February Cookbook Roundup

We are two months into 2018 and already I'm excited about the cookbooks that will be published this year. My 2018 Preview Post is updated frequently and I predict this will be another amazing year for cookbooks.

February marks the ushering in of the Spring cookbook season in the northern hemisphere, with a mix of titles that focus on health, special diets as well as restaurant and celebrity chef books. As always, the monthly roundup shares new major releases from around the world. At the end of each country, I am including a listing of titles that may have been released elsewhere and are now available this month in that region as well as books that may be of interest to certain members but that I have not been able to review as of yet. 

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I am incredibly excited for the release of Between Harlem and Heaven: Afro-Asian-American Cooking for Big Nights, Weeknights, and Every Day by Alexander Smalls and JJ Johnson. Here for the first time over 100 recipes that go beyond just one place and branches far beyond "soul food" to explore the melding of Asian, African, and American flavors. The authors' foundation was a collective three decades of traveling the African diaspora, meeting and eating with chefs of color, and researching the wide reach of a truly global cuisine; their inspiration was how African, Asian, and African-American influences criss-crossed cuisines all around the world.

Black Girl Baking: Wholesome Recipes Inspired by a Soulful Upbringing by Jerrelle Guy leads you on a baking journey, retelling and reinventing food memories using wholesome ingredients. Whole flours, less refined sugar and vegan alternatives make it easier to celebrate those sweet moments. The recipes here are just as tempting as their counterparts but allow us to have control over what we are putting into our body. Jerrelle's photography is stunning as well. Do yourself a favor, buy this book now.

Eating from the Ground Up: Recipes for Enjoying Vegetables All Year Long by Alana Chernila is filled with 100 recipes that showcase the unique flavor and texture of each vegetable. There are dishes that are so fresh and quick that they feel more intuitive than like you're following a recipe. The many tips on selecting, storing, preparing, and enjoying the season's bounty make this book an ideal handbook and celebration in one. Alana does it again, producing a gorgeous book that we will turn to time and again as I do with The Homemade Kitchen and The Homemade Pantry.

Patricia Heaton's Food for Family and Friends: 100 Favorite Recipes for a Busy, Happy Life by Patricia Heaton is a collection of 100 tasty, simple recipes for unforgettable meals and gatherings from the enormously popular star of the ABC sitcom The Middle and Food Network's Patricia Heaton Parties. Though she may be a Hollywood star today, this down to earth, practical Midwesterner likes to have fun entertaining her loved ones and has never forgotten her roots. For more information, check out my review which shares a review and recipe. 

Daisy Cakes Bakes: Keepsake Recipes for Southern Layer Cakes, Pies, Cookies, and More by Kim Nelson is gorgeous and filled with recipes like Pork rind crusted cheesecake, Chocolate pillows, and Bacon jam filling with bourbon. Daisy Cakes skyrocketed to fame after her appearance on Shark Tank. If you are a baker, you need to check out this book. 

Ultimate Pound Cakes: Classic Recipe Collection by Phyllis Hoffman shares over 85 recipes that will give you a treasure trove to choose from for years to come. Holidays, special occasions, or weeknight suppers, these test-kitchen approved, home-baked cakes are always a welcome surprise for family and friends. This title has the look and feel of the beautiful Bake from Scratch magazines and books

Simply Vibrant: All-Day Vegetarian Recipes for Colorful Plant-Based Cooking by Anya Kassoff shares simple, everyday recipes in the same signature style of her debut cookbook, The Vibrant Table and her popular blog. This book focuses on easy-to-find ingredients and simple preparations. With practicality in mind, discover ways to make cooking easier and go farther: focus on using in-season produce, learn how to use the parts of produce often thrown in the compost, and discover ways to give new life to leftovers.

Paulie's: Classic Italian Cooking in the Heart of Houston's Montrose District by Paul Petronella celebrates twenty years of restaurant success. Here Paul shares his lifetime of experience in independent restaurant life and dozens of delicious but simple recipes. Paul focuses on dishes that provide maximum flavor while being easy to reproduce at home. They include nostalgic delicacies from his childhood, dishes from his travels across Italy, and classic items off the Paulie's menu.

How to Roast Everything: A Game-Changing Guide to Building Flavor in Meat, Vegetables, and More by America's Test Kitchen is a master class in roasting. This collection includes 295 fresh, inventive recipes that guarantee success. Get recipes for quick weeknight-friendly meals, grill roasting, and learn how roasting transforms fruit to make special (and lighter) desserts. One extensive section covers every step of the process - from shopping to carving - and includes 10 essential roasts, including Weeknight roast chicken and Slow-roasted beef.

A Baker's Year: Twelve Months of Baking and Living the Simple Life at the Smoke Signals Bakery by Tara Jensen documents a year in the life of the Instagram bread-baking sensation as she teaches readers how to bake bread and pies, build the perfect fire to cook with, and live a simple, satisfying life. Here, the author, takes readers month-by-month through the seasons at Smoke Signals for porridge and waffles in winter, crusty bread in spring, pies and pizza in the summer, and celebration cakes for end-of-the-year holidays. Along the way, Tara writes about how to live in a more peaceful world, shares stories from her own life, mourns romances lost, and celebrates the promise of a new relationship.

Weeknight Cooking with Your Instant Pot: Simple Family-Friendly Meals Made Better in Half the Time by Kristy Bernardo, the blogger behind The Wicked Noodle, shares 75 fresh ideas to inspire your cooking routine. As we all know, the Instant Pot® transforms tough meats into tender bites in minutes, allowing you to enjoy your favorite comfort foods on weeknights, not just the weekend. Inspired by her childhood memories gathered around the family dinner table, Kristy's cooking is rooted in tradition with a dash of spice from her global travels and work as a personal chef.

Finding Fire: Cooking at its Most Elemental by Lennox Hastie introduces the curious cook to the possibilities of food when combined with the most basic of cooking techniques, fire. Author Lennox Hastie, of acclaimed Sydney restaurant Firedoor, draws on his international experience to present over 90 recipes that equip readers with the confidence to connect with produce, learn instinct and allow them to take their own journey to master the art of simplicity in cookery over the most natural heat source and ingredient on the planet: fire. This title will be released in the UK in May and was released in Australia last year.

Hot for Food Vegan Comfort Classics: 101 Recipes to Feed Your Face by Lauren Toyota is a bold collection of more than 100 recipes where comfort food collides with vegan cooking. Crispy crabless cakes, Southern fried cauliflower, and Saved by seitan which is used in multiple recipes such as Philly cheesesteaks are examples of the recipes you will find here in this fun cookbook. Lauren is touring to promote her book.

Chocolate Alchemy: A Bean-To-Bar Primer by Kristen Hard makes creating your own chocolate at home accessible to everyone, whether you are an avid cook or simply a chocolate lover. The book is filled with more than 100 innovative recipes that showcase chocolate's complex flavor, from pink peppercorn ginger truffles and hickory-smoked caramels to chocolate oatmeal cream pies and raw almond bark. Step-by-step photographs guide the home cook, but also allow for experimentation and customization.

Cuban Flavor: Exploring the Island's Unique Places, People, and Cuisine by Liza Gershman celebrates the incredible taste of Cuban cuisine and the sites, color, and energy of Cuban culture. To make this incredible volume, Cynthia Carris Alonso, an acclaimed photographer and the author of Passage to Cuba, her Cuban husband, José Luis Alonso, and veteran food photographer Liza Gershman took to the streets of Cuba, photographing the country and stopping in its best paladars along the way. This visually stunning volume features seventy-five authentic Cuban recipes provided by chefs the authors met during their travels. The author has a special site dedicated to this beautiful book.

Ladurée Tea Time: The Art of Taking Tea by Marie Simon shares mouthwatering photography and beautiful illustrations, the leaves of this chic book are steeped with tea-time menus and more than 60 sweet and savory recipes fit for a queen. Wrapped in tissue and packaged within an elegant gift box, this sumptuous guide reveals the secrets of taking tea the Ladurée way and is topped off with a concise history of tea, a guide to the finest tea varieties, and tips on ultimate tea pairings.

Just Add Sauce: A Revolutionary Guide to Boosting the Flavor of Everything You Cook by the Editors at America's Test Kitchen makes sauce your secret weapon. From dolloping on vegetables to drizzling on steak, simmering up curries, and stir-frying noodles, instantly make everything you cook taste better with hundreds of flavorful, modern sauces paired with easy recipes that put them to use in creative, inspired ways.

Instant Pot Italian: 100 Irresistible Recipes Made Easier Than Ever by Ivy Manning offers 100 delicious, sure-to-please recipes for weeknight cooking and beyond. Recipes take advantage of the Instant Pot's many settings, allowing you to perfectly sauté and simmer a variety of dishes with just the push of a button. Includes other hacks and surprises including set-it-and-forget it recipes for focaccia, quick pickles, no-oven-required cakes and cheesecakes, and even DIY ricotta.

Posh Pancakes: Over 70 Recipes, from Hoppers to Hotcakes from Quadrille brings you over 70 recipes from around the world for this simple, quick meal on a plate. Breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner and dessert, the dishes include Chinese pancakes with duck and hoisin sauce, spicy Mexican hotcakes with avocado and chilli, classic English pikelets, as well as the quintessential French crêpes Suzette. This title was released last month in the UK. 

