San Francisco is a city constantly catering to people who love food and to intellectuals passionate about knowledge. Omnivore Books on Food (3885 Cesar Chavez Street) brings these worlds together into one quaint, laid-back locale in the outer, outer mission.

Opened in 2008, this unique bookstore offers an impressive collection of literature related to all your culinary curiosities. Not just cookbooks and recipe compendiums, but assorted works that delve into the countless arenas of the gastronomic universe.

Just recently, for example, an author came in to speak about his book dedicated to homemade recipes for soda–over 200 in all. He shared some of these tips with a live audience who were encouraged to try it out themselves. Not just informative, but interactive. After all, you can only read so much about food and drink before having to indulge yourself on the content matter at hand.

Coming up this Thursday (June 16th) is a free presentation from author, Erika Lenkert. She wrote one of the first prominent cookbooks dedicated to top-notch recipes for cuisine that is designed specifically for pregnant women.

The Bay Area has more than its fair share of talented cooks and writers, so don’t be surprised to catch a world-renowned personality lecturing here, like the Queen of California Cuisine herself–Alice Waters–just one of the many celebrities to visit this exceptionally precious local repository.

Here’s a calendar of their upcoming events. From the diverse speakers regularly featured here, it’s not hard to recognize that Omnivore offers something for everyone. Check ’em out–you’ll end up feeding something even more satisfying than your belly: your mind.