October 2013 Cookbook Roundup

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 U.K., Australia, and New Zealand releases.


United States:

The fall onslaught continues, with publishers releasing one would-be hit after another.  So as with last month, I've continued using a categorized list to organize the flood of entries.  The categories are listed in sorting order (it's like a series of filters - cookbooks get sorted into whichever one they fit in first).  That's why you will find cookbooks containing, say, Italian recipes popping up in "Restaurants" or "Baking" before you get to "Ethnic/Regional."

The restaurant tie-ins in particular are picking up speed this fall, and more and more of them are hitting the $50 mark (unlike the typical $35 hardcover cookbook). I have a theory that the more expensive the cookbook, the less likely it is to live and work in the kitchen and the more likely it is to enjoy a life of leisure on the coffee table.  What do you think?





Summerland: Recipes for Celebrating with Southern Hospitality, by Anne Quatrano, Brian Woodcock and Sarah Camp Arnold

Complete Nose to Tail


The Complete Nose to Tail, by Fergus Henderson




Manresa: An Edible Reflection, by David Kinch, Christine Muhlke and Eric Ripert


Grand Central Oyster Bar


The Grand Central Oyster Bar and Restaurant Cookbook, by Sandy Ingber and Roy Finamore


Daniel, My French Cuisine


Daniel: My French Cuisine, by Daniel Boulud, Sylvie Bigar, Thomas Schauer and Bill Buford


The a.o,c, cookbook


The A.O.C. Cookbook, by Suzanne Goin


The Gramercy Tavern Cookbook


The Gramercy Tavern Cookbook, by Michael Anthony, Dorothy Kalins, Danny Meyer


The Art of Simple Food II


The Art of Simple Food II: Recipes, Flavor, and Inspiration from the New Kitchen Garden,  by Alice Waters


Cooking from the Heart


Cooking from the Heart: My Favorite Lessons Learned Along the Way, by John Besh




Baked Doughnuts for Everyone


Baked Doughnuts For Everyone: From Sweet to Savory to Everything in Between, 101 Delicious Recipes, All Gluten-Free, by Ashley McLaughlin


Southern Italian Desserts


Southern Italian Desserts: Rediscovering the Sweet Traditions of Calabria, Campania, Basilicata, Puglia, and Sicily, by Rosetta Costantino and Jennie Schacht 


Payard Desserts


Payard Desserts, by François Payard and Tish Boyle



Seriously Bitter Sweet

Seriously Bitter Sweet: The Ultimate Dessert Maker's Guide to Chocolate, by Alice Medrich, and Deborah Jones 


The Four and Twenty Blackbirds


The Four & Twenty Blackbirds Pie Book: Uncommon Recipes from the Celebrated Brooklyn Pie Shop, by Emily Elsen and Melissa Elsen


The King Arthur Flour Cookie Companion


The King Arthur Flour Cookie Companion: The Essential Cookie Cookbook, by King Arthur Flour



Duck, Duck, Goose


Duck, Duck, Goose: The Ultimate Guide to Cooking Waterfowl, Both Farmed and Wild, by Hank Shaw

Sauces and shapes


Sauces & Shapes: Pasta the Italian Way, by Oretta Zanini de Vita, and Maureen Fant


Fix-It and Forget-It New Cookbook


Fix-It and Forget-It New Cookbook: 250 New Delicious Slow Cooker Recipes!, by Phyllis Pellman Good

Pasta Modern


Pasta Modern: New & Inspired Recipes from Italy, by Francine Segan


Winter Cocktails

Winter Cocktails: Mulled Ciders, Hot Toddies, Punches, Pitchers, and Cocktail Party Snacks, by Maria Del Mar Sacasa, and Tara Striano




Ethnic & Regional

Southern Fried


Southern Fried: More than 150 recipes for crab cakes, fried chicken, hush puppies, and more, by James Villas


New Middle Eastern Street Food

New Middle Eastern Street Food: Snacks, Comfort Food, and Mezze from Snackistan, by Sally Butcher


Lidia's Commensense Italian


Lidia's Commonsense Italian Cooking: 150 Delicious and Simple Recipes Anyone Can Master, by Lidia Matticchio Bastianich and Tanya Bastianich Manuali


