Chrissy Teigen's 'Clean' Book; Giant Cookbook Database Launches
Plus: translating medieval Arabic cookbooks.
Howdy cookbook fans!
NEW LOGO ABOVE! Thanks to Julie Mills at Design Pony. What do you think?! The font’s inspired by midcentury cookbooks; the splotch is inspired by tomato sauce. I love it.
My fall cookbook preview is about halfway through for paid subscribers, who have heard from me every day for the past week. It has been a lot of fun, but I am pretty excited to stop previewing and start cooking! If you’re curious what’s coming this fall, here’s what I’ve covered so far (these will be made accessible to free subscribers after fall preview is complete, but for now, paywall): Multi-purpose cookbooks, focus on flavor, baking, desserts, pie!, restaurant and chef books, single subject and special interest, drinks, gadgets, cooking with kids.
Also! The folks at Substack were kind enough to interview me for their podcast, so give it a listen if you want to hear me talk about cookbooks (duh), blogging, why I launched a newsletter, and more. Okay news time!
Chrissy Teigen to Write Third Cookbook, on “Clean” Food
It’s funny, I mentioned recently in an interview that writing this newsletter meant I could cover things other than Chrissy Teigen cookbooks, and now here I am with news from the Teigen household for the second week in a row. Anyway! Teigen announced via Twitter that she is working on book number three, which will feature “clean, delicious food” and less bacon and cheese than her prior outings. If she’s going to start writing it this fall we’re still a ways out, but keep it on your radar. Teigen’s previous two titles, Cravings and Cravings: Hungry for More were with Clarkson Potter.
*I don’t cover books on weight loss, so this might be the last I mention it, depending how far it veers in that direction.
I’m really hoping that this cookbook helps people understand the complexities of our cuisine, because “Nigerian cuisine” itself is a term that doesn’t really tell you the story of the food that we have there — its diverse backgrounds and the different cultures that have all been like lumped together into one country through the British colonization. I think the recipes I’m working on, I hope, will reflect that diversity in our story.
—Yewande Komolafe on what readers might expect from her upcoming book on the foods of Nigeria, coming fall 2021. [Heated]
Cookbook Database The Sifter Launches With 5,000 Works
After decades of work, food historian Barbara Wheaton launched the Sifter, an open-access, searchable database of cookbooks and other historical food documents. The database contains over 5,000 documents, mostly in European languages, although they are hoping to expand beyond Europe. Wheaton presented the website at the digital Oxford Food Symposium this year. Food historian Rachel Laudan discusses the history of the project here, while Bee Wilson wrote about it for the New York Times Magazine in 2015. You can hear Wheaton herself explain it in the video below. [via @nicmillerstale/Twitter]
From a place of application, once you’ve done a few things, that kind of gives you a view on life. Five restaurants, a Grammy, and a Tony, some other awards along the way. Traveled around the world. A sense of being seasoned and having had multiple careers and been involved in telling and curating a story. You kind of feel like you have a kind of platform, if you will, to talk about it in a very full way. So I felt like, with Meals, Music, and Muses, how fitting it was to give readers an opportunity to witness my process through my own eyes and through the things that were most important to me.
Above, a preview of Thai Fresh: The Cookbook from the Austin restaurant of the same name, by Jam Sanitchat with Kim Lane. [Insta]
Exploring medieval Arabic cookbooks recently translated into English, including the 13th century Syrian text Scents and Flavours, translated for the first time with an foreword from cookbook author Claudia Roden. [Ahram Online]
Stella Fong discusses her cookbook of Montana regional cuisine, Flavors Under the Big Sky. [MTPR]
The Night Call podcast talked about The Futurist Cookbook and managed to tie it to the whole mess at Bon Appetit? Starts about minute 35. [Night Call]
Inside the antiquarian cookbook collection of UK TV presenter Ruth Watson. [Guardian]
On 19th century ice cream cookbook author Agnes B. Marshall. [Prescott ENews]
Found: A Mysterious, Recipe-Filled Diary From 1968 [Gastro Obscura]
Have ties to Waupaca, Wisconsin? The Public Library/Historical Society there are putting together a community cookbook and are looking for recipes. [Waupaca County News]
Grub Street talked to 12-year-old cookbook author Omari McQueen. [GS]
About those books New York cookbook shop Kitchen Arts & Letters won’t be carrying. Just read it, trust me. [KAL]
That’s all for now! Tomorrow, paid subscribers will hear all about upcoming titles covering international and regional cuisines! Can’t wait. I’ll see the rest of you next week. Stay cool, stay safe, happy cooking.