I haven’t gotten very far into it yet, but I am really enjoying David Kamp’s latest book, United States of Arugula which is subtitled, How We Became a Gourmet Nation. Is that the best title, or what? Several local food bloggers have read the whole thing, so check out the book reviews over at Obsession with Food, <a href=”http://jalapeno.typepad.com/my_weblog/2006/11/book_review_the.html
” target=”_blank”>Jalapeno Girl
and Food Notebook.

Tomorrow Kamp will be speaking at the Book Passage Ferry Building store. It will actually be a conversation with restaurant consultant and industry veteran Clark Wolf. And while I’ve never heard Kamp speak, I would go listen to Clark recite his grocery list. He is smart, funny and thoroughly entertaining. Kamp calls him a “bicoastal foodie yenta”. I can’t say I disagree with that assessment! Clark moderated a discussion at the San Francisco Professional Food Society earlier this year and it was a sell-out.

The event benefits CUESA and admission includes a copy of the book AND a reception with Charles Krug wines and nibbles from Mijita. Call it a win win win win win. Admission is $35 and if I wasn’t already committed to going to another event (a panel discussion on sustainability) I would definitely be there. Go! You’ll have a great time. I promise. More details are available <a href=”http://www.bookpassage.com/event_detailed.php?id=238
” target=”_blank”>here
. Or go ahead and order tickets before they disappear faster than nibbles at a book reception…

United States of Arugula Event 11/30 29 November,2006Amy Sherman


Amy Sherman

Amy Sherman began blogging in 2003, because all her
friends and family were constantly asking her where
and what to eat. Three months after it launched,
Forbes chose her blog, Cooking with Amy, as one of the
top five best food blogs, praising her writing as
“smart, cozy and witty”. Since then her blog has been
featured and recipes reprinted in many newspapers and
magazines in the U.S. and the world.

In addition to regularly updating her blog, Amy is a
guest contributor to the Epicurious.com blog, and
Contributing Editor of Glam Dish. She also writes
restaurant reviews for SF Station.

Her focus on Bay Area Bites is primarily cookbook
reviews along with some interviews and current events.

Amy is a recipe developer and freelance food writer.
She is author of WinePassport: Portugal and wrote the new introduction to the classic cookbook, Jane Grigson’s Vegetable Book, published by the University of Nebraska Press. She recently completed 45 recipes for a Williams-Sonoma cookbook and wrote her first piece for VIA magazine.

She is currently serving on the board of the San Francisco Professional Food Society and is a member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals. Amy lives in San Francisco with her husband, tech journalist Lee Sherman.

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