The Alaska from Scratch Cookbook: Seasonal. Scenic. Homemade. by Maya Wilson is filled with 75 delicious, family-friendly recipes that are based on the seasonality of Alaska. There's an abundance of wild berries, so summer recipes are full of them, and to get through the cold winters, she includes hearty soups and pot pies. Her recipes are created for busy families like hers. And of course, she incorporates plenty of the seafood Alaska is famous for: halibut poached in Thai curry, a salmon superfood salad, and local recipes like reindeer sausage and moose shepherd's pie.

Lagom: The Swedish Art of Eating Harmoniously by Steffi Knowles-Dellner was released in October last year in the UK. This month it makes its debut in the US and is an absolutely stunning book. This fresh cookbook offers genuine insight into how Swedes eat and cook with recipes that fit around the seasons, occasions, times of day, and appetite. Eating and cooking in tune with "lagom" means embracing food that is good for body and soul, unfussy, delicious and sustaining, and all in harmony. There is a time and place for every kind of food, and when everything is in equilibrium, you will be content and satisfied.

Vegan in 7: Delicious Plant-Based Recipes in 7 Ingredients or Fewer by Rita Serano was released late last year and is available now in the US. Here, the author demonstrates how cooking vegan doesn't have to be complicated. She offers nourishing and delicious recipes with not a single fake overprocessed vegan burger in sight. Plus, all her recipes are low-fat and free from refined sugars. With chapters broken into Start, Fast, Fresh, Nourishing, Gather, Sweets and Basics, including recipes for nut milk and vegetable broth if you want to take it a step further. Rita eschews obscure ingredients in favour of natural, seasonal and organic produce. Promotion is coming soon.

Vegan 100: Amazing, Healthy Recipes from Avant Garde Vegan by Gaz Oakley was released last month in the UK and is bold, vibrant and gorgeous. Going vegan was the best decision the author ever made. Gaz, aka Avant-Garde Vegan, was once a meat eater and often didn't feel well. Overnight, he decided to go vegan for the health benefits, for his love of animals and to do his part in looking after the planet. He found that, as a trained chef, it was surprisingly easy to get big tastes and colors into vegan dishes without compromise, and he also noticed an improvement in the way he felt. The emphasis in Gaz's 100 tempting vegan recipes is first and foremost on flavor. We are indexing this title to bring you a promotion soon. 

A Couple Cooks - Pretty Simple Cooking: 100 Delicious Vegetarian Recipes to Make You Fall in Love with Real Food by Sonja and Alex Overhiser, husband-and-wife bloggers and podcasters offer 100 recipes with an emphasis on easy prep, whole foods, and healthy dishes--and getting into the kitchen together. The authors have events scheduled to promote their book.

Chutneys - Adding Spice to Your Life!: Over 50 Traditional South Indian 'Pacchadis' Handed over Generations, Sprinkled with Some Food Memoirs by Aparna Mudiganti Parinam is a compilation of over 50 chutney recipes for handed down through the generations. You will transported to a traditional Andhra kitchen, through tangy recipes and food memoirs. Delve deeper to find out how to prepare the iconic 'Kobbari pacchadi', to make a tasty treat with karela/bitter gourd, whip up spicy dips with ordinary ingredients and make some powdered chutneys. We will be indexing Aparna's book and sharing a giveaway soon.

Other titles of interest released this month in the US include:


Pure Charcuterie: The Craft and Poetry of Curing Meats at Home by Meredith Leigh is a practical and artistic look at the techniques for curing meat at home both as a creative hands-on craft and as a fantastic and sustainable way to preserve highly valuable food. This accessible, beautiful, visual guide walks the reader through the process of making charcuterie, including sourcing ingredients, clear explanations of charcuterie technique, creative recipes balancing tradition and invention, and smoking meats and building your own smoker.

Whitewater Cooks More Beautiful Food by Shelley Adams is the long awaited fifth book in the bestselling Whitewater Cooks series and is filled with new recipes to inspire fans and delight newcomers to these fabulous cookbooks. Shelley's innate flair for creating and developing recipes have made her famous for turning home cooks into culinary rock stars.


Cherish: Food to Make for the People you Love by Anne Shooter shares the food that the author cooks for her family - the cookbook that her daughters wanted her to write. Full of love and generosity, the recipes are a delicious array of flavours from the Middle East, Eastern Europe and Jerusalem. They come from Anne's Jewish background and the times her family and friends come together to eat, celebrate and feast. I love Anne's Sesame & Spice and this title was worth the wait it is glorious.

Mildred's the Vegan Cookbook: Bright Food, Bold Flavours by Dan Acevedo is bursting with clever ideas for feasts with family and friends, as well as for delicious, simple everyday meals, bringing punchy flavours, satisfying dishes, a dash of urban cool and a refreshing take on the conventional stereotype of vegan food. Time Out declares that 'Only Lady Luck can get a table at Mildreds. It's one of London's coolest vegetarian restaurants.' And now we can enjoy these dishes at home!

Eat Up: Food, Appetite and Eating What You Want by Ruby Tandoh celebrates the fun and pleasure of food, taking a look at everything from gluttons and gourmets in the movies, to the symbolism of food and sex. She will arm you against the fad diets, food crazes and bad science that can make eating guilt-laden and expensive. Filled with straight-talking, sympathetic advice on everything from mental health to recipe ideas and shopping tips, this is a book that clears away the fog, to help you fall back in love with food.

Doctor's Orders: Over 50 Inventive Cocktails to Cure, Revive & Enliven by Chris Edwards and Dave Tregenza delivers classic cocktails and new concoctions to cure whatever ails you along with recipes to create your own syrups, infused spirits and garnishes.

Pasta Reinvented by Caroline Bretherton focuses on healthy alternatives to wheat-based pasta - often gluten-free - and offering recipes for making pasta doughs from scratch, as well as sauces and dishes to enjoy. Eighty protein- and fiber-packed recipes offer you a new generation of dishes to go with the latest evolution of pasta and noodles. It truly is a stunning book. This title is also being released in the US.

Where Chefs Eat: A Guide to Chefs' Favorite Restaurants by Joe Warwick is the third edition of this best selling restaurant guide. Please remember Eat Your Book members receive 30% off Phaidon titles when using the link provided.

Afternoon Tea at Bramble Cafe by Mat Follas, BBC Masterchef winner, shares an enticing collection of recipes for the finest bakes and most irresistible pastries. Both British (Metric) and American (Imperial plus US cups) measurements are included in these recipes which include a scrumptious Coffee and walnut cake, White chocolate and strawberry tiffin and individual Jaffa tarts. This is one gorgeous book.

Everyone Loves Tacos by Felipe Fuentes Cruz and Ben Fordham, the clever guys behind authentic Mexican kitchen Benito's Hat, bring you delicious recipes simple enough to cook up a fiesta in your own kitchen. First there is a chapter of Little Cravings (antojitos), perfect as a pre-cursor or accompaniment to a taco feast. This is followed by a delicious selection of breakfast tacos, followed by chicken, pork, beef, fish and vegetarian options. Lastly, discover the bliss of a sweet taco with recipes such as Chocolate ice cream with agave. A chapter on salsas, relishes and sides rounds out this fun title. 

Eat Your Way to a Healthy Heart: Tackle Heart Disease by Changing the Way you Eat, in 50 Recipes and Eat Your Way to Managing Diabetes: Tackle Type-1 and Type-2 Diabetes by Changing the Way You Eat, in 50 Recipes by Dale Pinnock, The Medicinal Chef, are both being released in the UK this month. As heart disease is at epidemic proportions and rising, Pinnock's first title attempts to find out why - and what we can do about it. His approach - using nutrition alongside conventional medicine - is to avoid the foods that may contribute to the problem. The latter title investigates the explosion in diabetes and attempts to find out why and what you can do about it. Both books share recipes along with helpful advice.

Nourish Cakes: Baking with a Healthy Twist by Marianne Stewart shares 50 simple recipes for cakes and bakes, both large and small, focus on nourishing ingredients such as nuts, vegetables, and dried fruit, plus flours such as rye or buckwheat. Many of the recipes are allergy- or intolerance-friendly, using wheat-free flours and unrefined sugars. Each recipe is clearly coded to show you which diet it will suit, along with an index to show you vegan, wheat-free, and dairy-free cakes at a glance. This is a gorgeous book filled with cakes you can make and enjoy without the guilt.

Mezze: Small Plates to Share by Ghillie Basan features a collection of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern dips, bites, salads, and other small plates to share, to enjoy as appetizers or light meals. At its simplest, mezze can be represented by a bowl of gleaming olives marinated in lemon juice and crushed coriander seeds, or a mixture of roasted nuts and seeds tossed in salt and dried thyme. At its most elaborate, it can be presented as an entire feast comprising a myriad of little colorful dishes, each the bearer of something savory or sweet but always delicious. 

Other titles of interest include:


Grow Harvest Cook: From Artichokes to Zucchinis, Gardening Advice, Storage Tips and 280 Delicious Recipes by Meredith Kirton and Mandy Sinclair is the essential guide to planting, nurturing, harvesting and cooking the best seasonal produce available from your own back garden. In the age of the farmers market and the farm produce delivery box, this title re-establishes the vital link between the veggie patch and the plate. The book offers more than 280 recipes and ideas for using up your produce, reinventing the meaning of homemade and celebrating truly good food.

