Every month Susie Chang reviews new cookbook releases and
notes trends in the United States. And she may also occasionally
throw in a review of a "not-quite cookbook." And for our
non-U.S. members, Jane and Fiona provide similar reviews for new
Canada, U.K., Australia, and New Zealand releases.
It's not what I would have expected, but August brings an
emphasis on baking and desserts and the odd book of comfort food
(polar vortex, anyone?) The real excitement comes from a trio of
publications from popular bloggers: forager Leda
Meredith, baker Charmian Christie, and vegetarian blogger Nicole
Spiridakis. Maybe August is the hot month for blog-to-book
publications - if it happens next year too, I'll call it a
International Night: A Father and Daughter Cook
Their Way Around the World by Mark Kurlansky and Talia
Kurlansky: The Kurlanskys spin a globe once a week - wherever
Talia's finger lands, that's the cuisine they cook. Variation on
the supper club cookbook.
Burgers by Paul Gayler: A short
(50-recipe) offering from the British chef whose vegetable book
remains a perennial favorite.
Sunday Casseroles: Complete Comfort in One
Dish by Betty Rosbottom and Susie Cushner: The next in
Rosbottom's "Sunday" series - easy, throw-together dishes for a
Dinner: The Playbook by Jenny
Rosenstrach: The creator of the blog and book Dinner: A Love Story shares the story of
cooking 30 meals per month with her whole family.
Comfort Food by Hillary Davis: "Easy French" is turning
into "grandmère" cooking these days. Expect simple but also
Spice Odyssey: From asafoetida to wasabi, recipes
to excite & inspire by Paul Merrett: A journey
for the bold of palate from a Michelin-rated chef.
The Paleo Slow Cooker Bible: Healthy and Delicious
Family Gluten-Free Recipes by Amelia Simons: Is August too
soon to start with the slow cooker books? Apparently not! But psst
- most slow cooker recipes are already Paleo-friendly.
Sweet Alchemy: Dessert Magic by Yigit Pura
and Frankie Frankeny: San Francisco patissier Pura spins dazzling
confections in startling flavor combinations for the ambitious home
Flourless: Recipes for Naturally Gluten-Free
Desserts by Nicole Spiridakis and John Lee: Vegetarian
blogger Spiridakis (www.cucinanicolina.com) has a first cookbook
eschewing gums and flour mixes for a more holistic approach to
gluten-free baking and sweets.
The Messy Baker: More Than 75 Delicious Recipes
from a Real Kitchen by Charmian Christie. Not just baking
- "Messy Baker" blogger Christie specialize in exuberant, forgiving
recipes of every kind. Read our author interview with Charmian and enter our contest for your chance to win one of
three copies of this cookbook.
Preserving Everything by Leda Meredith.
Forager (and about.com preservation guru) Meredith takes it
home with a pantry reference for the masses.
Mexican Flavors by Hugh Carpenter: Teaming
up again with photograph Teri Sandison, Carpenter supplies the
classics along with special sections that take an innovative
approach to some of Mexico's most famous dishes.
Days of Real Food by Lisa Leake: The book adaptation
of Leake's blog, inspired by Michael Pollan's In
Defense of Food, that chronicles how Leake and
her family pledged to go 100 days without eating highly processed
or refined foods.
And...just for reading:
The Culinary Imagination: From Myth to
Modernity by Sandra M. Gilbert: A thinkpiece from a
popular scholar, looking at foodways from a cultural-studies
Wild Sugar: The Pleasures of Making Maple
Syrup by Susan Carol Hauser: August seems like an odd time
to publish a maple sugar book, but what do I know? A read to
inspire sweet daydreams for the cold season ahead.
The Chef Says by Nach Waxman and Matt
Sartwell: Compelling quotations from 150 chefs--including James
Beard, Julia Child, Gordon Ramsay, April Bloomfield--to inspire and
delight anyone who's ever resolved a crisis by adding more
UK and Ireland
Jamie's Comfort Foods by Jamie Oliver:
I've always thought of most Jamie recipes as being comfort foods
but apparently he needs an entire book devoted to the topic. I'm
not complaining since he promises to deliver "ultimate versions of
all-time favourites, and also introduces cherished dishes from
countries around the world" - sounds OK to me. The US edition will be published on Sept
Ms. Marmite Lover's Secret Tea Party by
Kerstin Rodgers: The second book from the blogger, indexed on
EYB, more than just recipes for afternoon tea. Themes
(even a Marie-Antoinette inspired party) and table decorations for
the table (and yourself) make these events rather more than your
average tea party.
My Drunken Kitchen by Helen Graves: And
another second book from an indexed EYB blogger, the creator of Food
Stories. If Kerstin's book is the genteel afternoon tea,
this book takes us into the dark night with tales and recipes
combining booze (both in the food and in the author) and
Tom Kerridge's Best Ever Dishes by Tom
Kerridge: As chef/proprietor of The Hand & Flowers, the only
pub in the UK to have gained 2 Michelin stars, Tom Kerridge knows
about making simple food in the best possible way. Here he presents
us with his favourites.
Sweet by Rachel Allen: The popular Irish author and TV
host produces another book devoted to the sweet side - Bake and
Cake have been previous titles. This one covers sweet treats,
whether desserts or snacks.
Fish & Shellfish by Rick Stein: Rick
Stein has produced cookbooks covering cuisines from around the
world but the start of his career and his passion has always been
for fish and shellfish. Here he has updated and reinvigorated his
classic book on the subject.
