copperfield's books event for chef john ashEvent date:
Friday, August 11, 2023 – 7:00pm
Featured Book:
The Hog Island Book of Fish & Seafood


Copperfield’s Books is thrilled to welcome local restaurateur, cookbook author, and two-time James Beard Award winner John Ash to Montgomery Village in celebration of his beautiful new cookbook – The Hog Island Book of Fish & Seafood: Culinary Treasures from Our Waters.

The discussion will be followed by a Q&A and book signing.

This event is free and open to the public.

From James Beard Award–winning chef and author John Ash, The Hog Island Book of Fish & Seafood takes a comprehensive dive into the world of cooking shellfish, crustaceans, finned fish, and many more

Featuring favorites from the kitchens of Hog Island Oyster Bars and other talented chefs who have embraced the company’s sustainability ethos, this authoritative compendium showcases over 250 dishes from cuisines around the world, including regional favorites like San Francisco cioppino, Southern crayfish étouffée, and New England clam chowder. Presenting a wide variety of cooking methods—such as steaming, roasting, grilling, pan-frying, curing—along with illustrated techniques like shucking oysters, opening clams, and filleting fish, this comprehensive cookbook will guide you through the basics of seafood preparation. And the extensive list of sauces, butters, and seasonings will help you turn your choice of seafood into a stellar dish.

The Hog Island Book of Fish & Seafood is a master class from an award-winning chef who shows home and professional cooks how to bring culinary gifts from the water to the table at their peak of perfection.

Chapters and Recipe Highlights:

Mollusks: Clams Casino Pizza; Green Garlic Mussels; Pan-Fried Abalone
Cephalopods: Herbed Cast-Iron Squid; Crispy Calamari with Pesto Mayonnaise
Crustaceans: Wine Country Gazpacho with Shrimp; Thai Crab Curry with Chiles, Ginger, and Lime Leaves; Lobster Potpies
The Salmon Family: Ginger-Soy Salmon with Soba Noodle Salad; Grilled Trout with Herbs and Bacon; Salmon Cakes with Mango Aioli
Other Finned Fish: Southern Fried Catfish; Grilled Rockfish Tacos with Citrus Salsa and Cabbage Slaw; Beer-Battered Fish and Chips
Halibut and Other Flatfish: Halibut with Lemon Risotto; Seafood Larb; Flounder Amandine
Big, Meaty Fish: Grilled Swordfish with Green Olives and Oranges; Fish Bone Marrow with Grilled Bread
Little Fish: Pickled Herring Rollmops with Crème Fraîche and Pumpernickel
Canned, Tinned, and Jarred Fish: Bucatini with Sardines and Breadcrumbs; Anchoïade
Other Gifts from the Sea: Parmesan Custards with Salmon Roe; Chirashi Sushi; Uni with Horseradish Cream; and Seafood Spaghetti Carbonara

Author: John Ash is a restaurateur, cookbook author, and two-time James Beard Award winner. He co-hosted the Good Food Hour radio show on KSRO for 35 years, and he has hosted two shows on the Food Network. Ash regularly contributes to the Santa Rosa Press Democrat and has written for magazines such as Fine Cooking and Eating Well. In 2014, Ash was honored by the Monterey Bay Aquarium as the Sustainable Seafood Educator of the Year. He lives in Santa Rosa, California.

About Hog Island Oyster Co.- Hog Island Oyster Co. is one of the nation’s leading producers of sustainable shellfish and is a pioneer in bay-to-bar restaurants. With a passion for serving an exceptional oyster experience, Hog Island owns and operates seafood-centric oyster bars and restaurants and has been shucking at events across the Bay Area since the company was founded in 1983. Hog Island’s family of restaurants and food services includes: Hog Island Traveling Oyster Bars, Hog Island Oyster Co. San Francisco Ferry Building, Hog Island Oyster Co. Oxbow Public Market, Napa, Hog Island Larkspur in the Marin Country Mart, and their flagship Farm in Marshall, California on Tomales Bay (to-go oysters, and The Boat Oyster Bar), Tony’s Seafood in Marshall, CA, and the newest addition to the family: the Humboldt Bay oyster farm (slated for 2023).

Event Location:
Copperfield’s Books – Montgomery Village
775 Village Court
Santa Rosa, Ca

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