaning of Life • 6:30-7:30 p.m. FREE

The daughter of a restaurateur―the restaurant was New York’s legendary Ratner’s―Judy Gethers discovered a passion for cooking in her 50s. In time, she became a mentor and friend to several of the most famous chefs in America, including Wolfgang Puck, Nancy Silverton and Jonathan Waxman; she also wrote many cookbooks and taught cooking alongside Julia Child. In her eighties, she was robbed of her ability to cook by a debilitating stroke. But illness has brought her closer than ever to her son: Peter regularly visits her so they can share meals, and he can ask questions about her colorful past, while learning her kitchen secrets.

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OFF-SITE EVENT! Wed. May 10 • Joshua McFadden • Six Seasons: A New Way with Vegetables • Book Launch Party at The Perennial. 6:00-8:00 p.m. $24.

Join Joshua McFadden, chef and owner of Ava Gene’s in Portland, OR for the launch of his new book Six Seasons. McFadden has been called "a vegetable whisperer" and in Six Seasons, he channels both farmer and chef, highlighting the evolving attributes of vegetables throughout their growing seasons. Buy Tickets, which include bites from Six Seasons and one drink ticket.

Mon. May 15 • Dana Cree • Hello, My Name is Ice Cream: The Art and Science of the Scoop • 6:30-7:30 p.m. FREE.

With more than 100 recipes for ice cream flavors and revolutionary mix-ins from a James Beard-nominated pastry chef, Hello, My Name is Ice Cream explains not only how to make amazing ice cream, but also the science behind the recipes so you can understand ice cream like a pro. A Seattle native, Dana Cree began her culinary journey in 2000, studying at The Art Institute of Seattle. Cree first worked in the savory side of the kitchen for three years at Seattle’s Lampreia, before heeding her pastry calling. After a lengthy stage at The Fat Duck in England in early 2005, Cree returned to Seattle and assumed the role of Pastry Chef at Eva. There she honed her flavor-focused and detail oriented style.

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Tues. May 16 • Michael Ruhlman • Grocery: The Buying and Selling of Food in America • 6:30-7:30 p.m. FREE

In Grocery, bestselling author Michael Ruhlman offers incisive commentary on America’s relationship with its food and investigates the overlooked source of so much of it—the grocery store. In a culture obsessed with food—how it looks, what it tastes like, where it comes from, what is good for us—there are often more questions than answers. Ruhlman proposes that the best practices for consuming wisely could be hiding in plain sight—in the aisles of your local supermarket.

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Sat. May 20 • Lily Diamond • Kale & Caramel: Recipes for Body, Heart, and Table • 3:00-4:00 p.m. FREE

Born out of the popular blog Kale & Caramel, this sumptuously photographed and beautifully written cookbook presents eighty recipes for delicious vegan and vegetarian dishes featuring herbs and flowers, as well as luxurious do-it-yourself beauty products. Plant-whisperer, writer, and photographer Lily Diamond believes that herbs and flowers have the power to nourish inside and out. “Lily’s deep connection to nature is beautifully woven throughout this personal collection of recipes,” says award-winning vegetarian chef Amy Chaplin. Each chapter celebrates an aromatic herb or flower, including basil, cilantro, fennel, mint, oregano, rosemary, sage, thyme, lavender, jasmine, rose, and orange blossom.

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