Michael White may have lost a pastry chef, but he’s gained a book deal. Ballantine has announced it will publish Cook Like an Italian, his first cookbook since the Fiamma one. It’s described in a press release (yup, these deals now warrant press releases) as “two comprehensive and related volumes housed between one set of covers. The first will feature White’s recipes for the essential classics of Italian cuisine, along with notes on the towns, regions, culture, and traditions that gave rise to them. The second will be modern dishes inspired by Italian classics featuring contemporary ingredients and techniques.” It’ll be written by ubiquitous cookbook collaborator Andrew Friedman. No release date as of yet. Incidentally, Andrew Zimmern of Bizarre Foods filmed at White’s Marea yesterday, with Ruth Reichl; we hear he also dropped into Artichoke recently.