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

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All photos courtesy of the Key Group
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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Krista Njapa
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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Photos courtesy Marcus Samuelsson Group
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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Downtown Italian Aims to Re-Create the Experience of West Village Spots at Home

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Gabe and Katherine Thompson with Joe Campanale
After a random meeting through a mutual friend, chefs Gabe and Katherine Thompson hit it off -- as you may have surmised from the joint last name. Shortly after meeting Gabe, Katherine was approached by her former colleagues Joe Campanale and August Cardona; they were opening a restaurant and wanted her to be the executive chef. She had no desire. Katherine, however, suggested Gabe try out for the position. He applied and conducted tastings. The day before he was supposed to accept another job, he was offered the position at Dell'Anima (38 Eighth Avenue; 212-366-6633).

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Geoffrey Zakarian's My Perfect Pantry Is Bringing Cooking Back to Basics

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Photo courtesy Clarkson Potter

In addition to his regular TV appearances on Chopped and Iron Chef America, working as executive chef and owner of The Lambs Club (132 West 44th Street; 212-997-5262) and The National, and overseeing numerous concepts on the Norwegian Breakaway cruise ship, Geoffrey Zakarian debuted the newly renovated The Palm Court in his position as culinary director at The Plaza. He is also the chairman of City Harvest's Food Council. Oh, and he became a father, yet again, when his wife gave birth to son George Harris in the spring.

On top of all that (and various other projects and commitments), the celebrity chef recently released his second cookbook, My Perfect Pantry: 150 Easy Recipes From 50 Essential Ingredients.


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Death & Co.: Modern Classic Cocktails 'Is a Love Letter to the Industry'

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Photo by Justin Graham; all photos courtesy Penguin Random House
Death & Co. co-founder David Kaplan
In 2006, David Kaplan came to New York with a dream of opening his own bar. The consummate host, Kaplan started playing bartender when he was 18, with a tiki-themed bar in his friend's dirt-floor garage. Little did he know his little hobby would lead him to co-own one of the most highly acclaimed bars in the world.

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Dominique Ansel: The Secret Recipes Seeks to Inspire Creativity in Baking

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Dominique Ansel is arguably the world's most widely recognized pastry chef. At his namesake Soho storefront, Dominique Ansel Bakery (189 Spring Street, 212-219-2773), he's garnered a reputation for his innovative sweet treats, most notably the infamous croissant-doughnut hybrid, the Cronutâ„¢ -- a year and a half after its debut, people are still lining up for hours just to get a bite of the lauded pastry. Now they can make it themselves: The toque recently released a debut cookbook, Dominique Ansel: The Secret Recipes, featuring his greatest hits and the stories behind them.


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