Technique Week - Done: A Cook's Guide to Knowing When Food is Perfectly Cooked

Technique Week - Done: A Cook's Guide to Knowing When Food is Perfectly Cooked

Have you ever wanted to hone your skills for making the perfect souffle, preparing seafood before cooking or getting to the heart of the artichoke?

Tonight we feature James Peterson's new book, Done.: A Cook's Guide to Knowing When Food is Perfectly Cooked. The book tells you exactly how to know by sound, smell, look and feel when more than 85 of the most vexing-to-cook foods are perfectly cooked.

For tonight's demonstration class, we will learn a few techniques then share a meal with everyone taking home a copy to continue the learning at home.

Cost: $115, includes dinner and a copy of Done.: A Cook's Guide to Knowing When Food is Perfectly Cooked.

 

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The Banh Mi Handbook - Booksigning

The Banh Mi Handbook - Booksigning

We welcome Andrea Nguyen to Vancouver today to celebrate her latest book, The Banh Mi Handbook. This cookbook is devoted to the beloved Vietnamese sandwich, complete with recipes for both classic and modern fillings, homemade condiments, pickles and bread.

Andrea will be in the shop from 5 to 6 p.m. to answer all your burning Banh Mi questions and to sign your books.

Cost: FREE, copies of The Banh Mi Handbook will be available for purchase.

 

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Technique Week - Knife Skills

Technique Week - Knife Skills

Every cook needs to know how to chop and carve, slice and dice, fillet and bone. And today you will have the opportunity to learn from our resident chef, Glenys Morgan. She will cover a few of the essential knife skills tonight as part of our Technique Week. She will also demonstrate how to sharpen your knives using a Chantry Knife Sharpener. These will be for sale during the event.

This event is hands-on, please bring your favourite knife to practice your skills with.

To ensure that your education continues long after today's event, each guest will receive a copy of Knife Skills: How to Carve/Chop/Slice/Fillet by Charlie Trotter, Marcus Wareing, Shaun Hill and Lyn Hall.

Cost: $75, includes the class, a homemade snack and a copy of Knife Skills: How to Carve/Chop/Slice/Fillet.

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The Fishy Hour (s)

The Fishy Hour (s)

Barbara-jo and her tin fish mascot, Joe Fish invite you to celebrate the revised edition of Tin Fish Gourmet published by Arsenal Pulp Press. First published in 1998, the book was an instant hit with its elegant, quick and inventive recipes using tinned fish. Now, 16 years later, it has been completely redesigned, with colour photographs and new chapters and recipes.

At 4 p.m. Sheryl MacKay will interview Barbara-jo for CBC Radio's North by Northwest program. Then, at 5 p.m. local vocalist and jazz pianist, Jennifer Scott will play fishy tunes on our shop piano with the hope of inspiring you to sing and dance along.

Please join us for some, or all of these hours - the official launch party of the revised edition of Tin Fish Gourmet. Silvery dress is encouraged. All mermaids and mermen will receive a free tin of fish.

Cost: FREE, but please call 604-688-6755 to RSVP. Copies of Tin Fish Gourmet will be available for purchase. If you are unable to make it to this event, you may pre-purchase personalised copies of the book in the shop, by telephone, or through our webstore.

 

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Feasting Days - The Boreal Feast: A Culinary Journey Through the North

Feasting Days - The Boreal Feast: A Culinary Journey Through the North

This year we are choosing to live in celebration of all the good things. One of the good things we can all appreciate is Feasting Days, those days of the year where we eat special things and spend time with those we care about the most.

Today we are celebrating a new book that is perfectly in line with this vision, The Boreal Feast: A Culinary Journey Through the North by Michele Genest. This is what she has to say about feasts:

“Whether elaborate or simple, a feast celebrates and strengthens our connection to each other and to the place we live—this field, forest, town, city, region, country, this earth—through good food and let us not forget, fun. The food upon which we feast is at the centre, both a celebration in itself and the medium through which we celebrate, the connector to each other and to what sustains us.”

