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Tom HudgensDiesel, A Bookstore in Oakland and Chronicle Books proudly present Tom Hudgens, author of The Commonsense Kitchen, Jennie Schacht, author of Farmers' Market Desserts, Vanessa Barrington, author of D.I.Y. Delicious, and Amy Treadwell, author of Whoopie Pies, to the store to sign and share samples from their cookbooks on Saturday, November 27 at 3pm!

Tom Hudgens' useful, spirited, thoughtful, and expansive cookbook, The Commonsense Kitchen: 500 Recipes Plus Lessons for a Hand-Crafted Life is destined to become a classic kitchen staple. Equally at home on shelves urban and rural, The Commonsense Kitchen emphasizes sustainability, self-sufficiency, and American cuisine in a big way – literally. With 500 recipes that encompass the traditional dishes, regional specialties, and ethnic items that characterize America’s diversity, The Commonsense Kitchen also features lessons in life skills, from the proper way to wash dishes to how to make homemade soap. Tom Hudgens attended and cooked at Deep Springs Ranch, Chez Panisse, and Liberty Café in San Francisco. He teaches at College of Marin and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.


Jennie SchachtIt’s no secret that you can find some of the freshest, most flavorful ingredients at local farmers’ markets. In Farmers’ Markets Desserts, Jennie Schacht reveals how to transform the market’s bounty into some of the best desserts you’ll ever eat, with more than 50 delightful recipes for tarts, crisps, cupcakes, panna cotta, and more. From a summery Plum Tarte Tatin to the lively winter citrus of Meyer Lemon Pudding, Farmers’ Market Desserts offers a bevy of ideas for every season, along with ‘between season’ favorites, “farm journal” notes, and tips and tricks to make your market-based desserts shine. The inspired desserts don’t stop with fruit—they also use vegetbles, nuts, maple syrup, dairy, and other treasures from the market. Jennie Schacht has authored several cookbooks, including The Wine Lover’s Dessert Cookbook for Chronicle Books. She is a freelance food writer and founder and principal of Schacht & Associates, a food and health care consulting firm that has raised more than $125 million for community and not-for-profit organizations.



Vanessa BarringtonAt a time when more people are discovering the multiple joys of homemade items – connecting more fully with the food they eat, cutting down on wasteful packaging (not to mention preservatives and other artificial ingredients), spending less, and eating better, Vanessa Barrington's D.I.Y. Delicious: Recipes and Ideas for Simple Food from Scratch delivers everything crafty home cooks need to know to outfit a scratch pantry that uses fewer ingredients to make delicious staples at a much lower cost. From simple recipes for salad dressings and salsas to more complex projects like making tortillas and crackers, culturing dairy products, fermenting, and brewing sodas and tonics, D.I.Y. Delicious offers something for every skill level and includes 40 projects, a total of 75 recipes, and 50 step-by-step, color photographs. Vanessa Barrington is a chef and author with co-writing credits on Heirloom Beans. She lives in Oakland, California.


Whoopie PiesAll hail the whoopie pie! Is it a cake? Is it a cookie? With an oh-so-creamy filling sandwiched between pillowy-soft, cakelike cushions, does it matter? Heralded by the New York Times as a possible successor to the ubiquitous cupcake, and by Epicurious as one of the big food trends for 2010, whoopie pies are currently inspiring devotees far beyond their traditional stomping ground of the Northeast. Now Whoopie Pies delivers everything home bakers need to create these irresistible, simultaneously nostalgic and au courant treats themselves. Amy Treadwell was born in Massachusetts and raised on a steady diet of whoopie pies and franks and beans on Saturday nights. A self-taught home cook and avid baker, Amy now lives in San Francisco, where she edits a wide variety of cookbooks.



Event date: 
Saturday, November 27, 2010 - 3:00pm
Event address: 
Diesel, A Bookstore Oakland
5433 College Ave
94618 Oakland
Whoopie Pies Cover Image
ISBN: 9780811874540
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Chronicle Books - April 7th, 2010

D.I.Y. Delicious: Recipes and Ideas for Simple Food from Scratch Cover Image
ISBN: 9780811873468
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Chronicle Books - August 25th, 2010

The Commonsense Kitchen: 500 Recipes + Lessons for a Hand-Crafted Life Cover Image
ISBN: 9780811872225
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Chronicle Books - July 28th, 2010

Farmers' Market Desserts Cover Image
By Jennie Schacht, Leo Gong (Photographer)
ISBN: 9780811866729
Availability: Special Order - Please call to confirm availability
Published: Chronicle Books - April 14th, 2010