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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Mon. Oct. 20 • Alexander Lobrano • Hungry for Paris (second edition): The Ultimate Guide to the City's 109 Best Restaurants • 6:30-7:30. FREE

If you’re passionate about eating well, you couldn’t ask for a better travel companion than Alexander Lobrano’s charming, friendly, and authoritative books, Hungry for Paris and Hungry for France, are essential guides to a renowned culinary scene. Having written about France for almost every major food and travel magazine since moving there in 1986, Lobrano shares his personal selection of the country’s best restaurants.

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Tues. Oct. 21 • Dana Cowin with Michelle Polzine • Mastering Mistakes in the Kitchen. • 6:30-7:30 p.m. FREE, with a medley of treats from 20th Century Cafe!

Dana Cowin spent years as the editor-in-chief of Food & Wine magazine, all the time harboring a dark, dirty secret: she ruined literally every dish she attempted to make. After confessing her culinary ineptitude to her friends – some of the best chefs working today – they rallied together to teach her how to cook. Michelle Polzine was the longtime pastry chef at Range, and now owns the awesome, Eastern European, 20th Century Cafe on Gough Street. Her honey cake is Proustian.

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Wed. Oct. 22 • Tony Gemignani • The Pizza Bible: The World's Favorite Pizza Styles, from Neapolitan, Deep-Dish, Wood-Fired, Sicilian, Calzones and Focaccia to New York, New Haven, Detroit, and more • 6:30-7:30. FREE

A comprehensive guide to making pizza, covering nine different regional styles--including standards like Neapolitan, Roman, and Chicago, as well as renowned pizza sub-specialties like St. Louis and Californian--from chef, 11-time world Pizza Champion Tony Gemignani.

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Thurs. Oct. 23 • Anne Willan • One Soufflé at a Time: A Memoir of Food and France • 6:30-7:30. FREE, with wine!

Anne Willan demystified classic French culinary technique for regular people who love food. Her legendary La Varenne Cooking School—in its original location in Paris and later in its longtime home in Burgundy—trained chefs, food writers and home cooks. Under Willan’s cheerful, no-nonsense instruction, anyone could learn to truss a chicken, make a bernaise, or loft a soufflé.

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Saturday, October 25 • A Book Party for Yotam Ottolenghi, hosted by Omnivore, with an amazing vegetarian spread inspired by Ottolenghi's recipes by Sharon Ardiana, owner of Ragazza and Gialina • 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Yotam has a new cookbook coming out, called Plenty More, and we want to toast him. He will of course be here to sign copies of his new book purchased at Omnivore, and to reward you all for your loyalty over the past 6 years, this party is free to the public! WHAT? Yes! So just swing by and say hi, get a bit to eat, and buy a book!

To learn more about Yotam Ottolenghi, read this!


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Sun. Oct. 26 • Karen Page • The Vegetarian Flavor Bible • 3:00-4:00. FREE

Emphasizing plant-based whole foods including vegetables, fruits, grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds, the book provides an A-to-Z listing of hundreds of ingredients, from açaí to zucchini blossoms, cross-referenced with the herbs, spices, and other seasonings that best enhance their flavor, resulting in thousands of recommended pairings.

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Mon. Oct. 27 • Cal Peternell • Twelve Recipes • 6:30-7:30. FREE

In this dazzling, full color cookbook and kitchen manual filled with lush photographs and beautiful drawings, the chef of Alice Waters’ Chez Panisse offers basic techniques and essential recipes that will transform anyone into a confident home cook.

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Tues. Oct. 28 • Brooks Headley • Brooks Headley's Fancy Desserts: The Recipes of Del Posto’s James Beard Award–Winning Pastry Chef • 6:30-7:30. FREE

While other chefs paid dues on restaurant lines and at cooking schools, Brooks Headley was in the back of a tour van as a drummer in much-loved punk bands that never made a dime. Now executive pastry chef at New York’s Del Posto restaurant, Headley creates unorthodox recipes that echo his unconventional background: fruit is king, vegetables are championed, acidity is key, and simplicity is the goal.

