Stephanie Izard — Top Chef winner, emcee extraordinaire, and now cookbook author. Eat Me Daily reports that Chronicle Books has picked up Izard’s cookbook pitch for a Fall 2011 publication. The book, tentatively titled How to Think, Shop, and Cook like a Top Chef, will be coauthored by TOC’s own Heather Shouse — together, they’re an assuredly formidable Chicago culinary power duo.
Thanks in part to the book’s pickup, we bittersweetly report that Shouse is transitioning out of her role as TOC’s Eat & Drink editor to focus on a couple of other book projects. While she’s becoming a literary superstar, she’ll still be staying involved in the magazine in some capacity, overseeing the Eating & Drinking Guide and contributing regularly. No word on who’s replacing her at the helm of TOC’s food section, but we heartily welcome any and all rampant speculation.