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Cara Mangini Author Talk • The Vegetable Eater: The New Playbook for Cooking Vegetarian

Wednesday March 20 at 6:30pm

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We offer first come, first served seating in our shop. There will be overflow room outside if needed and the author will be mic'd. Everyone is welcome to attend.

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Cara Mangini comes from a long line of butchers. Her Italian grandfather and great-grandfather gracefully cut tenderloins and butterflied chickens for a living. Mangini also wields a knife, but hers is used against the curves of butternut squash and the stalks of freshly picked Brussels sprouts. One of the first “vegetable butchers” at Eataly in New York City, her first book, The Vegetable Butcher, won the IACP Cookbook Award  for Single Subject and People's Choice and was nominated for a James Beard Award.  She is also the author of the “Vegetable Butcher” column for and is formerly the executive chef and owner of Little Eater (named for a loose translation of her Italian surname), a vegetable-inspired restaurant, produce stand, and artisanal foods boutique in Columbus, Ohio. Cara has a culinary arts degree from the Natural Gourmet Institute in New York City and has worked with acclaimed chefs at the James Beard House and the Culinary Loft.

Mangini has since moved to the Bay Area with her family, where she has spent time in Napa Valley studying vegetables at their source, with the goal of understanding their growth and the process of farming them so that she could better teach people about selection, storage, and varieties.

Mangini worked at the organic farms of Long Meadow Ranch in St. Helena and in the kitchen of its associated restaurant, Farmstead. She arrived at the farm early each day to harvest produce for the restaurant and farmers’ markets. She served as a liaison between farm and restaurant, selecting produce for the executive chef and working nights on the line prepping, cooking, and plating the very same produce she had picked that morning. At the St. Helena and Napa farmers’ markets, she fielded questions, educated shoppers, and helped them decide what to make for dinner. Her work is dedicated to putting vegetables at the center of the American plate.

Christine Farren is the Executive Director of Foodwise, a San Francisco-based nonprofit dedicated to growing thriving communities through the power and joy of local food. Founded in 1994, Foodwise operates the world-renowned Ferry Plaza Farmers Market and Mission Community Market, and education programs to connect eaters of all ages with fresh food and local farms. Christine feels that shopping at a farmers market is one of the most life affirming and community building activities possible, and enjoys interfacing with numerous members of the food community here in San Francisco. She holds a BA in American Studies from the University of California at Santa Cruz. 

The Vegetable Eater - The Vegetable Butcher is back! With simple lessons and recipes that put irresistible, vegetable-forward dishes in every home cook’s everyday rotation. IACP Award winner and James Beard Award finalist Cara Mangini (The Vegetable Butcher) presents a foundational education in vegetable cooking in an eminently approachable framework—through uncomplicated lessons with seasonal riffs (think a Vegetable Grain Bowl, Hearty Entrée Salad, or Frittata, each with variations for spring, summer, and fall). 35 essential dishes. 3 seasonal variations. More than 100 simple, nourishing, vegetable-forward recipes to put on repeat.