Based on the mouth-watering recipes featured in the popular PBS series The Great Chefs, here is the beginning of a terrific new cookbook series. The Great Chefs series has been running for years on The Discovery Channel and PBS stations across the country. A series of self-published paperbacks, organized by region, has sold more than one million copies through TV sales alone. Now, for the first time, the Great Chefs cookbooks will be available in bookstores — but with several important differences. The first, major difference is that these new cookbooks are organized by cuisine. Second, they’re packaged in a handy paper-over-board format, with page layouts that are spacious and easy-to-follow. And last, the low price will attract even those who aren’t familiar with the show. Each book contains more than 150 recipes, all easily prepared at home. There are also profiles of the chefs, and special tips that will help the home chef cook like a pro. Great Chefs Cook American is a wonderful collection of standard American favorites (corn fritters, New England clam chowder) and more exotic recipes from American chefs (New Orleans barbecued shrimp, jerk chicken). Great Chefs Cook Italian blends traditional Italian cuisine with Italian-inspired recipes with an American flair. Featured dishes include ravioli with basil sauce, osso bucco, and shiitake mushroom risotto. Together, they are a fabulous start to an exciting new series.