Here are your Wednesday afternoon book deals. McSweeney's — which has previously published Mission Street Food and Toro Bravo — reveals that it will release a third cookbook, titled All Under Heaven. Writer and artist Carolyn Phillips plans to feature hundreds of recipes from the "35 cuisines of China" in this "encyclopedic survey of Chinese food." All Under Heaven will feature illustrations on nearly every page and readers can expect recipes for dishes for everything from fried green onion noodles to "lotus-wrapped spicy rice crumb pork." The cookbook is slated to be released in the Spring of 2015.
According to Publishers Marketplace, James Beard award-winning chef John Ash and writer James Fraioli are publishing a book with Running Press. Titled Wild, it will be a "culinary odyssey" that takes a look at the "highest quality wild foods on the planet." The book will be released in 2015.
Next, Travel Channel host George Motz has landed a deal to write a hamburger cookbook. Publishers Marketplace notes that the currently untitled book will be published by Abrams and is set to hit shelves in 2016.
Chef James Briscione — who is also Director of Culinary Development at New York City's The Institute of Culinary Education and the chef collaborator on IBM's "Chef Watson" project — will release a cookbook with Clarkson Potter. According to Publishers Marketplace, the as-yet untitled book is similar in concept to the Chef Watson food truck and will focus the "scientific understanding of flavor pairings," featuring "seemingly disparate ingredients." It will also feature 150 recipes. There are no details regarding a release date yet.
Finally, 22-year-old truffle dealer/wunderkind Ian Purkayastha and writer Kevin West have landed a deal to publish a book titled Truffle Boy with Hatchette Books. Publishers Marketplace notes that the memoir was (no joke) pitched as "Kitchen Confidential for the Vice Generation." The book is about how a teenager from rural Arkansas "found his passion and made it big in New York City" by "hustling" truffles. There are no details regarding a release date yet.