Pok Pok

Pok Pok: Food and Stories from the Streets, Homes, and Roadside Restaurants of Thailand, by Andy Ricker, J J Goode, Bush Austin and David Thompson


The Taste of America


The Taste of America, by Colman Andrews (not a cookbook - a sort of cultural survey of American foods)


My Mexico


My Mexico: A Culinary Odyssey with Recipes, by Diana Kennedy



Magazines, Bloggers, Teachers

The Cook's Illustrated Baking Book


The Cook's Illustrated Baking Book, by Editors of Cook's Illustrated Magazine


The Best of America's Test Kitchen 2014


The Best of America's Test Kitchen 2014, by Editors at America's Test Kitchen


The Kinfolk Table


The Kinfolk Table: Recipes for Small Gatherings, by Nathan Williams 


The Pioneer Woman Cooks A Year of Holidays


The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays: 140 Step-by-Step Recipes for Simple, Scrumptious Celebrations, by Ree Drummond 


Well Fed 2


Well Fed 2, by Melissa Joulwan


Canal House Cooking Vol. 8


Canal House Cooking Volume No. 8: Pronto, by Melissa Hamilton and Christopher Hirsheimer


Elizabeth David on Vegetables


Elizabeth David on Vegetables, by Elizabeth David


Cooking at Home, revised


Cooking at Home with the Culinary Institute of America, Revised Edition, by The Culinary Institute of America




Jamie Oliver's Food Escapes


Jamie Oliver's Food Escapes: Over 100 Recipes from the Great FoodRegions of the World, by Jamie Oliver


The Can't Cookbook


The Can't Cook Book: Recipes for the Absolutely Terrified!, by Jessica Seinfeld


Week in a Day


Week in a Day, by Rachael Ray


Plus...one fascinating $120 oddball:

photography of modernist cuisines


The Photography of Modernist Cuisine, by Nathan Myhrvold



Some October trends: Chocolate, parodies and "spooky" sweets, pies in particular and baking generally, Paleo slow and Paleo sweet, DIY: brewing and drying/dehydrating.



River Cottage Fruit Everyday


River Cottage Fruit Every Day!,  By High Fearnley-Whittingstall



101 sandwiches

101 Sandwiches, by Helen Graves (This is the first cookbook by Helen Graves, whose blog, Food Stories, is indexed on EYB)



Gok's Wok


Gok's Wok: Fast, Fresh, Healthy Asian Recipes by Gok Wan



A lighter way to bake


A Lighter Way to Bake, by Lorraine Pascale



The Collection


The Collection, by Mark Hix



Paul Hollywood's Pies and Puds


Paul Hollywood's Pies & Puds by Paul Hollywood



the French Kitchen


The French Kitchen, by Michel Roux, Jr.



Australia & New Zealand:


A free range life


Annabel Langbein: A Free Range Life Summer 2013: Everything You Need for a Great Summer,  by Annabel Langbein  

Julie Biuso at home


Julie Biuso at Home,  by Julie Biuso 


LIttle and friday


Little and Friday: Celebrations,  by Kim Evans 


A taste of home


A Taste of Home,  by Brett McGregor


meeia samoa recipes


Mea'ai Samoa: Recipes and Stories from the Heart of Polynesia,  by Robert Oliver

Dr Libby's Real Food Kitchen


Dr Libby's Real Food Kitchen  by Libby Weaver

A Bit of What You Fancy


A Bit of What You Fancy,  by Jo Seagar


the dirty chef


The Dirty Chef: From Big City Food Critic to Foodie Farmer,  by Matthew Evans

The food of Vietnam


The Food of Vietnam, by Luke Nguyen

Fast Fresh and Unbelievably Delicious


Fast, Fresh and Unbelievably Delicious by Matt Preston

Asian After Work


Asian After Work: Simple Food for Every Day,  by Adam Liaw


Christmas cooking with Women's Weekly


Christmas Cooking with the Weekly  by The Australian Women's Weekly

The Australian Women's Weekly perfect roasts


Perfect Roasts: Triple-Tested, Home-Cooked Classics for Special Family Meals  by The Australian Women's Weekly

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