The Best New Cookbooks to Order Now
As the weather begins to chill, there’s nothing we love more than spending the day in the kitchen, cooking a warm meal for family and friends. While we return to certain tried-and-true recipes again and again, diving into a new cookbook is one of our greatest indulgences. From both established and rising star chefs, as well as food-bloggers-turned-authors, there’s a bounty of beautiful new cookbooks on shelves this fall. Here are the nine we’re most excited about.
The long-awaited cookbook from The Slanted Door, James Beard award-winning chef Charles Phan’s beloved San Francisco Vietnamese restaurant, is “a love letter to the restaurant, its people, and its food.” This must-have includes iconic recipes from the culinary institution, as well as stories about its history.
The Slanted Door: Modern Vietnamese Food ($23) by Charles Phan
Rising San Francisco star chef Thomas McNaughton brings us an elevated guide to the art of pasta-making in Flour + Water, named for his eponymous and hot Italian restaurant in the Mission District. With the basics on dough and every type of pasta, as well as recipes for well-loved classics and inventive new combinations, this is the ultimate pasta book.
Flour + Water: Pasta ($20) by Thomas McNaughton
The debut cookbook from Williamsburg-based communal cooking center and blog of the same name, Sunday Suppers is filled with seasonally driven recipes, evocative photography, and understated styling. One glance and you’ll feel the urge to make beautiful meals for friends and strangers in no time.
Sunday Suppers: Recipes + Gatherings ($23) by Karen Mordechai
The official cookbook from the wildly popular website Thug Kitchen, which was named Best New Food Blog of 2013 by Saveur and hailed as “my favourite thing ever” by foodie Gwyneth Paltrow, this unpretentious, vegetable-driven volume features more than 100 refreshing, approachable, and affordable recipes. Think grilled peach salsa, pumpkin chilli, and roasted beer and lime cauliflower tacos—yum!
Thug Kitchen: Eat Like You Give a F*ck ($15) by Thug Kitchen
One of the world’s most beloved culinary talents, London chef Yotam Ottolenghi follows up his bestselling and award-winning cookbook Plenty with Plenty More. Exploring vegetarian cooking with a new approach, this new tome organizes inspired salads, hearty main dishes, and irresistible desserts by cooking method, emphasising spices, seasonality, and bold flavours.
Plenty More ($22) by Yotam Ottolenghi
The chef behind game-changing Charleston restaurants Husk and McCrady’s, Sean Brock unveils his first book, Heritage, packed with all the comfort-food recipes you can stomach, as well as tutorials for the high-end restaurant food he’s so well known for. Pickled shrimp, slow-cooked pork shoulder with tomato gravy, and baked Sea Island red peas are just some of the things you’ll find, alongside personal essays about the purveyors and ingredients he loves.
Heritage ($21, out Oct. 21, 2014) by Sean Brock
The voice behind the popular sweets-focused blog Joy the Baker, Joy Wilson releases her second book, Homemade Decadence, packing in more than 125 easy and over-the-top recipes for delicious treats like mint chocolate chip cake, smoked sea salt cookies, and butterscotch cream pie with thyme-marshmallow meringue. Be warned.
Joy the Baker: Homemade Decadence ($18) by Joy Wilson
The editors of Martha Stewart Living are doing us a solid in the dish-washing department with their new cookbook, One Pot. The collection of 120 recipes is organised by vessel (Dutch oven, pressure cooker, stock pot, and more) and offers numerous all-in-one dinners, as well as desserts, each of which take less than an hour to cook from start to finish.
One Pot ($16) by Editors of Martha Stewart Living
Barefoot Contessa Ina Garten helps us curb the frequent frustration of scrambling the day of a dinner party by bringing us Make It Ahead, a new cookbook covering drinks, appetizers, side dishes, mains, and desserts, which can all be prepared in advance. And of course, you can expect the same beautiful photographs and thoughtful tips you’ve come to know and love from Garten.
Make It Ahead ($28, out Oct. 28, 2014) by Ina Garten
What’s your favourite new cookbook, or which one are you looking forward to reading? Tell us by commenting below.