New Season Cookbooks Preview 2012

As the seasons change it’s high time for a peek ahead to the cookbooks coming round the corner, including a veritable parade of big titles.

These are some of ones Susie has spotted that are coming out shortly in North America, the UK and Australia, including a few interesting non-cookbooks.

North America

Ripe: A Cook in the Orchard by Nigel Slater – The fruit companion to last year’s vegetable-based Tender, renamed for the US market, the UK edition has been available for some time as Tender 2.
My Pizza: The Easy No-Knead Way to Make Spectacular Pizza at Home by Jim Lahey. Another book from Jim Lahey from which you will use just one recipe over and over.
Edible Flowers, by Kathleen Brown. High time for a book on the subject from British publisher Anness, though who knows how available it will be in the US.
Sophie Dahl Very Fond of FoodVery Fond of Food: A Year in Recipes by Sophie Dahl. A follow up to Miss Dahl’s Voluptuous Delights.
The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food from My Frontier by Ree Drummond. Not at all frontier cooking, actually, not that it seems to matter…
Taste What You’re Missing:The Passionate Eater’s Guide to Why Good Food Tastes Good by Barb Stuckey. A fascinating guide to the taste buds and some things you can do with them.
A Girl and Her Pig: Recipes and Stories by April Bloomfield.  Much bruited-about cookbook by the acclaimed Spotted Pig chef and her ghost writer.
Pie It Forward: Pies, Tarts, Tortes, Galettes, and Other Pastries Reinvented by Gesine Bullock-Prado.  What’s summer without a pie cookbook? 
The preservation-kitchen-the-craft-ofThe Preservation Kitchen: The Craft of Making and Cooking with Pickles, Preserves, and Aigre-doux by Kate Leahy and Paul Virant.  Just one among many.
At Home on the Range by Margaret Yardley Potter/Elizabeth Gilbert.  Eat Pray Love author Elizabeth Gilbert unearths a collection of her grandmother’s recipes.
Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream, By Molly Moon Neitzel. A promising contender in the summer ice-cream book category.

Food You Can’t Say No To by Tamasin Day-Lewis.  This is food that you will enjoy cooking : effortless but special, indulgent yet practical, totally, utterly irresistible.
Irish-traditional-cooking-over-300Irish Traditional Cooking by Darina Allen. This new edition has 300 traditional dishes, including 100 new recipes, this is the most comprehensive and entertaining tome on the subject.
The Food of Spain by Claudia Roden.  UK edition of this popular book, hailed as one of the most important books on this tremendous cuisine to appear in the last fifty years.
Two Greedy Italians Eat Italy by Antonio Carluccio and Gennaro Contaldo. Two Greedy Italians Eat Italy showcases the wisdom and passion of these two men for their native land, its people and produce. 
Friends at my Table by Alice Hart. In her new book Alice shows not only how to serve people memorable meals, but also how to host all sorts of gatherings in a relaxed and convivial way. 
Fish Easy by Mitchell Tonks.  A collection of 120 fish and shellfish dishes, all made using accessible yet sustainable fish – from salmon and trout to bream and bass to mussels and crayfish.
james-martin-easy-every-dayEasy Every Day by James Martin. This latest collection of recipes from James showcases his signature style of tasty and impressive food that can be prepared at home without fuss or panic.
Dock Kitchen Cookbook by Stevie Parle.  Stevie won the Observer Food Monthly Young Chef of the Year award 2010. His first book is the opposite of the usual ‘chefy’ restaurant fare, Stevie serves an eclectic mix of dishes that in their countries of origin would all be described as home cooking.
Around the World in 80 Dishes by David Loftus. Featuring dishes from chefs and cookery writers including Jamie Oliver, Heston Blumenthal & Sybil Kapoor – this is a treasure-trove of treats, beautifully photographed by one of the world’s foremost food photographers.

Mastering the Art of Baking by Anneka Manning.  This new baking book brings easy-to-follow advice and knowledge in an accessible and engaging way. The recipes yield impressive results with little effort. 
a-family-in-paris-storiesA Family in Paris: Stories of Food, Life, and Adventure by Jane Paech.  Through a collection of sharp observations, insightful travel articles and laugh-out-loud anecdotes, A Family in Paris conveys the joys and difficulties for an Australian family of living in this most famous of cities.

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  • Melanie  on  April 5, 2012

    Hi Susie, thanks for the great list! A few of these are already out in Australia so I've managed to take a little bit of a look through some of them.

    Sophie Dahl's 'Very Fond of Food: A Year in Recipes' was released last year in the UK and Australia as 'From Season to Season: A Year in Recipes'. This book has been indexed if anybody wants an idea of the recipes (although I have to admit I prefer her first book).

    I love Nigel Slater's 'Tender II', rebranded as 'Ripe' for the US market. There are some recipes that use fruit in savoury dishes but there are also lots of delicious desserts. This one is also indexed.

    Jane Paech's 'A Family in Paris' has been out for a while – no recipes but it is a gorgeous book filled with photos and writing about living in Paris, with a strong focus on food. On a similar note, Jane Webster has a follow up to 'At My French Table' with 'French Ties' – I think I saw a few recipes in this one though.

    I'm undecided on Stevie Parle's 'Dock Kitchen', although I've only had a quick peruse so far. I might need to hunt out Darina Allen's new one though!

    Some other newish ones on the Australian scene that have grabbed my attention:
    Rosa's Farm by Rosa Mitchell
    Mr Wilkinson's Favourite Vegetables by Matt Wilkinson
    Cooking with the World's Best with recipes by people who have previously presented at The Melbourne Food & Wine Festival
    Annie's Garden to Table by Annie Smithers
    Trupp's Wholefood Kitchen by Walter and Dorota Trupp
    Wild Sugar Desserts by Skye Craig and Lyndell Mitchell
    Sweet Paris by Paul Michael

  • Melanie  on  April 5, 2012

    PS Can I please apologise for how messy that last comment looks – I forgot that all the paragraphs and lists would amalgamate!

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