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October and November are the time of year when "heavy-hitter" cookbooks are published. In past years, that's meant gorgeous but unusable chef-driven books; they look beautiful on your coffee table but might as well have a "don't try this at home" warning on the cover. This year is blessedly different. Even the cookbooks written by chefs are great for the home kitchen, like State Bird Provisions, Homegrown by Boston chef Matt Jennings, and Ottolenghi & Goh's Sweet. However, the majority of this season's cookbooks are coming from well known bloggers and cookbook writers whom we've come to trust over the years. Here's a list of some of my top picks, including a few British imports:

Smitten Kitchen Every Day by Deb Perelman
Dining In by Alison Roman
Market Cooking by David Tanis
A Grandfather's Lessons by Jacques Pepin
Fresh India by Meera Sodha
Cherry Bombe the Cookbook
At My Table by Nigella Lawson
Dinner: Changing the Game by Melissa Clark
Bravetart by Stella Parks
The Artful Baker by Cenk Sonmezsoy

There have also been some terrific food histories and memoirs:

 

L'Appart: The Delights and Disasters of Making my Paris Home by Davis Lebovitz
The Potlikker Papers: A Food History of the Modern South by John T. Edge
The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South by Michael Twitty
I Hear She's a Real Bitch by Jen Agg
Coming to My Senses by Alice Waters (see my book review here!)
Out of Line by Barbara Lynch
What She Ate by Laura Shapiro
By the Smoke & the Smell by Thad Vogler
Best Food Writing 2017 - an anthology

Aside from all the above, a few cookbooks stand out for their beauty and depth of knowledge:

 

The Grammar of Spice by Caz Hildebrand
(my favorite book in the whole store right now)
Corsica: The Recipes
Kaukasis: A Culinary Journey through Georgia, Azerbaijan & Beyond
The Indian Cookery Course
(Sarah's favorite book in the shop this season) Mezcal by Emma Janzen
The Palestinian Table
Two Kitchens: Family Recipes from Sicily & Rome by Rachel Roddy
Oklava: Recipes from a Turkish-Cypriot Kitchen

Of course, there are many more worth adding to your shelves, but these are just a sampling of the pickings here. We are wrapping up a busy month of events and going into another one, so come on over and grab a chair and sit with us a spell. If you can't make it, remember that signed copies of many of these books are available on our Signed Books page - and they make GREAT presents,

Sincerely,

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

 

Thurs. Nov. 2 • Preeti Mistry • The Juhu Beach Club Cookbook: Indian Spice, Oakland Soul • 6:30-7:30 p.m. FREE

Influenced by her background as a second-generation Indian -- born in London, raised across the US, now based in the Bay Area -- Preeti's irreverent style informs her personality and her food. This collection of street food, comfort classics, and restaurant favorites blends cuisines from across India with American influences to create irresistible combinations.

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Sat. Nov. 4 • Matt Jennings • Homegrown: Cooking from My New England Roots • 3:00-4:00 p.m. FREE

In his debut cookbook, chef Matt Jennings honors the iconic foods of his heritage and celebrates the fresh ingredients that have come to define his renowned, inventive approach to cooking. With four James Beard Award nominations for Best Chef: Northeast, three Cochon 555 wins, and a spot on Food & Wine’s 40 Big Food Thinkers 40 and Under list, Jennings is a culinary innovator known for his unexpected uses of traditional northern ingredients.

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Sun. Nov. 5 • Robert Arnold • Shots of Knowledge: The Science of Whiskey • 3:00-4:00 p.m. FREE, with whiskey tasting.

Shots of Knowledge is a guidebook for whiskey lovers. Organized into approximately sixty illustrated essays, the book samples selected topics in whiskey production through the lenses of science and engineering. While the essays are subdivided into three sections--From Sunshine to Sugar, From Wee Beasties to White Dogs, and From Barrel to Brain--the reader is free to sip them in any order. The story commences with water, carbon dioxide, and sunlight; travels through the manufacturing process; and ends with the molecules that entertain the palate.

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Mon. Nov. 6 • Karen Page & Andrew Dornenburg • Kitchen Creativity: Unlocking Culinary Genius - with Wisdom, Inspiration, and Ideas from the World's Most Creative Chefs • 6:30-7:30 p.m. FREE

Based on four years of extensive research and dozens of in-depth interviews, Kitchen Creativity illuminates the method of culinary invention. Part I reveals how to learn fundamental skills, including how to appreciate, taste, and season classic dishes (Stage 1: Mastery), before reinventing the classics from a new perspective (Stage 2: Alchemy). Einstein's secret of genius-combinatory play-pushes chefs to develop unique creations and heighten their outer and inner senses (Stage 3: Creativity). Part II's A-to-Z entries are an invaluable culinary idea generator, with exercises to prompt new imaginings.