Dinner Like a Boss: Quick, Easy and Healthy Meals for Busy Families by Katy Holder shares more than 50 recipes that highlight the preparation and cooking times, with easy-to-follow steps and options to vary the recipe, so the one dish can be adapted for different family members. Many of the variations add extra flavour without being overt, meaning this book can be a great way to introduce kids to more complex flavours at a young age. The dishes are nutritionally balanced family meals, covering both meat and vegetarian options (and some sweets, too) that take inspiration from around the globe. 

Street Food Asia: Saigon, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta by Luke Nguyen is being released in paperback in Australia. the UK and the US this month. 


Food for Good: Easy Tasty Family Meals by Lisa King and Michael Meredith is a title that not only shares wonderful recipes, each purchase helps to feed a child. Eat My Lunch is a thriving social enterprise whereby for every lunch ordered they give a lunch to a child in a low-decile school in Auckland, Hamilton and Wellington. Every day volunteers also come in to help make the lunches for the kids early in the morning. Developed by renowned chef Michael Meredith the recipes are delicious, and include dinners as well as salads, wraps, sandwiches, soups, main meals, sweet treats and essentials. 

January 2018 Cookbook Roundup

I've said it before and I'll say it again, the scope and breadth of 2017's cookbooks were epic. Both authors and publishers muscled through with Herculean efforts to deliver titles that were both beautiful and engaging. My love of cookbooks is my strongest weakness and our 2018 Preview Post has me, as always, looking forward.

As humans, we prepare ourselves for what lies ahead - case in point - try to find a pair of gloves at the department store in January. Gloves were available in August and if you didn't purchase them then, your hands will be cold in January. With cookbooks we are never too late and never too early - we have access to older titles as easily as we can preorder and anticipate upcoming releases. Just a few things I am excited for are books from Christina Tosi, Dorie Greenspan, and Michael Solomonov among a host of others. Nigella will be touring in support of the US release of At My Table (we will update when more dates are confirmed) and a host of other unknowns that even I, the Cookbook Stalker, are unaware. 

January's titles aren't all health related, but those that are look beautiful and include HealthyishThe Complete PlateThe Modern Vegetarian, and Vegan 100. In the not-your-typical new year, new diet category Hawker Fare and Chinese Soul Food arrive this month to balance the load. 

As always, the monthly roundup shares new releases from around the world that caught my attention and I feel would interest our members (the other titles that may be of interest sections at the end of each region). If you are planning to purchase any of these books for yourself or as gifts, please use the Buy Book link as we will receive a small affiliate fee that will allow us to index more books. You don't even need to buy the book you clicked from, we get affiliate revenue for anything you buy from Amazon over the next 24 hours after clicking the link. You will find the Buy Book link (pale blue box to the right of +Bookshelf) when you click on the book titles highlighted in this post (or any post) - your support is very much appreciated. Please remember us during your online shopping, you can access our affiliate stores through these direct links Amazon US, Amazon CA and Amazon UK with the same result.

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Let's dig in and begin!

United States

Healthyish: A Cookbook with Seriously Satisfying, Truly Simple, Good-For-You (but not too Good-For-You) Recipes for Real Life by Lindsay Maitland Hunt is a gorgeous book filled with tasty and appealing recipes such as the cover dish, the Quick rotisserie chicken tacos with smashed avocado. The dishes in this book will leave us feeling satisfied and not the least bit deprived even at those times when we are crunched for time.

Hawker Fare: Stories & Recipes from a Refugee Chef's Isan Thai & Lao Roots by James Syhabout is one of those books I know will just be amazing. James is the chef of Commis and Hawker Fare in San Francisco and in this, his debut book, he delivers dishes which are inspired by the open-air "hawker" markets of Thailand and Laos as well as the fine-dining sensibilities of James's career beginnings. Each chapter opens with stories from Syhabout's beginnings starting with his mother's work as a line cook in Oakland, and moving toward the turning point of his culinary life, including his travels as an adult to his parents' homelands. From building a pantry with sauces and oils, to making staples like sticky rice and padaek, to Syhabout's recipe for instant ramen noodles with poached egg, this cookbook explores the many dimensions of this chef's cooking and ethos on ingredients, family, and eating well. James has a number of events scheduled to celebrate this release. You want this book.

Masala & Meatballs: Incredible Indian Dishes with an American Twist by Asha Shivakumar is a beautiful book filled with recipes that bring Indian flavors to American classics. Apple-pistachio waffled French toast; White chicken curry pot pie, and Nut-crusted halibut with green onion sauce are a few examples of what you will find here. 

One Knife, One Pot, One Dish: Simple French Feasts at Home by Stéphane Reynaud and Marie-Pierre Morel is teeming with one pot wonders done elegantly. From Pork with green peppercorns and shiitakes to Pineapple with hazelnuts and vanilla, the offerings here will provide inspiration for one pot meals. If you have a pot, a knife and this book you will eat well.

Chinese Soul Food: A Friendly Guide for Homemade Dumplings, Stir-Fries, Soups, and More by Hsiao-Ching Chou draws cooks into the kitchen with recipes for traditional Chinese fare including the dumplings the author is known for in her cooking classes in Seattle. Helpful tips and techniques, such as caring for and using a wok and how to cook rice properly, as well as a basic Chinese pantry list with acceptable substitutions, make it even simpler for the busiest among us to cook their favorite Chinese dishes at home. Hsiao-Ching has a few events planned and more will be added.

Noodle Soup: Recipes, Techniques, Obsession
by Ken Albala offers the recipes and techniques for mastering noodle soup, of course. Albala made a different noodle soup every day for two years and his obsession yielded all we need to know about making stock bases, using dried or fresh noodles, and choosing from a huge variety of garnishes, flavorings, and accompaniments. I just received this book and am excited to dive in as lately I've been all about noodles.

Short Stack Vol 31: Cauliflower by Kristin Donnelly is the newest addition to the Short Stack family which shares tips about buying, preparing and making tasty recipes for this versatile vegetable.

Food for Life: Delicious & Healthy Comfort Food From My Table To Yours! by Laila Ali delivers knockout meals in a way that works with your busy and demanding life, so you can eat healthy, delicious food without feeling hungry! Recipes include Stovetop ratatouille, Oven fried chicken, West Coast Southern greens and the Greatest of all time burger (her father's favorite)

Power Plates: 100 Nutritionally Balanced, One-Dish Vegan Meals by Gena Hamshaw shares 100 recipes for wholesome and nourishing vegan food from the blogger, nutritionist, and Food52 author. She helps you make delicious vegan meals that deliver balanced and sustained energy. Every recipe contains the key macronutrients of healthy fats, complex carbohydrates, and proteins.

The Southern Sympathy Cookbook: Funeral Food with a Twist by Perre Coleman Magness brings "funeral food" which is having a moment at present. Comforting casseroles; jugs of sweet tea; creamy, cheesy potatoes - all these foods provide sympathy and sustenance for the bereaved served with unexpectedly humorous obituaries and anecdotes. 

Speaking of funeral food, how many Bundt cakes have you spied on a buffet table for a funeral after-party? The New Bundt Pan Cookbook: Over 100 Classic Recipes for the World's Most Iconic Baking Pan by Editors of Tide & Town collects fantastic recipes, both classic must-knows and delicious modern innovations, tailored for new or experienced bakers alike to create delicacies to devour - whether it be for a funeral or a fun event. Packed with information such as the ideal pan to buy, a history of this classic pan that almost wasn't to be, the most famous or collectible designs featured throughout the years, and the best ways to use and clean your Bundt pan.

Tonic: Delicious & Natural Remedies to Boost Your Health by Tanita de Ruijt will have you pillaging your kitchen cupboards to make surprisingly effective - and inexpensive - remedies to cure whatever ails you. Inspired primarily by traditional medicine and wisdom from the East, these recipes have been carefully crafted to support your body's natural defences, and keep you feeling good on a daily basis. This title was released late last month in the UK and is being released in the US this month.

Cookie Remix: An Incredible Collection of Treats Inspired By Sodas, Candies, Ice Creams, Donuts and More by Megan Porta, creator of the blog Pip and Ebby, loves to bake but struggled to find a refreshing approach to an age-old favorite: cookies. This cookbook is her answer. Each recipe is easy to make and uses minimal ingredients for hassle-free cookies with a punch of flavor. With just some brown sugar, coca cola and maraschino cherries, you can create Cherry Coke cookies. Combine cinnamon sugar and cream cheese and you get decadent French toast cookies. Recipe flavors also include Moscow Mule, Cookie dough cheesecake, Mango pineapple smoothie, Banana cream pie, Cadbury® egg and many more.

The Art of the Perfect Sauce: 75 Recipes to Take Your Dishes from Ordinary to Extraordinary by Lorilynn Bauer and Ramin Ganeshram will help breathe new life into your dinners with tasty sauces that are a breeze to make. Using traditional and modern twist recipes for gravies, glazes, compound butters, syrups, aioli and so much more, you'll be able to add depth to everything from meat and poultry to vegetables and fish.

Other titles that may be of interest include:


The Complete Plate: 120 Recipes · 30 Meals · A Stronger, Healthier, Happier You by Lauren Klukas features meal plans for a caloric diet of 1,500, 2,000, and 2,500 calories, and demonstrates that weight maintenance, and weight loss, can be achieved through the science behind a balanced diet that meets both nutritional and caloric demands. It features 30 daily meal plans with each day perfectly balanced to provide 100 percent of your macro and micro nutrient needs, based on current daily recommended intake (DRI) values. The 90 recipes range from an indulgent Coconut and flax seed French toast to a Creamy corn, ham, and roast pepper chowder, and include additional snacks so that readers are satiated and energized throughout the day.

