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Fashion Designer Zac Posen Is Now a Cookbook Author, and More Book Deals

Plus Ron Cooper's guide to mezcal and Virginia Willis's latest Southern cookbook.

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Here are your Wednesday afternoon book deals: According to Vogue, fashion designer and Project Runway judge Zac Posen is taking a step away from the fashion world for just long enough to write his first cookbook, titled Cooking with Zac. The creative director of Brooks Brothers has been testing recipes and uploading images to Instagram (he has over 1 million followers). That hashtag, for those who are interested, is #CookingWithZac. Do we smell a TV deal?

Healthy #soba #Soup wjth mini chicken #quenelle and asparagus. #CookingWithZac

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Posen tells Vogue the book will include recipes on everything from St. Louis barbecue to healthy "energy meals" like lentils with tarragon, chervil, and lemon zest. Published by Rodale it is set to be released in the fall of 2017.

Jonah Miller, chef/owner of Manhattan's Huertas and James Beard Rising Star Chef nominee, is writing a greenmarket-focused cookbook with partner/general manager/beverage director Nate Adler. Titled Downtown Spanish, it will concentrate on modern, everyday Spanish cooking inspired by the authors' hometown of NYC. Published by Regan Arts, it will include 100 food and drink recipes.

Southern cooking expert and chef Virginia Willis will release a collection of recipes of contemporary Southern cuisine titled Secrets of the Southern Table: A Food Lover's Tour of the Global South. Focused on the new cooking of the South, the book is set to be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in the spring of 2017. It will coincide with the development of her recently announced television series on WGBH by the same name.

Renowned chef Alain Ducasse is for some reason writing a guide to the best drinks, food, and service in NYC in his new book Alain Ducasse's New York. Naturally bistros are covered, as are: old-fashioned delicatessens, five-star restaurants, bakeries, and neighborhood gems. The book will include Brooklyn's hippest restaurants as well as Manhattan's best street food. Published by Rizzoli, it will be released next month.

Founder of Del Maguey Single Village Mezcals Ron Cooper, partnered with agave expert and journalist Chantal Martineau, put together Mezcal: An Artist's Journey into Mexico's Liquid Soul. The book chronicles Cooper's voyage through the mountainous region of Oaxaca while exploring the traditional culture and mysticism surrounding the spirit's ancient history. Mezcal is "packed with tales of adventure, humor, folk art, and spirituality," punctuated by cocktail recipes and photography. Published by Ten Speed Press, a release date has not yet been set.

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