Real Housewife of New Jersey and cookbook author Teresa Giudice landed a cookbook deal with Running Press for FABULICIOUS!: The Italian Family Cookbook, according to Publishers Marketplace. It is to feature "easy, budget-friendly recipes that will please the whole family."

So, like, thirty-minute meals on a bankruptcy budget, New Jersey-style?

Giudice has probably learned a lot about "budget-friendly recipes" recently, especially since she's in debt for $11 million. She's shilling for a tanning salon, selling her mansion, and auctioning everything she and her husband own, including a six-foot tall suit of armor and (yikes) their wedding rings.

Disturbingly, her first cookbook Skinny Italian: Eat It and Enjoy It Live La Bella Vita and Look Great, Too! actually landed on the NYT Paperback Advice bestsellers list, which officially makes her a New York Times bestselling cookbook author. She proudly sticks that bit of info on her Twitter bio and her equally fabulicious website. It's like, literary!

Did you also know that a lawyer for the Dept. of Justice handling her case in federal bankruptcy court filed a complaint because she failed to report a $250,000 book advance from Hyperion for Skinny Italian? Hopefully this time around she reports the book advance money! Look for it in Spring 2011!

Republished with permission from Authored by Raphael Brion.