INSTANT CLASSIC — Anybody who's bought those three-for-a-dollar varieties of Jiffy Mix knows how reliable their drool-proof baking mixes are. But did you know this Michigan-based business is one of the last milling operations of its kind in the state? Or that it was started by housewife Mabel Holmes, who took the family milling business and revolutionized it with a mix so simple "a man could do it." Cynthia Furlong Reynolds comes to town to promote her new corporate history, Jiffy: A Family Tradition, Mixing Business and Old-Fashioned Values. You can meet her at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 2, at the Business, Science & Technology section of the Detroit Public Library's Main Branch, 5201 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-833-1450.
JUST FOR MOM — Nutritionist Emily Camiener will teach a class designed to help dad and the kids surprise mom with a special meal on her big day. (Don't forget the dishes, dudes!) At Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital's demonstration kitchen. At 11 a.m. May 9, at 6777 W. Maple Rd., West Bloomfield; $39; more info at 248-325-3890.
EAT THE PAGE
Where does someone find the time and the energy to operate six restaurants, host a cooking show or two, and write nine cookbooks? Bobby Flay does just that. His newest book, Bobby Flay's Burgers, Fries, and Shakes (Clarkson Potter, $25.95), reveals his straightforward burger recipes and the technique required to achieve burger perfection. He backs it up with the condiments and toppings that elevate the meat to another level. Then there are the crispy, salty fries and the shakes, which you can fortify with rum.
A TASTY BEVERAGE
You may know it by its characteristic bright crimson color or because it was Steve Zissou's tipple of choice or you may not know it all. Campari has been around since 1860. A concoction of quinine and other bitter herbs, rhubarb, spices, ginseng, bergamot oil and orange peel, the precise ingredients are not known, and the specific recipe still remains a secret. The best way to acquire a taste for this sharp and heady Italian aperitif is by mixing a small amount with sweet vermouth and soda water for a quenching Americano cocktail.
We just found this caramel-pecan ginger cake mix. How can anything that looks and sounds this good be bad? King Arthur Flour — in business since 1790 — is known as a high quality source for every baker's needs and as well as for whims like this cake mix. Could this be the ultimate pecan roll? The buttery caramel sauce oozes into the cake-creating something of a cross between a pecan pie and spicy gingerbread. Find it at kingarthurflour.com for $9.95.