Richard Blais

November 5 @ 5 PM

Anderson's Bookshop - Naperville
123 West Jefferson Avenue, Naperville, IL

Join Anderson’s Bookshop for an in-person event and signing line with author and Celebrity Chef Richard Blais, to celebrate the release of Plant Forward on Sunday, November 5th at 5pm CT in our Naperville Store. The presentation will be followed by an audience Q&A and a signing and photo line.

This event will be held in our Naperville store location (123 West Jefferson Ave), and pre-registration is required as space is limited.  




More about Plant Forward

Next Level Chef co-star and Bravo’s Top Chef All-Stars winner Richard Blais and his wife, Jazmin, deliver 100 bold & stylish recipes that cast veggies in the starring role on your plate.

In their new book, Plant Forward, the Blaises open their kitchen to show you how they eat and maintain healthy habits when the TV cameras are off. Using humor and heart, Richard details how he found his path to health by moving meat to the side in favor of a more plant-centric diet. He teams up with Jazmin to show you how to have fun with cooking, taking produce to an entirely new level without having to abandon meat or dairy entirely—think Zucchini al Pastor and Carrot Hotdogs!

Each chapter focuses on a particular veggie or category of plant foods, from cauliflower to greens to tomatoes to whole grains, showcasing many of the diverse ways in which it can be prepared. The recipes feature Blais’s creative signature style but remain approachable for time-strapped individuals and families. With this array of innovative flavor combinations and flexibility, get ready to embark on the ultimate cooking and eating adventure.

Sample Recipes:

  • Tomato and Watermelon Poke
  • Jerk Cauliflower Steaks
  • Potatostones
  • Broccoli Top Pesto with Kale and Whole Wheat Spaghetti
  • Zucchini Fritters with Parmesan
  • Carrot Osso Bucco with Polenta
  • The Blended Mushroom Burger
  • Eggplant and Chickpea Samosas
  • Anytime Almond Biscuits

Plant Forward is complete with full-color photos, pantry upgrades, and the Blais cheat sheet—a weekly guide to staying on track.

Learn how to achieve balance and fall in love with cooking again with the Blaises. Whether you are a seasoned chef yourself or a humble home cook, Plant Forward will help you achieve your healthy eating goals and challenge culinary norms with one of America’s most dynamic and inspiring foodie couples.

About the Authors: 
Richard Blais
Perhaps most recognizable as the winner of Bravo’s Top Chef All-Stars and a guest judge on Top Chef, RICHARD BLAIS is a successful chef, restaurateur, James Beard Award–nominated cookbook author and television personality. After graduating from the Culinary Institute of America, he went on to train at some of the world’s most esteemed restaurants, including The French Laundry, Daniel, Chez Panisse, and el Bulli. Blais then relocated to Atlanta where his creative approach to cooking and cuisine led to the establishment of Trail Blais, a culinary company that has consulted on, designed, and operated multiple locations of Flip Burger Boutique in the Southeast and Juniper & Ivy and The Crack Shack restaurants in San Diego, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas. Blais’s debut cookbook, Try This at Home: Recipes from My Head to Your Plate, was a finalist for a James Beard Foundation Award. Blais regularly appears as a host and judge on Food Network programs such as Guy’s Grocery Games, Beat Bobby Flay, and Food Network Champion. He has appeared on the TODAY Show, Good Morning America, The Rachael Ray Show, Dr. Oz, and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, as well as in numerous publications, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Food & Wine, Bon Appétit, People, and InStyle. He resides in Southern California with his wife and two daughters.

Jazmin Blais
Jazmin grew up on the Gulf Coast of Florida and attended the University of Florida, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology. She then attended Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, completing work in a master’s program and earning an advanced degree in public health. In Atlanta, Jazmin became interested in the world of food and restaurants and also met Chef Richard Blais. They married in 2006 and soon had two daughters. Along with a new family, Jazmin and Richard took their shared experience and vision to create a food and beverage consulting company. Trail Blais has consulted on culinary outlets across the country and consistently brings fun, vibrant eating establishments to varied communities. Jazmin operates as the company’s Chief Operating Officer and manages most of the day-to-day operations. In her spare time, she has received certification as a yoga instructor (RYT 200) and studied Reiki healing and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction techniques. She also enjoys volunteering in the focused areas of homelessness and food insecurity. Jazmin resides in Southern California with her family.