Instant Favourites: Over 125 Easy Recipes for Your Electric Pressure Cooker by Mia Bachmaier and Mike McColl features more than 100 recipes from morning to night including soups, sides, mains, pasta, desserts, sides plus vegan/vegetarian options for Meatless Mondays. Here you will find tips and tricks from two professional chefs (and busy parents) for getting the most out of your pressure cooker.



Classic: Delicious, No-fuss Recipes from Mary's New BBC Series by Mary Berry shares a brand-new collection of recipes from her landmark new BBC One series. These recipes are wonderfully simple but utterly dependable - everyone can enjoy cooking and eating, no matter their time, budget or confidence.

Vegan 100: Amazing, Healthy Recipes from Avant Garde Vegan by Gaz Oakley is bold, vibrant and gorgeous. The emphasis in Gaz's 100 tempting vegan recipes is first and foremost on flavor. From Deep purple soup to Sage and smoked chilli "dog", it's all incredible-tasting food that just happens to be vegan. Delectable, beautiful and packed with dishes that are good for you, this is like no other vegan cookbook.

The Fragrant Pantry: Floral Scented Jams, Jellies and Liqueurs by Frances Bissell shows us how the scent and flavor of flowers can be used like that of an herb or a spice to add magic to a range of dishes. In these pages you will find recipes for preserves as diverse as Myrtle-scented figs, Peach and lavender mostarda, and  Cucumber and lemon gin. This book also has instructions on how fresh edible flowers or floral extracts can be used to create exquisite preserves. 

Eat Happy : 30-Minute Feel Good Food by Melissa Hemsley presents quick and easy dishes featuring supermarket ingredients and designed to see you through the whole week - tempting breakfasts to family dinners and lunches, as well as party food, snacks, baking, desserts, drinks, and simple, healthier versions of takeaway favourites. Amongst the 120 brand-new recipes are Roast carrots with pomegranate molasses and pistachios, Coconut chocolate clusters and Ginger fruit loaf. These are delicious alternatives and satisfying treats that encourage even the most time-poor cook to take pleasure in healthy fast food that puts taste first.

Well Being: Recipes and Rituals to Realign the Body and Mind by Danielle Copperman shares over 200 food recipes and 30 beauty recipes, divided into time-specific sections, taking you through the day from morning to evening, with each section offering harmonising practices and recipes for specific feelings, moods and situations. With tips on food and mindful living, Danielle guides you through simple rituals such as breathwork (Pranayama), meditation and yoga postures, and offers delicious, all-natural recipes.

Solo: The Joy of Cooking for One by Signe Johansen presents eighty fabulous recipes for happy solo cooking. Beautifully photographed and designed, the cookbook includes a range of tasty and uncomplicated no-cook fast food and one-pot dishes to transform your daily routine. Signe shows how to make big batch recipes that you can reinvent and enjoy throughout the week. There's also a chapter with more adventurous recipes for when time is on your side. Packed with advice for keeping a streamlined larder and tips for late-night fridge foraging, this title will inspire you to cook delicious food, every day.

The Modern Vegetarian: Food Adventures for the Contemporary Palate by Maria Elia shares food that will stop you in your tracks with recipes full of sensational flavours, colours and textures - stunning, imaginative vegetarian dishes that taste fantastic. The vegetables are, of course, the stars of her show, and Maria showcases the astounding versatility of her favourites.

Posh Pancakes: Over 70 Recipes, from Hoppers to Hotcakes from Quadrille brings you over 70 recipes from around the world for this simple, quick meal on a plate. Breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner and dessert, the dishes include Chinese pancakes with duck and hoisin sauce, spicy Mexican hotcakes with avocado and chilli, classic English pikelets, as well as the quintessential French crêpes Suzette.


Dialogues Frama Our Food Stories by Frama Design Studios and Our Food Stories is a celebration of the relationship between people, great design and the food they love. Frama and Our Food Stories have a huge passion for good design and interiors and this, combined with exciting recipes, is the combination for something very special. The book explores three distinct dialogues: how natural and built environments impact on our daily lives; through tasty recipes, the food traditions and culinary rituals that inherently connect us with our lifestyles and past, present and future; and the power of the creative, their voice and how we respond to design. Though a series of case studies, interviews, 19 delicious recipes and curated images, the dialogues of Frama and Our Food Stories take the reader on a journey of concept and design that epitomizes the design studio and what they admire and evoke in their creative world.


Lunch Box: 70+ Healthy Meals, Snacks, and Treats for on the Go by Pete Evans promises no more soggy sandwiches, no more unhealthy and expensive trips to the school canteen! Pete Evans solves your lunch box dilemmas for school and work with more than 70 simple, healthy options.

Adam Liaw's Asian Cookery School by Adam Liaw is a reprint of Adam's highly sought after cookbook which fetches hefty sums even for used copies. I have been trying to obtain a copy of this book for years so I am happy to see it being re-released.

Bliss Bites: Vegan, Gluten- and Dairy-Free Treats from the Kenko Kitchen by Kate Bradley is a celebration of the taste and flavor sensations that are possible with dairy and refined sugar-free snacks. Kate Bradley, author of bestselling book and successful blog, Kenko Kitchen, returns with a collection of over 50 gluten-free, vegan and plant-based recipes - some savory, most sweet, all inventive and delicious.

Perfect Simple: Inspired Eating from a Nordic Kitchen by Simon Bajada embraces the clean, fresh flavours of modern Scandinavian cuisine to provide a compelling new blueprint for the way we eat now. Drawing on the traditional ingredients and contemporary preparations of Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Iceland and Norway - as well as taking inspiration from further afield - this book is a celebration of nourishing, vegetable-centred food that is simple to prepare, sometimes surprising and, above all, truly satisfying. 

Unicorn Food: Natural Recipes for Edible Rainbows by Sandra Mahut urges you to add technicolour sparkle and fairytale magic to your plates. And it's all deliciously natural - no nasty e-numbers or preservatives, just beautiful food colourings made from berry juices and vegetables.

New Zealand

Family Favourites: Easy, Tasty, Affordable Recipes by Nadia Lim and Bargain Box shares easy to prepare and value-packed recipes that include not only hearty dinners but also irresistible sweet treats. You'll find fresh ideas for kiwi classics with a twist, pizza and pasta, burgers, Mexican and Asian-inspired dishes, and much more. Portion sizes are generous enough to satisfy the largest appetite, and with a whole section dedicated to using up leftovers, you'll stretch your grocery budget that little bit further. Whether you're looking for a quick mid-week dinner or a healthier takeaway substitute, you're sure to find meals the whole family will love.

December 2017 Cookbook Roundup

After the whirlwind of the last few months, December's releases feel like a calm breeze after the storm. It was an epic year for cookbooks. I believe the ever-growing trend of high quality cookbooks is a result of cookbook lovers and cooks demanding more. We are looking for inspiration and a challenge. We don't need another version of the basics, we know the basics. We want innovative recipes, beautiful photographs, and engaging writing that inspires us to try new dishes and seek out new ingredients. We require more from a cookbook than just a collection of recipes and the publishers and authors are responding to our desire for more. We have ignited authors and chefs to deliver work that is spectacular and this year's cookbooks are proof positive we have succeeded. 

As always, the monthly roundup shares new releases from around the world that caught my attention and I feel would interest our members. If you are planning to purchase any of these books for yourself or as gifts, please use the Buy Book link as we will receive a small affiliate fee that will allow us to index more books. You don't even need to buy the book you clicked from, we get affiliate revenue for anything you buy from Amazon over the next 24 hours after clicking the link. You will find the Buy Book link (pale blue box to the right of +Bookshelf) when you click on the book titles highlighted in this post (or any post) - your support is very much appreciated. Please remember us during your online shopping, you can access our affiliate stores through these direct links Amazon US, Amazon CA and Amazon UK with the same result.

Information about our Cookbook Club can be found here, check us out and come join us. This month's roundup covering the clubs will be in two parts, Part I was posted earlier this week; Part II will be before the end of the year. For those of you who may have missed my Top Books of 2017, this hefty compilation shares many titles that would make great gifts this year.

We also have many giveaways open and I will be working harder than ever in 2018 to bring you more. If you need help with entering the contests this post will take you step-by-step through the process. As a reminder, we have tagged each promotion with the specific region to make those regions searchable. Once you have found your region's tag - bookmark that search, and you will never have to scroll through the long giveaway list again. To further assist, I have set out the tags below with links to the proper searches. #US, #UK, #NZ, #AU, #CA, #worldwide.

As books are often released in multiple countries you may wish to browse through the entire roundup (especially as this month's roundup is quite compact). The Buy Book button will show you the options available for online booksellers including Book Depository which offers free shipping worldwide.

I wish to thank you all for your support of Eat Your Books and our entire team wishes you the happiest of holidays and all good things and cookbooks in 2018!


