Events at Omnivore Books on Food


If you would like a signed copy of a book from one of our events, but are unable to attend,
just call the shop at 415-282-4712, we’ll be happy to take care of it for you.

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Thurs. July 24 • Jell-O Contest and Lecture with Pam Elder • 6:30-7:30. FREE.

Pam Elder, longtime member of the Culinary Historians of Northern California, finds the jiggling art of Jell-O fascinating, especially as reflected in its advertising over the ages. Come hear the story, view some of photographer Pat Monaco's wondrous collection of beautiful Jell-O ephemera, and check out Omnivore's many enticing summer season titles. Best of all, enter our contest! Bring a wondrous -- and edible -- Jell-O art creation of your own for judging, and to be shared with the crowd.

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Wed. July 30 • Karen Solomon • Asian Pickles: Sweet, Sour, Salty, Cured, and Fermented Preserves from Korea, Japan, China, India, and Beyond • 6:30-7:30. FREE.

From authentic Korean kimchi, Indian chutney, and Japanese tsukemono to innovative combinations ranging from mild to delightfully spicy, the time-honored traditions of Asian pickling are made simple and accessible in this DIY guide.

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Mon. Aug. 4 • Pam McElroy and contributors • The Green Teen Cookbook • 6:30-7:30PM • FREE, with snacks!

Created by teens, for teens, who know that going green is hard to do, especially when it comes to food. There are acronyms to learn, labels to decipher, seasons to accommodate, and grocery stores to navigate and that's before you even turn on the stove! The Green Teen Cookbook cuts through the chaos and shows teens how to shop smarter, cook more consciously, and eat a healthier diet.

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Sat. Aug. 9 • Ariana Bundy • Pomegranates and Roses: My Persian Family Recipes • 3-4 p.m. FREE

Ariana's family roots are firmly planted in Persian soil. She inherited her love of food and cooking from her grandparents—merchants and landowners who grew cherries, plums, apricots, apples, sugar beets, wheat, and barley; bred sheep and goats for dairy; and had beautiful vineyards producing prized grapes; and from her father, who owned and ran the first fine-dining French restaurant in Iran.

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Sat. Aug. 16 • Elizabeth Andoh • Washoku and Kansha • 3-4 p.m. FREE, with Chirashi-zushi tasting.

Elizabeth Andoh is a Japanese food expert who has written several cookbooks and was Gourmet magazine's Japan correspondent for many years. Washoku covers the realm of traditional Japanese home cooking, while Kansha explores Japanese vegan traditions.

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Sun. Aug. 17 • Nicole Spiradakis • Flourless: Recipes for Naturally Gluten-free Desserts • 3-4 p.m. FREE

This collection of dessert recipes is so delicious no one will know they are gluten-free! With 75 recipes for naturally gluten-free desserts, author Nicole Spiridakis uses a wide range of non-wheat flours to finesse the balance between decadent and dietary. These tasty recipes bypass complicated alternate flour mixes and hard-to-find "gums," fulfilling the increasing demand from those embracing a gluten-free diet (whether by necessity or choice).

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Fri. Aug. 22 • Mark and Talia Kurlansky • International Night: A Father and Daughter Cook their Way Around the World • 6:30-7:30 p.m. FREE

Once a week in the Kurlansky home, Mark spins a globe and wherever his daughter's finger lands becomes the theme of that Friday night's dinner. Their tradition of International Night has afforded Mark an opportunity to share with his daughter, Talia--and now the readers of International Night--the recipes, stories, and insights he's collected over more than thirty years of traveling the world writing about food, culture, and history, and his charming pen-and-ink drawings, which appear throughout the book.

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Sun. Aug. 24 • Theresa Wahl • The Auntie Em's Cookbook: A Musician's Guide to Breakfast and Brunch • 3-4 p.m. FREE.

Theresa Wahl, chef-owner of L.A.'s Auntie Em's Kitchen, showcases her simple and beloved recipes for breakfast, brunch, and dessert in a cookbook that celebrates seasonal and local flavors. Drawing inspiration from her past as a punk guitarist, Wahl pairs her recipes with a playlist, sharing her belief that food tastes better when there's music in the kitchen.

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Wed. Aug. 27 • Jessica Battalina • Corn • 6:30-7:30 p.m. FREE

Jessica Battilana writes about food and the people who make it. A former cheesemonger, caterer and private chef (and East coast transplant), she now lives in San Francisco and spends her days chronicling chefs and restaurants, developing and testing recipes, co-writing cookbooks, and otherwise messing around in the world of food. Corn is the latest edition from Short Stack Editions.

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