Rachael Ray Heads to Austin's SXSW; Announces Book Release

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
The author and Emmy-winning chef is getting ready for next month

Rachael Ray, center, her husband John Cusimano, right, and Suffrajett's Simi pose for a photo at a day party hosted by Ray during the SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas on Saturday, March 15, 2008.(AP Photo/Jack Plunkett)

NEW YORK (AP) — Rachael Ray is multitasking.

The author and Emmy-winning chef is getting ready for next month's South by Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas, where she again will be hosting all-day music performances, with more than a dozen bands. One of those bands, The Cringe, is led by her husband, John Cusimano.

On Thursday, she also announced the first two releases on her Rachael Ray Books imprint with Atria Books. The books, both out this fall, are Heather Bertinetti's "Fake and Bake" and Associated Press food editor J.M. Hirsch's "Beating the Lunch Box Blues." Atria is an imprint of Simon & Schuster.

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