The Farm Cooking School: Techniques and Recipes for Inspired Seasonal Cooking by Ian Knauer and Shelley Wiseman is a title that made my best of 2017 list. Ian and Shelley run The Farm Cooking School in New Jersey and their schedule of classes can always be found on our Calendar. This book is gorgeous, full of the chefs' combined knowledge, the foundations of cooking and inspirational, rustic and thoughtful recipes. I love the seasonal aspect, especially the four season theme. For instance, the section on the 4 seasons of panna cotta share recipes for Vanilla panna cotta with rhubarb syrup, Lemon verbana panna cotta with summer fruit, Maple panna cotta with apple cider syrup and Honey panna cotta with candied orange zest. Other subjects covered in this style include pasta, pavlova, savory tarte tatins and more. It is a spectacular book and we will be bringing you a promotion soon.

Bobby Flay Fit: Food for a Healthy Lifestyle by Bobby Flay, Stephanie Banyas and Sally Jackson is the celebrity chef's guide to staying healthy. Here, Flay shares an arsenal of low-calorie flavor bombs such as rubs, relishes, and marinades that add a punch to lean proteins, whole grains, and fresh produce. With fitness tips and a look into the chef's daily routines, this cookbook is for those who want to eat right without overhauling their pantries or sacrificing flavor.

The Whole30 Fast & Easy Cookbook: 150 Simply Delicious Everyday Recipes for Your Whole30 by Melissa Hartwig is the latest offering for Whole30 followers. Included are recipes perfect for weeknight cooking, lunches in a hurry, and hearty breakfasts that still get you out the door on time; nearly effortless skillet meals, stir-fries, sheet-pan suppers, and slow-cook and no-cook meals, most of which can be made in 30 minutes or less; creative, delicious meals using widely-available ingredients found in any supermarket and Melissa's favorite kitchen hacks, designed to save time and money while maximizing flavor.

Nutritious Delicious: Turbocharge Your Favorite Recipes with 50 Everyday Superfoods by America's Test Kitchen details how to amp up the nutritional value in daily cooking, focusing on 50 everyday superfoods among vegetables and fruit, grains, and proteins, and uses them as the basis for building more nutrient-packed versions of the dishes we love for every meal of the day.

Baking with Steel: The Revolutionary New Approach to Perfect Pizza, Bread, and More by Andris Lagsdin is the perfect companion for anyone with a Baking Steel. This book focuses on the many ways one can use the steel in cooking applications besides producing a perfectly crisp pizza. I've had the Baking Steel for a few years and have only used it for pizza (which alone is worth the cost of the product) but I am excited to test out the other methods to utilize this revoluntionary product.

Modern Comfort Cooking: Feel-Good Favorites Made Fresh and New by Lauren Grier is the easiest and most fun way for today's home cooks to inspire their weeknight cooking routines. Over 75 of the most popular comfort foods get a super tasty twist using modern ingredients, flavors and techniques. I love the fusion of international flavors in classic dishes.

Palate Passport by Neha Khullar was published late last month and just came to my attention a week ago. The author spent three years and a lifetime writing this book. She traveled the world collecting experiences and food memories like others collect postcards and stamps on their passports. The photographs are lovely and plentiful. The recipes each share an experience. For instance, the South Indian tomato chutney tells the tale of hotel breakfast in Mumbai and a French dinner in St. Martin inspired the Cauliflower shooters. We are lucky to experience these memories through Neha's beautiful narrative, and we can immerse ourselves further by creating these dishes and memories for ourselves in our own kitchen. I just received this title this week so haven't had an opportunity to try any recipes but hope to remedy that soon. 

The Sunday Dinner Cookbook: 250 Modern Classics to Share with Family and Friends by Editors of Tide & Town delivers a new and inventive menu for any week of the year! This charming cookbook organizes the weeks of the year with 52 corresponding meal options, encompassing entree, sides, and dessert (some using cake mixes) for the whole family that can be mixed and matched throughout for an unlimited amount of possibilities. There are short-cuts contained in this book as well as plenty of fundamental basic recipes and advice perfect for the new cook. Make family event planning easy and memorable with helpful tips and tricks of decor, as well as advice for lovely dinner manners and conversation. 

CROCK-POT® Mexican Slow Cooking by Editors of Publications International Ltd. shares more than 80 slow-cooked Mexican recipes for zesty appetizers; simmering soups, stews and chilies; chicken and turkey; beef and pork; vegetarian fiesta; side dishes; desserts and drinks!

Brunch Is Hell: How to Save the World by Throwing a Dinner Party by Brendan Francis Newnam and Rico Gagliano takes hesitant hosts through every phase of throwing a great dinner party, from guest list to subpoena. Loaded with wit, celebrity advice, plus sincere insights about how humans can be more generous to each other. This book is a spirited guide to restoring civility. 

Dalí: The Wines of Gala by Hans Werner Holzwarth follows on the heels of Les Dîners de Gala which was re-released last year by TASCHEN. This title is the artist's equally surreal and sensual viticulture follow-up: Vins de Gala. A Dalínian take on pleasures of the grape and a coveted collectible, the book sets out to organize wines "according to the sensations they create in our very depths."

Clean Eating For Every Season: Fresh, Simple Everyday Meals by Alicia Tyler takes you beyond the food you eat, exploring the multitude of health and nutritional benefits that can be yours when you subscribe to a clean lifestyle. In every way, clean eating is all about consuming whole food in its most natural state, or as close to it as possible. Taking a creative yet doable approach to cooking, readers find it easy to enhance the natural flavors of any meal without compromising the integrity of their food. Here, you'll find over 250 easy recipes for healthy living year-round plus bonus meal plans for easy shopping and cooking.

Favorite Cakes: Showstopping Recipes for Every Occasion by Williams Sonoma Test Kitchen shares simple, easy-to-follow directions, ideas for customizing, decorating tips and techniques, and common baking mistake solutions will help bakers of every level make the most of this book. Organized by basic recipes, modern, and specialty cakes, and including 40 recipes and full-color photography, there's a cake for every occasion.

Secret-Layer Cakes: Hidden Fillings and Flavors that Elevate Your Desserts by Dini Kodippili, the creator of the blog, The Flavor Bender, describes herself as a mad scientist in the kitchen. Through her experimentation, she developed secret-layer cakes. These unique cakes, which appear traditional at first, all have a hidden middle or bottom layer that will delight any dessert enthusiast. Her creations include blueberry cheesecake with a surprise lemon blondie layer, black forest mousse cake with a surprise layer of sour cherries and maple cheesecake with a hidden bacon brittle layer.

Live Lagom: Balanced Living, the Swedish Way by Anna Brones was released in the UK in July and is being released this month in the US. Brones presents valuable Swedish-inspired tips and actionable ways to create a more intentional, healthy lifestyle. Instead of thinking about how we can work less, lagom teaches us to think about how we can work better. This title is about finding balance between aesthetics and function, focusing on simplicity, light, and open spaces. Health and wellness in lagom is a holistic approach for the body and mind including connecting more in person, caring for self, managing stress, keeping active, and embacing enjoyment in daily routine.

Ramen at Home: The Easy Japanese Cookbook for Classic Ramen and Bold New Flavors by Brian MacDuckston shares over 100 recipes for broths, noodles, side dishes, and toppings, this cookbook makes it easy to enjoy real ramen any night of the week.

Other titles released this month include:

And in time for our New Year's Resolutions, other books to get us on track:


Ultimate Fit Food : Mouth-watering recipes to fuel you for life by Gordon Ramsay provides the popular chef's go-to recipes when he wants to eat well at home. The book is divided into three sections, each one offering breakfasts, lunches, suppers, sides and snacks with different health-boosting benefits. The Healthy section consists of nourishing recipes for general wellbeing; the Lean recipes encourage healthy weight loss; and the Fit section features pre- and post-workout dishes to build strength and energise. Good for you food without sacrificing taste and flavor.

Good Food Eat Well: Healthy Slow Cooker Recipes by Good Food will show you how to make delicious, healthy and balanced recipes in your slow cooker. From curries, chillis, soups and guilt-free puddings, through to fresh ideas for stews, and vegetarian meals, there is a slow-cooked meal for everyone. Accompanied throughout with full-color photographs and a nutritional breakdown of every recipe, this collection of Good Food's favorite triple-tested slow cooker recipes will work first time, every time. Good Food's body of work is indexed for our members.

The Mushroom Cookbook: A Guide To Edible Wild And Cultivated Mushrooms - And Delicious Seasonal Recipes To Cook With Them by Michael Hyams and Liz O'Keefe is an informative portrait gallery of varieties of mushrooms and offers culinary suggestions for making the most of each one. The delicious recipes are grouped seasonally, from Morel ravioli or Chestnut mushroom and mousseron tart to Kale and shiitake soup and a Gourmet mushroom burger.

Home Economics: How to eat like a king on a budget by food blogger, Jane Ashley, unlocks the key to savvy shopping and provides tools to cook from scratch rather than rely on prepared foods. This book offers delicious, quick recipes, together with simple instructions for everything from how to joint a chicken to making your own bread, pastry, sauces and dressings. Along with weekly menu plans and fully-costed shopping lists, you'll find money-saving tips, as well as dedicated menus for different diets, including vegetarian, vegan, low-carb and gluten-free.

Lose Weight for Good: Full-flavour cooking for a low-calorie diet by Tom Kerridge delivers a low-calorie diet with a difference. It's based on hunger-satisfying portions of delicious, low-calorie dishes that taste amazing. The focus is on the food that we can and should be eating to lose weight, which is easy to make and won't make you feel as though you are missing out. Recipes include Warm halloumi salad; Salt and pepper squid; Sweet potato and black bean burritos; Sticky pork chops; and Baked doughnuts with sweet five-spice dust.