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Thurs. Oct. 30 • Charles Phan • The Slanted Door: Modern Vietnamese Food • 6:30-7:30. FREE

Award-winning chef and restaurateur Charles Phan opened The Slanted Door in San Francisco in 1995, inspired by the food of his native Vietnam. Since then, The Slanted Door has grown into a world-class dining destination, and its accessible, modern take on classic Vietnamese dishes is beloved by diners, chefs, and critics alike.

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Sat. Nov. 1 • Dorie Greenspan • Baking Chez Moi: Recipes from My Paris Home to Your Home Anywhere • 3:00-4:00 p.m. FREE

With her groundbreaking bestseller Around My French Table, Dorie Greenspan changed the way we view French food. Now, in Baking Chez Moi, she explores the fascinating world of French desserts, bringing together a charmingly uncomplicated mix of contemporary recipes, including original creations based on traditional and regional specialties, and drawing on seasonal ingredients, market visits, and her travels throughout the country.

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Sun. Nov. 2 • Marcus Samuelsson • Marcus Off-Duty: The Recipes I Cook at Home • 3-4 p.m. FREE

For two decades, Marcus Samuelsson has captivated food lovers with his brilliant culinary interpretations. Born in Ethiopia, raised in Sweden, and trained in European kitchens, he is a world citizen turned American success story. Here, the chef serves up the dishes he makes at his Harlem home for his wife and friends. The recipes blend a rainbow of the flavors he experienced in his travels.

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OFF-SITE EVENT! Mon. Nov. 3 • Joy the Baker Homemade Decadence • Demonstration & conversation at the JCC SF. 7:00 p.m. $25.

Joy Wilson believes that everything is better with pie. And caramel. And definitely ice cream. As her blogging alter ego Joy the Baker, she dabbles daily in butter and sugar. Her new book, Joy the Baker. Homemade Decadence, is packed with her favorite super-easy, over-the-top, totally delicious treats like Butterscotch Cream Pie with Thyme-Marshmallow Meringue. She’ll demonstrate techniques from her new book, ending the evening with a tasting of her sweet treats. BUY TICKETS HERE!

Tues. Nov. 4 • Robert Carmack • The Burma Cookbook • 6:30-7:30. FREE

Robert Carmack writes regularly on food and travel, and is the author of five books; his last two were on Thai and Vietnamese cooking, and have been in continuous publication for well over a decade, with separate French language editions.He and partner Morrison Polkinghorne tour regularly to Southeast Asia, hosting culinary journeys through their companies Globetrotting Gourmet and Morrison is an internationally recognized textile designer and authority on Southeast Asian weaving.

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Wed. Nov. 5 • Margarita Carrillo Arronte • Mexico: The Cookbook • 6:30-7:30. FREE

The first truly comprehensive bible of authentic Mexican home cooking, written by a living culinary legend, Mexico: The Cookbook features an unprecedented 700 recipes from across the entire country, showcasing the rich diversity and flavors of Mexican cuisine. Author Margarita Carrillo Arronte has dedicated 30 years to researching, teaching, and cooking Mexican food.

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Thurs. Nov. 6 • Talia Baiocchi • Sherry: A Modern Guide to the Wine World's Best-Kept Secret, with Cocktails and Recipes • 6:30-7:30. FREE

Sherry is essential reading for wine or spirits professionals looking to incorporate this complex wine into their menu, and for adventurous drink enthusiasts who are on the hunt for something unexpected. With a comprehensive yet accessible overview of the different styles of sherry, how they are made, and the people and places that produce it, Sherry demystifies what can be a confusing (and seemingly contradictory) wine.

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Mon. Nov. 10 • DOUBLE-HEADER! Take your pick: Christopher Kostow • A New Napa Cuisine • 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Omnivore • FREE

Christopher Kostow is the critically acclaimed chef of The Restaurant at Meadowood in St. Helena, California and the third youngest chef to ever receive three Michelin stars. Chef Kostow draws upon his own American upbringing and the singular beauty and bounty of the Napa Valley, to cook food that is thoughtful, personal, and in concert with his community and collaborators.

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OFF-SITE EVENT! Gabrielle Hamilton • Prune • At Camino Restaurant in Oakland. 6:00 p.m.

