Jacques Pepin signing his cookbook, "Essential Pepin," for an excited guest!

Jacques Pepin signing his cookbook, "Essential Pepin," for an excited guest!

A lovely dessert of Cantucci and Panna Cotta was served at Cooks with Books, featuring Frances Mayes.

A lovely dessert of Cantucci and Panna Cotta was served at Cooks with Books, featuring Frances Mayes.

Antipasti at Cooks with Books, featuring Frances Mayes: Ed's Crostini Neri, Fried Artichokes, and Caponata.

Antipasti at Cooks with Books, featuring Frances Mayes: Ed's Crostini Neri, Fried Artichokes, and Caponata.

Frances Mayes, author of "Under the Tuscan Sun," signing copies of her cookbook for guests at our Cooks With Books dinner extravaganza!

Frances Mayes, author of "Under the Tuscan Sun," signing copies of her cookbook for guests at our Cooks With Books dinner extravaganza!

Opposites attract

Opposites attract

Home sweet home! The historic Blue Rock Inn on Magnolia Avenue in Larkspur, built in 1895.

Home sweet home! The historic Blue Rock Inn on Magnolia Avenue in Larkspur, built in 1895.

Scrumptious food and sunshine on the patio! Nothing better.

Scrumptious food and sunshine on the patio! Nothing better.

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