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October and November at Omnivore are like the final leg in a marathon of author appearances, with the pace having picked up to near-nightly events. This photo montage opens a small window into our world over the past month, and we still have several weeks to go before the evenings quiet down. We were graced by visits from Jacques Pepin, Ruth Reichl, David Lebovitz, Enrique Olvera, and many more. We partied at Bar Agricole, dined at Camino, and sold out of Michael Solomonov's Zahav at the JCC SF. I love the partnerships we have with these off-site venues, because it expands what we're able to do with our speaker series. Mixing up the format keeps it interesting for us, and hopefully for you, too!

One of my favorite visits was with Jacques Pepin, who turns 80 this year. After signing books much more quickly than I'd anticipated, I asked him to speak for a bit to the remaining crowd. He talked about an assignment he always gives to his students at Boston University; asking them to make a roast chicken with potatoes and salad, and he instructs them, "Don't try to wow me. Just make it delicious." The implicit wisdom in that request sits with me, and reflects much of my own cooking philosophy. Everyone appreciates a home-cooked meal, even the finest chefs, so relax, follow basic techniques, and just make it delicious.

I've had a little time to post some new additions to our Vintage Books page - there are some gems here. Ruth Reichl bought my favorite title, a WWII victory gardening book from England called Plots Against Hitler. You just can't go wrong with that title.

Lastly, I finally got my picture in the New York Times, and not for doing something bad! Kim Severson wrote a great article about the evolution of recipe writing, quoting me among numerous wonderful sources on the subject. I think it takes an excellent writer to write a good cookbook, one who tells you why you're doing what you're dong in a concise but poetic way. To me, Judy Rodgers' is the epitome of this writing style, choosing her words so carefully that I know precisely what she means when she describes a desired texture, or smell, or flavor. Crushingly, she is no longer with us, but her words stay with me always, as if she's at my side in the kitchen as I stir the pot.

I hope this season, you'll be inspired to cook some favorite meals (maybe it will even get chilly enough for us to feel like making seasonal!) - remember, just make it delicious,

Sincerely,

Celia Sack, Owner
Omnivore Books on Food
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Thurs. Oct. 29 • Yotam Ottolenghi • NOPI: The Cookbook • AUTHOR SIGNING AT OMNIVORE • 6:00-7:30 p.m. FREE

Yotam Ottolenghi is beloved in the food world for his beautiful, inspirational cookbooks, as well as his Ottolenghi delis and his fine-dining restaurant, Nopi. In The NOPI Cookbook, head chef Ramael Scully's Asian-inspired pantry meets Ottolenghi's Middle Eastern influences and brings the restaurant's favorite dishes within reach of the home cook.

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Sat. Oct. 31 • Alana Chernila • The Homemade Kitchen: Recipes for Cooking with Pleasure • 3:00-4:00 p.m. FREE

Written as much for the reader as the cook, The Homemade Kitchen covers a globe’s worth of flavors and includes new staples (what Alana is known for) such as chèvre, tofu, kefir, kimchi, preserved lemons, along with recipes and ideas for using them.

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OFF-SITE EVENT! Sat. Oct. 31 • Eric Werner • Hartwood: Bright, Wild Flavors from the Edge of the Yucatan • Dinner at Camino Restaurant • 6:00-9:00 p.m.

The best things happen when people pursue their dreams. Consider the story of Eric Werner and Mya Henry, an intrepid young couple who gave up their restaurant jobs in New York City to start anew in the one-road town of Tulum, Mexico. Here they built Hartwood, one of the most exciting and inspiring restaurants in the world.

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Sunday Nov. 1 • Michael Anthony. V is for Vegetables: Inspired Recipes & Techniques for Home Cooks -- from Artichokes to Zucchini • 3:00-4:00 p.m. FREE

Gramercy Tavern's Executive Chef Michael Anthony believes a cook's job is to create delicious flavors and healthy meals. Written for the home cook, V IS FOR VEGETABLES celebrates the act of cooking vegetables he loves. Anthony shows how unlocking the secrets of vegetables can be as simple as roasting a beet, peeling a gnarly celery root, slicing a bright radish, or washing a handful of just-picked greens.

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Tues. Nov. 3 • Gordon Edgar • Cheddar: A Journey to the Heart of America's Most Iconic Cheese • 6:30-7:30 p.m. FREE

For more than fifteen years, Edgar has worked as an iconoclastic cheesemonger at Rainbow Grocery in San Francisco. Cheddar is one man’s picaresque journey to find out what a familiar food can tell us about ourselves. Cheddar may be appreciated in almost all American homes, but the advocates of the traditional wheel versus the processed slice often have very different ideas about food.