Join us for a reception this afternoon with a talk and demonstration by Michele. Everyone will receive a copy of the book to create their own feasts at home.

Cost: $30, includes refreshments and a copy of The Boreal Feast: A Culinary Journey Through the North.

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Chef Michael Smith is a Family Man

Chef Michael Smith is a Family Man

We are thrilled to present a reception event with Chef Michael Smith, one of Canada's most notable culinary television personalities and author of many beloved books.

He will be in Vancouver to promote his newest book, Family Meals, which focuses on making simple, delicious meals to please the whole family. This book contains healthy recipes for breakfast, school lunches, and quick weekday dinners, allowing the family to enjoy cooking and eating together. 

Join us for a lively reception this evening to hear Michael talk about family meals and to taste a few of the simple recipes within his new book. 

Cost: $49, includes a personalised copy of Family Meals and refreshments.

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Sunday Social Supper - From a Persian Kitchen - SOLD OUT

Sunday Social Supper - From a Persian Kitchen - SOLD OUT

Sweet and sour, spicy and aromatic, the food of Iran is an exciting burst of aromas and tastes.

We are pleased to present you with a Sunday Supper featuring a beautiful new book, From a Persian Kitchen: Fresh Discoveries in Iranian Cooking and sumptuous food from one of the least known cuisines of the world. Local celebrated chef Hamid Salimian will be behind the hob, cooking dishes from his Persian heritage.

Cost: $120, includes your Persian Sunday Supper and a copy of From a Persian Kitchen: Fresh Discoveries in Iranian Cooking.

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Herbie Comes to Canada

Herbie Comes to Canada

Herbie has long been the nickname of author Ian Hemphill, a very well-respected herb and spice expert from Australia. His spice shop in Rozelle is called Herbie's Spices. Ian has been in the industry his entire life, as his parents were also in the spice trade. Tonight he flies to us to celebrate the new and revised edition of his book, The Spice and Herb Bible, Third Edition

We will enjoy a dinner inspired by many spices and herbs while Herbie talks about a few of his favourites and shares tips for storage, preparation, blending and usage.

Cost: $120, includes dinner, a copy of The Spice and Herb Bible, Third Edition and a selection of Herbie's favourite spices.

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Eating Between the Leaves - The Third Plate - SOLD OUT

Eating Between the Leaves - The Third Plate - SOLD OUT

Our unique Book Club marries epicurean books with literary meals. Due to popular demand, we are hosting a second "edition" of the Autumn 2014 Eating Between the Leaves with the same books being discussed in each group. Both sessions are now sold out. Dates for these groups may be found on the Eating Between the Leaves page.

Tonight our book club will meet to discuss The Third Plate by Dan Barber while they enjoy a meal inspired by the book.

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The Messy Baker - CBC North by Northwest Cooking Club Taping

The Messy Baker - CBC North by Northwest Cooking Club Taping

Charmian Christie is The Messy Baker, a food writer, recipe developer and now, cookbook author. We are thrilled to welcome the Ontario-based author to the shop for an event to celebrate her newly published book.

The Messy Baker aims to put the fun back into baking by showing it doesn't always have to be about perfection. The fun starts in the book's organization- dippable, crumbly, flaky, smudgey and drippy are just a few examples of the chapter titles- and continues throughout the book with Charmian's helpful instructions and tips. 

Sheryl MacKay will  conduct a live to tape radio interview with Charmian for CBC's North by Northwest Cooking Club and we will listen in with a cup of tea and a treat prepared from the book. Charmian will demonstrate a recipe from the book for the taping and afterwards there will be time for questions and a book signing.

Cost: $29, includes a copy of The Messy Baker, a cup of tea and a treat.

