See the Cover of Dale Talde's Cookbook

The cheftestant also opens up about his Miami restaurant, opening later this year.

As if Dale Talde wasn't busy enough, the Top Chef competitor is adding another project to his docket. This year he will release a cookbook, Asian-American.

Set for release in September, Dale wrote the book with food writer JJ Goode, and it focuses on "proudly inauthentic recipes from the Philippines to Brooklyn." The book is inspired by the food Dale serves in his restaurants.

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In addition to sharing his excitement for the new cookbook on social media, Dale also opened up about his forthcoming new Talde outpost in Miami in an interview with the Miami New Times.

"I walk to Chinatown in Brooklyn, and you could be in mainland China," he said. "You can't help but be inspired by the live fish and whole pigs. Over at Talde Jersey City, there are more Indian and Filipino influences. We say the restaurant is Asian-American, but what does that mean in Miami? We want to do a riff on a Cuban sandwich in a bao, with roast pork and pickles. This is also the South, and there's a big tradition of barbecue."

The eatery will open in the Thompson Miami Beach Hotel this summer. And he notes that it's going to cater to the locals. "To us, the most important thing is that we get the people who live and work in this city involved in the restaurant," he said. "It's your restaurant. We're just running it."

"At the beach, you want fresh, bright, and light, and my food can totally translate," he added.

[Source: Hachette Book Group, Miami New Times]

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