2018 Fall Cookbooks
2018 Fall Cookbooks
I'm spending the next few months traversing the country by campervan. Although it's equipped with a small kitchenette, cooking will be pretty limited to simple stovetop recipes and anything I can make in a 3-quart InstantPot. I'm already missing my cookbook collection, which is certain to expand with the amazing fall lineup of new releases. Here are the books I'm most looking forward to cooking from when I get back to my kitchen:
September Cookbook Releases
The Essential Pantry: Streamline Your Ingredients, Simplify Your Meals and The Essential Plant-Based Pantry: Streamline Your Ingredients, Simplify Your Meals both by Maggie Green (September 1st)
Maggie Green is an author, cookbook-writing coach, and fellow cookbook lover. This book is perfect for anyone looking to simplify their cooking or have an easier time making a meal from what is on hand. Maggie starts with a pantry of 50 items and builds an impressive variety of satisfying foods only using those ingredients. Also, check out her soon to be released cookbook podcast: Cookbook Love Podcast (@cookbooklovepodcast) celebrating cookbook readers, buyers, collectors, writers, & clubs. You'll hear me on one of the upcoming episodes!
Now & Again: Go-To Recipes, Inspired Menus + Endless Ideas for Reinventing Leftovers by Julia Turshen (September 4th)
I'm in a constant cycle of trying new recipes then eating my way through their leftovers so I look forward to seeing where Julia Turshen goes with her new book. Might it be an expansion on the popular section of "Seven Lists" from Small Victories ("Seven Things to Do With Leftover Roast Chicken", etc)?
Wine Food: New Adventures in Drinking and Cooking by Dana Frank and Andrea Slonecker (September 11th)
I love exploring ingredients—from olive oils, new-to-me produce, vinegars, and spices. I'm delighted to discover their flavors and play with new combinations. This book is all about exploring flavors between wine with food. This will certainly be a fun one to cook through.
Rich Table: A Cookbook for Making Beautiful Meals at Home by Sarah and Evan Rich (September 18th)
Rich Table is a beloved San Francisco restaurant, known for its iconic Sardine Chip, and Porcini Doughnuts among other favorite dishes. I've had the pleasure of eating here and look forward to recreating a few of my favorite dishes.
Almonds, Anchovies, and Pancetta: A Vegetarian Cookbook, Kind Of by Cal Peternell (September 25th)
I love the premise of the book by longtime Chez Panisse Chef and current podcaster (@cookingbyear) Cal Peternell. Every recipe is enhanced by either Almonds, Anchovies, and Pancetta, most vegetarian except for those featured flavor enhancers.
Rose's Baking Basics: 100 Essential Recipes, with More Than 600 Step-by-Step Photos by Rose Levy Beranbaum (September 25th)
Not much of a baker myself, I appreciate the idea of a streamlined list of recipes with step-by-step instructions by Rose Levy Beranbaum, the foremost authority on baking.
October Cookbook Releases
Five Seasons of Jam by Lillie O'Brien (October 2nd)
Have I ever made jam before? Nope, but I have a feeling this book could change that with its seasonal year-round approach. Each season features the produce that is in season and best processed at its peak, reminds me a bit of Joshua McFadden's Six Seasons.
Sous Vide Made Simple: 60 Everyday Recipes for Perfectly Cooked Meals by Lisa Q. Fetterman, Scott Peabody, and Meesha Halm (October 9th)
I'm a #kitchenmaximalist, meaning I love having all the kitchen gadgets at my disposal. I regularly use my Anova Sous Vide Cooker and am looking forward the follow up to the first book by this trio Sous Vide at Home, one of my favorite books of 2016.
Comfort in an Instant: 75 Comfort Food Recipes for Your Pressure Cooker, Multicooker, and InstantPot by Melissa Clark (October 16th)
Speaking of having all the gadgets, I'm also a big fan of my InstantPot, and consider Melissa Clark's Dinner in an Instant my go-to resource for Instant Pot recipes. I look forward to this fresh batch of recipes to explore.
Ottolenghi Simple by Yotam Ottolenghi (October 16th)
Like just about everyone else on the planet, I'm gaga for Ottolenghi's cookbooks. My only gripe are that his recipes typically contain multiple preparations per recipe, requiring a commitment of time to cook. I look forward to discovering the more simple side of Ottolenghi.
Pasta, Pretty Please: A Vibrant Approach to Handmade Noodles by Linda Miller Nicholson (October 16th)
Not sure if I'll ever cook from this book, but I find Linda Miller Nicholson's Instagram (@saltyseattle) completely mesmerizing—filled with her magical plant-dyed pasta dough creations.
The Noma Guide to Fermentation (Foundations of Flavor) by Rene Redzepi and David Zilber (October 16th)
I've recently been making my own condiments and love filling the pantry with my own creations. I'm completely intrigued by the flavors coming from the Noma kitchen mentioned in this book: "bright hit of vinegar, deeply savory miso, an electrifying drop of garum, or the sweet intensity of black garlic." The book offers step-by-step guide to make the pantry ingredients along with recipes to use them.
Estela by Ignacio Mattos and Gabe Ulla (October 23rd)
I've been to NYC a handful of times for business, and one such time afforded me the opportunity to eat at Ignacio's Mattos' Flora Bar. The dinner was magical, bright with fresh flavors that were deeply satisfying. I look forward to learning what Chef Mattos has to share.
Everyday Dorie: The Way I Cook by Dorie Greenspan (October 23rd)
I'm ashamed to admit I've never cooked a Dorie recipe! She's a prolific cookbook author, but somehow hadn't made its may to my kitchen. I hope that all changes with this book. In the Eater Fall Cookbook roundup Daniela Galarza mentions that Dorie includes "explanations of what to look for: the sights, sounds, and smells of a dish in process, and clues for when it’s done". I love recipes that teach you this way. Can't wait to cook from it.
House of Vinegar: The Power of Sour, with Recipes by Jonathon Sawyer (October 23rd)
Home cooks are increasingly interested in adopting the complex flavors of acids, their secret long held by chefs as key to good cooking. We've seen interest surge with last year's award-winning hit books Salt Fat Acid Heat by Samin Nosrat and Acid Trip by Michael Harlan Turkell.
Cooking with Scraps: Turn Your Peels, Cores, Rinds, and Stems into Delicious Meals by Lindsay-Jean Hard (October 30th)
You might know Lindsay Jean-Hard as the moderator of the #f52cookbook club, and now we can cook along with her as she shares tips for turning kitchen scraps into satisfying meals.
I Am a Filipino: And This Is How We Cook by Nicole Ponseca and Miguel Trinidad (October 30th)
I love trying food from around the globe and have been hearing (and seeing) for the last couple years that Filipino food is the next "it" cuisine. Beyond adobo I know very little and suspect this book will change all that. I love the authority this book promises from the start, beginning with title.