Here now, your Friday-afternoon book deal roundup: First up, former Bon Appetit special projects director/prolific Instagrammer Colu Henry has landed her first cookbook deal, signing on with Clarkson Potter to write Back Pocket Pasta, "a guide and inspiration for cooking pasta dinners artfully on the fly." According to a press release, the book will feature 100 recipes for seasonal pastas (like one for shells with delicata squash, pistachios, brown butter and sage), while Punch editor-in-chief Talia Baiocchi will provide additional color about wine pairings. The book is scheduled to hit shelves in spring 2017.
Meanwhile, New York Observer restaurant critic/Eater at the Movies critic Joshua David Stein will write his first-ever children's book, and of course, it's food-themed: Publishers Weekly reports Can I Eat That? will be published by Phaidon in spring 2016, with the picture book featuring illustrations by Julia Rothman. And PW also brings news that travel journalist and Paris, Paris author David Downie will write Taste of Paris: The History of the Parisian Love Affair with Food for St. Martin's Press. According to the site, the book will provide "a combination of culinary history and urban adventure that explores how and why Paris became the world's greatest food city." No release date for Downie's book has been set.