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Oprah's memoir is delayed, but her cookbook is coming in January

Oprah's memoir is delayed, but her cookbook is coming in January
Oprah has announced a new cookbook, but her memoir is on hold (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

There's good news and bad news for bookish Oprah Winfrey fans. The bad news: Her upcoming memoir, "The Life You Want," has been postponed indefinitely.

The good news: You'll only have to wait until early 2017 to buy the media mogul's new cookbook, "Food, Health and Happiness: 'On Point' Recipes for Great Meals and a Better Life," the Associated Press reports.

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The cookbook will be the first offering from Winfrey's new publishing imprint, as yet unnamed, with Flatiron Books. Winfrey's book will be followed up by several nonfiction titles selected by the talk show host, Oscar-nominated actress, Broadway producer and cable network owner.

Winfrey's cookbook is inspired by her recent experiences with Weight Watchers, the program she credits with helping her lose several pounds, she said in a statement. She's also an investor in the company, and has starred in a television commercial for them.

"In the past several months on Weight Watchers, I have worked with wonderful chefs to make healthier versions of my favorite meals," she said. "When people come to my house for lunch or dinner, the No. 1 thing they ask is, 'How is this so delicious and still healthy?' So I decided to answer that question with recipes everyone can enjoy."

Winfrey has written a previous book, "What I Know for Sure," a 2014 collection of her inspirational columns for O, The Oprah Magazine.

She also wrote the introduction for "O, The Oprah Magazine Cookbook," which was published in 2008, and lent her name to "In the Kitchen with Rosie: Oprah's Favorite Recipes," a 1994 cookbook written by her former personal chef, Rosie Daley.

"Food, Health and Happiness" will be published on Jan. 3 – just in time for people starting the year off with new diets. The publication date for her memoir is as yet unknown.

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