Joel Family Act and Locals in the Book Tent

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The same day Billy Joel performs at Jazz Fest, his wife Katie Lee Joel will be holding a book signing for her new cookbook "The Comfort Table." The event and potential celebrity sighting takes place at the Garden District Book Shop tomorrow, April 26, beginning at noon. Mrs. Joel's book focuses on recipes for Southern-style "comfort food" and was published earlier this month. Piano man Billy Joel headlines on the Acura Stage later that afternoon.

Meanwhile, at the Fair Grounds itself tomorrow, the book tent will host signings by authors of two New Orleans cookbooks and one New Orleans food memoir.

The lineup begins at noon with a visit from Kit Wohl, a local writer and publicist for Arnaud's Restaurant, who is promoting her latest cookbook "New Orleans Classic Seafood."

At 1 p.m., former Gambit Weekly restaurant critic Sara Roahen will sign copies of her memoir "Gumbo Tales: Finding My Place at New Orleans Table."

And at 2 p.m., local chef Susan Spicer of Bayona will sign her new cookbook "Crescent City Cooking."

Even if your diet doesn't allow cochon de lait po-boys, crawfish beignets, Prejean's gumbo, et al., a book lover can still fill the Jazz Fest day with food.

- Ian McNulty

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