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A Vietnamese Sunday Social Supper - SOLD OUT

A Vietnamese Sunday Social Supper - SOLD OUT

Tonight we bring you a Vietnamese duet to enjoy with your Sunday Supper. Two books share the spotlight: The first book, The Slanted Door by Charles Phan, features stories, essays and recipes from the San Francisco Vietnamese restaurant. The second book, Mãn by Kim Thúy, is a beautifully poetic novel that explores how love and food are inextricably entwined through the story of a woman who marries a lonely Vietnamese restaurateur from Montreal.

Chef Quang Dang of West Restaurant will cook our Sunday Supper from the pages of The Slanted Door and we will enjoy readings from Mãn.

Cost: $150, includes your Sunday Supper and a copy of both, The Slanted Door: Modern Vietnamese Food and Mãn.


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Plenty More with Yotam Ottolenghi

Plenty More with Yotam Ottolenghi

Many of us have come to know and love Yotam Ottolenghi’s work over the years  through his books: Ottolenghi, Plenty and Jerusalem. Here in our shop, the world renowned chef’s books continue to be some of our most popular. Now, we are thrilled to announce that those who have cooked alongside Yotam in their own kitchens with his books will be able to learn more about him when he visits Vancouver this October to promote his latest book, Plenty More.

Yotam will be appearing at the Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver (950 West 41st Avenue) for an evening interview style event, with CKNW’s afternoon talk radio host, Simi Sara. Guests will receive a pre-signed copy of Plenty More upon arrival at the Centre and refreshments will be served.

This event is hosted in partnership with the JCC Jewish Book Festival. 

Cost: $60, includes a pre-signed copy of Plenty More, interview and refreshments.

Tickets may be purchased by calling 604-688-6755.

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Sunday Social Supper - Top Chefs in our Kitchen

Sunday Social Supper - Top Chefs in our Kitchen

We look forward to an unforgettable meal tonight from two exceptional local chefs: Dawn Doucette, one of the Culinary Concept Chefs for The Chef Collective of Earls Restaurant and Shelley Robinson, Executive Chef of Coast Hotels. Both ladies were Top Chef contestants on the fourth- and final- season and they're definitely tops in our books!

Tonight each chef will choose their favourite book and demonstrate two recipes from its pages to create a delightful four course meal. In order to bring in some of the delightful suspense that always accompanies shows like Top Chef, we will be revealing the chosen books on the evening of the event, and each guest will receive a $35 gift certificate so they too can choose either Shelley or Dawn's favourite book or one of their own favourites.

Cost: $125, includes your Sunday Social Supper and a $35 gift certificate to be used towards a book purchase.

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Mark Your Calendars - Lesley Stowe's Desserts from My Kitchen Book Launch

Mark Your Calendars - Lesley Stowe's Desserts from My Kitchen Book Launch

Please join in celebrating with us the launch of Lesley Stowe's new book, Desserts from My Kitchen.

The net proceeds for this evening will be donated to Project CHEF, a hands-on, curriculum-based school program that teaches children and families about healthy cooking and eating. This delectably social evening will include live music and an auction of the "Cake Walk" desserts - the perfect opportunity to pick up a sumptuous creation for your weekend dinner party.

Cost: $75, includes a personalised copy of Desserts from My Kitchen and refreshments.

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Karen Page & Her Vegetarian Flavor Bible

Karen Page & Her Vegetarian Flavor Bible

Karen Page is known for many excellent books, including Culinary Artistry, Becoming a Chef, What to Drink with What you Eat and The Flavor Bible which she wrote with her husband, Andrew Dornenburg. Tonight she is introducing her newest book, The Vegetarian Flavor Bible. Another seminal work, this book is the essential guide to plant based culinary creativity.

Join us tonight for an author chat served up with delectable vegetarian appetizers prepared by Chef Curtis Luk of The Parker.

Cost: $65, includes a personalised copy of The Vegetarian Flavor Bible and refreshments.

If you are not able to attend this event, Karen will also be in the shop on Saturday, November 1, 2014 from 2-4 p.m. to personalise copies of her book.

