In Marin / READING LIST
the reason she is so invested in her Edible
Schoolyard Project, where food is quite literally woven into all children’s lessons. The kids
who grow food together, cook together, eat
together and learn in the garden are predisposed to making choices down the road that
revolve around health and nature and conviviality. The same is, of course, true for me
and my experience in childhood.
Do you have a favorite dish, or one that par-
ticularly resonates with you right now?
Simple green salad, obviously! I obsess over
having access to great greens and delicious
olive oil and just the right amount of tangy
acid in a vinaigrette. I was just in Mexico for
10 days and was starting to go a little crazy
due to the absence of salad. I finally caved
and bought a massive head of romaine in the
market, took it home, doused it in an iodine
solution and rolled the dice. My stomach
hasn’t been quite right since but it was worth it.
What is something about your mother that
fans or devotees may not know or expect?
That she has a great sense of humor and
loves to laugh.
Appearing at a Book Passage event at Left Bank
Brasserie on Sunday, April 26 at 12: 30 p.m.
The White Devil’s
Daughters: The Women
Who Fought Slavery in San
Francisco’s Chinatown by
Julia Flynn Siler, Vintage,
$17. A remarkable explora-
tion of an overlooked chapter
of our history, The White Devil’s Daughters
tells the story of the slave trade exploiting
Chinese women in 19th-century San Francisco,
Appearing at Book Passage Corte Madera on
Tuesday, April 21 at 7 p.m.
Kept Animals by Kate
Milliken, Scribner, $27. In
the dry valleys of Topanga
Canyon, California, Rory
Ramos works as a ranch
hand at her stepfather’s
stables, surrounded by
horses, a dusty landscape, and the wealthy
clientele, including the proud June Fisk and the
intriguing Vivian Price. Appearing at Book Passage
Corte Madera on Friday, April 24 at 7 p.m.
Real Estate Rescue: How
America Leaves Billions
Behind in Residential
Real Estate and How to
Maximize Your Home’s
Value by Tracey McLaughlin,
Mango Publishing, $22.95.
McLaughlin was inspired to write the book
after spending years watching buyers and sellers make impulsive decisions based on very
limited information. Appearing at Book Passage
Corte Madera on Tuesday, April 14 at 7 p.m.
Accordionly by Michael
Genhart and Priscilla
Burris, Magination Press,
tells the story of two
grandfathers who can’t
understand each other’s
languages, leading to a lot of silence between
them. This book is sure to appeal to young
readers. Appearing at Book Passage Corte
Madera on Saturday, April 25 at 10 a.m.
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AU T HOR
We sat down with Fanny Singer
(daughter of food icon Alice
Waters) to discuss her new book,
Always Home: A Daughter’s
Recipes & Stories.
By Calin Van Paris
How long has this book been at play in
About three years, give or take, ever since
I worked with my mom on My Pantry. But I
think I always felt a book like this might be
brewing, especially since the children’s book
my mom wrote when I was 8, Fanny at Chez
Panisse, in some sense laid the groundwork for
this kind of reflection. Even when I was much
younger I was aware that I was leading
an unusual existence.
Growing up, were you taught to weave
food into memory? Do you think that
changes the way you remember things
and see the world?
Food is powerfully tethered to memory
for everyone, I think, hence the notion of
the Proustian madeleine. Still, forming the
“correct” associations between food and
memory — in the sense of developing wholesome and nourishing relationships to food in
later life — is definitely something my mom
cared about establishing with me, and also