Feed your head

World-renowned chef Jacques PŽpin shares his memoir, 'The Apprentice: My Life in the Kitchen.' PŽpin grew up in France during World War II and gained fame as the man who cooked for former French President Charles de Gaulle and noted chef Julia Child. PŽpin's book includes recipes that are surprisingly down-to-earth.

PŽpin speaks at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 20, at Powell's Books for Cooks & Gardeners, 3747 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd.

Love hurts

Steve Almond has received glowing reviews for his debut book of short stories, 'My Life in Heavy Metal.' Almond brings a fresh perspective to the territory of young love as he follows his characters through the murky terrain of drunken kisses, botched affairs and broken hearts.

Almond reads at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 22, at Powell's Books on Hawthorne, 3723 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd.

The chef did it

Anthony Bourdain is one of a new breed of celebrity chefs who have come of age on television shows and gossip columns. Bourdain's notoriety soared on the heels of his 2001 memoir, 'Kitchen Confidential,' but he had published little-read crime stories before that. His latest thriller is 'The Bobby Gold Stories.'

Bourdain appears 5 p.m. Saturday, May 24, at Murder by the Book, 3210 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd. Free, but reservations are encouraged.

Compiled by Tina Satter

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