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Friday, June 8, 2012

Weekend Cooking- Things Were Cooking at BEA

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Things were cooking this year at the annual Book Expo of America, held at the Javits Center in NYC June 4-7.

I managed to pick up a few food-related items this time around, as you can see in the photo:

I got a blad of The Barefoot Contessa's new book, Foolproof, scheduled to publish on October 30th. On the back is a recipe for raspberry crumble bars. I make many of Ina Garten's recipes, and her Chicken with Shallots from how easy is that? is in our current rotation.

David Venable from QVC has his first cookbook coming out on October 9th, Comfort Foods That Take You Home, and he was signing blads and handing out aprons, which was nice. He took the time to talk to everyone in line, and spoke of the fact that the first time Paula Deen was on TV was on his QVC show, in the kitchen with David. There are five recipes in his blad, including one for Southern BBQ Chicken that looks good.
Not a flattering picture of David Venable

Bravo TV's Top Chef had three alumni there, including Carla Hall, who now co-hosts ABC's daytime show The Chew. She had a very long line, and I didn't wait to get her signed blad of her upcoming cookbook, Cooking With Love, as I have seen her a few times at tapings of The Chew. She is a hoot!
Carla Hall
Mike Isabella had champagne and rainbow cookies at his signing at the Perseus Books booth, a welcome diversion. He signed blads of his upcoming Mike Isabella's Crazy Good Italian and chatted with people.
Mike Isabella

The last Top Chef alumnus there was Angelo Sosa, who was promoting his book, Flavor Exposed. I did not get to see him as I was waiting in a loooong line to get Chris Colfer's (Kurt from GLEE) book.

Bon Appetit contributor Jenny Rosenstrach's turned her blog, Dinner- a Love Story into a book from Ecco, a Harper Collins imprint. I'm looking forward to reading this one. Jenny and her husband believe it is important to cook dinner for their family every night, and this book chronicles that story, along with recipes. (I agree wholeheartedly with her; I tried to cook for my family every night, and when my sons went to college, they cooked and ate with their roommates almost every night.)

Moll Anderson handed out samples from her upcoming book, Seductive Tables for Two, but I'm not sure about this one. The photos are beautiful though. 

The book I'm most excited about is Marlene Koch's Eat More of What You Love. Perusing it I found several recipes I'm going to try, including Steak Diane, (how apropo!), which I made tonight and was pronounced delicious by those lucky enough to be served it.  It only had 265 calories per serving, and I love that along with the nutritional information at the end of each recipe, she lists the Food Exchanges too, including Weight Watchers Plus Point Comparison.

I can tell that I will be using this book alot, the recipes are all of food my family would eat, not necessarily 'diet food'. 

If you went to BEA this year, did you get any cookbooks?


  1. One year, one year, I will get there.
    Hey David! Mr. Venable and I have spent many hours together..but since he was on the TV he might not know it.

    1. David was super-nice to everyone, he spent time chatting with all who waited in line.

  2. Thank you SO MUCH for bringing us photos and stories from BEA! I did ArmchairBEA...

    Great how you showed all the food-related book stuff. It must have been amazing to see all the food celebs!!

    I am going to go after my family obligations lessen. Last time I was out of town for business, the pet hedgehogs almost died! Long story...

    Thanks again for bringing us 'a taste' of BEA :D

    1. Thanks for your kind words; I'm working on more BEA posts. I had such a fabulous time!

  3. How exciting! Love hearing about the new foodie books. Eat More of What You Love sounds really good.

  4. Oh, fun! I'd adore going to an event like this. Maybe one day...

  5. wow, it would have been such fun to be there. Thanks for sharing your day with me.

  6. What a great haul!! I'd love to go one year.
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  7. Looks like you had fun! Have a great week.

  8. I was so excited to see Ina Garten!!!! It was also great to see you! You picked up some great books.

  9. Now you have me wishing I was there-not much excites me celebrity wise-I was in Paris recently and met my favourite pastry chef-that excited me-I would enjoy meeting cookbook authors-how fun to get some new food related books.

  10. i had to look up the word ‘blad’ but now I know what it is I can ony say what a good idea! That last book you mentions ounds interesting withthe WW points pre-counted.
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  11. Sounds like a great time. Nice round of books, too! I didn't know Ina Garten had a new one coming out. Have to look for it. The chicken sounds delicious.

  12. very good selection - I'm already looking for more details...