Gabrielle Hamilton is the chef/owner of Prune restaurant in New York’s East Village and the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef. She received an MFA in fiction writing from the University of Michigan, and her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, GQ, Bon Appétit, Saveur, House Beautiful, and Food & Wine. BUY TICKETS HERE!

OFF-SITE EVENT! Thurs. Nov. 13. Dinner with Charleston chef Sean Brock at Camino. 6-10 p.m. Join us for a 3-course meal (with wine) inspired by Sean's new cookbook, Heritage, cooked in Camino's open fire. $110 plus tax & tip

Sean Brock is the chef behind the game-changing restaurants Husk and McCrady’s, and his first book offers all of his inspired recipes. With a drive to preserve the heritage foods of the South, Brock cooks dishes that are ingredient-driven and reinterpret the flavors of his youth in Appalachia and his adopted hometown of Charleston.


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Fri. Nov. 14. Sean Brock (with Daniel Patterson). Heritage. 6:30-7:30 p.m. $40 (includes a signed book)

Join us at Omnivore for an evening with Sean Brock, of McCrady's and Husk and all-around rock star of Southern heritage cooking, in conversation with Daniel Patterson. Tickets include a copy of Sean's new book, Heritage. Event will be standing room only and is limited to 60 attendees.


Sat. Nov. 15 • Cathy Barrow • Mrs. Wheelbarrow's Practical Pantry: Recipes and Techniques for Year-Round Preserving • 3-4 p.m. FREE

In Mrs. Wheelbarrow’s Practical Pantry, food preserving expert Cathy Barrow presents a beautiful collection of essential preserving techniques for turning the fleeting abundance of the farmers’ market into a well-stocked pantry full of canned fruits and vegetables, jams, stocks, soups, and more.

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Sun. Nov. 16 • Rose Levy Berenbaum • The Baking Bible • 3-4 p.m. FREE

Legendary baker Rose Levy Beranbaum is back, with all-new recipes for the best cakes, pies, tarts, cookies, candies, pastries, breads, and more, this magnum opus draws from Rose’s passion and expertise in every category of baking. As is to be expected from the woman who’s been called “the most meticulous cook who ever lived,” each sumptuous recipe is truly foolproof.

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OFF-SITE EVENT! Tues. Nov. 18. Emily Luchetti, Alice Medrich & Rose Levy Berenbaum, in conversation with Sunset Magazine's food editor, Margo True. At the JCC SF. 7 p.m. $25-35.

It’s a baking dream team: Rose Levy Beranbaum, who wrote the bibles on cake, bread, pie and pastry; Emily Luchetti, local pastry chef legend from Stars, Farallon and Waterbar; and Alice Medrich, who introduced chocolate truffles to America at her influential Berkeley dessert shop Cocolat. Combined, they’ve written over 25 highly-praised and bestselling baking and dessert books, received James Beard and Cookbook-of-the-Year awards, been named Culinary Pioneers of America and have taught us how to achieve sweet bliss in the kitchen. BUY TICKETS HERE!

Wed. Nov. 19 • Allen Salkin • From Scratch: Inside the Food Network • 6:30-7:30. FREE

Big personalities, high drama—the extraordinary behind-the-scenes story of the Food Network, now about to celebrate its twentieth anniversary: the business, media, and cultural juggernaut that changed the way America thinks about food.

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Thurs. Nov. 20 • Rod Phillips • Alcohol: A History • 6:30-7:30. FREE

Whether as wine, beer, or spirits, alcohol has had a constant and often controversial role in social life. In his innovative book on the attitudes toward and consumption of alcohol, Rod Phillips surveys a 9,000-year cultural and economic history, uncovering the tensions between alcoholic drinks as healthy staples of daily diets and as objects of social, political, and religious anxiety.

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Sat. Nov. 22 • Aglaia Kremezi • Mediterranean Vegetarian Feasts • 3-4 p.m. FREE

In Mediterranean Vegetarian Feasts, Aglaia Kremezi, who teaches Greek cooking to food lovers visiting the Greek isles, has gone back to her roots, rediscovering the delicious, fresh, healthy, easy-to-make recipes she grew up with, like Flat Bread with Dried Figs, Spicy Cheese, and Rosemary; Santorini Favas with Braised Capers and Onions; and more.

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