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With August at an end and September upon us, I write with news from near and far. I am back from my brief summer vacation in Maui, which lined up with the exact length of Hurricane Lane, and was therefore a bit of a soggy disaster. Happily, the hurricane merely skirted our beautiful island, but sadly, it did not preclude cautionary measures to close every favorite restaurant, tiki bar, banana bread stand, and national park. My father, Paula and I still managed to enjoy ourselves, and I did get in some excellent snorkeling, even under gray skies, including observing a family of seven sea turtles interacting with one another for about an hour, as I floated above, awestruck. We also observed rum hour, strictly, every day at 5:00 p.m.

Now, I'm back stateside, and ready to embrace the beginning of author tour season! Up to bat for September, we've got Sara & Evan Rich from Rich Table, with their first cookbook; Alon Shaya with his lovely Israeli cookbook, Shaya; and Georgia Freedman with Cooking South of the Clouds: Recipes and Stories from China's Yunnan Province. We'll also host talks on the foods of Bordeaux, Eastern India, the Philippines, and Mexican Los Angeles, among others.

Omnivore is pairing up with the Mission's new cooking school, The Civic Kitchen, to host a pintxos party for Marti Buckley, author of Basque Country, on Sept. 4. It's sure to be a great event, and each ticket includes a signed book, so jump on it before they sell out!

As a head's up for the fall, here are some authors coming to Omnivore or to the JCC SF (where we will be the bookseller; tickets are on sale now for members) - mark your calendars! No tickets or reservations are required for events at Omnivore:

10/5 Rose Levy Berenbaum at Omnivore

10/16 Renè Redzepi and David Zilber at the JCC SF

10/20 Julia Turshen at Omnivore

10/27 Samin Nosrat at Omnivore

10/29 Yotam Ottolenghi at the JCC SF

11/7 Michael Solomonov & Steve Cook at Omnivore

11/9 Michael Solomonov dinner at the JCC SF

11/10 Dorie Greenspan at Omnivore

11/12 Magnus Nilsson at the JCC SF

Hope to see you soon!

Sincerely,

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

 

Wed. Sept. 5 • Sarah & Evan Rich • Rich Table • 6:30-7:30 p.m. FREE

From Sarah and Evan Rich, the proprietors of Michelin-starred Rich Table-one of San Francisco's most coveted reservations _this debut cookbook brings recipes from the restaurant together with the food the Riches cook for friends and family at home. With humor and inventiveness, these delicious recipes merge the duo's sensibilities (hers Louisiana, his New Jersey) with a respect for the ingredients of Northern California into food that you'll love, wherever you like.

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Sat. Sept. 8 • Tania Teschke • The Bordeaux Kitchen: An Immersion into French Food and Wine, Inspired by Ancestral Traditions • 3:00-4:00 p.m. FREE, with wine sponsored by organic and biodynamic Bordeaux red Grand Cru Classè Chateau Guadet, and patè sponsored by US Wellness Meats.

Author Tania Teschke, food and wine gourmet, photographer, and lifelong student of French culture, brings you over 160 sumptuous and easy-to-follow recipes for seasonal and traditional French dishes that deliver not only the nutrition, but also the satisfaction we have been missing in our modern diet.

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Wed. Sept. 12 • Alon Shaya • Shaya: An Odyssey of Food, My Journey Back to Israel • 6:30-7:30 p.m. FREE

From the two-time James Beard Award-winning chef whose celebrated New Orleans restaurants have been hailed as the country's most innovative and best comes his first cookbook. It is a memoir of a culinary sensibility that begins in Israel and wends its way from the U.S.A. (Philadelphia) to Italy (Milan and Bergamo), back to Israel (Jerusalem) and comes together in the American South, in the heart of New Orleans.

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Sat. Sept 15 • Bill Esparza • L.A. Mexicano • 3:00-4:00 p.m. FREE

Bill Esparza is recent winner of a James Beard award for his coverage of the L.A. taco scene in Los Angeles Magazine. Considered one of the country's leading experts on Mexican food, the L.A. native curates the annual Tacolandia festival in Los Angeles, and appears regularly on KCRW's Good Food. Richly photographed and authentically local, L.A. Mexicano showcases L.A.’s famously rich and complex Mexican-food culture, including recipes, profiles of chefs, bakers, restaurateurs, and vendors, and neighborhood guides.

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Thurs. Sept. 20 • Jim Kempton • First We Surf, Then We Eat: Recipes From a Lifetime of Surf Travel • 6:30-7:30 p.m. FREE

Jim Kempton has spent his life traveling and surfing the world, along the way learning to cook the world's best beach-loving dishes. Now he's sharing his vividly colorful, richly flavorful, and vibrantly healthful collection of more than 90 recipes, along with stories of the best waves, markets, restaurants, adventures, and misadventures that he's experienced, from Australia to Hawaii, the Basque Country to Indonesia, California to Mexico.

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Sat. Sept. 22 • Kankana Saxena • Taste of Eastern India: Delicious, Authentic Bengali Meals You Need to Try • 3:00-4:00 p.m. FREE

Bengali native Kankana Saxena captures the wealth of intoxicating dishes and depths of favor that are fundamental to the Bengali community with savory stews, fragrant rice dishes, zesty spice blends and iconic street foods. Each recipe preserves the authenticity of traditional Indian cuisine but with a modern approach specific to the Eastern region―such as Chicken Shingara, which is similar to an Indian samosa but in Kolkata they’re smaller, spicier and deep-fried.

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Sunday Sept. 23 • Marvin Gapultos • Pulutan! Filipino Bar Bites, Appetizers and Street Eats • 3:00-4:00 p.m. FREE, with cocktails!

In his new cookbook, Marvin Gapultos delves further into Filipino cuisine by exploring the drinking food and bar snacks of the Philippines known as "Pulutan." Marvin shows you how to eat and drink like a Filipino with a range of easy Pulutan recipes - all of which are perfect accompaniments to an icy cold beer!

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Wed. Sept. 26 • Jennifer Clair • Six Basic Cooking Techniques: Culinary Essentials for the Home Cook • 6:30-7:30 p.m. FREE

Bursting with vibrant photographs, step-by-step photo tutorials, and delicious recipes to test out new-found skills, Six Basic Cooking Techniques focuses on the six essential skills needed to create a strong foundation so that any home cook can maximize his/her culinary potential. There will be a knife sharpening demo - bring all the questions you were too embarrassed to ask!

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Sat. Sept. 29 • Georgia Freedman. Cooking South of the Clouds: Recipes and Stories from China's Yunnan Province • 3:00-4:00 p.m. FREE

Yunnan has been called the China "beyond the Great Wall." Twenty-four of the country's minority groups call Yunnan home, each retaining their own traditions. On a culinary level, this means Yunnan is one of the most delicious places on earth. The region is famous for its mushrooms, hams, pickles, edible flowers, its use of potatoes, and its love of chiles and Sichuan peppercorns.

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Tues. Oct. 2 • Nik Sharma, in conversation with John Birdsall. Season: Big Flavors, Beautiful Food • 6:30-7:30 p.m. FREE

There are few books that offer home cooks a new way to cook and to think about flavor—and fewer that do it with the clarity and warmth of Nik Sharma's Season. Nik, beloved curator of the award-winning food blog A Brown Table, shares a treasury of ingredients, techniques, and flavors that combine in a way that's both familiar and completely unexpected. These are recipes that take a journey all the way from India by way of the American South to California. It's a personal journey that opens new vistas in the kitchen, including new methods and integrated by a marvelous use of spices.

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