Some friends and I will be heading to a book signing for Emeril Lagasse’s latest cookbook “Sizzling Skillets and Other One Pot Wonders” on October 13. After the summer of really great food I’ve had cooking from his “Farm to Fork” cookbook, I want to meet him and thank him for such culinary inspiration. This new cookbook looks as if it it might take me through fall and winter, too.


It seems several chefs are out on book tours at this fall. Here’s some info on who is touring right now.


  • New York City Food & Wine Festival – Tomorrow, October 1, if you’re in New York City, you can hit the celebrity chef book signing jackpot. Alton Brown, Rocco Dispirito, Robert Irvine, Giada DeLaurentiis, Paula Deen, Jacques Pepin, the Neelys and more will be on hand to sing books throughout the day.
  • Emeril’s “Sizzling Skillets” Book Tour. The book is Emeril’s tribute to one-pot wonders with dishes that can be baked in a cast-iron skillet, braised in a dutch oven, seared in a hot wok, or simmered in a slow-cooker.
  • Lidia’s Italy in America book tour. Lidia Bastianich is doing both book signings and cook demonstrations on her tour this fall to promote her latest cookbook “Lydia Cooks from the Heart of Italy.”
  • Alton Brown’s book tour. Alton is touring to promote his latest cookbook “Good Eats 3” and doing talks, Q&A’s, and signings (with a few special dinners thrown in). Before you head out to one of his book signings, though, take a look at his Fanifesto.

Enjoy your weekend and make family dinner a priority at least one night!


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Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

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