Fall Preview 2022: The Best of the Rest
Drinks! Kids! Histories! Bios! Memoirs!
Cocktail Botanica is a pretty illustrated cocktail book with recipes from Melbourne-based writer Elouise Anders and illustrations from Annabelle Lambie. Recipes incorporate botanicals including edible flowers, herbs, fruit, and more. Smith Street, September 6.
Drinking with the Valkyries is a collection of essays from acclaimed wine writer Andrew Jefford. Academie Du Vin Library Ltd, September 6.
Everything you need to know about cocktails and then some in The Complete Cocktail Manual by Lou Bustamante. Weldon Owen, September 13.
40 cocktails inspired by cities around the world in World Cocktail Adventures by Brett Gramse and illustrations by Loni Carr. Hardie Grant, September 20.
Explore the world’s great cider regions in Cider Planet by cider maker and expert Claude Jolicoeur. Chelsea Green, September 23.
Have you ever wondered what, exactly, “natural wine” means? Well, The World of Natural Wine is 448 pages on the subject from wine writer Aaron Ayscough. An exploration of wine regions, profiles of winemakers, and much more. Artisan, September 27.
Not all drinks books are about booze! How to Make the Best Coffee at Home by James Hoffmann will teach you just that: how to make spectacular coffee without leaving the comfort of your own home. Mitchell Beazley, October 4.
Pour Me Another by J.M. Hirsch touts itself as a “chooe-your-own-adventure” cocktail book, with 250 recipes that start with the classics and move on to fun riffs. Voracious, October 4.
This one looks fun: Modern Classic Cocktails by NYT drinks writer Robert Simonson looks at the cocktails that have become classics in recent years, including the Espresso Martini, White Negroni, Death Flip, Old Cuban, Paper Plane, Siesta, and more. Ten Speed, October 4.
Calling all Scot(ch)(land) fans: A Sense of Place by Dave Broom explores the terroir involved in Scottish whisky, visiting distilleries across the country and looking at what makes each Scotch unique. Mitchell Beazley, October 11.
12 classic cocktails, each with 6 variations in The Cocktail Edit by Alice Lascelles. Quadrille, October 11.
“A well-made drink before dinner is the height of sophistication,” declares The Little Book of Aperitifs by Kate Hawkings, and I am not going to argue with that. Quadrille, October 11.
If you can’t tell your cortado from your capuccino but like drinking them anyway, Coffee Drinks by Merlin Jobst is the cute little illustrated book you need. Dog n Bone, October 11.
Cocktails can be simple in The Five Bottle Bar by Jessica Schacht. All you need is gin, whiskey, two types of vermouth, and Campari. She also provides bonus recipes in case you get your hands on some bubbles, which is KIND OF cheating but I will allow it. Here is my bubbles-for-cocktails trick: buy cans of sparkling wine for cocktails so you don’t need to open a whole bottle. :) Touchwood Editions, October 11.
100 recipes for cocktail snacks, along with drink pairings, in André Darlington’s Bar Menu. Running Press, October 18.
If you prefer your cocktails to be ready in “the time it takes to open and pour a bottle of wine,” 60-Second Cocktails by Joel Harrison and Neil Ridley is the book for you. Princeton Architectural Press, October 18.
The history of New Orleans told through 100 cocktails, from Neal Bodenheimer and Emily Timberlake. Cure looks at recipes from Bodenheimer’s famous bar of the same name, where he conjures up the classics in addition to the next evolution of New Orleans cocktails. Abrams, October 25.
Bartender Lauren Mote goes around the world in A Bartender’s Guide to the World, a collection of stories and cocktails from 75 places. Appetite by Random House, October 25.
Midcentury Cocktails by Cecelia Tichi explores the role cocktails played in the middle of the 20th century in the US. With recipes! New York University Press, November 1.
John Wayne: The Official Cocktail Book by André Darlington contains recipes for drinks inspired by Wayne’s famous roles and, I imagine, a lot of whiskey drinks. Insight Editions, November 1.
Cocktails sans alcohol in Free Spirit Cocktails (get it?!) by Camille Wilson. Chronicle, November 1.
Pretty cover on Cider by Felix Nash, which looks at the current state of fine cider by discussing current makers, apple varieties, cider-producing regions, and more. Dog n Bone, November 8.
The Curious Bartender by Tristan Stephenson strikes me as a book for a more advanced home cocktail maker, promising to guide you towards “liquid perfection” via “32 perfected classics and 32 game-changing reinventions of classics.” Ryland Peters & Small, November 8.
Cocktails from Seattle! In Seattle Cocktails by Neil Ratliff. I feel like you can tell a lot about a city by how locals drink? Anyway, if you love Seattle and cocktails, this is the book for you. Cider Mill Press, November 15.
Youtuber Steve Roennfeldt has written his first cookbook, appropriately titled Steve the Bartender’s Cocktail Guide. Comes with QR codes that lead to videos of Steve demonstrating techniques and more. Alpha, November 15.
Oooh this one looks fun: Wild Drinks by fermentation expert Sharon Flynn will show you how to ferment, infuse, and brew your way to homemade drinks. Recipes include stuff like doburoku (farmhouse sake), kvass, cider, kefir, kombucha, ginger beer, fruit vinegars, and more. Hardie Grant, November 15.
Cocktail Time! is a book by Hollywood man Paul Feig (Freaks and Geeks, Bridesmaids, etc.) based on his 2020 Instagram series of the same name, described as “a love letter to the aesthetics and culture around cocktails.” William Morrow, November 15.
