Events at Omnivore Books on Food

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OFF-SITE EVENT! Wed. April 26 • Dinner for Deborah Madison at Camino Restaurant! 6:00-10:00 p.m. SOLD OUT!

Come celebrate author Deborah Madison's new cookbook, In My Kitchen: A Collection of New and Favorite Vegetarian Recipes. From the foremost authority on vegetarian cooking and one of the most trusted voices in food comes a carefully curated and updated collection of 100 favorite and most inspired recipes, reflecting how Deborah Madison loves to cook now. Camino will serve a four-course feast from the book, and we'll be there with Deborah to sell books and stuff ourselves silly.

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Thurs. April 27 • Ana Sortun • Soframiz: Vibrant Middle Eastern Recipes from Sofra Bakery and Cafe • 6:30-7:30 p.m. FREE

A charming collection of 100 recipes from Cambridge's Sofra Bakery and Cafe, showcasing modern Middle Eastern spices and flavors with exotic yet accessible sweet and savory dishes geared toward everyday cooking and entertaining.

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Fri. April 28 • Zak Pelaccio • Project 258: Making Dinner at Fish & Game • 6:30-7:30 p.m. FREE

Fish & Game restaurant in Hudson, New York, is a leader in the local foods movement. Its core approach—engaging intimately with nature both wild and domestic, building relationships with farmers, and exploring the joys of fermentation—is one of interest to anyone, anywhere, who yearns to cook and eat better food.

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OFF-SITE EVENT! Fri. April 28 • Hallah and Spice Pop-Up! Demos, Tastes & Stories with World-Famous Israeli Chefs Uri Scheft and Lior Lev Sercarz • At The Perennial, 59 Ninth Street (between Market and Mission) • 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. FREE.

New York and Israel's pre-eminent baker Uri Scheft (Breads Bakery and author of Breaking Breads: A New World of Israeli Baking) and La Boîte's spice whisperer Lior Lev Sercarz (author of The Spice Companion) join forces with the JCCSF to bring San Francisco a unique, one-of-a-kind pop-up bakery and spice shop. Hallah-braiding and spice-blending demos, cocktails and snacks for all! More information here.

Sat. April 29 • Melissa Clark • Dinner: Changing the Game • 3:00-4:00 p.m. FREE

Each recipe in Dinner is meant to be dinner—one fantastic dish that is so satisfying and flavor-forward it can stand alone—or be paired with a simple salad or fresh bread on the side. This is what Melissa Clark means by changing the game. Dinner is all about options: inventive, unfussy food with unexpected flavor. Clark’s mission is to help anyone—whether a novice with just a single pan or the experienced home cook—figure out what to make any night of the week without settling on fallbacks. These inherently simple recipes can turn anyone into a better and more confident cook.

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Sun. April 30 • Jack Bishop • Vegan for Everybody: Foolproof Plant-Based Recipes for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and In-Between • 3:00-4:00 p.m. FREE

Jack Bishop is the editorial director of America's Test Kitchen. In this cookbook, America's Test Kitchen decodes and demystifies vegan cooking, so you can reap its many benefits and avoid the pitfalls of bland food, lack of variety, and overprocessed ingredients. You'll find approachable, fresh, vibrant recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and in between.

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Mon. May 1• Caroline Eden • Samarkand: Recipes & Stories from Central Asia & The Caucasus • 6:30-7:30 p.m. FREE

Samarkand is a love letter to Central Asia and the Caucasus, containing travel essays, beautiful photography and recipes that are little known in the West that have been expertly adapted for the home cook. There is an introduction to the region (explaining the ethnic groups – Uzbeks, Tajiks, Russian, Turkis, Koryo-Saram, Jewish, Caucasus, Afghan) with a useful pantry of essential ingredients, followed by an array of delicious dishes.

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Tues. May 2 • Peter Gethers • My Mother's Kitchen: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and the Meaning of Life • 6:30-7:30 p.m. FREE

The daughter of a restaurateur―the restaurant was New York’s legendary Ratner’s―Judy Gethers discovered a passion for cooking in her 50s. In time, she became a mentor and friend to several of the most famous chefs in America, including Wolfgang Puck, Nancy Silverton and Jonathan Waxman; she also wrote many cookbooks and taught cooking alongside Julia Child. In her eighties, she was robbed of her ability to cook by a debilitating stroke. But illness has brought her closer than ever to her son: Peter regularly visits her so they can share meals, and he can ask questions about her colorful past, while learning her kitchen secrets.

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OFF-SITE EVENT! Wed. May 10 • Joshua McFadden • Six Seasons: A New Way with Vegetables • Book Launch Party at The Perennial. 6:00-8:00 p.m. $24.

Join Joshua McFadden, chef and owner of Ava Gene’s in Portland, OR for the launch of his new book Six Seasons. McFadden has been called "a vegetable whisperer" and in Six Seasons, he channels both farmer and chef, highlighting the evolving attributes of vegetables throughout their growing seasons. Buy Tickets, which include bites from Six Seasons and one drink ticket.

Mon. May 15 • Dana Cree • Hello, My Name is Ice Cream: The Art and Science of the Scoop • 6:30-7:30 p.m. FREE.

With more than 100 recipes for ice cream flavors and revolutionary mix-ins from a James Beard-nominated pastry chef, Hello, My Name is Ice Cream explains not only how to make amazing ice cream, but also the science behind the recipes so you can understand ice cream like a pro. A Seattle native, Dana Cree began her culinary journey in 2000, studying at The Art Institute of Seattle. Cree first worked in the savory side of the kitchen for three years at Seattle’s Lampreia, before heeding her pastry calling. After a lengthy stage at The Fat Duck in England in early 2005, Cree returned to Seattle and assumed the role of Pastry Chef at Eva. There she honed her flavor-focused and detail oriented style.

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Tues. May 16 • Michael Ruhlman • Grocery: The Buying and Selling of Food in America • 6:30-7:30 p.m. FREE

In Grocery, bestselling author Michael Ruhlman offers incisive commentary on America’s relationship with its food and investigates the overlooked source of so much of it—the grocery store. In a culture obsessed with food—how it looks, what it tastes like, where it comes from, what is good for us—there are often more questions than answers. Ruhlman proposes that the best practices for consuming wisely could be hiding in plain sight—in the aisles of your local supermarket.

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Sat. May 20 • Lily Diamond • Kale & Caramel: Recipes for Body, Heart, and Table • 3:00-4:00 p.m. FREE

Born out of the popular blog Kale & Caramel, this sumptuously photographed and beautifully written cookbook presents eighty recipes for delicious vegan and vegetarian dishes featuring herbs and flowers, as well as luxurious do-it-yourself beauty products. Plant-whisperer, writer, and photographer Lily Diamond believes that herbs and flowers have the power to nourish inside and out. “Lily’s deep connection to nature is beautifully woven throughout this personal collection of recipes,” says award-winning vegetarian chef Amy Chaplin. Each chapter celebrates an aromatic herb or flower, including basil, cilantro, fennel, mint, oregano, rosemary, sage, thyme, lavender, jasmine, rose, and orange blossom.

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