Books Inc., Cafe Rouge, and the Pasta Shop, all located on Fourth Street in Berkeley, have joined forces to create the Cooks' Book Club, a monthly event combining book readings with food and wine. Participating merchants will also make it easy to buy the ingredients for recipes mentioned in the readings.
The club meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month, 6 p.m., at one of the three locations. It kicks off Jan. 25 at Cafe Rouge with Rosetta Costantino's My Calabria, Rustic Family Cooking From Italy's Undiscovered South. Gordon Edgar will present his Cheesemonger: My Life on the Wedge on Feb. 22 at the Pasta Shop. Alice Medrich speaks on her Chewy, Gooey, Crispy, Crunchy, Melt-In-Your-Mouth Cookies on Mar. 22 at Cafe Rouge, and Harold McGee appears in support of his Keys to Good Cooking: A Guide to Making the Best of Foods and Recipes.