Suddenly, things have grown stale. You never thought youd be one of Those People. But here you are, in a room full of strangers, and youre pretty sure youre going to swap. Were not talking significant others, of course. That never goes well; just read The Ice Storm. Were talking about cookbooks. Youve made every recipe in that field guide to risotto a hundred times. Youre totally over Southwestern cooking. If you make one more recipe out of that Paula Deen compendium, your health insurance will drop you. But maybe someone at the Cookbook Swap (cohosted by Omnivore Books) has a more cavalier attitude about her arteries and would be happy to trade you her Moosewood Cookbook for your butter-slicked tome. Swappers are invited to bring not just cookbooks, but all food-related books, including memoirs or reference works, and can take as many as they bring. All leftovers go to the good folks at the Bread Project, which provides low-income Bay Area residents with the skills needed to get and keep food industry jobs. So go ahead and swap. Everyone is doing it.
Thu., Feb. 25, 7 p.m., 2010