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Dorie Greenspan - CBC North by Northwest Cooking Club Taping

Dorie Greenspan - CBC North by Northwest Cooking Club Taping

Two of our favourites are coming together today: Dorie Greenspan and CBC's North by Northwest Cooking Club.

We are so excited to meet Dorie - Barbara-jo has been telling us for years how delightful she is. And we have so much to learn from her new book, Baking Chez Moi: Recipes from My Paris Home to Your Home Anywhere. Full of uncomplicated contemporary French desserts, this book promises to be a special addition to every library.

Sheryl MacKay will  conduct a live to tape interview with Dorie for the North by Northwest Cooking Club and we will all gather around and listen with a cup of tea and a treat. Afterwards there will be time for questions and a book signing.

Cost: $55, includes a personalised copy of Baking Chez Moi: Recipes from My Paris Home to Your Home Anywhere.

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Dinner with Dorie Greenspan - SOLD OUT

Dinner with Dorie Greenspan - SOLD OUT

Tonight the delightful and charming Dorie Greenspan is with us to celebrate her new book, Baking Chez Moi: Recipes from My Paris Home to Your Home Anywhere. Dorie has had a home in Paris for many years and we are looking forward to meeting her and hearing her stories over an intimate dinner. 

Cost: $130, includes a delightful meal, entertaining stories, demonstration, and a personalized copy of Baking Chez Moi: Recipes from My Paris Home to Your Home Anywhere. 

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Sunday Social Supper - Come Jam with the Books

Sunday Social Supper - Come Jam with the Books

Rachel Saunders is the owner and founder of Blue Chair Fruit Company and the author of the James Beard Award-nominated Blue Chair Jam Cookbook, which is widely regarded as the definitive modern work on preserving. Now she has published a new book, one that uses the preserves you've made to make other dishes. Blue Chair Cooks with Jam & Marmalade is another rich and wide-ranging cookbook with recipes for sweet and savoury dishes organized according to time of day.

Today Rachel joins us for a Sunday Social Supper. She will demonstrate one of her recipes for preserves and while it simmers we will enjoy a supper devised from the recipes in Rachel's new book.

Cost: $120, includes your Sunday Social Supper and a copy of Blue Chair Cooks with Jam & Marmalade.

*If you are unable to attend this supper, Rachel will also be in the shop from 3-4:30 p.m. to sign copies of her book. The books and jam from Blue Chair Fruit Company will be for sale.

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Eating Between the Leaves - Orchards in the Oasis - SOLD OUT

Eating Between the Leaves - Orchards in the Oasis - SOLD OUT

Our unique Book Club marries epicurean books with literary meals. Due to popular demand, we are hosting a second "edition" of the Autumn 2014 Eating Between the Leaves with the same books being discussed in each group. Both sessions are now sold out. Dates for these groups may be found on the Eating Between the Leaves page.

Tonight our book club will meet to discuss Orchards in the Oasis by Josceline Dimbleby while they enjoy a meal inspired by the book.

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Sunday Social Supper - Indian for Everyone, with Anupy Singla

Sunday Social Supper - Indian for Everyone, with Anupy Singla

Anupy Singla visits the shop tonight for the second time to teach us how to cook our favourite Indian dishes from scratch during our Sunday Supper. Her new book, Indian for Everyone: The Home Cook's Guide to Traditional Favourites, aims to help beginners learn to cook restaurant dishes, while providing interesting tips to make them leaner, healthier, vegetarian/vegan and even gluten-free.

Tonight Anupy is traveling from Chicago to tell us about her new book and demonstrate a recipe while we feast on a few of her favourite authentic and healthy dishes.

Cost: $120, includes your Indian Sunday Supper and a personalised copy of Indian for Everyone: The Home Cook's Guide to Traditional Favourites.

