10/06/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Emeril Lagasse Signs Deal For 10 More Cookbooks

Bam! Ten more books.

Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc., which owns the rights to the Emeril Lagasse franchise of books, television shows and kitchen products, on Thursday announced a 10-book deal between the celebrity chef and publisher HarperCollins.

Under the multi-year agreement, Mr. Lagasse is set to release his first book--with a focus on indoor and outdoor grilling--in May 2009. Although the chef, who is known for his enthusiastic cooking style, has produced 12 titles with HarperCollins since 1993, the book will be his first in four years. It will also be one of HarperCollins' first releases under its new HarperStudio imprint.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed, though Mr. Lagasse will receive a modest advance, as well as 50% of profits generated from the titles, according to Robert Miller, head of HarperStudio.

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