Stained Page News is a weekly cookbook newsletter.

LA Book Deals, Chinese Soul Food

Hello and WELCOME to the first issue of Stained Page News. I'm your host, Paula Forbes. You may have heard I like cookbooks. I've been reviewing cookbooks for a decade now (jeez) for such publications as Lucky Peach, Food52, Epicurious, Eater, and Eat Me Daily. You can read my reviews here.

The point of this newsletter is to compile cookbook nerdery that I would otherwise just send into the abyss of Twitter. Think book deals, links to articles, random things I find on Instagram, cover reveals, and more. Revel in the minutiae of cookbookery a bit. Got tips? No detail too small. Hit me up:

Great! Let's begin, shall we?



So the biggest news in my corner of the cookbook world, at least, is that my first cookbook, The Austin Cookbook: Recipes and Stories from Deep in the Heart of Texas, is coming out March 20 from Abrams Books. It's a collection of recipes from some of Austin's best restaurants, with essays and interviews and instructions for ordering margaritas properly. Migas! Barbecue! Queso! Pecan pie! It features the photography of Robert Strickland, who is great, and food styling by Liz Pearson, who is also great. You can pre-order it here.


Deals via Publishers Marketplace unless otherwise noted.

Cookbook publishers have been mining Los Angeles restaurants for a few years now, and it looks like 2018 is no exception. Nancy Silverton has signed with Knopf to write a cookbook for her Los Angeles restaurant Chi Spacca, working title How to Cook Like an Italian Butcher. (Chi Spacca is part of Batali & Bastianich Hospitality.) Think meat, lots of meat.

More LA: Chef Evan Funke has signed a deal to write his first cookbook (and second, it's a two book deal) with Chronicle. The book, named after his super hot restaurant Felix, will be a "masterclass on pasta."

Food writer Maggie Hoffman has sold her second cocktail book to Ten Speed. Her first book, The One Bottle Cocktail, comes out March 6.

And speaking of cocktails, Michael Wolf of Nashville tiki bar Chopper signed with Turner to write Garden to Glass: Grow Your Drinking From the Ground Up.



I'm a big fan of what Sasquatch has been putting out over the past few years, their books are very well designed, and I'm still swooning over Renee Erickson's gorgeous A Boat, a Whale, & a Walrus. The publisher's latest offering is Chinese Soul Food by Hsiao-Ching Chou, a collection of home-style Chinese recipes. Dumplings, low-key stir fries, and spicy noodles sound just about right this time of year. Get it!

Nielsen's bestselling cookbooks of 2017 list has been announced and—guess. Can you guess? I bet you can guess. Okay, fine, I'll tell you. It's the Pioneer Woman: Ree Drummond's The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Come and Get It got the top slot with 478,954 copies sold. Yowza. The rest of the list is comprised of the usual suspects: Thug Kitchen, diet books, and a whole lotta Instant Pot. (And another Pioneer Woman book coming in at #6, of course.)

Speaking of sales, the cookbook business just keeps on growing, according to NPD BookScan: "Adult non-fiction title unit sales increased 3 percent year over year in 2017," with "continued acceleration" in the cooking category.

"I prefer to focus on the quality of the book," says Clarkson Potter cookbook Editor-at-Large Francis Lam in a Washington Post profile earlier this week. "Does this person have a good reason to write this book? If the author is an outsider, how do they deal with being an outsider? That's what I care about."

Food writer John Birdsall recalls a research trip to the Isan region of Thailand with chef James Syhabout for Taste. Their cookbook, Hawker Fare, came out last week.

Here's a cool Kickstarter for a cookbook from chef Nicolás Mejîa Terriquéz. The book would cover the foods of his native Colima region of Mexico (en español).

Missed this from Time when it came out. How do publishers deal when scandal hits their authors? Mentions racist butter queen Paula Deen.

Congrats to Jamie Oliver for selling more books than anyone else in the UK last year. That's books, not cookbooks. Across all categories.





Here's a fun Instagram follow: Gaijin Cookbook, a behind the scenes look at an upcoming title from ramen champ Ivan Orkin and former Lucky Peachster Chris Ying.

Cookbook author Meredith Erickson posted a sneak peek at the second Joe Beef cookbook on her Instagram last week. Joe Beef: Surviving the Apocalypse is her second collaboration with Montreal chefs Frédéric Morin and David McMillan; it comes out this fall.

-Ish, -ish, -ish. Just me or are cookbook titles showing a lack of commitment these days? See: SaladishHealthyish, Indianish (the last of which I am VERY pumped for). 

The poor women of Instant Pot e-singles.

And, finally, a preview recipe from Ms Chrissy Teigen's upcoming book Cravings 2: Fruit Salad with Coconut Lime Dressing and Toasted Coconut.

Between Heaven, Harlem, and Spring Cookbooks