Meet Harold McGee and Amanda Hesser

Harold McGee (Photo by Harold Petzke)Meet Harold McGee:

Bay Area author  Harold McGee’s seminal “On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen” (Scribner) is beloved by home cooks and professional chefs alike.

Now, he’s come out with a new book that’s sure to be another classic: “Keys to Good Cooking: A Guide to Making the Best of Foods and Recipes” (Penguin Press).

The new book is filled with useful information, based on scientific findings, that will no doubt make us all better cooks. For instance, did you know that you should reboil refrigerated meat or fish stocks every few days, as they are so perishable that they can spoil even in the fridge? Did you know that figs are so perishable that they can be spoiled inside without obvious external signs? Or that you should not use foil to wrap acidic foods or to cover steel or cast-iron pots as aluminum corrodes in contact with acid or non-aluminum metal containers?

You can meet McGee, when he’ll be signing copies of his book at various events around the Bay Area:

* Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. at Kepler’s in Menlo Park.

* Nov. 1 at 6:30 p.m. at the Sobrato Center for Non-Profits, 1400 Parkmoor Ave. in San Jose. The event, hosted by the Commonwealth Club of Silicon Valley, is $10 for members and $15 for non-members. For tickets, call (408) 847-7730 or click here.

* Nov. 2 at 6 p.m. at Omnivore Books in San Francisco.

* Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. at Bookshop Santa Cruz in Santa Cruz.

Join Amanda Hesser for a Food Writing Seminar

Longtime food writer for the New York Times, Amanda Hesser, will be leading an adult writer’s seminar, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 7 at the Women’s Building, 3543 – 18th St. in San Francisco.

Amanda Hesser (Photo courtesy of Hesser)If that weren’t enticing enough, Chef Daniel Patterson of Coi in San Francisco, who also has written for the New York Times, will be joining the conversation and preparing a tasting plate of three dishes from Hesser’s new cookbook, “The Essential New York Times Cookbook” (W.W. Norton & Company).

Celia Sack of Omnivore Books will be moderating.

Tickets are $100. Proceeds will benefit the free student program at 826 Valencia, a non-profit dedicated to supporting the creative and expository writing skills of students, 6-18.

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9 comments

  1. 1

    oh i absolutely loved listening to him on NPR the other day. i love that he speaks and knows the tastebud language. fascinating. if i knew people like him existed when i was young i would have wanted to become him when i grew up. seriously.

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  3. 3

    I am really fascinated by kitchen science (strange, I know :) ), so I’m very much drawn to Harold’s book. I will definitely be looking for it. Very interesting info about stocks, I actually had no idea!

  4. 4

    You guys have some really inspirational people over there, I might read up about these people,

  5. 5

    Wow, such wonderful and amazing folks in the Bay Area to speak, I just wish there was more time in the day to take advantage. I hear Harold McGee a few months back and he was just fascinating.

  6. 6

    I wish I lived in the Bay Area, as I would definitely be signing up for both of these. I hope you’ll be going and giving us a report.

  7. 7

    I keep hearing such good things about McGee’s new book. It’s going my list. (unfortunately, I’ve learned from experience about how figs can be spoiled on the inside)

  8. 8

    Sure wish I could afford to go to the seminar! Will you be posting any of the high points of the discussion?

  9. 9

    Jane: I’m not attending the seminar, unfortunately. Another engagement will keep me from it.

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