Fall Preview 2022: Multi-Purpose Cookbooks
IT'S FALL COOKBOOK SEASON CAN YOU HANDLE IT
This cookbook celebrating London’s Kew Gardens features vegetarian recipes from the likes of Yotam Ottolenghi, Anna Jones, Chetna Makhan, Claudia Roden, Diana Henry, Olia Hercules, and many more of the UK’s finest cookbook authors. The Kew Gardens Cookbook is out September 5.
UK chef and cookbook author Angela Hartnett tackles the art of the dinner party in The Weekend Cook. 100 recipes in an Italian-ish vein, plus tips, tricks, and “cheats” for stress-free hosting. Bloomsbury Absolute, September 6.
Melissa Clark is back in the dinner game with Dinner in One, a collection of one pot meals to answer the question: what the heck is for dinner?! Clark’s answers include Miso-Glazed Salmon with Roasted Sugar Snap Peas, Cheesy Meatball Parm with Spinach, InstantPot Chicken and Dumplings, Herby Artichoke and Gruyere Bread Pudding, Gingery Coconut Noodles with Shrimp and Greens, Roasted Cauliflower and Potatoes with Harissa, Yogurt, and Toasted Almonds, Crispy Chili-Glazed Tofu with Soba Noodles, Acorn Squash with Taleggio, Honey, and Aleppo Almonds, Lemony Beef, Spinach, and Barley Soup, and a variety of one-bowl cakes to feed your sweet tooth. Clarkson Potter, September 6.
Here’s a fun entertaining cookbook from Toronto catering duo Sebastien and Sheila Centner: Eatertainment shows you how to organize in the days before a party for a stress-free event, followed by recipes divided into categories like “Fun With Kids,” “Easy al Fresco,” “Winter Warm-Up,” and more. Appetite by Random House, September 13.
Hey it’s the first solo effort from Ixtra Belfrage! A longtime collaborator of Yotam Ottolenghi’s, Belfrage offers Mezcla, a combination of the cuisines of her personal background, made all her own. Drawing on the flavors of Brazil, Italy, and Mexico, the book includes recipes for dishes like Giant Cheese on Toast with Honey and Urfa Butter, Piri Piri Tofu with Crispy Orzo, and Chicken with Pineapple and 'Nduja, Chiles Rellenos with Salsa Roja Risotto, Sticky Coconut Rice Cake with Turmeric Tomatoes and Shrimp Lasagna with Habanero Oil, Crispy Oyster Mushroom Skewers with Crushed Chickpeas, Roasted Cabbage with Mango and Harissa Salsa, Sticky Coconut Rice Cake with Turmeric Tomatoes, and many more. The subtitle for this book is “Recipes to Excite” and it sounds like it’ll do the trick. Ten Speed, September 13.
I once had a man email me to tell me he unsubscribed from my newsletter because I referred to Steve Doocy as “that Fox & Friends guy,” which the man thought was demeaning or something but actually is just…who Steve Doocy is. Anyway Steve and his wife Kathy have another cookbook out this fall, and the only reason I am mentioning it because they sell like BONKERS, so they should be on your radar as a cookbook tracker. But also if you have a problem with me calling Steve “that Fox & Friends guy,” you are welcome to follow in that man’s footsteps and hit the big ol unsubscribe button whenever you like. William Morrow, September 13.
The first of a few significant anniversary reissues this year is Crescent Dragonwagon’s Dairy Hollow House Soup & Bread: 30th Anniversary Edition. A prolific writer of several genres (not just cookbooks), Dragonwagon wrote this book about the foods served at her Ozarks inn, Dairy Hollow House. The book is exactly what it says—soups, breads, with some bonus salads thrown in for good measure—but you should read it as a master class in the language of recipes, and the comfort one can find in a recipe written with generosity and kindness. Much like the feeling one finds at the bottom of a well-constructed bowl of soup, come to think. University of Arkansas Press, September 15.
Don’t Worry, Just Cook, a new cookbook by mother-daughter duo Bonnie Stern and Anna Rupert, instantly charmed me with its “Things Not Worth Worrying About” section: perfection, best-before dates, unsalted butter. In an age of cookbook authors issuing mandates—always use Diamond Crystal salt and Hellman’s mayonnaise1 and etc. etc., you know what I am talking about—what a RELIEF to have a cookbook tell you not to worry. Just don’t burn the food, you’ll be fine. Anyway, here find simple, accessible recipes, written with attention to detail, and most of all the mandate to not worry. Phew. Appetite by Random House, September 20.
Gaby Dalkin fans! The cookbook author’s 3rd cookbook, What’s Gaby Cooking: Take It Easy focuses on taking the stress out of cooking with recipes for simple, forgiving crowd-pleasers. Abrams, September 27.
