It's an extra-special newsletter today and it’s all about the latest and most exciting cookbooks coming out this fall. Fall is by far one of the busiest seasons for cookbooks (and as far as I know, at least in America, all books including cookbooks are published on Tuesdays) and believe me, there are a lot of wonderful and inspiring cookbooks and it wasn't easy to narrow them down. On my shortlist you'll find some familiar names and many new ones, quite a few British Bake Off stars (and one from the singular season of American Bake Off that never aired) each bringing us their stories, recipes, and unique perspectives.
Let's jump right into my top 13 cookbooks of this season (arranged in no particular order).
Every time Nigel Slater announces a new book, I quickly make a spot next to all his other books that sit on my bookshelf. His latest book, A Cook’s Book is like your favorite chocolate cake, sweetened with fond memories and layered with Nigel’s wisdom to make us all better cooks in the kitchen.
We don’t publish enough cookbooks on Native American cusine, and I was thrilled to see an early copy of this special new book. In it, Chef Freddie Bitsoie provides valuable lessons on using ingredients such as acorns, corn, prickly cactus pears, and more and teaches us how to use them.
Earlier this year award winning cookbook author Bryant Terry announced the launch of his new imprint 4 Color Books dedicated to sharing books by BIPOC chefs and writers. The flagship publication of the new imprint is Black Food, and this cookbook contains recipes by a stellar cast of food authors that include Stephen Satterfield, Kristina Gill, Toni-Tipton Martin, Erika Council, Hawa Hassan, and many more.
This is one of the most exciting cookbooks I’ve come across this year and presses the much-needed refresh button on all our favorite cookies. The recipes are creative, approachable, and the photography equally brilliant. The problem is which recipe to start with.
The newest edition to the Food52 series of cookbooks and one that I think is it’s best yet. We all want a break from cooking and if anything, the last year proved that we love to eat tasty food but want to spend minimal time cooking if possible. Yup, me too! This book shares the same name with Emma’s column at Food52 and like it encourages you to be more independent and go with the flow.
I’ve never been to Mexico and if there is one person in the world (other than my husband) that I’d want to visit this beautiful country with, it would be Pati Jinich. Her blog and her television series have taught me a lot including how to prepare cactus pads (one of the tastiest vegetables to grill) and I’m looking forward to to making birria, Pati’s way.
The cover of this book is stunning and what also caught my eye were the recipes for the anchovy fried rice and the laksa. Chef Mandy Lin of the acclaimed London restaurant, Sambal Shiok Laksa Bar, celebrates Malaysian cuisine and the different cultural influences that shape it.
I’m a big fan of The Korean Vegan’s YouTube Channel so when news came out of Joanne Lee Molinaro’s new book, you can bet I was excited about it! You’ll want to sit down with this book outside of the kitchen and appreciate the stories behind the food as well as the gorgeous photography.
In India, a thali is a plate that contains an assortment of various dishes and is a wonderful way to try from food from a state or a particular region of the country. This delightful book on Indian cooking includes recipes that center around four regional thalis from the country. The recipes are as vibrant as the cover, and I know how my dinners will be themed this year.
A new book from the beloved cookbook author, Dorie Greenspan. Included in the book are Dorie’s favorite recipes or “Sweethearts” as well as a useful guides on baking techniques and ingredients. Besides desserts, there’s also a section for savory baking that I’m excited about.
From the winner of the American edition of The Great Bake Off that never aired, Vallery Lomas’s debut cookbook is positively inspiring just like her. This is a book that is filled with warmth and a fresh take on classics. Make the chocolate mint moon pies!
The much-awaited sequel to Edd Kimber’s One Tin Bakestakes a pragmatic approach to gluten-free and vegan baking. Included in the book are useful instructions on adapting the recipes to baking tins you already own in your kitchens. Try the rocher cheesecake inspired by the famous Ferrero Rocher sweets.
The new classic from the legendary food writer, Claudia Roden is captivating, graceful, and full of wisdom. Expect to fall in love quickly with this book, the pumpkin soup with orzo and amaretti is a charmer but then again, so is every recipe in this book. The American edition is called "Mediterranean" and I must admit, I prefer the cover of the U.K. edition.
Not only is Ruby Tandoh a brilliant baker and cookbook author, but she is also a talented food writer whose work I admire tremendously. Her latest cookbook is practical and inviting and acknowledges the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Q. What are some of the new fall cookbooks you're looking forward to this year? Drop their names in the comment section below.