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.

Constructed in 1906, Bently Heritage Estate Distillery’s mill was once home to the Minden Flour Milling Company.
The Napa Valley Wine Train offers a variety of excursions, including a new murder-mystery dinner ride. Photo by David H. Collier
The sisters also created a pair of pink sweats with a satin bow as part of their new clothing line.
After a two-year absence, Smith & Wollensky opened on the Strip and still features drinks with generous hand-pours. Photo by KeyLimePhotography
Bank Atcharawan is known for his expertise on rieslings, whose fruitiness complement Thai dishes. Photo by K.M. Cannon
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David Perrico’s Pop Strings Orchestra provided the evening’s entertainment.
Former Raiders quarterback Jim Plunkett, center, chats with attendees and shakes hands with Dave Melroy during the Raiders Foundation’s second “Celebrity Swing” at TopGolf.
American artist Aaron Taylor Kuffner created the sonic kinetic sculpture “Gamelatron Perhiasan Emas di Awn Hitam” or “Golden Jewels in a Black Cloud” for the new John Hardy store at The Forum Shops. Photo by Aaron Taylor Kuffner
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