Celebrity chef cookbooks

This is the ninth cookbook from celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis, who has two Las Vegas restaurants: Giada at The Cromwell and the more casual Pronto at Caesars Palace.

De Laurentiis was born in Italy, and in the book she talks about “the pleasure that Italian home cooks take in every aspect of preparing meals.”

She’s known for putting a California twist on Italian classics, “so my dishes are usually lighter and fresher, but still very Italian,” she said. “I

also simplify the recipes and include ingredients that are easy to find. It shouldn’t be hard to make a great meal.”

“Giada’s Italy” was released in March (Clarkson Potter; $35).

While Cleveland-style barbecue may not rank in the pantheon with Memphis, Texas and the Carolinas, Michael Symon’s creation is his homage to the city’s

Eastern European heritage, which he has been showcasing since 2016 at Mabel’s BBQ.

Now Mabel’s BBQ is coming to Las Vegas, with an offshoot scheduled to open at the Palms by the end of the year. In the meantime it’s possible to get a fix without traveling to “the Best Location in the Nation.”

The Iron Chef and James Beard Award winner’s new cookbook, “Michael Symon’s Playing With Fire,” was released in April (Clarkson Potter; $30). The book features recipes for condiments such as Cleveland BBQ Sauce, made with ingredients including local favorite Bertman Ball Park Mustard.

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