Thanks to restaurants like Zahav and cookbooks like Jerusalem, Israeli cuisine is booming in the U.S. Furthering this craze is James Beard Award-winning chef Alon Shaya and his cookbook Shaya, which explores both Israeli food and his personal journey back to it. Shaya, who opens Safta restaurant in Denver on Saturday, joins food writer Amanda M. Faison to discuss the cuisine’s delicious domestic evolution. Pick up Shaya and come enjoy tasty nibbles.

Bonus: The Tattered Cover Book Store will be on hand selling copies of the cookbook.

Free, 6 p.m., Ross-Cherry Creek Library, 305 Milwaukee St.