BURTON SPERBER JEWISH COMMUNITY LIBRARY OF LOS ANGELES
BOOK EVENTS SERVING
The Jewish Community
The Burton Sperber Library at American Jewish University now serves as the official Jewish Community Library of Los Angeles. This new library succeeds the original Peter M. Kahn Jewish Community Library that was formerly housed at the Los Angeles Jewish Federation. Dedicated by his family in memory of noted Los Angeles philanthropist and landscape developer Burton Sperber, this library welcomes the entire Los Angeles Jewish community to enjoy its state-of-the-art facility including regularly scheduled programs for children and families as well as author and other literary encounters.
April Foods Day
- April 27th, 2014
- 11:00 AM
Lunch, Discussion and Book Signing
Writer, editor, and enthusiastic home cook, April Peveteaux was diagnosed with celiac disease and couldn’t get excited about Quinoa. Gluten Is My Bitch, Rants, Recipes, & Ridiculousness for the Gluten-Free offers a side of humor, and a dash of attitude as Peveteaux allows people with digestive issues to complain all they want, just so they can be cheered up as they enjoy her recipes for delicious gluten-free food.
Tomatoes by Miriam Rubin, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, is a cookbook celebrating the fruit that food lovers, gardeners and cooks consider the jewel of the summer. The book focuses on the South, the first place in the United States where tomatoes were eaten and once it was accepted that they weren’t poisonous, the recipes went global…Matbucha, Abruzzo Green Tomato Pasta Sauce, Heirloom Tomato Jam with Lemon, and Baby Plum Tomato and Olive Tapenade. The book offers techniques for getting the most out of the harvest and since the tomato season is fleeing, there are recipes that bring out the best in supermarket or good canned tomatoes.
State court judge by day, food writer at night, and serious amateur baker, co-author, Michael Zusman’s The Artisan Jewish Deli at Home collects over 100 recipes for creating timeless deli classics, modern twists on old ideas and innovations to show your Old Country elders. The recipes cover everything from starters, soups and sides to meats and dairy, to pastries, breads, desserts and drinks. Favorite recipes include Crispy Potato Latkes with Chunky Ginger Applesauce, Wise Sons’ Chocolate Babka French Toast, Home Oven Pastrami and Celery Soda.
Food Network, Patron Tequila, Herring, and Chaos...OH MY! - Tequila and Herring with Discussion and Book Signing
Big personalities, high drama – the extraordinary behind-the-scenes story of the Food Network, the business, media and cultural juggernaut that changed the way America thinks about food. Based on extensive inside access and interviews with executives, stars and employees up and down the ladder, Allen Salkin’s book, From Scratch: Inside the Tumultuous Billion-Dollar World of the Food Network, is an exhilarating rollercoaster ride. Salkin illuminates the people we thought we knew, including The Barefoot Contessa as well as the founding president Reese Schonfeld, and crucial early personality David Rosengarten – in this irresistible story of the intersection between business, television, food and us.
The Patron Way from Fantasy to Fortune – Lessons on Taking Any Business from Idea to Iconic Brandis Ilana Edelstein’s, dramatic story of how Patron became the world’s top selling tequila against the backdrop of love, sex, celebrity, dizzying success and ultimate betrayal. Edelstein was the life partner of Martin Crowley, co-founder of Patron Tequila. The book details the unorthodox building of the brand, the extraordinary creativity and marketing ingenuity of Martin and Ilana, and how Patron transformed the face of the liquor industry. Yet there were casualties along the way, evidenced by the power struggle for control, strong arm tactics of corporate giants looking to buy out businesses and the scandalous and devastating jury trial at the end of Ilana and Martin’s affair. The Patron Way is a perfect blend of brand chronicle and compelling human drama.
In Russ & Daughters: Reflections and Recipes from The House That Herring Built, Mark Russ Federman, the former owner/proprietor of the beloved appetizing store on Manhattan’s Lower East Side tells the delightful, mouthwatering story of an immigrant family’s journey from pushcart in 1907 to “New York’s most hallowed shrine to the miracle of caviar, smoked salmon, ethereal herring and silken chopped liver” – New York Times Magazine. Federman’s reminiscences combine a heartwarming and triumphant immigrant saga with a panoramic history of twentieth-century New York. Russ & Daughters is an enchanting behind-the-scenes look at four generations of people who are just a little bit crazy on the subject of fish.
Whether in corporate America or in our personal lives, we tend to confront chaos as if it were an unruly beast, something that needs to be avoided at all costs. But what if there were another side to chaos – a benefit? What if it were actually crucial for inspiring industry innovation? That is exactly what organizational expert and bestselling author Ori Brafman argues in The Chaos Imperative: How Chance and Disruption Increase Innovation, Effectiveness and Success. Written with Judah Pollack, this book reveals how even the most efficient organizations can embrace new ideas by allowing a little “contained chaos” into their planning and decision-making.
Hezbollah – The Global Footprint of Lebanon’s Party of God - Wine and Cheese Reception, Discussion and Book Signing
Hezbollah – The Global Footprint of Lebanon’s Party of God is the first thorough examination of Hezbollah’s covert activities beyond Lebanon’s borders, including its financial and logistical support networks and its criminal and terrorist operations worldwide. Matthew Levitt examines Hezbollah’s beginnings, its first violent forays targeting western interests in Lebanon, and then its terrorist activities and criminal enterprises in Europe, the Middle East, South America and finally North America. Levitt convincingly shows that Hezbollah’s willingness to use violence, its global reach, and its strategic relationship with Iran should be of serious concern. The book is full of previously unreported material and provides a much need assessment of the threat posed by the group today.
Matthew Levitt is a senior fellow and director of The Washington Institute for Near East Policy’s Stein Program on Counterterrorism and Intelligence. Previously, he served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis at the US Department of the Treasury.