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Tin Fish Friday - Lunch in Our Shop

Tin Fish Friday - Lunch in Our Shop

Our celebration of the revised edition of Tin Fish Gourmet (published by Arsenal Pulp Press) continues today with lunch in our shop. The book was first published in 1998 and has now been completely redesigned, with colour photographs, new chapters and recipes.

Join us today for a quick lunch designed to fit into your lunch hour, cooked from the revised edition of Tin Fish Gourmet of course.

Cost: $45, includes lunch and a copy of Tin Fish Gourmet.

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Sunday Social Supper - 7000 Islands

Sunday Social Supper - 7000 Islands

For our Sunday Social Supper tonight, we will enjoy an evening dedicated to the culture and food of the Philippines, brought to you by some of our dear friends from the Filipino community. Home cooks teaching other home cooks about their culinary culture. Our book is 7000 Islands: A Food Portrait of the Philippines. Come prepared to feast and enjoy the flavours of these beautiful islands in the warmth of our cosy shop.

Cost: $120, includes your Sunday Supper, and a copy of 7000 Islands: A Food Portrait of the Philippines.

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We're Dreaming of a Delia Christmas #1 - SOLD OUT

We're Dreaming of a Delia Christmas #1 - SOLD OUT

Here at Books to Cooks, we are steeped in the tradition of cooking from Delia's Happy Christmas when December rolls around. We love it so much, we are hosting three events this December featuring this lovely book.

As always, Adrienne O'Callaghan will entertain, demonstrate a meal to remember, and leave us full of promise for our adventures in the Christmas kitchen. Same time, same place, same delicious offerings.

Please join us as we celebrate our 18th Christmas in the kitchen at Books to Cooks  with Delia.

Cost: $135  includes your delicious dinner and a copy of Delia's Happy Christmas. 

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We're Dreaming of a Delia Christmas #2 - SOLD OUT

We're Dreaming of a Delia Christmas #2 - SOLD OUT

Here at Books to Cooks, we are steeped in the tradition of cooking from Delia's Happy Christmas when December rolls around. We love it so much, we are hosting three events this December featuring this lovely book.

As always, Adrienne O'Callaghan will entertain, demonstrate a meal to remember, and leave us full of promise for our adventures in the Christmas kitchen. Same time, same place, same delicious offerings.

Please join us as we celebrate our 18th Christmas in the kitchen at Books to Cooks  with Delia.

Cost: $135  includes your delicious dinner and a copy of Delia's Happy Christmas. 

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Best of Bridge Holiday Classics

Best of Bridge Holiday Classics

Just in time for Christmas we present to you a unique opportunity to meet Mary Halpen, one of the original Best of Bridge ladies. She is in Vancouver to promote the new Best of Bridge books, Best of Bridge Holiday Classics: 225 Recipes for Special Occasions.

Snug between the covers of this book are all of your favourite holiday recipes from the ladies of Best of Bridge, including two special chapters on Leftovers and Food Gifts. 

Now's your chance to meet Mary over some Christmas themed refreshments and get her to sign a copy of this new book, either for yourself or for a special someone's present.

Cost: $35, includes refreshments and a copy of Best of Bridge Holiday Classics.

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We're Dreaming of a Delia Christmas #3 - SOLD OUT

We're Dreaming of a Delia Christmas #3 - SOLD OUT

Here at Books to Cooks, we are steeped in the tradition of cooking from Delia's Happy Christmas when December rolls around. We love it so much, we are hosting three events this December featuring this lovely book.

As always, Adrienne O'Callaghan will entertain, demonstrate a meal to remember, and leave us full of promise for our adventures in the Christmas kitchen. Same time, same place, same delicious offerings.

Please join us as we celebrate our 18th Christmas in the kitchen at Books to Cooks  with Delia.

Cost: $135  includes your delicious dinner and a copy of Delia's Happy Christmas. 

