Happy Tuesday y'all.
Welcome to another issue of Stained Page News! Some of us had a great weekend, and to that end, congrats to all the JBFA cookbook winners! More on that in a second, but first a quick reminder: send any cookery book tips to firstname.lastname@example.org and share this newsletter with a friend, should you be so inclined.
And given that it's Tuesday and you might be in the mood for tacos, check out my survey course on the fine fine foods of Austin, Texas: The Austin Cookbook [Abrams].
James Beard Foundation Awards: Cookbooks
I've said this before, but the best books that came out last year are like once-in-a-decade good. Super major congrats to my personal top three books from 2017: BraveTart, Six Seasons and Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat. And Betty Fussell getting Hall-of-Famed! I am such a huge, huge fan. (May my college paper on My Kitchen Wars never see the light of day.) Here's the full list of 2017 winners.
- AMERICAN The Sioux Chef's Indigenous Kitchen [University of Minnesota] by Sean Sherman with Beth Dooley. (Read my review.)
- BAKING AND DESSERTS BraveTart: Iconic American Desserts [Norton] by Stella Parks. (Read my review.)
- BEVERAGE Meehan's Bartender Manual [Ten Speed] by Jim Meehan.
- GENERAL Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat [Simon and Schuster] by Samin Nosrat.
- HEALTH AND SPECIAL DIETS Deepa's Secrets [Skyhorse] by Deepa Thomas.
- INTERNATIONAL Nopalito [Ten Speed] by Gonzalo Guzman and Stacy Adimando.
- PHOTOGRAPHY Cook Beautiful [Abrams], Johnny Miller.
- REFERENCE, HISTORY, AND SCHOLARSHIP Champagne [Ten Speed] by Peter Liem.
- RESTAURANT AND PROFESSIONAL Modernist Bread [The Cooking Lab] by Nathan Myhrvold and Francisco Migoya.
- SINGLE SUBJECT The Pho Cookbook [Ten Speed] by Andrea Nguyen. (Read my review.)
- VEGETABLE-FOCUSED COOKING Six Seasons: A New Way with Vegetables [Artisan] by Joshua McFadden with Martha Holmberg. (Read my review.)
- WRITING The Cooking Gene [Amistad] by Michael W. Twitty
- BOOK OF THE YEAR The Cooking Gene [Amistad] by Michael W Twitty
- COOKBOOK HALL OF FAME Betty Fussell
Cookbook queen Ina Garten has revealed the cover and topic for her fall release: Cook Like a Pro: Recipes & Tips for Homecooks comes out in October. According to La Contessa, "It's full of delicious and accessible recipes, tips, and techniques for home cooks so you can cook with confidence."
Handsome TV food person Antoni Porowski (Queer Eye) has landed a deal with Rux Martin/HMH to write a cookbook. No title yet, coming spring 2019.
Is this a cookbook? Sure, why not: actress Reese Witherspoon is publishing Whiskey in a Teacup: What Growing Up in the South Taught Me about Life, Love, and Baking Biscuits [Simon & Schuster]. It's a lifestyle book, but one assumes there will at least be a recipe for biscuits in it.
And finally, a couple theme-y cookbooks for the kids. Penguin Young Readers will publish two cookbooks—one based on Pride and Prejudice and one based on A Christmas Carol—to launch their Puffin Plated series.
Out this week!
The Lee Brothers continue to bring classic cookbooks back to life with their latest Lee Bros. Classic Library release: The Graham Kerr Cookbook [Rizzoli]. The book contains handwritten notes from the author and former host of The Galloping Gourmet television show Graham Kerr, and explores a late 60s gourmet aesthetic. Think shrimp cocktail, soufflés, dinner party-worthy roasts, and more.
If you, like me, are a sucker for beach food like fried shrimp, club sandwiches, rum cake, and key lime pie, do I know a cookbook for you: Margaritaville: The Cookbook [St. Martin's] by Carlo Sernaglia (chef for the Margaritaville brand) and Julia Turshen (cookbook author). Now, if only you could find that shaker of salt... (SORRY sorry.)
Weather's warmer, time to fire up the grill, and here's cookbook author Steven Raichlen with a new book. Project Fire [Workman] is a sequel of sorts to 2016's Project Smoke, focusing on live fire cooking. Looking for steak grilling pointers? This is your book.
UK cookbook author Diana Henry's latest is out this week in the US. How to Eat a Peach [Mitchell Beazley] is a collection of menus and stories from Henry's life, and sounds pretttttttty dreamy.
Also out this week:
Inspiralized and Beyond [Clarkson Potter] by Ali Maffuci.
Just Cook It! [HMH] by Justin Chapple.
Secrets of the Southern Table [HMH] by Virginia Willis.
Boqueria: A Cookbook [Absolute] by Yann de Rochefort and Zack Bezunartea.
Breakfast with Beatrice [University of Minnesota] by Beatrice Ojakangas.
Check this out:
- Homer's apple pie, courtesy LA radio host Evan Kleiman. ~Grub Street
- "I’m appalled at how many recipes just don’t work," writes Debbie Salomon of the Burlington Free Press, and, honestly, same.
- Are these the best Indian cookbooks ever? ~Telegraph
- Inside Nico Martini's Texas Cocktails. ~D Mag
- America, Jewish food, and 116 years of The Settlement Cookbook. ~Taste
- 95-year-old cookbook author Diana Kennedy is still cooking (and growing and roasting her own coffee) in Mexico. ~LAT
- A review of The Best Cook in the World by Rick Bragg. ~AP
- Want to start a cookbook club? Here's how. ~Tallahassee Democrat