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Gabrielle Hamilton 

When: Wed., Feb. 1, 6:30 p.m. 2012
Gabrielle Hamilton, chef and owner of celebrated New York restaurant Prune, gave her 2011 memoir, Blood, Bones & Butter, a self-effacing subtitle: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef. But there's nothing reluctant about her prose or her food. Hamilton is pretty much badass across the board. BBB was one of last year's most exhilarating books, and it has just come out in paperback. Hamilton is marking the occasion with a tour that includes her first trip to Kansas City. Rainy Day Books is marking the occasion right back by scheduling tonight's event at Jasper's Restaurant (1201 West 103rd Street, 816-941-6600), where Jasper Mirabile Jr. is preparing a four-course menu of Hamilton's recipes. "I'm going to this whole slew of new cities and I'm totally excited, but I don't really know the chefs," she says. "It's better than being under fluorescent light in a bookstore with a Sharpie." The $50 admission includes dinner and a copy of the book. Call Jasper's to reserve a place. The event begins at 6:30 p.m.
— Scott Wilson

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