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LA Chef Evan Funke Has Two Cookbooks on the Way

Plus new cookbooks from Martha Stewart, Daymon Patterson, and Betty Liu

Evan Funke
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  • The Los Angelenos who waited patiently for chef Evan Funke’s return to cooking — which he accomplished earlier this year with the debut of his acclaimed Italian restaurant Felix — are now forced to wait for Funke’s debut cookbook, as part of a two-book deal with Chronicle Books. First up: a master class on pasta, which will follow traditional Northern Italian techniques and include a selection of dishes that will skew to Funke’s well-known Italian-Californian perspective. It’s unclear if Funke is considering #fuckyourpastamachine as a book title.

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  • Followers of Martha Stewart can look forward to three new cookbooks from the lifestyle queen: Martha Stewart’s Pressure Cooker and Martha Stewart’s Grilling are due from Clarkson Potter in fall 2018 and spring 2019, respectively. A third book is also in the works.
  • Writer Natalie Eve Garrett, known for her collection The Artists and Writers'Cookbook: A Collection of Stories with Recipes, will compile a similar mix of personal stories from fellow writers into a new collection. Contributing authors include Joyce Carol Oats, Lev Grossman, and Diana Abu-Jaber, who reflect on life’s challenges and the meals that helped them through tough times. The recipes and stories can be found in the forthcoming book, Eat Joy: Stories and Sustenance for Dark Times, which will be released by Catapult Publishing.
  • American food critic, YouTube personality, and television presenter Daymon Patterson details the road map to tasting Americana in Eating Across America. In what sounds a lot like the Roadfood series from and and Michael Stern, the book promises a tour of some of the country’s best food trucks, street foods, and cheap eats; it’ll hit shelves in March 2018.
  • Betty Liu’s My Shanghai Kitchen: Recipes and Stories From a City on the Water is a look into the thousands-year-old cuisine of Shanghai — China’s most exciting, bustling city and rising cultural capital. Liu shares recipes and stories depicting how Chinese food is seasonal, healthy, and easy to make. The book’s release date is TBD.
  • Book and media publishers America’s Test Kitchen and Sourcebooks have minted a partnership to co-create a series of books designed for children. Exactly how many books will be published is unknown, but each will focus on new ways for children — from babies to teens — to connect with food; that plan includes cookbooks, baby’s first foods, and picture books.