If anyone has had as much influence on barbecue as Kansas City, it's Steven Raichlen. The James Beard Award winner will be at Smoke N' Fire (8030 W. 151st St., Overland Park) on Monday, May 7, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. He's got a new book, Best Ribs Ever: 100 Killer Recipes Including Slaws, Baked Beans & Finger Lickin' Sauces.
Those with a sweet tooth should circle Thursday, May 3, on the calendar. That's when author Alice Medrich will be at Andre's Confiserie Suisse (5018 Main) from 5 to 6:30 p.m. to talk about her new cookbook, Sinfully Easy Delicious Desserts. A $30 ticket includes a signed copy of the book and the chance to sample several recipes.
Author Katie Workman has put together a refreshing look at a tired theme: meal planning. She's got a heap of practical advice about everything from stocking the pantry to making quick recipes from what you've just stocked your pantry with, in her new book, The Mom 100. She'll be giving a free talk at the Library's Plaza Branch (4801 Main) on Friday, May 4, at 6:30 p.m.