An irreverent book making the rounds in Hollywood now is Spencer Walker's Cook to Bang. A kind of Tyler Florence meets Tucker Max, the cheeky cookbook--chapter heads include "Kinky Kitchen Essentials" and "Libation Lubrication"--is being adapted from Walker's blog of the same name which offers exactly what its title promises, recipes to help guys lure women into bed. Jud Laghi at LJK sold the book to St. Martin's and Howie Sanders at UTA is handling film rights. The L.A. management firm Tom Sawyer Entertainment, which handles Walker, is shopping the film rights with Sanders, and Tom Sawyer principal Jesse Hara said the pitch for studios and producers is "Judd Apatow does Chocolat."
Patricia Burke, at Inkwell Management, has just closed a deal on film rights for Richard Morais's forthcoming gastronomic novel, The One Hundred Foot Journey. A working producer has optioned rights to the novel, which Scribner is pubbing in fall 2010. Morais, a senior editor at Forbes who was born in the U.S. but spent much of life abroad, follows an Indian chef who manages to work his way up from humble beginnings as a cook in Mumbai to the head of a renown Parisian restaurant. Morais's first book, an unauthorized bio of Pierre Cardin was published by Bantam UK.