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. Sept. 18 • Dan Jurafsky • The Language of Food: A Linguist Reads the Menu • 6:30-7:30. FREE.

In The Language of Food, Stanford University professor and MacArthur Fellow Dan Jurafsky peels away the mysteries from the foods we think we know. Thirteen chapters evoke the joy and discovery of reading a menu dotted with the sharp-eyed annotations of a linguist. The fascinating journey through The Language of Food uncovers a global atlas of culinary influences. With Jurafsky's insight, words like ketchup, macaron, and even salad become living fossils that contain the patterns of early global exploration that predate our modern fusion-filled world.

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DATE CHANGED TO 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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Sun. Sept. 21 • Becky Selengut • Shroom: Mind-bendingly Good Recipes for Cultivated and Wild Mushrooms • 3-4 p.m. FREE

Chef and cooking teacher Becky Selengut's Shroom feeds our enduring passion for foraged and wild foods by exploring 15 types of mushrooms, including detailed how-to's on everything home cooks need to know to create 75 inventive, internationally-flavored mushroom dishes.

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Tues. Sept. 23 • Jean-Pierre & Denise Moullé • French Roots: Two Cooks, Two Countries, and the Beautiful Food along the Way • 6:30-7:30. FREE.

A narrative-rich cookbook of French and Californian recipes from longtime Chez Panisse executive chef Jean-Pierre Moulle and his wife, Denise Moulle. Jean-Pierre and Denise Moullé met on a street corner in Berkeley, California, in 1980; six months later they were married. French Roots is the story of their lives told through the food they cook—beginning with the dishes of old-world France, the couple’s birthplace, and focusing on the simple, pared-down preparations of French food common in the postwar period.

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Sat. Sept. 27 • Zoe Nathan & Josh Loeb • Huckleberry: Stories, Secrets, and Recipes From Our Kitchen • 3-4 p.m. FREE, with treats from the bakery!

"Everything in generosity" is the motto of Zoe Nathan, the big-hearted baker behind Santa Monica's favorite neighborhood bakery and breakfast spot, Huckleberry Bakery & Café. This irresistible cookbook collects more than 115 recipes spanning from sweet (rustic cakes, muffins, and scones) to savory (hot cereals, biscuits, and quiche).

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Sun. Sept. 28 • Kathleen Weber • Della Fattoria Bread: 63 Foolproof Recipes for Yeasted, Enriched & Naturally Leavened Breads • 3-4 p.m. FREE, with samples from the bakery!

Della has provided bread to the French Laundry for more than 20 years, and their Petaluma bakery is a destination for travelers from around the world. More than an instructional guide, the book takes the fear out of bread baking,and encourages bakers to draw on their senses, experiences, and instincts.

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Tues. Sept. 30 • Karen Morgan • The Everyday Art of Gluten-Free: 125 Savory and Sweet Recipes Using 6 Fail-Proof Flour Blends • 6:30-7:30. FREE, with treats from the bakery and drinks from Tito's Vodka!

In her second cookbook, Blackbird Bakery’s Karen Morgan tackles the fundamental secrets to gluten-free delicious recipes: the six flour blends and getting them right. The Everyday Art of Gluten-Free is divided by flour blends—Biscuit, Donut and Fritter, Pie and Pasta, Bread and Pizza, Cake and Muffin, and Cookie Jar—with each chapter offering easy-to-follow recipes that demonstrate the versatility of blends and debunk the notion of an “all-purpose” flour.

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