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The only thing I like about summer ending is...well, I'd be lying if I said there's anything I truly like about it. I'm a huge summer-lover. However, I do get pretty excited about new cookbooks coming into the shop. Fall is the big season, and they've started pouring in; as I write, UPS has just delivered 6 boxes, and because we're in the midst of an extreme heat wave, all the lovely new books I unpacked were hot to the touch! You'll see several of them on our Upcoming Events page, as we gear up to host nine different authors in September. I've also made pre-orders of signed cookbooks available from several popular authors coming our way later in the fall: Yotam Ottolenghi, David Lebovitz, Stella Parks, and more!

Speaking of upcoming events, there are just a few seats left, all at the Premium Level, for the JCCSF event with Yotam Ottolenghi and Helen Goh. Get these tickets now! I'm really looking forward to their talk about the sweeter side of Ottolenghi. Another exciting event I want to showcase here is the book release party for Thad Vogler's memoir, By the Smoke and the Smell. His restaurant, Bar Agricole, is hosting the soiree, and we'll be there to sell books; Thad's book is a memoir of all the artisanal liquors and distillers he's discovered in his travels, and it's a great read. Of course, he will be on hand to speak to us and sign books - details are below.

I was honored to be interviewed by Maggie Hoffman for Saveur Magazine this month, and I got to tout some of my favorite books, both new and old. I've always been a huge champion of books that take us off the beaten track, and to that end, I talked about some of my favorite African and Indian cookbooks, food memoirs I believe everyone should read, and some subjects I'd like to see explored in the coming years. You'll find some of these titles available on my New Books page, if you should be so inclined. This also brings to mind one of my favorite talks this past month, by Michael Twitty. His book is called The Cooking Gene, and in it he explores race, religion, and gender identity in the South. We had a packed house for his talk, and the enthusiastic audience was over the moon to have him out West. I also loved the talk by Deepa Thomas about Deepa's Secrets, which dives into tasty and spice-laden slow-carb Indian cuisine. The recipes are easy to use, and the spiced peanuts with fried curry leaves are incredibly addictive.

I hope my shop can ease you back into your Fall routines in a sensual and exciting way,

Sincerely,

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

 

Sat. Sept. 9 • Michael Harlan Turkell • Acid Trip: Travels in the World of Vinegar • 3:00-4:00 p.m. FREE

In Acid Trip, Michael Harlan Turkell takes readers on a fascinating journey through the world of vinegar. An avid maker of vinegars at home, Turkell traveled throughout North America, France, Italy, Austria, and Japan to learn about vinegar-making practices in places where the art has evolved over centuries. This richly narrated cookbook includes recipes from leading chefs including Daniel Boulud, Barbara Lynch, Michael Anthony, April Bloomfield, Massimo Bottura, Sean Brock, and many others.

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OFF-SITE EVENT! Tues. Sept. 12 • Book launch party at Bar Agricole for owner Thad Vogler's new book, By the Smoke and the Smell: My Search for the Rare & Sublime on the Spirits Trail • 6:00-8:00 p.m. FREE , with RSVP to: rsvp@magnumpr.co

Come raise a glass to Thad Vogler as we celebrate the publication of his first book! In By the Smoke & the Smell, spirits expert Thad Vogler takes readers around the world, celebrating the vivid characters who produce hand-made spirits like rum, scotch, cognac and mezcal. From the mountains of Mexico and the forbidden distilleries of Havana, to the wilds of Scotland and the pastoral corners of France and beyond, this adventure will change how you think about your drink.

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Thurs. Sept. 14 • Amy Kritzer • Sweet Noshings: New Twists on Traditional Jewish Desserts • 6:30-7:30 p.m. FREE

Sweet Noshings takes the ever-evolving world of Jewish desserts to the next level. With stories of life as a Jew in Texas, and plenty of kitsch, Amy's modern interpretations of classic recipes bring new light to old favorites and creates a whole new unique cuisine.

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Sat. Sept. 16 • Harry Rosenblum • Vinegar Revival: Artisanal Recipes for Brightening Dishes and Drinks with Homemade Vinegars • 3:00-4:00 p.m. FREE

The next frontier in fermenting and home brewing is vinegar: the essential ingredient for enhancing your home cooking. Just about everyone has at least one bottle of vinegar in the pantry, but not many realize how much better the homemade kind tastes—the flavor is incomparable. And it's easy make; all you need is a bottle of your favorite alcoholic beverage, a starter (or mother of vinegar), and a few weeks of hands-off time.

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Thurs. Sept. 21 • Mary-Frances Heck • Sweet Potatoes: Roasted, Loaded, Fried, and Made into Pie • 6:30-7:30 p.m. FREE

60 next-level sweet potato recipes that call on new techniques and bold flavors—like chilies, coconut milk, and chocolate—for flavorful takes on this delicious superfood.

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Sat. Sept. 23 • Tommy McDonald • Field Roast: 101 Artisan Vegan Meat Recipes to Cook, Share, and Savor • 3:00-4:00 p.m. FREE

Hailed as 2015's Company of the Year by VegNews Magazine, the Field Roast Grain Meat Co. offers their first cookbook, dedicated to delicious, satisfying vegan meat recipes. Founded in 1997 in Seattle, Washington, Field Roast creates artisan vegan meats, made with real ingredients and traditional food making practices. Chef Tommy McDonald shares fundamental techniques and processes that will enable you to make your own vegan grain meats (sausages, roasts and more) at home.

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Sun. Sept. 24 • Gabi Moskowitz & Miranda Berman • Hot Mess Kitchen: Recipes for Your Delicious Disastrous Life • 3:00-4:00 p.m.

Decades ago, every young woman left home knowing how to cook, but now, well, not so much. And while they're happy times have changed, authors Gabi Moskowitz and Miranda Berman want to save millennials from the perils of takeout and take back the kitchen with their new book, HOT MESS KITCHEN. Snacks will be served!

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Wed. Sept. 27 • Kathy Brennan & Caroline Campion • The Dinner Plan: Simple Weeknight Recipes and Strategies for Every Schedule • 6:30-7:30 p.m. FREE

Between juggling work, family activities, mismatched schedules, and often bare refrigerators, there are all sorts of situations that make weeknight cooking a universally challenging—and frustrating—experience. The Dinner Plan offers five meal strategies—Make-Ahead, Staggered, One-Dish, Extra-Fast, and Pantry—that will help get dinner on the table no matter what the workweek throws at you.

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Thurs. Sept. 28 • Shanna Farrell • Bay Area Cocktails: A History of Culture, Community and Craft • 6:30-7:30 p.m. FREE, with Negronis!

An American invention, the cocktail fluctuated in popularity following Prohibition and had firmly taken root in the culinary landscape by the 1990s. The Bay Area played a significant role in reviving it--as much as New York and London. From the distillers who pioneered craft spirits and Alice Waters' revolutionary take on simple, fresh food at Chez Panisse to the bartenders who cared enough to grow a dedicated cocktail community, this is the story of how the Bay Area shaped the art of elevated drinking in America. Through oral history interviews and recipes, author Shanna Farrell chronicles the narrative history of the modern cocktail renaissance.

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