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OFF-SITE EVENT! Tues. Nov. 7 • Wendy MacNaughton, Sarah Rich and Friends: Cipe Pineles’s Leave Me Alone with the Recipes • 6:00 p.m. at the JCCSF

Wendy MacNaughton and Sarah Rich would like you to meet Cipe Pineles, the world-changing, influential designer-illustrator you’ve probably never heard of– until now. Four years ago, Wendy and Sarah discovered her unpublished manuscript at an antiquarian book fair, and, along with Maria Popova and Debbie Millman bought it and set out to give this creative genius her due. Leave Me Alone with the Recipes: The Life, Art and Cookbook of Cipe Pineles is the result. Join Wendy, Sarah and friends for dinner featuring recipes from the book and conversation on design, art, food and the prominent role food plays in memory-making. TICKETS HERE!

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Wed. Nov. 8 • Alison Roman • Dining In: Highly Cookable Recipes • 6:30-7:30 p.m. FREE

Alison Roman is known as much for her keeper recipes as her wry Instagram voice and effortless style. Her debut cookbook features 125 recipes for simple, of-the-moment dishes that are full of great techniques (think slathering roast chicken in anchovy butter, roasting citrus to bring out new flavors, and keeping boiled potatoes in your fridge for instant crispy smashed potatoes). Roman's recipes set today's trends and will show up as tomorrow’s classics.

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Fri. Nov. 10 • Alex Prud’homme & Katie Pratt • France is a Feast: The Photographic Journey of Paul and Julia Child • 6:30-7:30 p.m. FREE

Through intimate and compelling photographs taken by her husband Paul Child, a gifted photographer, France is a Feast documents how Julia Child first discovered French cooking and the French way of life. Paul and Julia moved to Paris in 1948 where he was cultural attaché for the US Information Service, and in this role he met Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa, Brassai, and other leading lights of the photography world. As Julia recalled: “Paris was wonderfully walkable, and it was a natural subject for Paul.”

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Tues. Nov. 14 • Sri Rao. Bollywood Kitchen: Home-Cooked Indian Meals Paired with Unforgettable Bollywood Films • 6:30-7:30 p.m. FREE

Indian cuisine and Indian cinema (known as Bollywood) share much in common – bold colors and flavors with plenty of drama. Let Sri Rao be your guide. As one of the only Americans working in Bollywood, Sri is an expert on Indian musical films, and as an avid cook, he’s taken his mom’s authentic, home-cooked recipes and adapted them for the modern, American kitchen.

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Wed. Nov. 15 • Robyn Exkhardt & Dave Hagerman • Istanbul and Beyond: Exploring the Diverse Cuisines of Turkey • 6:30-7:30 p.m. FREE

Standing at the crossroads between the Mediterranean, the Middle East, and Asia, Turkey boasts astonishingly rich and diverse culinary traditions. Journalist Robyn Eckhardt and her husband, photographer David Hagerman, have spent almost twenty years discovering the country’s very best dishes. Now they take readers on an unforgettable epicurean adventure, beginning in Istanbul, home to one of the world’s great fusion cuisines. From there, they journey to the lesser-known provinces, opening a vivid world of flavors influenced by neighboring Syria, Iran, Iraq, Armenia, and Georgia.

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Sat. Nov. 18 • David Lebovitz • L'Appart: The Delights and Disasters of Making My Paris Home • 3:00-4:00 p.m. FREE - just show up!

David will speak for a few minutes, and then sign books purchased at Omnivore. Bestselling author and world-renowned chef David Lebovitz continues to mine the rich subject of his evolving ex-Pat life in Paris, using his perplexing experiences in apartment renovation as a launching point for stories about French culture, food, and what it means to revamp one's life. Includes dozens of new recipes.

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Thurs. Nov. 30 • Jim Lahey • Sullivan Street Bakery Cookbook •6:30-7:30 p.m. FREE

Founded in 1994, Sullivan Street Bakery is renowned for its outstanding bread, which graces the tables of New York’s most celebrated restaurants. The bread at Sullivan Street Bakery, crackling brown on the outside and light and aromatic on the inside, is inspired by the dark, crusty loaves that James Beard Award–winning baker Jim Lahey discovered in Rome.

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