BEHIND THE PLATE
The Official Release: Virgil's Barbecue Road Trip Cookbook

-Boston Butt, the Virgil’s Way - This rendition of pulled pork was even more tender and juicier than expected. While most pulled porks dry out quickly, this one was moist and packed with flavor, each shred of meat seeming to melt away as we ate.

-True Texas Brisket - Smoked for 13-15 hours and complete with a thick crust of aromatic spice rub, layers upon layers of flavor run throughout this perfectly delicate meat. It was suggested that we pair the brisket with Virgil’s Mild BBQ Sauce, which was a great suggestion indeed. The sauce clearly features a medley of pungent, spicy, and smoky ingredients, and when combined with the flavors of the rub, each and every one of those elements steps out to be enjoyed.

DELICIOUS DEBUTS
Cooking Light's Global Kitchen: The World's Most Delicious Food Made Easy

Are you a take out junkie? Try making the dishes at home! Cooking Light Global Kitchen: The World's Most Delicious Food Made Easy is a new cookbook covering the greatest culinary hits across the world. Penned by David Joachim, a New York Times best-selling author in collaboration with Cooking Light, a leading epicurean magazine, the book boasts 150 international recipes that aren't to difficult for a beginner. Featured favorites include Classic Pad Thai, Chicken Tikka Masala, and Chipotle Pork Tamales.

STAR STRUCK
Toni Marie Ricci Opens Up: I Married a Mobster

Toni Marie Ricci got the surpise of her life when she found out she was married to a mobster. Michael 'Mikey Scars' DiLeonardo wooed her in, but forgot to metion that he was a Gambino capo working for John Gotti, Jr. After discovering that her husband had an illegitimate child with his mistress, Toni Marie did not get mad - instead, she got even - by testifying against her ex-husband at his trial. Toni Marie was recently on the hit show, I Married a Mobster, which features a different woman each episode, who shares her story about the rise and fall of their marraige. We chat with Toni Marie about her reasons for doing the show, what she's up to now, and the importance of advocating for women who have suffered abuse.

HOW-TO
Dudes Only: Esquire's Cookbook Just for Men

For some men cooking dinner involves a roasting pan and a spice rack, but sometimes they need a manly dose of cooking to really beef them up. Esquire food editor Ryan D'Agostino is here to provide that with his unapologetically male-centric "Eat Like a Man" cookbook.

It’s D'Agostino's repertoire of perfect recipes, essays on how food figures into the moments that define a man’s life, and all the useful kitchen points every man needs to know. He employed the help of chef friends Daniel Boulud, Tom Colicchio, Eric Ripert and Michael White, who shortlisted a selection of recipes for the man who loves to eat, read, dream and cook food. Amongst the golden nuggets of foodie knowledge the book features a definitive step-by-step, do's and don’ts guide to hosting a dinner party.

HOW-TO
Top Secret BBQ DNA Revealed: Brother Jimmy's Releases First Cookbook

Brother Jimmy's fans rejoice! The wildly popular Southern style BBQ has just released their first cookbook containing over 100 finger-licking-good recipes; including Hush Puppies with Maple Butter, Frickles, Smoked Brisket, Deep-Fried Mac & Cheese, Pecan Pie. There's also instructions on how to whip up their signature Southern style drinks such as Swamp Water, Palmetto Punch and Carolina Coolers! Additionally the cookbook shares tips on how to make homemade seasoning, how to properly smoke meats, as well as "recipe music playlists," drinking games, and even decorating tips!

HOW-TO
Michelle Obama Invites Us Inside the White House Kitchen Garden


Since becoming First Lady, Michelle Obama has stood as a passionate advocate for healthful eating and exercise. In her first year as the President's wife, Mrs. Obama planted a Kitchen Garden on the White House's south lawn that inspired a new conversation all across the country. Now you can read all about it in her first-ever cookbook, American Grown.

In American Grown, Mrs. Obama shares her personal journey of becoming the nation's best-known child health advocate as she recounts the many achievements of the 27-month-old Let's Move! childhood obesity initiative. It also includes a comprehensive gardening guide by the chief White House horticulturalist; 16 recipes and essays from the White House chefs; and a peek inside community and school gardening projects from Hawaii to New Jersey.

HOW-TO
Hero Food: A New Cookbook by Seamus Mullen

Yesterday, award winning chef Seamus Mullen of Tertulia released his first cookbook, Hero Food: How Cooking with Delicious Things Can Make Us Feel Better. The book demonstrates how to turn key ingredients into delicious dishes.

Seamus was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis a few years ago and has since discovered that basing his cooking on 18 key ingredient has vastly improved his quality of life. In his cookbook, he demonstrates how to prepare over 80 recipes featuring his 18 hero ingredients. What are these mysterious ingredients? Olive oil, dried beans, almonds, grains, anchovies, good eggs, good birds, sweet peas, parsley, berries, carrots, corn, stone fruit, good fish, squash, mushrooms, greens, and good meat.

CULINARY OCCASIONS
Celebrating the Release of Cookbook, My Husband is NOT a Vegetarian

Due to an overwhelming response, I have extended the special offers for cookbook, My Husband is NOT a Vegetarian. Before the cookbook release date, there were many phone calls and emails requesting information about the cookbook. I felt very humbled being that I just love to cook and promote healthy living while improving our planet. The outcome and buzz that I received was not, at all, anticipated, but was a major blessing.

The release of my cookbook is a little bitter sweet to me. Don’t get me wrong, I am excited with the outcome and the buzz of the cookbook, My Husband is NOT a Vegetarian, but the realization that there are personal stories of my life in this cookbook is a little unsettling. The bitter feeling is recognizing that many of my family and friends will be reading stories that have never been revealed. Some may be asking, why put stories into your cookbook that you do not want revealed? Well, being that this is my first cookbook, I wanted my readers to know my journey and understand who I am. I also want readers to feel connected to me as I would when reading about an author. The BIO in my cookbook was one of the hardest parts to write for reasons of fear of exposing my life. I tried to suppress information, but realized quickly that restraining certain information is just not going to work. So I wrote my BIO as it was intended to be written.

DAILY BITES
There's An App for That

They really have thought of everything, haven't they?

It was announced today that Rovio, the company behind the popular timewaster app Angry Birds, was releasing a family cookbook centered around a variety of egg recipes. Rovio plans on publishing the book independently as both a book and an app, and will be collecting 90% of the profits.

BEHIND THE PLATE
An Interview with Top Chef Finalist Dave Martin of The Frying Dutchmen Truck

Young entrepreneurs Ben Goldberg and Jacob Davenport will be premiering their highly anticipated fry truck The Frying Dutchmen to the streets of Manhattan on May 20th. The gourmet fry truck will feature both Belgian-style fries and sweet potato fries along with a unique line-up of specialty sauces and dips.

Joonbug caught up with Dave Martin, who is The Frying Dutchmen’s Consulting Executive Chef, famously known as Top Chef's Season One Finalist, cookbook author and former Executive Chef of Lola, Crave (42nd Street) and VYNL Restaurants. Chef Dave Martin shares some insights on what New Yorkers can look forward to if they pay a visit to The Frying Dutchmen truck.