What's Cooking @ ALA

What's Cooking @ ALA

The What’s Cooking stage will be heating up the exhibit floor with fantastic displays of the latest cookbooks. Chefs will be on stage every day preparing the hottest recipes and autographing their latest books.


Time Saturday Sunday Monday
 9:30-10:30am    Jeffrey Weiss  
10:30-11:30am Six Sisters Julie Morris  Sharynne Frazer
11:30-12:30pm Claudia Lucero Cantor Mitch  
1:30-2:30pm Russell Van Kraayenburg Marlene Koch
2:30-3:30pm Barton Seaver Ying Chang Compestine  
3:30-4:30pm Kelly Cooper  

Jeffrey Weiss CookbookJeffrey Weiss: Charcuteria: The Soul of Spain

California-based professional chef Jeffrey Weiss has more than 15 years' experience, including cooking with James Beard award-winning chef Jose Andres and Spanish-based chefs Dani Garcia and Adolfo Munoz. He is one of a select few Americans to earn the prestigious ICEX culinary scholarship that allowed him to live in Spain, learn the regional cuisines and cook in the kitchens of top Spanish chefs.

Sponsored by Agate Publishing

Claudia Lucero CookbookClaudia Lucero: One Hour Cheese

Claudia Lucero is the entrepreneur behind UrbanCheesecraft.com and DIY Cheese Kits, which she sells through Etsy, specialty food shops, and select Whole Foods stores. She also developed the home cheesemaking kits for Williams-Sonoma’s Agrarian product line. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

Sponsored by Workman Publishing

Russell Van KraayenburgRussell Van Kraayenburg: Haute Dogs: Recipes for Delicious Hot Dogs, Buns, and Condiments

Haute Dogs gives the classic cookout staple a fresh and tasty twist, with recipes inspired by everything from south-of-the-border BBQ to Japanese fusion to modern food-cart cuisine. Handcraft your own top-notch dogs, buns, and condiments with step-by-step from-scratch instructions, and brush up on your hot dog history with an in-depth look at tasty traditions from the U.S. and beyond. Just in time for summer, this indispensable guide will make your grilling extraordinary.

Sponsored by Quirk Books

Barton SeaverBarton Seaver: National Geographic Kids Cookbook: A Year-Round Fun Foods Adventure

Feast your eyes on National Geographic Fellow and acclaimed chef Barton Seaver’s first cookbook for kids, serving up a plateful of fun for kids who are just learning to cook. Accompanied by a side of sustainability, this year-round adventure invites kids to try 50 yummy and health- conscious recipes, cool celebrations, and kitchen challenges. It’s garnished with profiles about real people, cool food facts, plus content about culture, geography, and family. With so much on the table, this book belongs in every family's kitchen.

Washington, D.C. chef Seaver is an influential voice in the culinary world, especially for his strong take on seafood and sustainability. In his first book, For Cod and Country, Seaver introduced an entirely new kind of casual cooking featuring seafood that isn’t overfished or harvested using destructive methods. Now he's taking on a whole new audience: KIDS.

Sponsored by National Geographic Children's Books

Julie Morris CookbookJulie Morris: Superfood Juices

Julie Morris is a Los Angeles-based author, natural food chef, and advocate of whole, plant-based foods and superfoods. She has worked in the natural food industry for close to a decade as a recipe developer, writer, cooking show host, and spokesperson, and is the executive chef for Navitas Naturals, a fair-trade company that specializes in 100% organic superfoods. 

Her mission is simple: to share recipes and nutrition tips that make a vibrantly healthy lifestyle both easy to achieve and delicious to follow. To learn more about Morris and superfoods, visit juliemorris.net.

Sponsored by Sterling Publishing

Cantor Mitch CookbookCantor Mitch: Kosher Cuisine for a New Generation

Cantor Mitch is a lover of great food and great music. He lives to entertain, and his life is a recipe of spirituality, music, friends, family, and tantalizing feasts. Mitch learned from his mother how to appreciate every dish set upon the table. A self-taught chef, he has done everything from working in kitchens to taking to the road with a singing telegram company. He eventually found his way to the synagogue, and after 25 years in the Cantorate, he is taking on a new challenge as the Singing Chef.  As a born entertainer, his enthusiasm and musical spirit show through during every cooking event.

Sponsored by Scarletta Press

Marlene Koch CookbookMarlene Koch: Eat What You Love Everyday

Marlene Koch, a New York Times bestselling author with more than a million books sold, a regular guest on QVC, a registered dietitian and culinary expert, and media personality is known for her amazing ability to deliver good health, with great taste! Her incredible recipes have appeared everywhere from Cooking Light, Woman's World, and Diabetes Health to The Today Show and the Food Network. Visit her at marlenekoch.com.

Sponsored by Perseus Books

Ying Change CompestineYing Chang Compestine: Secrets of the Terra-Cotta Soldier

Ying Chang Compestine, a popular author of children’s books, cookbooks, and novels, grew up in China and now lives in California. Ying's Revolution Is Not a Dinner Party received numerous awards including being named an ALA Best Book for Young Adults and an ALA Notable Children's Book.

Sponsored by Abrams Books


Six Sisters CookbookSix Sisters: A Year With Six Sisters

The Six Sisters—Camille, Kristen, Elyse, Stephanie, Lauren, and Kendra—grew up in Utah, but a few of them moved away as they grew up. The sisters started the blog in February 2011 to keep in touch while they were apart, but it has since gained popularity, garnering more than 11 million views per month and more than 316,000 followers on Pinterest.

Sponsored by Shadow Mountain

Kelly CooperKelly Cooper: Cookies for Grown-Ups

Kelly Cooper’s novel flavor combos are rooted in California’s rich Santa Clara Valley, once known for its bounteous fruits and nuts, now celebrated as Silicon Valley. Kelly bakes using what’s fresh-picked, just as her grandmother taught her, but she is as innovative in her recipes as her new neighbors are in their work. When Kelly is not teaching or baking In San Jose, she’s inventing sophisticated cookies in the Nevada home she shares with her husband, or hiking or traveling the southwest to give baking lessons in cookware stores or to appear in guest-chef TV slots from Denver to Santa Fe. 

In Cookies for Grown-Ups, she pairs each brunch, coffee break, tea time, cocktail hour or après dinner cookie with an adult drink.

Sponsored by Red Rock Press

 Sharynne FrazerSharynne Frazer: RAWFoodExpress Health & Wellness Cafe

Very popular Radio Talk Show Host, Health Activist, celebrity RAW Food Chef and Teacher, Chef Sharynne Frazer delivers jaw-dropping, heart pounding up-to-the minute lifestyle change and medical updates. With more than 30 yeas in the medical profession, she doesn't mince words and will always "tell it like it is."

Books:  Barnes & Noble #1 (2009) - "Empowered", "How To Change Your Life With Raw & Living Food" (2009)

E-books:  How To Grow an Organic Garden, You've Been Diagnosed With a Yeast Infection...Now What?  How To Plant, Grow & Cook With Natural Herbs", "How To Become A Vegetarian"

Radio Show:  The RAW Truth with Chef Sharynne Frazer