The Best Cookbooks of 2013—Chosen by Giada, Bobby, Guy and More!

12/30/2013 at 01:09 PM ET

Best Cookbooks 2013

Ali Rosen is the host and founder of Potluck Video, a food and drink website that takes you behind the culinary scene with celebrity chefs, restauranteurs, producers, mixologists and more.

If your New Year’s resolution is to eat less takeout, your favorite celebrity chefs have we got you covered.

Because a good recipe is the greatest motivation to put down that phone and pick up a handful of fresh ingredients, we turned to the pros for their favorite cookbooks of 2013.

Food Network celebs Giada De Laurentiis and Bobby Flay both chose The Chew host Michael Symon’s  cookbook, 5 in 5, while Ted Allen and Aaron Sanchez picked fellow Chopped star Scott Conant‘s new Scarpetta book.

Others went with more offbeat choices; Cooking Channel’s Nadia G., for example, loves the cookbook that came with rapper 2 Chainz’s new album, which includes the recommendation that readers get a gold bowl to cook in.

And that’s just the beginning. Hear cookbook picks from Guy Fieri, Danny Meyer and more in the video below.

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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