Designer, decorator, restaurateur, model and television personality Barbara “B.” Smith is saying good bye to the East Coast. The mogul is reportedly closing shop on yet another one of her restaurant locations and moving out of New York to head to warmer climates.
Smith, who shuttered her popular Washington D.C. restaurant location last year after 20 years of operation, is now letting go of her Sag Harbor restaurant as well as her million-dollar Central Park apartment, Page Six reports.While many sources have said Smith has been battling some health issues, her husband, Dan Gasby explained to the paper that they’re just looking to move to a warmer climates and expand the B. Smith licensing brand.
“There’s a difference between quitting and knowing when to quit,” Gasby said. “There is nothing noble about being old in the cold. I’m 60. My wife will be 65. We had a great run for 17 years in Sag Harbor.”
B. Smith’s Sag Harbor location has been the “only Black-owned business of any consequence for 55 miles,” since it opened in 1997 Gasby noted. This spring, restaurateur Richie Notar, will expand his Midtown restaurant Harlow into the prime waterfront space.
But not to worry, B. Smith won’t be totally gone from the dining and entertaining scene. Her West 46th Street flagship restaurant in New York is still open and she hopes to start “a new, fresh approach” to their homeware brand, which already has deals with Walmart and Bed, Bath & Beyond.
Meanwhile she and her husband are considering “going South” to Florida, Costa Rica or Panama for a change of pace. “Every time you wake up, you have something to worry about at the restaurant…I don’t want to be ‘13 Years a Slave,’” Gasby said. “You realize it’s very important that you enjoy life to the fullest.”
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Kitchen Stars: 15 Tasty Celebrity Cookbooks
1. Stars In The Kitchen & On The Shelves
If it's one thing I love more than pop culture, it's food. So when you mix the two, I'm in heaven. From Patti LaBelle to Coolio, celebrity cookbooks are a plenty and well worth the read! Check out some of our favorite celebrity cookbooks!
2. Angie Martinez
Radio and TV personality Angie Martinez and acclaimed chef Angelo Sosa join together for innovative and delicious recipes that blend the art of Latin cooking with healthy eating. Based on the sexy, spicy, and satisfying foods they cherish from their Cuban, Dominican, and Puerto Rican backgrounds, Angie and Angelo remix classic recipes like ropa viejo and arroz con pollo without the guilt. http://amzn.to/1tMZtDT
3. Maya Angelou
Throughout Maya Angelou’s life, from her childhood in Stamps, Arkansas, to her world travels as a bestselling writer, good food has played a central role. This cookbook is a stunning collaboration between the two things Angelou loves best: writing and cooking. You'll get yummy recipes and stories about Angelou's biggest memories surrounding her signature dishes. http://amzn.to/1jaQHWh
4. Big Ang
We met Big Ang (Angela Raiola) as the boisterous, yet raspy and crass standout cast member on "Mob Wives. She quickly won our hearts with her witty one liners and almost-out-of-breath laugh. When she's not hanging with the Mob Wives or running her Staten Island bar, The Drunken Monkey, Ang cooks Italian American feasts for 10 to 15 people every Sunday! Who knew?! http://amzn.to/1narfRf
5. George Freeman
From dorm rooms and first apartments to suburban homes and four-star restaurants, the George Foreman grill is one of America's most popular small kitchen appliances. So having Foreman dedicate and entire cookbook to mastering his clever invention was natural. As a world-class athlete and father of ten, Foreman is focused on fresh, healthy foods that keep him and his family strong. http://bit.ly/1md439M
6. Patti LaBelle
Patti said it herself, "Food has always been at the center of my joy, from the fish fries my parents had every weekend to the barbecues I have in my backyard today. Food can bring people together, to laugh, to eat, and to simply celebrate life. Food and the ability to share it with others is also a gift that you can give to those you love." http://amzn.to/1md4nW7
7. Morgan Freeman