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Wed. Nov. 4 • Jack Bishop • 100 Recipes: The Absolute Best Ways To Make The True Essentials • 6:30-7:30p.m. FREE

At the forefront of American cooking for more than 20 years, the editors at America’s Test Kitchen have answered the question of what to cook in an essential collection of recipes that you won’t find anywhere else: 100 Recipes Everyone Should Know How to Make.

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Thurs. Nov. 5 • OFF-SITE EVENT! Lidia Bastianich • Lidia's Mastering the Art of Italian Cuisine: Everything You Need to Know to Be a Great Italian Cook • At the JCC SF • 7:00-9:00 p.m.

From the Emmy-winning host of Lidia’s Kitchen, best-selling author, and beloved ambassador for Italian culinary traditions in America comes the ultimate master class: a beautifully produced definitive guide to Italian cooking, coauthored with her daughter, Tanya—covering everything from ingredients to techniques to tools, plus more than 400 delectable recipes. Tickets & details

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Fri. Nov. 6 • Kenji Lopez-Alt • The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science • 6:30-7:30 p.m. FREE

In The Food Lab, Kenji focuses on the science behind beloved American dishes, delving into the interactions between heat, energy, and molecules that create great food. Kenji shows that often, conventional methods don’t work that well, and home cooks can achieve far better results using new―but simple―techniques.

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Sat. Nov. 7 • Dominique Crenn • Atelier Crenn: Metamorphosis of Taste • 3:00-4:00 p.m. • FREE

Atelier Crenn is the debut cookbook of Dominique Crenn, the first female chef in America to be awarded two Michelin stars—and arguably the greatest female chef in the country. This gorgeous book traces Crenn’s rise from her childhood in France to her unprecedented success with her own restaurant, Atelier Crenn, in San Francisco.

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Sun. Nov. 8 • Jeanne Sauvage • Gluten-Free Wish List: Sweet and Savory Treats You've Missed the Most • 3:00-4:00 p.m. FREE

Finally, a cookbook that includes gluten-free recipes for pizza crust, bagels, and all of the other wheat-laden staples folks miss most after eliminating gluten from their diets. Here author Jeanne Sauvage proves that gluten-free should never be anything less than delicious.

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Mon. Nov. 9 • Tal Ronnen • Crossroads: Extraordinary Recipes from the Restaurant That Is Reinventing Vegan Cuisine • 6:30-7:30 p.m. FREE

Reinventing plant-based eating is what Tal Ronnen is all about. At his Los Angeles restaurant, Crossroads, the menu is vegan, but there are no soybeans or bland seitan to be found. He and his executive chef, Scot Jones, turn seasonal vegetables, beans, nuts, and grains into sophisticated Mediterranean fare.

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OFF-SITE EVENT! Tues. Nov. 10 • This is Camino • Cocktail party at Bar Agricole!

Camino is the locally beloved but nationally acclaimed restaurant is known and respected in food and chef circles. Since opening in 2008, Camino has become known for its exciting menu (most of the food is cooked in their fireplace) and the tight-knit community of chefs who love the restaurant.GET TICKETS HERE

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Thurs. Nov. 12 • Nancie McDermott • Southern Soups & Stews: More Than 75 Recipes with Down-Home Goodness, from Gumbo and Burgoo to Etouffi and Fricassee • 6:30-7:30 p.m. FREE

These recipes serve up soups and stews seasoned with history—from Nathalie Dupree's Lowcountry Okra and Shrimp Gumbo to Summer Squash Soup with Black Pepper and Thyme, to Collard Greens with Pot Likker and Dumplings—offering us a glimpse of how people farmed, cooked, and continue to celebrate life over time.

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Sat. Nov. 14 • Toni Tipton-Martin • The Jemima Code: Two Centuries of African American Cookbooks • 3:00-4:00 p.m. FREE

To discover the true role of black women in the creation of American, and especially southern, cuisine, Toni Tipton-Martin has spent years amassing one of the world’s largest private collections of cookbooks published by African American authors, looking for evidence of their impact on American food, families, and communities and for ways we might use that knowledge to inspire community wellness of every kind.

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Tues. Nov. 17 • Nigella Lawson • Simply Nigella: Feel Good Food. • 6:30-7:30 p.m. • FREE, with samples from the book by students of San Francisco Cooking School!

Whatever the occasion, food-in the making and the eating-should always be pleasurable. Simply Nigella taps into the rhythms of our cooking lives with recipes that are uncomplicated and relaxed yet always satisfying.

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Thurs. Nov. 19 • Cal Peternell, Phyllis Grant, Daniel Duane, and Sara Deseran • Best Food Writing 2015 • 6:30-7:30 p.m. FREE

Whether written by an established journalist or an up-and-coming blogger, the essays offered in each edition represent the cream of that year's crop in food writing. And 2015 promises to uphold the same high standards with a dynamic mix of writers offering provocative journalism, intriguing profiles, moving memoir, and more.

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