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Rachael Ray can’t stop with the cookbooks, will sign another Friday in Atlanta

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Rachael Ray eats and breathes recipes. They seem to come out of her pores. The result: 19 cookbooks since 1999.

The daily talk-show host writes at least eight or nine recipe a week, she said in an interview last week promoting her latest cookbook “Rachael Ray’s Look and Cook.” She has a book signing set for Friday at Barnes & Noble in Buckhead at 7 p.m.

Ray always keeps a notebook handy to jot down recipes that pop into her head. Flying from her home base in New York to Chicago for a book signing last week, she conjured up recipes for stuffed red cabbage, a Spanish style fish stew and a vegetable soup, to name a few.

“I buy these little French notebooks by the dozen and I go through one a month,” Ray said. She said she typically only needs minor tweaks after the fact once she tries them out. “I’ve been working in kitchens since I was 12,” said the 42-year-old. “I don’t make complicated food.”

Despite her prolific nature, she isn’t worried about plagiarizing herself on her Food Network and Cooking Channel programs and her syndicated talk show seen locally on WXIA-TV at 2 p.m. weekdays. “I’ve made 100 minestrone soups, 500 burgers, 27 different cacciatores,” she said. “People never get tired of twists on familiar themes, whether it’s croque-monsieur or mac and cheese. I take comfort foods and keep doing variations on things people love.”

And having been on umpteenth book signings, the dog loving Ray has come up with a new twist: at the Atlanta event Friday, she’ll hold a simultaneous pet adoption event outside. She’ll also donate $7,500 to LifeLine Animal Project, which promotes homeless pet adoption and provides low-cost spay and neuter services. Ray’s two-year-old premium dog food line Nutrish and new dog treat line Just 6 have generated $1.4 million for pet-related charities.

Ray’s voice sounded a bit ragged over the phone. She apologized, saying plane cabin air makes her congested. “During the whole tour, I cough and sneeze,” she said. “I take Zicam.”

Fortunately, Ray said she hasn’t gotten laryngitis since she had vocal cord surgery a few years ago to unclog glands that kept welling up. “I had to be quiet for three weeks,” she said. “Now I can talk 20 hours a day. If that won’t kill it, nothing will!”

Book signing

Rachael Ray’s “Look & Cook”

Friday, December 17, 7 p.m.

Free event

Barnes & Noble

2900 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta

404-261-7747

http://store-locator.barnesandnoble.com/event/67883

You need to purchase a book on site to get it signed. Wristbands to guarantee a place in line will be handed out starting at 9 a.m. that day.

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[...] During the whole tour, I cough and sneeze,” she said. “I take Zicam.” Fortunately, Ray said she hasn’t gotten laryngitis since she had vocal cord surgery a few years ago to unclog glands that kept welling up. “I had to be quiet for three weeks … Bing News – Full Story → [...]

Enemas for Christmas

December 15th, 2010
12:06 pm

I read that Rachael Ray was once mistaken for a teen aged boy.

spate

December 16th, 2010
1:28 pm

I was at the Southlake Barnes and Noble in Morrow last night. Rachael Ray is scheduled to be signing at that location on Saturday. 12-2, I believe.