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Richard Blais Inks Deal for Second Cookbook

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has stolen the chef away from Clarkson Potter.

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Lifelong Top Chef guy/cat enthusiast Richard Blais has signed a deal to write a second cookbook with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. The publisher confirms that Blais' next as yet-untitled cookbook will hit shelves in the fall of 2016.

Eater got an early look inside Blais' first cookbook, Try This At Home: Recipes from My Head to Your Plate — a 2014 James Beard Award nominee — and wrote of the concept: "It's as though it wants to be the rock and roll Modernist Cuisine at Home, all blocky text, saturated colors, and babies in immersion circulators."

HMH writes that the new book will "showcase a wide range of exciting, never-before-seen recipes that will accompany his signature humorous and personal stories." Will Blais reveal a secret recipe for cat bone broth? Blais said in a statement that the book "will focus more on simple, beautiful food with minimal ingredients and clean, accessible technique. It will be the sort of food that you want to eat every day. It will be about maximizing flavor but with a lighter and healthier approach overall."

Blais' first book was published by Clarkson Potter. Justin Schwartz will be his editor at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.