Johnny Iuzzini’s Dream Pop-Up ...

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Snap, crackle, and pop. Photo: Bravo

Surprise! It's not restaurant-related. Over at the Traditional vs. Modernist Cuisine panel at the French Culinary Institute last night, Grub Street had a quick chat with the newly liberated pastry chef about an upcoming project that isn't going quite as planned: a children's book based on his life. "I was a kid who grew up in the Catskills, a latchkey kid," he explained to Grub, with some details about the book's stars, "John-boy and Sugar." Unfortunately, Johnny says publishers keep passing because he insists it be a pop-up book and "you have to be Harry Potter for that."