Food Lover’s Book Club is a bimonthly discussion of a cookbook or food-related book led by 5280‘s food editor Amanda M. Faison. The free gathering takes place at the Cherry Creek Library.

If you’ve ever wondered what it takes to publish a cookbook, this is the book club for you. Join Boulder chef, farmer, and renaissance man Eric Skokan and me in a discussion about our newly released cookbooks: Farm, Fork, Food: A Year of Spectacular Recipes Inspired by Black Cat Farm and 5280: The Cookbook, respectively. Over the course of the evening, we’ll discuss the good, the bad, and the ugly about these projects. Plus: snacks from the books.

Skokan is the owner of Black Cat Bistro and Bramble & Hare in Boulder, as well as the 130-acre Black Cat Farm where nearly all of the restaurants’ food is grown. In a world where the term “farm-to-table” is often thrown around, Skokan is the very definition of a dedicated farm-to-table chef. For more background, check out this article in the current issue of Origin magazine.

Details: Whether you’ve read and cooked from the books or not, join Skokan and me for a lively discussion on Wednesday, December 10, at the Cherry Creek Library. Books will be available for purchase.

Next up: Caramel on Wednesday, February 11—same time, same place. Ellen Daehnick from Helliemae’s Handcrafted Caramels joins me to explore the complex world of caramel and to deconstruct the delightful treat. The chosen book is Bitter by Jennifer McLagan (check it out, buy it, cook from it, and come ready to discuss). We’ll specifically reference the chapter “Dark, Forbidden, and Very Bitter” where McLagan outlines two caramel recipes and makes the argument that the best caramel has bitter notes. Plus: samples and a demo

Free, 6 p.m., Ross-Cherry Creek Branch Library, 305 Milwaukee St., 720-865-0120.

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Amanda M. Faison
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Freelance writer Amanda M. Faison spent 20 years at 5280 Magazine, 12 of those as Food Editor.