George Mendes Wants to Introduce Readers to Portuguese Cuisine in My Portugal

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George Mendes has garnered widespread acclaim for his modern take on Portuguese cuisine at the Michelin-starred Aldea (31 West 17th Street; 212-675-7223). But one of the Connecticut native's earlier trips to Europe didn't go so well; on the winding country roads of Bordeaux, he was in a car accident with his mom, aunt, and sister. That's just one of many tales told about his life and culinary journeys in Mendes's recently released tome, My Portugal: Recipes and Stories. The book interweaves classic Portuguese recipes with dishes from the restaurant and the story of how Mendes came to be one of Food & Wine magazine's ten "Best New Chefs."

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Rocco DiSpirito's Cook Your Butt Off! Gets Readers to Burn Calories While Cooking

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Before becoming a celebrity chef, TV personality, triathlete, and IRONMAN competitor, Rocco DiSpirito was your average restaurant chef (though slightly more talented than many). He lived life under intense physical and emotional stress; he constantly tasted and sampled decadent, calorie-dense foods; he slept little; rarely, if ever, did he hit the gym. Then, a decade ago, he found himself sitting at his doctor's office, 30 pounds overweight, with 20 percent body fat and elevated blood pressure and cholesterol. When his doctor jokingly told him to draw up his will, he decided to make a change. It stuck. With several diet books under his belt, DiSpirito, in newly released title Cook Your Butt Off!: Lose Up to a Pound a Day With Fat-Burning Foods and Gluten-Free Recipes, makes the biggest promises of all; it's about using the cooking process itself to burn calories while preparing low-calorie meals, at home.

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Dorie Greenspan's Baking Chez Moi Explores 'French Comfort Baking'

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Brooklyn native Dorie Greenspan has led a life most of us could only dream of achieving. After doing a dissertation for a doctorate in gerontology and subsequently working in research facilities, Greenspan took a step back from her career to take care of her son, Joshua. Time passed and she didn't want to go back to her former line of work. She was an avid home baker, and her husband, Michael, suggested she try her hand at practicing her passion as a profession. She did, but Greenspan quickly realized it wasn't going to work out: "That was kind of a flop for me; I got fired after a month."

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Joe Warwick's Where Chefs Eat Offers Dining Advice From the World's Top Toques

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Joe Warwick knows a thing or two about good restaurants. The hospitality veteran and former critic was part of the team that kicked off the World's 50 Best Restaurants list for Restaurant Magazine. But with his latest book, Warwick has left the picking and choosing to other industry experts: the chefs he critiques. In just a few days, his new and updated edition of Where Chefs Eat: A Guide to Chefs' Favorite Restaurants will hit store shelves, offering suggestions from the world's top toques on where to dine across the globe.

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Here's the Recipe for Junior's Original New York Cheesecake

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Many chefs and restaurant folks say they've spent their entire lives in the industry, and sure, washing dishes at fifteen is pretty close to lifelong when you've surpassed middle age. But Alan Rosen really has been hanging around eateries since the day he was born (and before, if you count being in the womb). The grandson of Junior's (386 Flatbush Avenue Extension, Brooklyn; 718-852-5257) founder Harry Rosen, he's now a third-generation co-owner of the 65-year-old Brooklyn institution, along with his father, Walter, and brother Kevin.

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Lyn-Genet Recitas's The Plan Cookbook Helps You Reduce Inflammation and Lose Weight

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One week in, the new year is officially in full swing. Chances are you've cut out sugar or dairy, or have made some kind of dietary change. You're probably going to the gym five days a week. While the intention is good, you'll likely be back to noshing on burgers and fries while drinking beer and walking only to the subway in a matter of weeks. But Harlem-based holistic nutritionist Lyn-Genet Recitas has a plan to keep you on a better path throughout the year — and the rest of your life. As a follow-up to her New York Times bestselling book The Plan, Recitas recently released The Plan Cookbook: More Than 150 Recipes for Vibrant Health and Weight Loss, with recipes to help readers reduce inflammation and figure out what foods work for them, and which don't.

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Patti Paige Wants You to 'Expand Your Mind' When It Comes to Baking

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New Year's resolutions are all about self-improvement. For most people, that includes healthy changes, like new exercise and diet regimes. Others take up new hobbies. If you're in that camp, and looking to swim against the nutritious current with a sugary side interest, veteran baker Patti Paige has recently released the book to get you started. You Can't Judge a Cookie by Its Cutter features more than 100 stunning cookie designs, shaped by just 25 cutters, from "the high priestess of decorated cookies," according to Ina Garten. Paige has made cookies and cake for major companies, politicians, and celebrities, ranging from Cartier, Disney, and the White House to Frank Zappa, Alicia Keys, and Martha Stewart. She is now offering her years of experience to help you create your own edible art.

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Maria Loi 'Wants Everyone to Go Greek' With The Greek Diet

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Maria Loi loves her homeland. As the official Ambassador of Greek Gastronomy, as designated by worldwide culinary organization the Chef's Club of Greece, she makes frequent TV appearances and has authored more than 36 cookbooks and 150 articles in magazines -- and her work on ancient Greek dining was the sole official volume of the Athens 2004 Olympic Games. Since migrating to NYC, she's opened Loi Restaurant (203 West 70th Street; 212-875-8600) and has cooked for President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and 250 White House guests. The sassy chef, who's sometimes called the "Martha Stewart of Greece," recently released her latest treatise, The Greek Diet: Look and Feel Like a Greek God or Goddess and Lose up to Ten Pounds in Two Weeks with health journalist Sarah Toland.

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Jamie Bissonnette's The New Charcuterie Cookbook Is Your New Guide to Curing Meats

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Fairly new to the NYC culinary scene, Jamie Bissonnette has long been regarded as one of the best chefs in the Northeast (see his James Beard Foundation nominations and awards, for instance). The recipient of Food & Wine magazine's People's Choice: Best New Chef and winner of the $10,000 grand prize on Food Network's Chopped, the executive chef/owner of Boston's Toro and Coppa as well as Chelsea's Toro (85 Tenth Avenue; 212-691-2360) should certainly be accustomed to the limelight. Bissonnette has recently stepped up his game even further; the renowned champion of nose-to-tail cuisine just released his first tome, The New Charcuterie Cookbook: Exceptional Cured Meats to Make and Serve at Home.

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Marcus Samuelsson 'Wants to Encourage People to Evoke a Feeling' With Marcus Off Duty

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Not long after he arrived stateside 20 years ago, Marcus Samuelsson started racking up awards. At the age of 23, when he was Aquavit's executive chef, he received his first three-star rating from the New York Times -- he was the youngest chef to ever do so at the time. Four years later, he was assigned the "Rising Star Chef" award by the James Beard Foundation. He's since gone on to openly the highly acclaimed Red Rooster Harlem (310 Lenox Avenue; 212-792-9001), become a New York Times award-winning author, cook dinner at the White House, and launch several other concepts. Now the amicable chef is inviting readers into his home, with Marcus Off Duty: The Recipes I Cook at Home.

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