Some of my favorite celebrities in the food world include television hosts, chefs and writers such as Michael Pollan. Pollan—who was once called a “liberal foodie intellectual” by a New York Times book reviewer in 2006—will be giving a speech in Grass Valley on Friday, November 8, at 8 p.m. The journalist and author of The Omnivore's Dilemma will be speaking about his newest book Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation, which stresses the social value of cooking. This will be followed by a Q-and-A session moderated by Capital Public Radio's Beth Ruyak. Rounding out the evening is Johnny Woolman & the Wombats, consisting of students from The Woolman Semester School in Nevada City. Tickets are $45 for Center for the Arts members, $50 for the general public, and $60 for “premium” tickets, which include reserved seating and parking. It happens at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 255 S. Auburn Street in Grass Valley. Find out more information at http://thecenterforthearts.org.