I never knew that golden voiced actor, Morgan Freeman knew his way around the kitchen! Freeman tapped a few of his celebrity friends (Katie Couric, Tom Hanks, Hilary Swank & Alicia Keys) and created a Caribbean cookbook to help rebuild the hurricane-devastated island of Grenada in 2004. They share their fave Caribbean recipes and stories of what the islands mean to them. http://amzn.to/MOlI7s
8. Maya Angelou
Renowned and beloved author Maya Angelou returns to the kitchen—both hers and ours—with her second cookbook, filled with time-tested recipes and the intimate, autobiographical sketches of how they came to be. Inspired by Angelou’s own dramatic weight loss, the focus here is on good food, well-made and eaten in moderation. http://bit.ly/1gbiANW
9. Eva Longoria
Get to know the sassiest Desperate Housewife, Eva Longoria. In this cookbook, she shares recipes from the food she was brought up on to the recipes that inspired by her travels abroad to the dishes she serves during casual nights at home. Who knew Longoria grew up on a ranch? She teaches cooking skills and she sprinkles in the histories, stories and traditions behind her favorite dishes. http://amzn.to/1eSnWiu
10. Dolly Parton
This southern cookbook features more than 125 recipes, including many from Parton´s personal collection of southern specialties including her popular banana pudding. It also includes recipes from Dollywood family adventure park and Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede Dinner. Parton also includes recipes for dishes from her favorite restaurants after 40 amazing years on tour. http://bit.ly/1gz9FnS
11. 2 Chainz
When 2Chainz released his B.O.A.T.S. 2 #Metime album, he offered it with a cookbook called #Mealtime. This 28-page cookbook features recipes from 2Chainz' tour bus. Keep in mind that these meals are made while going 70 MPH on a tour bus. But with instructions like, "Put on your Versace apron," Chainz wants to make sure we take out "Me Time" before cooking. http://bit.ly/1bs4IQi
Ever want to learn how to cook a 5-star meal on a 1-star budget? Coolio's got your back. His recipes are built around solid comfort foods with a healthy twist. Try his "Finger-Lickin', Rib-Stickin', Fall-Off-the-Bone-and-into-Your-Mouth Chicken," and finish off with "Banana Ba-ba-ba-bread" sweetened with golden honey. This is the cookbook for the man who says he can't cook. You'll learn quick! http://amzn.to/1md5a9u
13. Isaac Hayes
He is the voice of "Chef" on "South Park," but Isaac Hayes has always had a passion for good food. Before becoming an entertainer, Hayes was a short-order cook & father of five, who would make delicious soul food dishes. This is a rare collection of recipes and reminiscences that reveals Isaac's passionate and eclectic interests from soul food and soul music to superstars and super-nutrients. http://amzn.to/1hfT657
14. Patti LaBelle
Patti LaBelle reveals her mouth-watering culinary secrets for eating your way to a long and healthy life. Treat your body like a temple, not an amusement park. With LaBelle's Diabetes diagnosis, eating right became her lifestyle and this book is chock-full of the kind of recipes that are hearty, but light. http://amzn.to/1jBKOES
15. Gladys Knight
It was Gladys' mother's death from diabetes that helped her learn the importance of eating right. "At Home With Gladys Knight" is more than a collection of recipes. It's an inspirational guide that people with diabetes can use to lead a full and healthy life with the disease. It includes personal anecdotes from Gladys & captures her mother's heartbreaking, yet inspiring fight against diabetes. http://amzn.to/1evKfnZ
Mo'Nique has always been known for her hilarious criticisms of "Skinny B*tches." Her cookbook is no exception. This isn't food South Beach diet style. This is food with flavor, from chocolate & cream to sugar & butter & everything in between. From hilarious food memories to kitchen strategies and what to wear when cooking, she offers the kind of advice that every woman in the kitchen needs. http://amzn.to/1md5Vzd
17. Patti LeBelle
From Patti's own lips, ""From the time I was a little girl, I knew there were two things in this world I was born to do: sing and cook. I've spent my life developing my voice and my recipes, and to tell you the truth, I'm hard pressed to say where I'm happiest--in concert or in the kitchen, making music or making meals." http://bit.ly/1evKvDl