Cooking Up a Storm: Seven Big Cookery Titles for April 2012

De Laurentiis, Giada. Weeknights with Giada: Quick and Simple Recipes To Revamp Dinner. Clarkson Potter: Crown Pub. Group. Apr. 2012. 240p. ISBN 9780307451026. $35; eISBN 9780307953223. COOKING
De Laurentiis may be a Food Network star, but she has to rustle up dinner for her family like the rest of us. Here are quick but good recipes ranging from salads to doctored leftovers to Breakfast for Dinner (that would involve eggs). Mostly Italian with California-global influences; since all five of De Laurentiis’s have been New York Times best sellers, totaling 3.3 million copies in print, you should get this. Huge tour, all over the place.

DeSimone, Mike & Jeff Jenssen. The Fire Island Cookbook. Atria: S. & S. Apr. 2012. 272p. ISBN 9781451632934. $30. COOKING
With a Thanksgiving just around the corner, it might seem a little jarring to consider a cookbook about summer picnics. But why not? Inspired by the barrier island off Long Island’s south shore where New Yorkers crave to vacation, this book packs in recipes relying on seasonal produce and appropriate for each weekend, from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Some of the recipes can be prepared in the morning before one heads to the beach, while others are for more elegant weekend parties. Neat idea, and Martha Stewart provides the foreword.

Dispirito, Rocco. Now Eat This! Italian: Favorite Dishes from the Real Mamas of Italy‚ All Under 350 Calories. Grand Central. Apr. 2012. 352p. ISBN 9780446584517. $26.99. COOKING
We all love Italian food, but it’s too fattening to eat, right? Actually, Dispirito‚ once named Food & Wine‘s Best New Chef, star of the hit reality series Rocco’s Dinner Party, and author of the syndicated AP column Now Eat This!‚ offers recipes for things like Calamari Fritti and Spaghetti Pomodoro for half the calories. Look for Dispirito’s appearance on Good Morning America.

Dukan, Pierre. M.D. The Dukan Diet Cookbook: The Essential Companion to the Dukan Diet. Crown Archetype. Apr. 2012. ISBN 9780307986733. $25. COOKING
With The Dukan Diet a big hit‚ a No. 1 New York Times best seller, it was still on the Times extended list five months after publication‚ can The Dukan Diet Cookbook be far behind? Of course. Here are 350 recipes focused on the two most important phases of the diet, Attack (protein) and Cruise (protein and vegetables). A 15-city local Dukan Diet bus tour, with the cities to be announced. Yummy.

Mayes, Frances & Edward Mayes. The Tuscan Sun Cookbook: Recipes from Our Italian Kitchen. Clarkson Potter: Crown Pub. Mar. 2012. 224p. ISBN 9780307885289. $29.99; eISBN 9780307953865. COOKING
In 1996, Mayes published Under the Tuscan Sun‚ and the rest, as they say, is history. Now more than 3 million copies of that book and its follow-ups are in print. This book is graced with more than 125 recipes, from orange and fennel salad to seafood risotto, but the really mouthwatering aspect could be the 150 color photographs of fresh produce and Tuscan scenery. Most likely a big hit; watch for the national tour.

Moreno, Mike, M.D. The 17 Day Diet Cookbook: 80 All New Recipes for Healthy Weight Loss. Free Pr: S. & S. Apr. 2012. COOKING
Based on the New York Times best-selling The 17 Day Diet, which puts the reader through four 17-day cycles‚ Accelerate, Activate, Achieve, and Arrive aimed at recalibrating your metabolism for maximum efficiency‚ this cookbook aims to be not just a diet cookbook but a healthy-food cookbook. Bring it on!

Stewart, Martha. Martha’s American Food: A Celebration of Our Nation’s Most Treasured Dishes, from Coast to Coast. Clarkson Potter: Crown Pub. Apr. 2012. ISBN 9780307405081. $40. COOKING
Who better than the queen of American lifestyle to give us an American cookbook? The 190 recipes here range from New England Clam Chowder and Shrimp and Grits to Indiana Succotash and Whoopie Pies. Whoopie! All those Martha Stewart fans‚ Martha Stewart Living alone claims 11 million readers‚ will want this. Martha definitely has all the right venues for promoting; there will even be a excerpt.

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Barbara Hoffert (, @BarbaraHoffert on Twitter) is Editor, LJ Prepub Alert; past chair of the Materials Selection Committee of the RUSA (Reference and User Services Assn.) division of the American Library Association; and past president, treasurer, and awards chair of the National Book Critics Circle.