David Baker will launch his debut novel, "Vintage," at Book Passage in Corte Madera on Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. and at Copperfield’s Calistoga on Oct. 9 at 6 p.m.
"Vintage" is the story of Bruno Tannenbaum, a self-described “working class gourmet food writer who is broke, loves expensive wines, and lives on his mother’s couch.” After causing a scene at an upscale Chicago restaurant, he’s fired from his job as a food columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times. In a desperate attempt to kick-start his waning writing career and win back the respect of his estranged wife, Bruno embarks on a journey to find a lost vintage from World War II. His travels take him from France to Germany to Russia, with more than one mouthwatering meal along the way. But as much as he enjoys his travels, he also realizes that this may be his last chance to prove himself as a writer, father and husband.
Baker is the director of the acclaimed documentary "American Wine Story," and he brings his food writer’s palate and passion for good wine to this fictional food memoir and travelogue that is meant to be enjoyed alongside a glass of pinot noir. Richard C. Morais, author of "The Hundred-Foot Journey," has written of "Vintage": “What fun: a sort of Sam Spade voice, tough as a film noir character, runs delightfully amok in the wine and gourmet worlds in this hilarious and evocative debut.”
Book Passage is at 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. Copperfield’s Calistoga is at 1330 Lincoln Ave.