Gizzi's Healthy Appetite: Food to nourish the body and feed the soul by Gizzi Erskine is being re-released in the paperback this month. This title was previously published in 2015 and is indexed for our members.

Lisa Riley's Honesty Diet by Lisa Riley shares the secrets behind her incredible 12-stone weight loss. This book shares fast, simple, delicious low-carb recipes; easy-to-stick-to eating plans; everyday fitness ideas to get you up off the sofa; an 'honesty diary' section for keeping track of progress and tips for staying healthy on-the-go and when eating out.

Solo Food by Janneke Vreugdenhil was released in the Netherlands in 2016 in Dutch and arrives in the UK this month. This cookbook celebrates cooking for yourself with 72 satisfying recipes. Many people love to spend hours in the kitchen for their family or friends, but eat a pizza in front of the TV if they're alone. Vreugdenhil demonstrates that cooking without other mouths to feed can be extremely satisfying.

Onwards and Upwards: 40 Signature recipes from Art School Restaurant
by Paul Askew is the debut book from acclaimed Liverpudlian chef. The book showcases 40 recipes featuring the best of seasonal produce. It is a celebration of great produce, of a sparkling culinary talent and of sensational ingredients. These dishes are taken from Askew's signature restaurant, The Art School in the heart of Liverpool.

Classic Food of Northern Italy by Anna Del Conte is an updated edition of the original Classic Food of Northern Italy published in 1995 which won both The Guild of Food Writers Book Award and the Orio Vergani prize of the Accademia Italiana della Cucina. Del Conte revisits classic dishes to show the best of northern Italian cuisine - both rustic and sophisticated. In this collection of over 150 recipes Anna has chosen the very best ideas sourced from acclaimed restaurants, elegant home kitchens, rural inns and country farmsteads.

Vegan in 7: Delicious Plant-Based Recipes in 7 Ingredients or Fewer by Rita Serano demonstrates how cooking vegan doesn't have to be complicated. She offers nourishing and delicious recipes with not a single fake overprocessed vegan burger in sight. Plus, all her recipes are low-fat and free from refined sugars. With chapters broken into Start, Fast, Fresh, Nourishing, Gather, Sweets and Basics, including recipes for nut milk and vegetable broth if you want to take it a step further. Rita eschews obscure ingredients in favour of natural, seasonal and organic produce. This book is beautiful and we will be bringing a promotion to you soon.

Other books released this month include:


Hong Kong: Food City by Tony Tan explores the vibrant city of Hong Kong through 80 exquisite dishes, from the cutting-edge contemporary to the traditional, from both the high and low of its cuisine with recipes from the city's iconic hotels, its hawker stalls, and even a legendary dumpling house on the outskirts of Kowloon. Tan weaves his recipes with stories that trace Hong Kong's Chinese roots, explore its deep colonial connections and tantalise us with glimpses of today's ultra-modern city and most delicious eating spots. This book was released late last month in Australia. It will be released in February in the US.

A Timeline of Australian Food: From Mutton to Masterchef by Jan O'Connell takes readers on a tasty and sometimes surprising culinary journey through 150 years of Australian food. Lavishly illustrated, this tasty book looks at what we've eaten, how we've shopped, and how we've produced and prepared our food, decade by decade, through depression, war, and decades of abundance.

Roast: The New Classics by Louise Franc shares a collection of classic and more innovative roasting recipe from a simple roast turkey to roasted peaches with crème fraîche. Get more from your oven and update your roasting technique with this classic and contemporary collection of delicious roasting recipes. Chapters cover meat, poultry, vegetables, fish & seafood, sides, and desserts, and contain more than seventy classic and more contemporary recipes including beef cheeks in red wine, classic roast turkey with spicy cranberry sauce, beef pot roast, roasted lamb shanks with cannellini beans, mustard-glazed roast leg of ham, sticky roast pork ribs, roasted ducks with cherries, whole-roasted harissa cauliflower, and slow-roasted peaches with lime mascarpone. With step-by-step carving instructions for beef, lamb, chicken, turkey, duck, and pork, as well as popular game meats, it is the perfect way to update your roasting skills and expand your cooking repertoire. This title was released in late October.

Pidapipo: Gelato Eight Days a Week
by Lisa Valmorbida is a celebration of authentic gelato, alongside classic Italian and contemporary seasonal desserts, cakes, and drinks. All the recipes in Pidapipo are dictated by the seasons - giving you the freshest and most contemporary introduction to the sweet art of gelato! Discover 60 deliciously cool and creamy creations, including gelato, sorbetto, granitas, desserts and drinks, all exquisitely photographed and accompanied by illustrations from renowned French illustrator Jean Jullien.

New Zealand

The Tart Tin by Matt Cross shares recipes from throughout his career as a professional chef and will guide you through the creation his famed treats that sells at the Otago Farmers Market. His retro styled caravan has a consistent queue waiting to load up on his hand-made, delicious offerings. For Matt, these recipes aren't just a list of ingredients and measurements, they're snapshots of his life, passed on from chefs and people who have influenced him through his journey. From fine dining restaurants to trendy cafes, the most important things to Matt when it comes to food are quality ingredients and, more so, passion, pride and technique. The ability to spark a memory or feeling through food is one of Matt's goals. I had to order this book from New Zealand. 

November 2017 Cookbook Roundup

Not fully recovered from October's landslide of books, November arrives with an impressive batch of titles to tempt us. As always, I have reviewed and selected the best new releases from around the world. This month there are 90 plus new titles and I will focus on the top releases while still giving you a list of other titles that might be of interest.

If you are planning to purchase any of these books for yourself or as gifts, please use the Buy Book link as we will receive a small affiliate fee that will allow us to index more books. You don't even need to buy the book you clicked from, we get affiliate revenue for anything you buy from Amazon over the next 24 hours after clicking the link. You will find the Buy Book link (pale blue box to the right of +Bookshelf) when you click on the book titles highlighted in this post (or any post) - your support is very much appreciated. Please remember us during your holiday shopping. Our affiliate store links can be directly accessed here Amazon US and Amazon UK with the same result.

We have launched the Eat Your Books Cookbook Club - find out more here and come join us. In December we are cooking from Six Seasons or Salt, Fat, Acid and Heat as well as sharing all our favorite holiday cookies and sweet treats. Our World Calendar of Cookbook Events shares author signings, classes, bookstore events and more. Deb Perelman, David Tanis, Gail Simmons, Lidia Bastanich and Ree Drummond are still touring in support of their cookbooks and we have added David Lebovitz's remaining events.

We also have many giveaways open and if you need help with entering the contests this post can help. As a reminder, we have tagged each promotion with the specific region to make those regions searchable. Once you have found your region's tag - bookmark that search, and you will never have to scroll through the long giveaway list again. To further assist, I have set out the tags below with links to the proper searches. #US, #UK, #NZ, #AU, #CA, #worldwide. We are working hard to include more countries in our promotions - due to the high cost of postage many publishers are unable to ship outside of their own territory.

As books are often released in multiple countries you may wish to browse through the entire roundup (especially as this one isn't marathon length). The Buy Book button will show you the options available for online booksellers including Book Depository which offers free shipping worldwide. In this regard, all Phaidon books are released in the UK, US, Australia and Canada and information on these titles can be found in the UK section.

Let's dive in.


Moto: The Cookbook by Homaro Cantu covers the period between 2004 and 2014 when Cantu ran the world-renowned Michelin starred restaurant. The ten ground-breaking dishes that were served each year are featured. In addition to the recipes, the book traces Cantu's development from a young chef opening his first restaurant to a groundbreaking culinary mind at the forefront of high-end cuisine. A beautiful title that every serious cook needs in their library.

Butter (Short Stack No. 30) by Dorie Greenspan is the edition every cook must own. Here, Dorie Greenspan delivers a spread of recipes with classic French roots that remind us why butter is the queen of the kitchen. To find out more about this title, see our promotion which shares a recipe along with our contest.

A Taste of Italy: 100 Traditional, Homestyle Recipes by Damiano Carrara (the Italian heartthrob from 2016's Food Network Star) brings the author's passion for Tuscan food to the American table. This beautifully photographed cookbook is alive with vibrant, soul-satisfying food! Growing up in Lucca, Italy, chef Damiano Carrara learned how to cook, not only from his mother and grandmother, but also from his father. Rustic, simple, and exquisite, this is authentic Italian home-style cooking that's perfect for every day of the week.

The Hygge Life: Embracing the Nordic Art of Coziness Through Recipes, Entertaining, Decorating, Simple Rituals, and Family Traditions by Gunnar Karl Gislason and Jody Eddy is divided into chapters focused on different opportunities for hygge; morning rituals, family gatherings, holidays, bedtime rituals, decorating, and caring for yourself, with more than 30 recipes for cozy and comforting food and drink plus stunning photography throughout.

Kachka: A Return to Russian Cooking by Bonnie Frumkin Morales is the first cookbook from Portland's nationally acclaimed Russian restaurant. The author says it will be "very closely related to what we do at the restaurant, obviously with the home cook in mind." I am anxious to get this title in my hands.

Paladares: Recipes Inspired by the Private Restaurants of Cuba by Anya Von Bremzen is the first book to tell the story of Cuban cuisine through the lens of the restaurant owners, chefs, farmers, and patrons, while examining the implications of food short­ages, tourism, and international influences of a country experiencing a paradigm shift in cooking. Filled with 150 authentic and modern recipes adapted for the home cook along with vibrant photography, this title delivers Cuba's spirited cuisine to the reader.

