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February 2011 Events

February 2011 Events

February 2011 Events

Heirlooms
I’ve always been enthralled by seeds. The romance of an heirloom tomato, being passed down through the generations, the seed being coddled into a fruit that my great-grandmother would recognize. But I’ve never actually, successfully, grown food from a seed. It turns out it takes more than a hope and a dream – it actually takes patience and fortitude.

Jimmy Williams and Susan Heeger have written a wonderful new book called From Seed to Skillet; Mr. Williams owns a nursery in L.A. and is one of the most popular sellers at three of the largest farmer’s markets in Southern California. He grows all his vegetables and fruits from seed. Their talk at Omnivore last week convinced me to try again with seeds – the book gives thoughtful guidance in this regard. It also inspired me to place a wholesale order for Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds to sell at Omnivore. By the time you read this, should you feel so inspired, you’ll be able to run over to the store and stock up on seeds for peppers, tomatoes, okra, broccoli, carrots, peas, and more. (You can also pick up their book!).

Our upcoming pickling event with Karen Solomon is sold out, but the Cookie Contest on Feb. 29 is open to all, and is shaping up to be a battle of the crumbliest. The rules are simple: bake your favorite cookies and bring them to Omnivore at 3 p.m. (actually, 15 minutes early would be very helpful). If you’re more inclined to eat cookies than bake them, bring $5 and come on in; your job will be to taste as many as possible, then judge your favorite. The winner will split the door money with us, so the more, the merrier!

Upcoming events in February include lots of ethnic food authors, a special event next door at my pet store, and my favorite event of the year, the Antiquarian Bookfair at the Concourse Exhibition Center on Feb. 11-13. Check out our events below, and as always, we hope you can join us!

Best,

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

Saturday Jan 29 ? Cookie Contest! ? 3-4 p.m.
Add this event to your calendar.

Thurs. February 3 ? Elizabeth Bard ? Lunch in Paris: A Love Story with Recipes ? 6-7 p.m. ? FREE
Join the author for French cocktails and Carambar (a Parisian candy you should really acquaint yourself with), as she reads from her warm memoir of life, love, and cooking in Paris.

Thurs. February 10 ? Grace Young ? Stir-Frying to the Sky’s Edge ? 6-7 p.m. ? FREE
Stir-frying may have been pedestrianized by generations of vegetarian college students, but this beautiful, comprehensive cookbook restores it to its rightful place among the most elegant cookery techniques. The virtues of stir-frying, Young writes, are many: it makes bounty out of small amounts of meat and oil; it emphasizes healthful vegetables; and most importantly, it creates alchemic flavor out of raw ingredients. Young (The Breath of a Wok), has a scholarly yet impassioned approach, and she fuses personal anecdotes, meticulously researched history, and stir-fry?related arcana to illuminate her subject.

Sat. February 12 ? Golden Gate Lab Rescue Adoption Day! ? at Noe Valley Pet Company (corner of Cesar Chavez & Church Sts.) ? 12-3 p.m. ? FREE
This dog could be yours! Nah, just kidding, she’s ours – but we adopted her through Golden Gate Lab Rescue, and you could do the same exact thing. My pet shop, Noe Valley Pet Company (right next door to Omnivore), will host an adoption fair just in time for Valentine’s Day, so come fall in love!

Sat. February 19 ? Elizabeth Andoh ? Kansha: Celebrating Japan’s Vegan and Vegetarian Traditions ? 3-4 p.m. ? FREE
Andoh (author of Washoku) is at once lyrical and meticulous, taking the reader effortlessly from the profundities of Japanese culinary philosophy to practical and novel culinary techniques. Not just for vegans and vegetarians, Kansha is a veritable treasure trove for transforming even the humblest of vegetables into delicacies, and for exploring the full potential of rice, noodles, and tofu.

This even is co-sponsored by the Japan Society of Northern California.

Sun. February 20 ? Michael Kalanty ? How to Bake Bread ? 3-4 p.m. ? FREE
Michael Kalanty is an artisan bread baker and writer.For over twenty years, he has taught professional baking to hundreds of successful students and authored curricula for culinary schools around the world. He is certified as an Executive Pasty Chef, Culinary Educator, and Master Taster. His ground-breaking book won Best Baking Book at 2009’s Paris Gourmand Cookbook Awards.

Sat. February 26 ? Niloufer Ichaporia King ? My Bombay Kitchen ? 3-4 p.m. ? FREE
Every year, Ms. King cooks a fabulous feast at Chez Panisse to celebrate the Parsi New Year. She will tell us all about the dinners, the traditions, and the history of the feasts she has become famous for.

