Lidia Bastianich. Photo by Diana De Lucia.
Now that it’s really starting to feel like fall, it’s time to start thinking about the season’s lineup of authors and events around town. First, the ~JCCSF~ has a bunch of great speakers coming up as part of their Arts and Ideas series. Don’t miss the Essential Taste-and-Talk Guide to Becoming a Whiskey Know-It-All on Wednesday October 28th. Richard Betts and Wendy MacNaughton will be talking about their new book, The Essential Scratch-and-Sniff Guide to Becoming a Whiskey Know-It-All, which includes tasting notes on the delicious brown spirit, as well as MacNaughton’s illustrations. In addition to discussing whiskey and its many flavor profiles, they will also be leading a tasting and doing live, onstage illustrations. Tickets are $47 per person (10 percent off for all JCC members), and the event begins at 7pm.
On Thursday November 5th, the one and only Lidia Bastianich will be in conversation with Delfina owner Craig Stoll. The prolific author on Italian food will be talking about her new book, Lidia’s Mastering the Art of Italian Cuisine. She’ll be sharing some of her kitchen secrets, and there will also be treats from Delfina available for sale. Tickets start at $57 per person and include a copy of the book; the event begins at 7pm.
Nigella Lawson, cookbook author and mega television personality, will be at the JCCSF on Monday November 16th, discussing her new book, Simply Nigella. Tickets to the event start at $32, and the event begins at 7pm. It will be preceded by a complimentary wine tasting. 3200 California St. at Presidio, 415-292-1200.
~OMNIVORE BOOKS~ also has a spectacular lineup of author events this fall that you won’t want to miss. You can see them all here, and be sure to check out a cocktail reception with chef Enrique Olvera on Tuesday October 20th at Bar Agricole from 6pm-9pm. He’ll be discussing his new book, Mexico from the Inside Out. The event includes food inspired by the book, as well as wine and cocktails. Tickets are $75, and copies of the book will be available for purchase.
There are lots more events at Omnivore to check out, including book signings with Karen MacNeil, David Lebovitz, and Yotam Ottolenghi, plus off-site events like another cocktail party at Bar Agricole, with Daniel Humm and Will Guidara. The whole lineup is here, and even if you can’t make it to the events, be sure to stop by your local bookstore to check out some of these great authors and their cookbooks.