Cocktails for the holidays, from Halloween through Dry January, in Cheer! by Mike Wolf. Turner, November 15.
The third Trap Kitchen book, by Malachi Jenkins and Brian Boykin, looks at The Art of Street Cocktails, which they define as “alcoholic beverages sold illegally on the street, in barbershops and bodegas, and increasingly online.” Recipes include “the minty, rum cocktail Hulk Smash [and] a pineapple coconut flavored Trap Kitchen Cocktail.” Kingston Imperial, November 15.
Calling all gin lovers: gin cocktails from 50 bartenders around the world in Behind the Bar: Gin by Alia Akkam. Hardie Grant, November 22.
Oh hello Belgium! Great Belgian Breweries contains 50 profiles of what author Erik Verdonck considers the best breweries in Belgium, a task I do not envy him in choosing. Lanoo, November 23.
Yesssss it’s a cocktail-of-the-day book in Cheers! by Philip Greene, with a cocktail for every day of the year. Union Square & Co., December 6.
The Home Café by Asia Lui Chapa will have you whipping up coffeeshop-caliber drinks in no time. Page Street, December 20.
Brooklyn’s Dynamite Shop teaches kids 7 to 17 how to cook through in-person and online classes, and now they’ve added a third format to the mix: a print cookbook. Dynamite Kids Cooking School by Dana Bowen and Sara Kate Gillingham focuses on foods kids want to make and eat, and each recipe contains a tip, trick, or technique for kids to take into the kitchen going forward. Clarkson Potter, October 25.
Baking Bread with Kids by Jennifer Latham is for kids 7 and up who want to learn how to bake stuff like Honey Whole Wheat, Milk Bread, Brioche Rolls, Pita, Baguettes, Flour Tortillas, Pizza Dough, and/or Cornbread. I could see getting really into baking bread as a kid! Parents let me know how this one is. Ten Speed, November 15.
Kids can now learn to cook from the legendary London chef Ruth Rogers in The River Cafe Look-Book, full of easy, vegetable-packed Italian recipes. Think Smashed Broad Bean Bruschetta, Fusilli Zucchini, Raspberry Sorbet, and more. Phaidon, November 23.
HISTORIES, MEMOIRS, BIOGRAPHIES
Well how about this: A History of Cookbooks covers 700 years of cookbookery and is probably required reading if you enjoy this newsletter. University of California Press, September 6.
There are some recipes in Our Fermented Lives by Julia Skinner, but really I think this book is fascinating for its popular history of fermentation. Skinner is the founder of Root, an organization that seeks to educate and popularize fermentation and other historic cooking methods. Storey, September 27.
Have You Eaten Yet? by Cheuk Kwan is a collection of stories from Chinese restaurants around the world, and a look at the cooking of the Chinese diaspora, including its history and its future. Douglas & McIntyre, October 4.
Down and Out in Paradise by Charles Leerhsen is an unauthorized biography of Anthony Bourdain that I have heard might be surprising to some. I haven’t seen a copy myself yet so I don’t want to say much more about that, but keep an eye out for this one. Simon & Schuster, October 11.
The Complete Language of Food by S. Theresa Dietz looks at the cultural, mythological, and folkloric history of hundreds of ingredients. Wellfleet, October 11.
In Sweet Land of Liberty, Rossi Anastopoulo looks at the history of 11 American pies, from pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving to cherry pie at the lunch counter sit-ins of the civil rights movement to post-war Jello pies and beyond. Abrams, October 25.
Dinner in Rome by Andreas Viestad uses a single Italian meal as a metaphor and framing structure to tell the history of the city. Writes the author, “There is more history in a bowl of pasta than in the Colosseum.” Reaktion, November 1.
The Philosophy of Curry by Sejal Sukhadwala looks at the history (and occasional rejection) of this term and the dishes it inspired around the world, from India to the UK to the Caribbean and beyond. Also includes recipes. British Library, November 1.
In Serendipity, Eataly founder Oscar Farinetti looks at the accidental culinary discoveries of history, from coffee (which he credits to “a herd of energetic goats,” eyes emoji) to brownies to popcorn and more. Translated from Italian by Barbara McGilvray. Apollo, November 1.
Conversations Behind the Kitchen Door by Emmanuel Laroche is a collection of conversations with 50 American chefs about kitchen culture today, although oddly the promo material for the book doesn’t name any of them. Foreword by Elizabeth Falkner, though. Morgan James, November 8.
Food & Imagination is a collection of writings and presentations from the 2021 Oxford Symposium on, well, food and imagination. Prospect Books, November 11.
The Anchor Brewing Story by David Burkhart tells the story of San Francisco’s famous brewery, along with hundreds of archival photos. Ten Speed, November 15.
The Beginnings of Barbecue by Dave DeWitt is a collection of primary source accounts from barbecue history, from France to Jamaica and beyond. Sunbelt Editions, December 1.
L.A.’s Landmark Restaurants by George Geary contains 50 profiles of famous and historic Los Angeles establishments, including Cole's, Philippe the Original, Pacific Dining Car, The Original Pantry Café, The Victor Hugo, Canter's Delicatessen, Sportsmen's Lodge, Mocambo, Nate 'n Al's, The Smoke House, Tail o' the Pup, The Apple Pan, Valentino and more. Santa Monica Press, December 6.