Fall Preview 2022: Single Subject & Fandom Cookbooks
Let's get niche, y'all.
Pasta for every kind of night in Pasta Night by Deborah Kaloper. Organized by pasta shape. Smith Street, September 6.
Another by Deborah Kaloper! She must be very busy. This one is Good Mornings, with a focus on breakfast/brunch. Smith Street, September 6.
The 100 Best Curries for Your Instant Pot by Hina Gujral is, well, just that: 100 curries from different regions of India, plus some of Gujral’s own creations, all ready to fire up in your Instant Pot. Page Street, September 6.
Potato cookbook! Potato Kitchen by Manuela Rüther promises to make you “a potato connoisseur” and I am on board. DK, September 6.
Dry it out with Dehydrating by Jeanette Hurt. 170 recipes! Alpha, September 6.
PIEROGIES! in Pierogi by Zuza Zak. Lots and lots of Polish dumplings, A+. Quadrille, September 13.
Very excited for this one! Masa by Jorge Gaviria of Masienda is poised to become the go-to source of information on, well, masa for generations to come. When I say this book is thorough I mean T H R O R O U G H: Gaviria covers the history (and pre-history) of masa, the cultural connection to masa, different kinds of masa for using in different applications, the current masa movement, and masa basics. And that’s in addition to the recipes! A must read for anyone who loves masa and all of its many tasty uses. Chronicle, September 13.
A big ol’ volume on Preserving by Karen K. Brees. This book is part of the same series as the previously mentioned Dehydrating, The Self Sufficient Kitchen. Alpha, September 20.
Quack quack, it’s a whole book on ducks in The Whole Duck by Jennifer Reichardt. Reichardt owns Liberty Ducks in Sonoma, California, and if you are sitting there wondering how much you can possibly do with a duck, here are several recipes from the book: Hatcho Miso Duck Liver Pâté, Smokey Black Cardamom Duck Momos, Duck Carnitas Street Tacos, Crispy Duck, Kumquat, and Date Salad with Pistachios, Tangy Duck Noodle Salad with Herbs and Cucumber, Duck Sugo Cavatelli with Herbs and Orange Zest, Duck Jambalaya, Duck Meat Loaf, Moroccan Duck Confit Basteeya, Roasted Maple-Glazed Duck with Butternut Squash Hash, Duck Egg Custards with Plum Compote, and Double Chocolate Duck Fat Cabernet Cake. She did say the whole duck. Cameron, September 27.
Soups for every kind of weather in Hot and Cold Soups by Junita Doidge. New Holland, October 3.
Do you love ketchup? Well, do I have the cookbook for you: The Ketchup Lover’s Cookbook by Heather Thomas is a collection of 60 recipes that highlight the red stuff. HarperCollins, October 4.
Spices: source ‘em, toast 'em, blend ‘em, use ‘em in Spice by Mark Diacono. Quadrille, October 4.
I am not a huge salad person but maybe that’s because I haven’t been making Very Good Salads, as written by Shuki Rosenboim and Louisa Allan. Smith Street, October 4.
This is fun! Andrea Gentl is most well known as half of the food photography team Gentl and Hyers, and now has authored her first cookbook. Cooking With Mushrooms offers 100 recipes that maximize mushroom flavor and texture—and you know it’s going to be a good looking book, too. Artisan, October 11.
Most of Naomi Duguid’s books look at the cuisine of a particular country, but here she looks at an ingredient they have in common: salt. In The Miracle of Salt, she looks at the mineral’s ability to transform ingredients, add flavor, preserve ingredients and more. Artisan, October 11.
Sick of veggie burgers? The Vegan Butcher by Zacchary Bird has plenty of other options for you, from weeknight basics to vegan charcuterie. Smith Street, October 11.
Fish for all in Fish for You by Canadian celebrity chef Spencer Watts! Whitecap, October 11.
RICE! I love rice. Is that a weird thing to say? Everyone loves rice, right? Chicken and rice dishes are maybe my favorite food. Love a rice salad. Love rice with stuff baked in it. Rice in a sauce. Etc. So I am excited for Rice Is Life by Lotus Foods founders Caryl Levine and Ken Lee (with Kristin Donnelly). Chronicle, October 11.
Pasta night, but make it vegan in Vegan Pasta Night by Brianna Claxton. Harvard Common Press, October 11.
Melted cheese and so much more, including roasted tomato fondue, broth fondues, and sweet fondues in Fondue & Raclette by Louise Pickford. Ryland, Peters & Small, October 11.
70 soups with toppings and accompaniments in A Bowl of Soup by Hannah Miles. Ryland, Peters & Small, October 11.
For the avocado lover, Avocadomania by Déborah Holtz and Juan Carlos Mena. Rizzoli, October 18.
Food historian Allan Bay explores the wide world of pasta sauces with 175 recipes in The Complete Book of Pasta Sauces. Harvard Common Press, October 18.
Wildcrafted Vinegars by Pascal Baudar covers both the crafting of vinegars as well as recipes for using them in pickles, vinaigrettes, and more. Chelsea Green, October 18.
