This is the man who brought us both the Cronut (emphatic ™) and the chocolate chip cookie milk shot. Necessary? No. Wonderful? Yes. Sift through the media hype and manufactured exclusivity surrounding his pastries, and you’ll see Dominique Ansel’s truly innovative nature. Tonight he’ll share tips and inspiration from his new book, The Secret Recipes, in a Q&A with Top Chef judge Gail Simmons. The cookbook divulges new gourmet takes on fun treats — make your own Peeps! — and waxes philosophical on his magnum opus: “The real secrets lie not in the recipe of the Cronut, but in the infinity that lies ahead of it.” What’s that mean? No idea, but you can find out tonight and score a signed copy. We’ve no doubt the “Willy Wonka of NYC” (New York Post) has more poetry to divulge; we just hope he stops short of hiring Oompa Loompas to do the grunt work.

Thu., Oct. 30, 7 p.m., 2014