Monday March 7 ? Kurt Timmermeister ? Growing a Farmer: How I Learned to Live Off the Land ? 6-7 p.m. ? FREE
Former Seattle chef Timmermeister shares how he turned a neglected, bramble-covered property into Kurtwood Farms, a 13-acre farm specializing in cheese production and weekly farm-to-table dinners. Timmermeister begins his enterprise with little farming know-how. As he cultivates his agrarian education (often through trial and error), he reflects on self-sufficiency, sustainability, and the industrialization of food production.

Thursday March 17 ? Book Signing with Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas ? 5-6 p.m. ? Free
Please Note: Grant and Nick will be signing books for free for the general public at Omnivore so although the evening talk is sold out, you can meet them beforehand.

If you cannot attend but would like a signed book, call me (415-282-4712) with a Visa or Mastercard to reserve a signed copy of the book and I’ll take care of you.

Thursday March 17 ? An evening with Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas ? 6-7 p.m. ? $45.
SOLD OUT!

Grant and Nick will speak at Omnivore about their memoir, Life, on the Line: A Chef’s Story of Chasing Greatness, Facing Death, and Redefining the Way We Eat.

When Grant and Nick opened Alinea Restaurant in Chicago, their goal was to make it the best restaurant in America. They achieved that fairly quickly, and then Grant received devastating news. He had tongue cancer, the worst curse a chef could ever expect. His story was reported widely, but this memoir tells his side of the story, as well as that of his friend and business partner, Nick: they open up about the good, the bad, and the ugly. Their curiosity and excitement about food is really the star of the book.

The extra ticket money will all be donated to Grant’s choice, the Head and Neck Cancer Research Program at the University of Chicago. Only 40 tickets available.

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Upcoming Events at Omnivore Books 

Thurs. February 3 • Elizabeth Bard • Lunch in Paris: A Love Story with Recipes • 6-7 p.m. • FREE Join the author for French cocktails and Carambar (a Parisian candy you should really acquaint yourself with), as she reads from her warm memoir of life, love, and cooking in Paris.Add this event to your calendar.

Thurs. February 10 • Grace Young • Stir-Frying to the Sky’s Edge • 6-7 p.m. • FREE Stir-frying may have been pedestrianized by generations of vegetarian college students, but this beautiful, comprehensive cookbook restores it to its rightful place among the most elegant cookery techniques. The virtues of stir-frying, Young writes, are many: it makes bounty out of small amounts of meat and oil; it emphasizes healthful vegetables; and most importantly, it creates alchemic flavor out of raw ingredients. Young (The Breath of a Wok), has a scholarly yet impassioned approach, and she fuses personal anecdotes, meticulously researched history, and stir-fry?related arcana to illuminate her subject.

Sat. February 12 • Golden Gate Lab Rescue Adoption Day! • at Noe Valley Pet Company (corner of Cesar Chavez & Church Sts.) • 12-3 p.m. • FREE
This dog could be yours! Nah, just kidding, she’s ours – but we adopted her through Golden Gate Lab Rescue, and you could do the same exact thing. My pet shop, Noe Valley Pet Company (right next door to Omnivore), will host an adoption fair just in time for Valentine’s Day, so come fall in love!

Sat. February 19 • Elizabeth Andoh • Kansha: Celebrating Japan’s Vegan and Vegetarian Traditions • 3-4 p.m. • FREE Andoh (author of Washoku) is at once lyrical and meticulous, taking the reader effortlessly from the profundities of Japanese culinary philosophy to practical and novel culinary techniques. Not just for vegans and vegetarians, Kansha is a veritable treasure trove for transforming even the humblest of vegetables into delicacies, and for exploring the full potential of rice, noodles, and tofu.

Sun. February 20 • Michael Kalanty • How to Bake Bread • 3-4 p.m. • FREE Michael Kalanty is an artisan bread baker and writer.For over twenty years, he has taught professional baking to hundreds of successful students and authored curricula for culinary schools around the world. He is certified as an Executive Pasty Chef, Culinary Educator, and Master Taster. His ground-breaking book won Best Baking Book at 2009’s Paris Gourmand Cookbook Awards.

Sat. February 26 • Niloufer Ichaporia King • My Bombay Kitchen • 3-4 p.m. • FREE Every year, Ms. King cooks a fabulous feast at Chez Panisse to celebrate the Parsi New Year. She will tell us all about the dinners, the traditions, and the history of the feasts she has become famous for.

Monday March 7 • Kurt Timmermeister • Growing a Farmer: How I Learned to Live Off the Land • 6-7 p.m. • FREE Former Seattle chef Timmermeister shares how he turned a neglected, bramble-covered property into Kurtwood Farms, a 13-acre farm specializing in cheese production and weekly farm-to-table dinners. Timmermeister begins his enterprise with little farming know-how. As he cultivates his agrarian education (often through trial and error), he reflects on self-sufficiency, sustainability, and the industrialization of food production.

Thursday March 17 • Book Signing with Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas • 5-6 p.m. • Free

Thursday March 17 • An evening with Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas • 6-7 p.m. • $45.

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