How’s summer treating you, cookbook fans? Here in Austin, it’s too hot to cook just about anything. But I’m starting to get galleys for fall releases—Bestia! Estela! Ottolenghi Simple!—which means cookbook season is coming! I’ve got big, big things planned for fall coverage, which means now is the time to pass this newsletter on to pals who might enjoy it. Fall cookbook preview drops August 14, and then we’re off to the races.
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Anyway, it’s a short one this week because… if I am being perfectly honest, because of the World Cup (BELGIUM!!!!), but also because it’s July and there’s not much going on. One thing that IS going on that is very cool is The Austin Cookbook was selected by Saveur as their Cookbook Club pick of the month. The whole month! Cook along, if you wanna.
Ckbk Gets a Kckstrtr
If you’ve been subscribing to Stained Page News since the early days (lol like four months ago), you might remember ckbk, a searchable, subscription-based database of digitized cookbooks/recipes. Anyway, they’ve launched a Kickstarter, where you can pre-subscribe to the service, among other awards (tote bags, duh). A little bird tells me they’ve recently added a few Marcella Hazan titles to their collection, too.
All deals from Publishers Marketplace unless otherwise specified.
Holy moly, you think you’re on lazy summer schedule and then suddenly there are ALL KINDS OF DEALS. First up, super excited to hear that Brooklyn fave Maison Premiere is getting a cookbook courtesy Clarkson Potter. The book will be called The Maison Premiere Almanac, and it will be written by owners Joshua Boissy and Krystof Zizka, alongside cookbook author Jordan Mackay (you may know him as the co-author of Franklin Barbecue). PM describes the book as “a sophisticated cocktail book meets modern day almanac for drinking, eating, and living well.” I assume it will also be very pretty.
Another good one coming down the pipe is Philadelphia chef Peter Serpico’s Learning Korean, sold to Norton. The book will “[draw] on the Seoul-born, Maryland-raised chef’s decades of professional cooking experience to interpret one of Asia’s greatest cuisines for the everyday eater.” There have been a bunch of Korean books in recent years; curious to see a professional angle on the topic.
And last but CERTAINLY not least we have Craft & Comfort from New York chef Gabriel Kreuther, coming from Abrams and co-authored by Genevieve Ko (My Portugal, Better Baking, Home Cooking With Jean-Georges). This one will be a doozy, with 125 recipes and 200 photos by Evan Sung (Tacos, My Two Souths): “An exploration of [Kreuther’s] fine cooking, its roots in Alsace...and a return to craft in the kitchen.”
Check This Out
Deep in this story called Do Mario Batali’s Cookbooks Still Have a Place on Our Shelves? (written by friend of the newsletter Daniela Galarza, hi Daniela!!) is news that Clarkson Potter no longer intends to publish the Casa Mono cookbook. The New York Spanish restaurant is owned by Batali & Bastianich Hospitality group—aka B&BHG, as their website has been scrubbed of Batali’s name—and Batali was set to write the foreword to the book. ~Eater
Head on over to the SFA to watch cookbook author Julia Turshen give a talk on LGBTQ+ visibility in cookbookery. ~SFA
Using tech to organize cookbook collections. ~Aspen Times
A cricket flour cookbook! Chirp, chirp. ~Grub Street
Matt Sartwell of New York cookbook shop Kitchen Arts & Letters has run a list of fall 2018 notable releases, a round up of what he’s looking forward to this fall. The intro mentions you can swing by the store to look at advances, which is a neat option for the true nerds out there. Also he promises a rant about the bajillion Instant Pot books coming out this fall, which you know I am looking forward to. (The rant, I mean, the books...meh.) ~KAL
London chef Skye Gyngell on her first cookbook, Alice Waters, and a blissful mussels recipe. ~Guardian
“Cookbook author Judith Olney once told me about a conversation she overheard between her brother-in-law, the late culinary wunderkind Richard Olney, and British cookbook author Elizabeth David. Apparently, David had gamely reprimanded Olney because his recipe for Soufflés à la Suissesses had “not worked at all.” His reply? “Well, my dear, you must have been doing something wrong.” ~Slate