London-based, Ukraine-born cookbook author Olia Hercules has in recent months become an activist speaking out against the Russian invasion of her home country, and it is fitting that her next book reflects on the idea of home. Home Food is a deeply personal collection of Hercules’ 100 favorite recipes from all of the countries where she has spent signifcant time, with photographs by her husband Joe Woodhouse. Interlink, September 27.
Speaking of home, Food Network host Molly Yeh’s new book is called Home Is Where the Eggs Are, a reference to the farm she shares with her husband Nick and daughter Bernie. The book offers homey, low-fuss comfort food like Chicken and Stars Soup or Marzipan Chocolate Chip Cookies. 2022 is a busy year for Yeh, who has since had a second child (it seems the book was written before he came along) and is in the process of opening a restaurant called Bernie’s. William Morrow, September 27.
Blogger Lauren Allen of the website Tastes Better From Scratch is out with the Tastes Better From Scratch cookbook. 116 recipes of “best-of-the-best” dishes from her website plus some new ones, with QR codes that lead to video demos. Self-published (unless I’m mistaken, Lauren, LMK!), always want to clock those when they come up. Tastes Better From Scratch LLC, Stepmeber 27.
It’s TikTok legend Tabitha Brown’s first cookbook! Cooking From the Spirit is a book of vegan dishes including "Yam Halves Topped with Maple Cinnamon Pecan Glaze, Stuffed Avocado, Jackfruit Pot Roast, Crab-less Cakes, Massaged Kale and Raspberry Salad, and Lazy Peach Cobbler, all explained in Brown’s signature warm voice. William Morrow, October 4.
Rosie Mayes is back with her second book, Super Soul Food with Cousin Rosie! In this book, Mayes puts her own twists on classic comfort foods, with nods to Southern soul food, in dishes like Red Velvet Waffles, Cajun Blooming Onions (!), Butter Pecan Scones, and Strawberry Shortcake Cheesecake (!!). Sasquatch, October 4.
Blogger John Kannell of Preppy Kitchen is out with his first book, also called Preppy Kitchen. “Fan-favorite recipes and baked goods” divided by season, recipes include Sunchoke Risotto with Fried Sage, Chive and Parmesan Buttermilk Biscuits, Apple Cake with Maple Buttercream, Beef Tenderloin with Miso Honey Caramel, and many more. Simon Element, October 4.
The Sophie of Sundays with Sophie, is Sophie Flay, who co-authored this book with her dad Bobby Flay. Sunday suppers in Flay flavors. Clarkson Potter, October 11.
A question I get a lot is: okay, I have learned the basics. I can boil pasta and cut an onion and make a salad. What book will get me to the next level? And there are a few I recommend regularly (chief among them Martha Stewart’s Cooking School) BUT most of them are kind of stuffy and kind of boring. (Serious) New Cook by sisters Leah Su Quiroga and Cammie Kim Lin, on the other hand, is aimed at a younger audience and takes inspiration from around the world. Get this one for your cousin who just moved into her first apartment. Welcome Books: October 18.
110 recipes from the blogger behind Evergreen Kitchen, it’s Evergreen Kitchen the cookbook! Bri Beaudoin offers recipes for Chickpea Salad with Crispy Pita, Firecracker Tofu with Broccolini and Chili Garlic Oil, Veggie Skillet Pot Pie, Cheesy Chipotle Quinoa Bake, Spicy Miso Ramen and Sheet-Pan Veggie Fajitas. Penguin Canada: October 18.
A collection of elegant classics from former Montreal restaurant critic Lesley Chesterman, Make Every Dish Delicious stems from “a lifetime of tinkering” to create “foolproof modern classics.” Dishes include things like Rigatoni with Rapini and Sausage, Crème brûlée, carbonara, pain de campagne, standing rib roast, apple tart, and so on. Simon & Schuster, October 18.
Hey what’s up Texas! Austin’s own Jen Hatmaker is out with Feed These People, recipes for family-friendly fare with a bit of a Texas accent. I am unfamiliar with Hatmaker but she seems a bit like a cross between a Brené Brown and a Johanna Gaines, but her work is more overtly Christian? She’s written a bunch of books and sells empowerment courses on topics like Family, Wellness, Simplicity, etc. Harvest, October 18.
Somebody Feed Phil: The Book is exactly that, a cookbook from Phil Rosenthal tied to his Netflix series of the same name. Behind-the-scenes stories, recipes from places he goes on the show, that kind of thing. Each chapter aligns with an episode, which is based on a city: Bangkok, Saigon, Tel Aviv, Lisbon, New Orleans, etc. Simon & Schuster, October 18.
