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It's celebrity chef cookbook season

Time to get cooking! Or at least buy a cookbook that will inspire you to start.

A whole slew of celebrity chefs, from those you've seen on TV to those whose creations (the Cronut) are the darlings of the media, have new cookbooks out.

Marcus Samuelsson's "Marcus Off Duty"

Sure, you've seen him on TV and heard
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Sure, you've seen him on TV and heard about (or perhaps eaten) at one of his popular restaurants, but with celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson's new cookbook, we learn what he makes at home. The beautiful, colorful cookbook features 150 multicultural recipes that take from chef's own diverse background. They include: Sticky Bacon Sandwiches, with coconut peanut butter, the Senagalese dish Soha Chicken Jollof Rice and Potato and Spinach Samosas with spicy buttermilk dip. The chapter called "Street Food" is all about food made in carts and food trucks. There are recipes for these, too.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Oct. 21, $25.66 at Barnes & Noble

Dominique Ansel's "The Secret Recipes"

The creator of the Cronut and so many
Photo Credit: Simon & Schuster

The creator of the Cronut and so many other French-inspired pastries and treats, Dominique Ansel is now also a cookbook author. His first title, "The Secret Recipes," includes the Cronut recipe (simplified for the home baker, though still quite the undertaking) as well as recipes for many other delights available at his Spring Street bakery. The best part of the cookbook - beyond the gorgeous, modernist photography - has to be the personal stories interwoven with the recipes. Yes, you do want to read about "The Pavolva Weak Spot."

Simon & Schuster, Oct. 28, $20.47 at Barnes & Noble

Geoffrey Zakarian's "My Perfect Pantry"

Geoffrey Zakarian is a restauranteur and TV celebrity
Photo Credit: Clarkson Potter

Geoffrey Zakarian is a restauranteur and TV celebrity chef. He just opened the revamped Palm Court at the Plaza Hotel, and is also the chef/ partner at The Lambs Club. You may have seen him on "Chopped" or "The Kitchen," too. Zakarian's new cookbook features 150 "easy" recipes made with 50 essential ingredients, and is a must for the at-home cook who is just looking to get comfortable in the kitchen. Making Dirty Rice with pine nuts and black pepper? You need the essential ingredient pine nuts, and Zakarian tells you what you need to know about it.

Clarkson Potter, Oct. 7, $23.36 at Barnes & Noble

Mario Batali's "America Farm to Table"

Possibly the most famous celebrity chef out there,
Photo Credit: Grand Central Publishing

Possibly the most famous celebrity chef out there, Mario Batali, opens his new cookbook with an introduction called "Farmers are the real rock stars." This coming from a self-professed music lover, is a big statement. "Farm-to-table" has become an obsession, he writes. Batali's "America Farm to Table" features recipes with farm-fresh ingredients and profiles of farmer's he knows and works with from different regions across the country. Recipes are typical of the Italian-minded chef and include: Risi Bisi (sweet pea risotto), Chicken Scarpariello with sweet and hot peppers and Chilled Pea and Scallion soup.

Grand Central Publishing, Oct. 7, $24.50 at Barnes & Noble

Harold Dieterle's "Kitchen Notebook"

Go inside chef Harold Dieterle's personal notebook and
Photo Credit: Grand Central Publishing

Go inside chef Harold Dieterle's personal notebook and take a peek inside his kitchen - you know you're interested! The very first winner of the hit Bravo series "Top Chef," Dieterle runs Perilla and Kin Shop in New York City. His food is an eclectic mix, featuring influences from Thai cooking (Kin Shop is a Thai restaurant), German cuisine and Italian, too. The cookbook's recipes are organized by calling out a single ingredient as being the focus of the dish, and then telling its story. Ricotta cheese with acorn squash tempura, truffle honey and toasted bread features a recipe, but also directions on how to make ricotta at home. The cookbook also features tips and techniques.

Grand Central Publishing, Oct. 14, $27.20 at Barnes & Noble

Ina Garten's "Make It Ahead"

The ninth cookbook from the
Photo Credit: Random House

The ninth cookbook from the "Barefoot Contessa" aka Ina Garten is full of easy, stress-free recipes for weeknights or any occasion. Everything is based on the make it ahead principle - so that when it comes time to get dinner on the table, much of the prep work, or baking, is already done. Garten uses this strategy even on big nights like New Year's Eve! This book is full of simple, fresh and comforting recipes, from skillet brownies to asparagus and prosciutto bundles to grilled New York strip steaks.

Random House, Oct. 28, $20.16 at Barnes & Noble

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