It's been seven years since the Food Network last produced a marketable star. But in just one month, Charlestonians can hear investigative journalist Allen Salkin explain why. Salkin, author of From Scratch: Inside the Food Network, will appear on Nov. 14 at the Charleston JCC in conjunction with the Charleston Jewish Bookfest. I'm introducing Salkin, so I'll definitely be there. Tickets are $12, although JCC members get a $4 discount. Call 571-6565 for reservations. The program officially begins at 7 p.m., but there's a cupcake decorating contest beforehand; bring your pastries by 6:30 p.m. if you’d like to play. Salkin and I are judging the entries on looks alone, so don't sweat your sugar ratio. From Scratch was featured yesterday on Weekend Edition Sunday: Rachel Martin's interview with Salkin is here.