And now it’s time for the latest Ottolenghi: Ottolenghi Test Kitchen: Extra Good Things reunites Yotam Ottolenghi and Noor Murad (and the whole text kitchen crew) for the second book in the OTK series, this one focused on the vegetable-y recipes you expect from these authors along with “homemade sauces, condiments, and more to build a flavor-packed pantry.” Clarkson Potter, October 18.
Happy CENTURY! to Better Homes & Gardens magazine, and they are celebrating with a new, expanded edition of their famous Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook. Newly expanded and boasting over 1000 recipes in its 736 pages, this red plaid doorstop is ready for the next century. IPG, October 25.
While I am eternally jealous of California produce, The Apricot Lane Farms Cookbook stands to make me infinitely more so. By Apricot Lane founder and chef Molly Chester and written with Sarah Owens, this is a collection of California farm-inspired fare that will have you packing your bags for the west coast in no time. Dishes include Slow-Roasted Pastured Chicken with Lemon-Fennel Crust, Spring Frittata with Fresh Peas, Arugula, Artichokes, Chevre, and Pesto, and Avocado and Cara Cara Orange Salad with Jalapeño and Sesame-Miso Dressing. Avery: October 25.
And rounding out October is your favorite contessa and mine: Ina Garten’s 12th cookbook is here. Go-To Dinners is Garten’s response to pandemic cooking, and is full of “freeze-ahead, make-ahead, prep-ahead, and simply assembled recipes” in her signature style. Think dishes like Roast Chicken with Spring Vegetables, Overnight Mac & Cheese, Tuscan White Bean Soup, Bourbon Pecan Pie, and much more. Clarkson Potter, October 25.
A late-breaking addition to the fall book preview: Minneapolis chef Gavin Kaysen explores the Midwestern-meets-French cuisine he cooks at home in At Home. I’m a fan of Kaysen’s restaurants and I’m sure this book, co-authored with Nick Fauchald, will be great. But what’s most intriguing to me here is that not only is Kaysen self-publishing—making him, I think, the highest profile chef to do so in recent memory—but he’s also launching his own press: Spoon Thief Publishing. Can’t wait to see this one. Spoon Thief Publishing, late October.
Cook As You Are by Ruby Tandoh calls itself a book “for real home cooks,” meaning Tandoh wrote it with a realistic expectation of readers’ budget, time, skill-level, and bandwidth. Written in her ever-charming prose, recipes include “Carrot, Lemon and Tahini Soup; Smoky Chicken, Okra and Chorizo Casserole; Gnocchi with Harissa Butter and Broccoli; Lightning-Quick Asparagus and Chili Linguine; Tofu and Greens with Hot and Sour Chili Sauce; Rosemary Baby Buns; and Lemon Mochi Squares.” Yum. Knopf, November 8.
The rather-wordy title tells you basically what you need to know about The Cookbook in Support of the United Nations: recipes from chefs, farmers, and activists around the world “to support the way that we eat for ourselves and for the planet.” Chefs involved include José Andrés, Daniel Bolud, Massimo Bottura, Pierre Thiam, Zoe Adjonyoh, and many more. Familius, November 8.
Eat Plants, B*tch is the first cookbook from Atlanta restaurateur Pinky Cole, with “91 Vegan Recipes That Will Blow Your Meat-Loving Mind.” Cole starts with breakfast and moves through the day, with nods to her native Jamaica as well as Southern food. Gallery/13A, November 15.
The National Parks Cookbook by Linda Ly is full of recipes from actual restaurants within the various US national parks, as well as recipe that are simply inspired by them. The book is also filled with beautiful photography of the parks themselves by photographer Will Taylor.
I know there are a bunch of Deb Perelman fans in the crowd who will be thrilled to get their hands on a copy of Smitten Kitchen Keepers. This is the third cookbook from Perelman, in which she shares fan favorites from her website as well as new dishes. We’ve got breakfasts (bodega-style egg-and-cheese2! bialy babka?!) we’ve got salads (deli pickle potato salad!) we’ve got soups and stews (lentils with kale and goat cheese! ginger garlic chicken noodle!) and we’ve got more than that but that’s where the table of contents cuts off in Edelweiss. Knopf, November 22.
When I was in Belgium last month we discovered the grocery stores there have recently begun carrying Hellmann’s. The verdict, per Belgian pals: scrunched face of disgust, “too sweet.” There you have it, straight from mayonnaise paradise.
A fun fact about me is my bodega sandwich order is no egg. So it’s just sausage and cheese. It is, as some have informed me, embarrassing. But the cheese and the sausage are what taste good, why would I fill up on egg?!! Anyway roast me in the comments, you won’t be the first to do so.