Salmagundi by Sally Butcher: Salmagundi
may be a word you haven't come across before - it's a 17th-century
English word denoting a salad dish comprising, well, everything.
This is Sally's fourth cookbook and it comprises salad bowls
from around the world. The US edition is published in October.
Bake Me a Cake as Fast as You Can by
Miranda Gore Brown: In my experience most cakes are pretty quick to
make - it's what you so with the decoration that can take the time.
Here Miranda assembles a collection for the time pressed baker.
It's also good for beginners as no specialist equipment is
Patisserie Maison by Richard Bertinet:
This next baking book is somewhat further up the complexity ladder.
Though it claims that Richard Bertinet makes patisserie accessible
to home bakers and effortlessly guides you through challenging
techniques, the fact that the recipes cover lavender and orange
éclairs, gâteau Saint Honoré, tarte tropizienne, Paris Brest and
cassis kir royal mousse suggests this is special occasion
80 Cakes From Around the World by Claire
Clark: Yet another baking book! How many baking books can one
island publish before it sinks beneath the waves? This one takes us
on a world tour of cakes - 6 continents, 51 countries, 80
The Kitchen Orchard by Natalia Conroy:
Natalia believes that a well stocked store cupboard and fridge are
a source of abundant meals - it just requires a little
Bombay Lunchbox by Carolyn & Chris
Caldicott: I wonder whether this book was inspired by the wonderful
film last year, The Lunchbox? Watching the movie did make me yearn
for the stacks of Indian delicacies that are revealed each day.
Here the collection of sweet and savoury vegetarian recipes for can
be made for lunch, afternoon tea or any snack eaten between
breakfast and dinner.
Keep It Vegan by Aine Carlin: Aine Carlin,
creator of popular vegan lifestyle blog Pea Soup Eats, wants to
keep vegan cooking simple. She keeps ingredients lists short and
easy to find and makes her instructions as simple as she can.
Clifford & Son: Modern Irish Cooking
by Peter & Michael Clifford and Joe McNamee: Joe McNamee looks
at how Michael Clifford contributed to the development of modern
Irish cooking and the restaurant business of today in Ireland. Joe
also profiles his son Peter who is carrying on his father's
Family Meals by Chef Michael Smith:
Michael Smith is one of Canada's most popular TV chefs. Here he
shares the recipes he cooks for his family at home.
Whitewater Cooks With Passion by Shelley
Adams: The fourth book in the Whitewater Cook series has a focus on
fresh, healthy recipes.
Australia and New Zealand
Classics by Simon Gault: Restaurateur and
MasterChef judge Simon Gault has taken culinary favourites from
around the world and added his own twist. Although there are many
very familiar dishes such as risotto, roast leg of lamb and
cheesecake, they have been reinterpreted enough that I'll be trying
quite a few.
Smoked: How to
Flavour, Cure & Prepare Meat, Seafood, Vegetables, Fruit &
More by Jeremy Schmid: A skill I've never
mastered, so hoping this book is going to change that. Jeremy's
step-by-step guides to creating stove-top smoking units, using
different wood fuels and the difference between hot and cold
smoking are just some of the topics covered. I doubt that my
efforts will be as delicious as the wonderful smoked meats that
I've the pleasure of tasting but I'll be giving it a go.
by Michael Van De Elzen: Michael is well known for his
3 TV series of The Food Truck, as well as owner of an award-winning
restaurant. In his fourth book he showcases the food he cooks at
home for family and friends. The 80 recipes are straightforward and
healthy and fast, covering everything from food for babies and
toddlers to barbecues, Italian, Asian and Indian dishes, roasts,
brunches and and drinks.
and Wine from a Central Otago Winery by
Amisfield Wine Company: The fabulous
scenery of mountains and lake surrounding Amisfield, combined with
the sensational bistro food matched with gorgeous wines Central
Otago make this an essential stop for anyone visiting this area. As
well as recipes and wine matching tips, this book is about Central
Otago. If you've been there this is a great reminder, if not you
can look at the beautiful photos and dream!
Mike by Michael McEnearney: Despite a
background in fine dining, Mike set up his restaurant with a
mission to make good food available to all-comers. His restaurant,
a simple, canteen-style kitchen with shared tables, serves food
from the counter that has made this a popular spot in Sydney. He
shares many of his signature dishes including the house-made bread
and fresh cheeses.
Australia by Lyndey Milan: Released as a
companion to the latest TV series Lyndey Milan's Taste of
Australia. Over 90 recipes showcase the eclectic nature of
Australian cuisine. From the cultural melting pots of the inner
cities, to the lush wine regions to the indigenous bush.
Dogs by Stéphane Reynaud: Gourmet is the key word here -
the recipes in this lovely book have ideas for many different
sausage types, bread accompaniments, salad garnishes and
condiments. There are light-hearted, quirky illustrations of cute
canines, each with their eye on a tasty hot dog morsel.
Superfoods by Rena Pattern:
Following on from her successful books on Quinoa, Rena looks at the
everyday foods that have unusually high levels of antioxidants,
vitamins and minerals that are good for us. All her recipes use
simple ingredients that are readily available and include at least
one superfood, including dark green or brightly coloured
vegetables, oily fish and all legumes.
The latest from Australian Women's Weekly:
Fast/Slow: Mealtime Inspiration for Every Day of
Cakes and Slices vintage Edition
Easy Mexican: Burritos, Tacos, Fajitas, Salsas and
Afternoon Tea Party: Cakes, Biscuits, Scones and