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Book Deals: 'LA Weekly' Critic Besha Rodell, Singer Frankie Avalon, and More

Someone is publishing another weed cookbook too.

Frankie Avalon.
Frankie Avalon.
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LA Weekly restaurant critic Besha Rodell has landed a book deal with Clarkson Potter. Chrissy Teigen's editor Francis Lam will also serve as Rodell's editor. The publishing house tells Eater that the book will be "an exploration of the way Americans really eat." It will go beyond fine dining and cover how people eat in places like "cafeterias, theme parks, state fairs, and at home." The untitled book will feature a mix of investigative reporting and storytelling. There is no information regarding a release date yet.

Writer David DiBenedetto and the editors of Garden & Gun magazine are publishing a book with Harper Wave. Titled G Is for Grits, the book will be an "encyclopedic A-Z guide to the modern South, canvassing regional peculiarities, vocabularies, and traditions," notes Publishers Marketplace. There is no information regarding a release date yet.

Singer and actor Frankie Avalon has landed a book deal. According to Publishers Marketplace, the entertainment legend is writing a cookbook called Frankie Avalon's Italian Family Cookbook. In it, Avalon will share recipes for Italian classics like three-meat Sunday gravy and a tomato-ricotta lasagna. There will also be recipes for dishes such as roast pork with fig sauce and pork milanese on a trendy kale salad. Published by St. Martin's Griffin, the book will hit shelves October 6.

Marijuana connoisseur JeffThe420Chef has secured a book deal with Harper Wave. Dubbed "the Julia Child of Weed," by the Daily Beast, his book will focus on cooking and baking with marijuana. However, notes Publishers Marketplace, the yet-to-be-named book will feature "healthy" recipes that use milder CannaButter and CannaOils. The book will also detail the "various health and mood benefits that come from different cannabis strains." There is no release date yet.

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