Lomelino's Pies: A Celebration of Pies, Galettes, and Tarts by Linda Lomelino gives perennially popular pies a fresh and indulgent twist by the social media superstar and cook, food stylist, and photographer. Linda's books are always stunning and inspirational.

The Sullivan Street Bakery Cookbook by Jim Lahey introduces home bakers to sourdough versions of the pugliese, brioche, and multigrani for which the bakery is known. This includes a step-by-step guide to making sourdough starter (biga) from the bloom that appears on fresh organic produce.

L'Appart: The Delights and Disasters of Making My Paris Home by David Lebovitz is the story of the author's trials while updating his apartment in his adopted home city of Paris. Even battling inexplicable red tape and inconsistent European work ethic and hours, Lebovitz maintains his distinctive sense of humor with the help of his partner Romain, peppering this renovation story with recipes from his Paris kitchen. David is touring in promotion of this title.

Everyday Korean: Fresh, Modern Recipes for Home Cooks by Seung Hee Lee and Kim Sunee shares recipes packed with Korean flavors and techniques and will open the door for novices unfamiliar with the cuisine. Dishes include Kimchi-bacon mac and cheese, Silky sweet potato noodles and Bulgogi two ways - traditional and modern.

The Sunday Dinner Cookbook: 250 Modern Classics to Share with Family and Friends by the Editors of Tide & Town brings back classic and nostalgic meals to the modern family. This charming cookbook organizes the weeks of the year with 52 corresponding meal options, encompassing entree, sides, and dessert for the whole family that can be mixed and matched throughout for an unlimited amount of possibilities. Make family event planning easy and memorable with helpful tips and tricks of decor, as well as advice for lovely dinner manners and conversation.

Sima's Healthy Indulgence: 100 Revamped, Guilt-Free Recipes to Transform Your Life by Sima Cohen is the ultimate guide to guiltless freedom that you can celebrate every day, without any depriving, compromising, counting calories, or measuring body fat!

Martha Stewart's Newlywed Kitchen: Recipes for Weeknight Dinners and Easy, Casual Gatherings by Editors of Martha Stewart Living is the ultimate cookbook for the modern couple. Discover how to make your kitchen function well as the two of you whip up the meals you love whether they be quick weeknight dinners, casual brunches, and parties big and small. 

Nobu: A Memoir by Nobu Matsuhisa is a fascinating and unique memoir by the acclaimed celebrity chef and international restaurateur. Here he divulges both his dramatic life story and reflects on the philosophy and passion that has made him one of the world's most widely respected Japanese fusion culinary artists.

Naturally Vegetarian: Recipes and Stories from My Italian Family's Farm by Valentina Solfrini is a stunning seasonal Italian cookbook from the creator of the award-winning blog Hortus Cuisine, featuring 125 delicious all-vegetarian recipes from the author's family farm in northeastern Italy. 

Sunday Suppers: Simple, Delicious Menus for Family Gatherings by Cynthia Graubart is designed to help you create delicious meals without stress. More than 50 main dishes are perfectly paired with appetizers or salads, sides, drinks, and desserts. One such menu plan includes Braised short ribs, served with Hot bacon potato salad with green beans and finished with Mississippi mud cupcakes.

The Complete Cooking for Two Cookbook, Gift Edition: 650 Recipes for Everything You'll Ever Want to Make by America's Test Kitchen is being re-released in a luxe, hardcover gift edition - perfect for engagements, weddings, and graduations. The original version sold over 225,000 copies!

PLANTLAB by Matthew Kenney, long considered a pioneer in raw and vegan cuisine, delivers the definitive vegan cookbook for serious foodies and chefs. Kenney's life work has been his commitment to plant-based innovation as well as culinary nutrition, and here he employs inventive techniques and creative thinking in dishes that are visual masterpieces as well as delectable meals.

Making Chocolate: From Bean to Bar to S'more by Todd Masonis, Greg D'Alesandre, Molly Gore and Lisa Vega is a guide on how to make chocolate from scratch in our own kitchens. From sourcing beans to the mechanics and machinery of making bars, this is the first ever guide to making chocolate from start to finish, with 30 recipes for desserts and treats.

Comida Cubana: An Illustrated Journey into Cuban Cuisine by Marcella Kriebel delivers the author's Cuban take on classic dishes, secrets behind the real Cuban version of American favorites, including Cuban coffee and Cuban sandwiches, features on popular ingredients and how they're used in Cuba, from common staples to exotic fruits as well as Cuban drinks and the island's famous rums. Marcella has events scheduled in support of this title. 

Stay for Breakfast!: Recipes for Every Occasion provides inspiration for creating the perfect start to any day and a glimpse into what breakfast looks like on plates around the world. Shakshuka sizzles in a cast iron pan. Poached figs tempt with the fresh flavors of a Persian morning. Waffles in bed are as romantic as they are delicious - with a warm drizzle of maple syrup sweetening the moment. This title explores the varied incarnations and tastes of breakfast.

How to Cook Everything Vegetarian (10th Anniversary Edition): Simple Meatless  Recipes for Great Food by Mark Bittman has been completely reviewed and revised to stay relevant to today's cooks: New recipes include more vegan options and a brand-new chapter on smoothies, teas, and more. Charts, variations, and other key information have been updated. And, new for this edition, the recipes are showcased in bright full-color photos throughout.

Secret Sauces: Fresh and Modern Recipes, with Hundreds of Ideas for Elevating Everyday Dishes by Vanessa Seder provides us with an arsenal of mother sauces that fit today's kitchen and are infinitely adaptable. Each one can be made in advance and then customized to enliven different meals throughout the week. With every sauce comes a recipe for a full finished dish that's an ideal showcase, followed by many ideas for other uses. Rooted in cuisines from around the world, these sauces rely on fresh components that come together in a flash, enabling you to elevate everyday dishes with a minimum of effort.

The Royal Chef at Home: Easy Seasonal Entertaining by Darren McGrady, former personal chef to Princess Diana, is a cookbook perfect for entertaining no matter what the time of year, including midday lunches and brunches, teas, indoor and outdoor sit-down and buffet dinners, and cocktail parties. The book is also organized by season with events including a Children's Easter Egg Roll, Valentine's Day for Two, a proper Sunday dinner, Christmas open house, and Thanksgiving. Darren also provides tips on ingredients, substitutions, and alternatives, making this book an easy but comprehensive "go-to" party-planning resource.

A Beautiful Mess Weekday Weekend: How to Live a Healthy Veggie Life...and Still Eat Treats by Emma Chapman and Elsie Larson share the bloggers' unique and approachable diet with fans and healthy eaters in this, their first cookbook. Their philosophy involves eating responsibly during the week - avoiding refined flours, sugars, alcohol, and dairy - and indulging on weekends. Vetted by nutritionists and divided into four parts (breakfast, meals, snacks and sweets, and drinks), each containing a weekday and weekend chapter. 

cook. better. by Nikki Werner and Brandon De Kock tells you everything worth knowing about cooking. There are answers to questions every one of us has wondered about: Why does lasagna always taste different, even though we use the same recipe? Those beans had real crunch, but mine are always too soft; why? Why does a simple green salad with a plain dressing taste so good? Finally, answers to these questions and more. This book is being released in Germany and the US. 

French Patisserie: Master Recipes and Techniques from the Ferrandi School of Culinary Arts by Ecole Ferrandi is one of the more comprehensive tomes dedicated to patisserie that I have seen and dare I say one of the most beautiful. From flaky croissants to paper-thin mille-feuille, and from the chestnut cream-filled Paris-Brest to festive yule logs, this comprehensive book leads aspiring pastry chefs through every step - from basic techniques to Michelin-level desserts. Featuring advice on how to equip your kitchen, and the essential doughs, fillings, and decorations, the book covers everything from quick desserts to holiday specialties and from ice creams and sorbets to chocolates. 

40 Amazing Desserts by Bart Ardijnsuses his creativity to uplift the taste, texture, form and presentation of the final dinner course, incorporating different ingredients and flavours. This way the big classics get a playful upgrade. Boasts step-by-step photography, with extra focus on processing, presentation and decoration techniques; and in-depth how-to guides for desserts that are gluten-free, lactose-free and/or sugar-free.

Bollywood Kitchen: Home-Cooked Indian Meals Paired with Unforgettable Bollywood Films by Sri Rao is a gorgeously illustrated cookbook pairing Bollywood classic and cult favorite movies with Indian menus and recipes in an amazingly illustrated cookbook which fans will adore. It's a fun book. Sri has a few dates left on his promotional tour. 


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First, We Brunch: Recipes and Stories from Victoria's Best-Loved Breakfast Joints by Rebecca Wellman is an exquisitely photographed cookbook showcasing more than 60 recipes from the Victoria's most beloved mid-morning eateries. Food writer and photographer Wellman introduces us to the people and stories behind the capital city's diners, bistros, cafés, coffee shops, bakeries, and more. Get the inside scoop on iconic diners such as Floyd's and newer hot spots like Jam, Agrius, Be Love, and Nourish.

Honest to Goodness: Everyday Recipes for the Home Cook by Christine Tizzard delivers more than 150 nutritious, stress-free and flavorful recipes that will have your family savoring every bite. With an emphasis on raw ingredients and whole foods, Christine shows you how to prepare accessible meals from scratch, utilizing the healthiest and most beneficial properties of everything you touch without skimping on taste or getting lost in culinary crazes.


