Celebrity chef Mario Batali has inked a book deal for two new cookbooks.

Hachette Book Group’s Grand Central Life & Style imprint will publish the book, but Batali had previously published a number of books with HarperCollins Ecco imprint. Tony Gardner of Gardner Literary negotiated the deal and editorial director Karen Murgolo acquired the book in an auction.

The first book will come out in fall 2014, co-written with Washington Post writer Jim Webster–recipes focusing on “farmers and their top products in 12 American states.”

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