2015 One City One Book

Yes, Chef The 2015 One City One Book selection is “Yes, Chef : A Memoir” by Marcus Samuelsson with Veronica Chambers. The book is Samuelsson’s “love letter to food and family in all its manifestations”.  In it he recalls growing up as an adopted Ethiopian child in a Swedish family and recounts his journey to worldwide acclaim at the forefront of the New York culinary scene. It is a 2012 New York Times bestseller and one of many books written by the world-renowned, award-winning chef.

Copies may be checked out at the library or at ccclib.org. Please sign up for our eNews below to learn more.

 2015 One City One Book Free Events

~ “Yes, Chef” Book Discussion with Dessert & Savories Potluck 

Wed, October 7, 6:30 pm
Ygnacio Valley Library
Come discuss “Yes, Chef” and bring along your favorite homemade dessert or savory to share. Perhaps a childhood favorite, a traditional family favorite, or a global treat that you have discovered and enjoyed.  Moderated by Walnut Creek Community Library Manager Sierra Campagna. REGISTER>

OCOB logo crop hi resOne City One Book is a “citywide book club” that encourages the community to read the selection and participate in a series of events that celebrate the book. The annual choice is announced in the summer and community events are planned for the fall giving the community time to read and enjoy the book. Now in its tenth year, One City One Book is presented by the Walnut Creek Library Foundation and Contra Costa County Library.

Past Events

~ Good Grief Cooking

Thur, September 10, 6:30 pm
Walnut Creek Library, Oak View Room
‘Heal with a meal’. Come hear local author Lisa Rubino talk about seeking comfort in the tough times through healthy good cooking. Misery can come to anyone’s door. It came to Lisa’s, and almost blew up the kitchen. From Alzheimer’s, losing a loved one, illness, sadness, loss of job, depression, anxiety or losing a pet, Lisa has personally designed recipes that are here to aid and assist, laden with a huge heap of compassion.

~ Chefs Panel: Community, Culture & Cuisine

Mon, September 21, 7:00 pm
Walnut Creek Library, Oak View Room
Three local chefs discuss how their personal journeys and cultures have inspired their signature cuisines.  Walnut Creek Yacht Club Executive Chef & Owner Kevin Weinberg, Kanishka’s Gastropub Executive Chef & Owner Paramita Roy and 54 Mint Chef & Owner Claudio Ricciolini talk community, culture and cuisine. Moderator: Jackie Burrell, editor of Bay Area News Group’s “Eat, Drink, Play.”

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~ Letters to Your Future: Sure-fire Tips & Techniques for Writing Your Memoirs

Sat, September 26, 2:00 to 4:00 pm
Walnut Creek Library, Oak View Room
In “Yes, Chef,” Samuelsson shares his remarkable story about overcoming obstacles on his journey to becoming one of America’s most beloved chefs. In Letters to Your Future, Neal Rosenau and Shirley Good will explain why it’s important to tell your story and how to begin the writing process.

 ~ Where’s the Tri-Tip?

Wed, September 30, 7:00 pm
Walnut Creek Library, Oak View Room

Like celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson, whose memoir is this year’s One City One Book selection, LaPerle knows that a good cut of meat can make a meal. Come hear LaPerle discuss popular cuts of meat for any occasion and the difference between grain and grass fed. He will also talk about whether organic is worth it and share hints for talking with your local butcher.


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