Today in extremely specific cookbooks: Cooking with Whey by Claudia Lucero will explain how to use this cheese byproduct in all kinds of stuff. On the rare occasion I make cheese, I use the whey to make oatmeal. But if you make more cheese than I do, I imagine this book is pretty exciting! Storey, October 25.
You know I love a vegetable cookbook, and here’s an Italian-leaning one from Chicago chef and ex-Top Chefer Sarah Grueneberg. Listen to Your Vegetables has 15 chapters, each focused on particular vegetable, plus a bonus chapter on pastas. Harvest, October 25.
Tacos! Tacos! Tacos! From Victoria Elizondo of Houston’s Cochinita & Co. shares her recipes for all kinds of tacos, from breakfast to vegetarian to classic taqueria tacos and beyond in Taco-tastic. (NB Elizondo’s recipe for chilaquiles is in The Big Texas Cookbook and it’s fantastic, so I have high hopes for a book that’s all her!)
Cooking with cannabis in Butter and Flower by Ann Allchin. Touchwood, November 1.
You love them, I love them, it’s Cast Iron Skillet One-Pan Meals by Jackie Freeman and it’s probably what’s for dinner tonight, too! Sasquatch, November 1.
144 pages in Spanish and in English on Salsas Mexicanas that aims to be the “most complete work on Mexican salsas” in publication. By Mexican chef Muñoz Zurita Ricardo. Ediciones Larousse, December 1.
You don’t see a ton of books on high-level sushi craft (which makes sense, because much of it must be taught in person, and also a lot of it is about sourcing), but I think The Art and Science of Sushi looks promising. Written by Jun Takahashi of Sushi Takahashi in Tokyo, food scientist Hidemi Sato, and writer Mitose Tsuchida, this is a deep dive into one of the world’s most beloved foods. Tuttle, December 6.
Fandom cookbooks have gone from one or two on my lists each season to just entirely blowing up and getting their own section. These books are pegged to comics, video games, TV shows, movies, and more, often recreating dishes from their source material and equally often packed with puns. If they are your thing they are probably extremely your thing, so here I will list the fandoms and the cookbooks and get the heck out of your way.
If you are a fan of…
Christmas movies: The Christmas Movie Cookbook by Julia Rutland. Simon Element, September 6.
Assassin’s Creed: Assassin’s Creed: The Culinary Codex by Thibaud Villanova. Titan Books, September 6.
Horror movies: Death for Dinner by Zach Neil. Rock Point, September 6.
Anime: The Anime Chef Cookbook by Nadine Estero. Rock Point, September 6.
The Office and also chili (single subject and fandom crossover alert!!): Seriously Good Chili Cookbook “by” Brian Baumgartner. Fox Chapel, September 13.
The Golden Girls: The Golden Girls Cookbook: Cheesecakes and Cocktails! by Christopher Styler. Hyperion Avenue, September 13.
Peanuts comics: The Official Peanuts Cookbook Collection. Weldon Owen, September 13.
The Princess Bride, unofficially: The Unofficial Princess Bride Cookbook by Cassandra Reeder. becker&mayer!, September 20.
Star Trek: The Star Trek Cookbook by Chelsea Monroe-Cassel. Pocket Books, September 20.
Broadway and also puns: Give My Swiss Chards to Broadway by Gideon Glick and Adam Roberts. Countryman, October 4.
Rick & Morty: Rick & Morty: The Official Cookbook by August Craig and James Asmus. Insight Editions, October 4.
Stephen King novels: Castle Rock Kitchen by Theresa Carle-Sanders. (Foreword by the man himself!) Ten Speed, October 4.
The Sims: The Unofficial Sims Cookbook by Taylor O’Halloran. Adams Media, October 11.
Schitt’s Creek: Taste’s Like Schitt: The Unofficial Schitt’s Creek Cookbook by Rachel Floyd and Hannah Floyd. Media Lab Books, October 25.
Ghostbusters: Ghostbusters: The Official Cookbook by Jenn Fujikawa and Erik Burnham. Insight Editions, October 25.
Studio Ghibli movies: Studio Ghibli Cookbook: Unofficial Recipes Inspired by Spirited Away, Ponyo, and More! by Minh-Tri Vo. Insight Editions, October 25.
Universal Theme Parks: The Unofficial Universal Theme Parks Cookbook by Ashley Craft. Adams, October 25.
Baking and also anime: Bake Anime by Emma J Bushman. Simon Element, November 8.
God of War: God of War: The Official Cookbook of the Nine Realms by Victoria Rosenthal and Rick Barba. Insight Editions, November 15.
Zelda: The Unofficial Zelda Cookbook by Thibaud Villanova. Titan Books, November 15.
Cheese and also movies: Once Upon a Rind in Hollywood. Ulysses Press, November 29.
The Princess Bride, officially: The Princess Bride: The Official Cookbook by Jenn Fujikawa. Smart Pop, December 6.