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Eating Between the Leaves - Olive Odyssey - SOLD OUT

Eating Between the Leaves - Olive Odyssey - SOLD OUT

Our unique Book Club marries epicurean books with literary meals. Due to popular demand, we are hosting a second "edition" of the Autumn 2014 Eating Between the Leaves with the same books being discussed in each group. Both sessions are now sold out. Dates for these groups may be found on the Eating Between the Leaves page.

For our final evening in this season, our book club will discuss Olive Odyssey: Searching for the Secrets of the Fruit that Seduced the World by Julie Angus while they enjoy a meal inspired by the book.

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Whitewater Cooks with Passion - Author Chat & Signing

Whitewater Cooks with Passion - Author Chat & Signing

Looking for the perfect Christmas present? Don't miss this opportunity to get the newest Whitewater cookbook, Whitewater Cooks with Passion. This is Shelley Adams' fourth book and tonight she will be in the shop to chat about her newest book, personalise copies for Christmas gifts and celebrate the holiday season with us. Refreshments will be served from the book.

Cost: $34.95, which is the cost of the new book. If you know in advance you would like more than one copy, we ask that you please pre-order the book so we are able to have enough copies for everyone in time for Christmas.

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Sunday Social Supper - Plenty More with Acorn's Brian Skinner

Sunday Social Supper - Plenty More with Acorn's Brian Skinner

Tonight we present two exceptional chefs: the first is local and will be cooking in our kitchen, Chef Brian Skinner of The Acorn Restaurant and the second, Yotam Ottolenghi, will not be here in person but we will hear his voice and taste his food via his newest book, Plenty More

Brian cooks Vegetarian food beautifully and inventively and we are looking forward to a special Sunday Social Supper cooked from the pages of Yotam's new vegetable focused book.

Cost: $120, includes a copy of Plenty More and your Sunday supper.

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Sunday Social Supper - Tin Fish Gourmet meets Barbara-Jo's Elegant Home Cooking

Sunday Social Supper - Tin Fish Gourmet meets Barbara-Jo's Elegant Home Cooking

Our celebration of the new and revised edition of Tin Fish Gourmet (published by Arsenal Pulp Press) continues into 2015 with a Sunday Supper that features both Barbara-jo's book and her former restaurant, Barbara-Jo's Elegant Home Cooking

When Tin Fish Gourmet was first published in 1998, it contained many recipes that were inspired by Barbara-jo's restaurant, including her famous crab cakes. Now completely redesigned, the book features colour photographs, new chapters and recipes.

Join us in celebrating this revised edition of Tin Fish Gourmet tonight with a special dip into Barbara-jo's fishy past. She will talk about the book and share stories about her restaurant while we all enjoy our cosy Sunday Supper.

Cost: $105, includes your Sunday Supper and a copy of Tin Fish Gourmet.

A Night Out with Robbie Burns

A Night Out with Robbie Burns

We love Robbie Burns and we especially love to celebrate him in a grand fashion once a year on his birthday. 

We invite you, our guests, to a wee gathering at the shop this evening. Come sup with us on our favourite Scottish fare and be transported to the Highlands as our steaming haggis is piped into the room. Sip a dram (or more) of the "water of life" and listen to a few of our favourite poems.

Cost: $135, includes Scottish refreshments, whisky and a whisky book (yet to be announced). 

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Bitter and Delicious with Jennifer McLagan

Bitter and Delicious with Jennifer McLagan

Bratwurst in Beer, Bitter Greens Ravioli, Pork Chops in Coffee Blackcurrant Sauce, Whisky Chocolate Tart and Homemade Tonic Water to tart up your gin. These are just a few of the recipes that make up Jennifer McLagan's new book, Bitter: A Taste of the World's Most Dangerous Flavour, with Recipes.

We are fortunate to welcome Jennifer back into our kitchen tonight to celebrate her fourth book (Her previous books are Bones, Fat and Odd Bits.) with a special dinner cooked from its pages.

Cost: $120, includes your dinner and a copy of Bitter: A Taste of the World's Most Dangerous Flavour, with Recipes.

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