The Cookery School: Donnybrook Fair by Niall Murphy shares the most popular recipes from the classes at Donnybrook, collected together for the first time in one place. Topics covered include: great-start breakfasts, the art of breadmaking, stunning starters, cooking meat to perfection, easy seafood, winter and summer soups, sensational sauces, tapas, one-pot wonders, curry nights, sushi and chocolate heaven.


Da Vittorio: Recipes from the Legendary Italian Restaurant by Enrico Cerea and Roberto Cerea is a must-have cookbook for lovers of fine Italian cuisine. Founded in 1966 by Vittorio Cerea, Da Vittorio is today one of the most beloved restaurants in Italy. The first-ever cookbook from the Michelin three-star institution, this volume presents fifty never-before-published recipes adapted for discerning home chefs. This title will be released in the US next Spring and I can't wait! 


Vegan Berlin: Chefs & Recipes by Thomas Kierok is both a recipe book and a guide to veganism in Berlin. Go behind the scenes at around 40 outstanding vegan restaurants and cafes, bars and bistros. Meet the visionaries who conceived them, learn about their dreams and how they realized them. You'll be inspired to try out their recipes and to begin a journey of culinary discovery through the heart of this inspiring city. This title is coming to the US next month.


Bethlehem : Beautiful Resistance Recipes by Abdelfattah Abu Srour shares recipes and interviews from the residents of the Aida refugee camp, to give the reader a glimpse into daily life there as Palestinian land and culture is being rapidly eroded. This beautiful cookbook features the well-loved Palestinian recipes for breads and pastries; meze salads and dips, vegetable dishes and a range of interesting ways to cook and stuff leaves such as vine and mallow leaves. All monies raised from the sales of this book will go to Alrowwad Centre for Arts and Culture. Established in 1998 by Dr. Abdelfattah Abusrour and friends, this centre offers the women and youths of the camp and beyond a chance to develop a skill and escape the daily violence and imprisonments in Palestine. The ethos of the centre is to give hope to the people of the camp and that "beautiful resistance" to daily occupation through theatre and the arts is one step towards a better future. I just ordered this title and look forward to providing you more information.

Akelare New Basque Cuisine by Pedro Subijana is a visually stunning production of the culinary creations of the author from the last ten years. You will find excellence, innovation and the avant-garde, three terms that could define Akelare's style, as well as an insight into the work of the kitchen and its extensive team. Subijana was recently awarded the National Prize for Gastronomy in recognition of his contribution to Basque cuisine. This book is a work of art. 

The Abbey-Forge Cookbook: Feeding family and friends by Sarah Xhyumrri delivers the chef's passion for food and her enthusiasm for sourcing and preparing ingredients and savouring the investment that culminates in a perfect get together. Her recipes are easy to follow, full of personality and if there's a quick fix she's found it. For Sarah Xhumrri entertaining is, quite simply, enjoying great food with great company, and putting as much or as little effort as you want into the occasion. Anyone can entertain!

A Baker's Life: 100 fantastic recipes, from my childhood favourites to five-star perfection by Paul Hollywood contains 100 of the baker's most treasured recipes, which he has carefully finessed over the length of his career. Each chapter is filled with bakes that represent a different decade of Paul's life - learning the basics at his father's bakery; honing his skills as a top pastry chef in the finest hotels; discovering the bold flavours of the Mediterranean while working in Cyprus; and finding fame via the hugely popular Great British Bake Off television series.

Tuscany: Simple Meals and Fabulous Feasts from Italy by Katie and Giancarlo Caldesi - it's the Caldesis - to me all their books are must haves. This title takes readers on a culinary journey through a Tuscan day. The pace of both life and cooking in Tuscany is slow and calm. Breakfasts are considered, lunch often eaten at home with family, and weekend dinners a feast.

Meyer's Bakery: Bread and baking in the Nordic kitchen by Claus Meyer teaches us to bake the perfect baguette or scone, knead our own spelt loaf or create the New York classic, the bagel. Turn your hand to pretzels and naan bread, or indulge in sugary churros and madeleines. Alongside the recipes, Claus gives tips and tricks for achieving best results, with explanations of the best flour and equipment to use. Photographed step-by-step instructions explain each baking technique, while troubleshooting sections provide advice. Containing 80 foolproof recipes from the man who is taking New York by storm the Nordic way.

Bread is Gold by Massimo Bottura is the first book to take a holistic look at the subject of food waste, presenting recipes for three-course meals from 45 of the world's top chefs. These recipes, which number more than 150, turn everyday ingredients into inspiring dishes that are delicious, economical, and easy to make. Please remember Eat Your Book members receive 30% off Phaidon titles when using the link provided.

Boragó: Coming from the South by Rodolfo Guzman combines the internationally acclaimed chef's fascinating narratives about Chilean geography and ingredients, his never-before-published notebook sketches of dishes and creative processes, and gorgeous landscape and food photographs that introduce readers to the distinctive pleasures of Chilean culture and cuisine. This is rounded off by Guzmán's selection of 100 savoury and sweet recipes exclusively chosen from the menu at Boragó. Please remember Eat Your Book members receive 30% off Phaidon titles when using the link provided. This book will be indexed in the near future. We are in the process of adding 300 new ingredients to the database that are contained in these recipes! 

East by West: Simple Ayurvedic Recipes for Ultimate Mind-Body Balance by Jasmine Hemsley is the first solo cookbook from bestselling author, cook, TV presenter and co-founder of Hemsley + Hemsley. Featuring 140 delicious recipes from around the world, this title champions the ancient Ayurvedic philosophy of eating to nourish, sustain and repair for ultimate mind-body balance. The author's other titles written with Melissa Hemsley are indexed for our members.

New Classics by Marcus Wareing follows up from his Sunday Times bestseller Marcus at Home. This will be a must-have new classic for your shelves. Over the years, Marcus has developed and refined recipe after recipe. Whether it's a quick recipe after a hectic day, a recipe to bring your family together or a show-off meal for your friends, Marcus brings excellence to every meal he makes. In his new book, Marcus takes the best of the time-honoured recipes and puts his own spin on them. What's more, he creates new recipes that will become much-loved classics in their own right. Here is a book to pore over, to bring inspiration and excitement back into your cooking, and to use again and again.

Claridges: The Cookbook by Meredith Erickson and Martyn Nail celebrates the greatness that is the world famous hotel's heritage, with a collection of over 100 of the best-loved dishes and drinks from The Foyer and Reading Room, the Bar and The Fumoir. With interludes ranging from the magic of Christmas to how to host dinner for 100, the extraordinary experience of dining at Claridge's is brought to life in book form.

Andina: Healthy, Fresh Food From Peru by Martin Morales reveals for the first time ever the unique dishes of the Andes region of Peru, an area where quinoa, maca and naturally healthy eating reign supreme. Featuring over 120 recipes, chapters cover breakfasts, snacks, superfood salads and healthy desserts, power shakes and protein-packed main courses. The author's first title Ceviche is a favorite.

The Hairy Bikers' Mediterranean Adventure: 150 feel-good recipes for a taste of the sun every day by The Hairy Bikers celebrates the culinary delights of France, Spain and Italy. With more of us understanding the health benefits of a Med diet, these hearty and healthy dishes are a taste of the very best holiday memories. Fresh, classic, easy and seasonal, enjoy our favorite Med recipes with the nation's favorite cooking duo!   

Where to Drink Coffee by Avidan Ross and Liz Clayton is an insider's guide from the best 150 baristas and coffee experts who share their secrets - 600 spots across 50 countries - revealing where they go for coffee throughout the world. Places chosen range from cafés, bakeries, and restaurants to some more surprising spots, including a video store and an auto shop. The recommendations come with insightful reviews, key information, specially commissioned maps, and an easy-to-navigate geographical organization. It's the only guide you need to get the best coffee in memorable global locations.  Please remember Eat Your Book members receive 30% off Phaidon titles when using the link provided and all Phaidon books are released in the UK, US, Australia and United Kingdom.

Weligama: Recipes from Sri Lanka by Emily Dobbs shares the author's favourite Sri Lankan-inspired recipes for every meal and season, including chapters on breakfast (such as crispy egg hopper 'pancakes') short eats (think traditional street food like vadai and mutton rolls) and a large selection of meat, fish, fruit and vegetable curries and their accompaniments. You'll also find traditional and original puddings to finish off your meal (such as banana tarte Tatin and papaya cake), tips on how to make your own curry using typical Sri Lankan ingredients, and stunning photography.


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Hummus and Co: Middle Eastern Food to Fall in Love With by Michael Rantissi and Kristy Frawley invites you into its generous heart, full of love, laughter and great food for sharing with friends and family. The 140 plus recipes for fresh greens and vegetables, grains, fish, chicken and meat, are bursting with zesty flavour.

The Tivoli Road Baker by Michael James and Pippa James shares the knowledge that goes into creating standout bread and pastries. The mission is to make these recipes accessible for people who are new to the art while also including tips, ideas and inspiration to challenge more skilled cooks and bakers.

Bourke Street Bakery: All Things Sweet: Unbeatable Recipes from the Iconic Bakery by Paul Allam and David McGuinness is the companion to the definitive and international bestselling bread bible, Bourke Street Bakery. Step-by-step photography accompanies the triple-tested recipes for the pastries, cakes, tarts, cookies and confectionary of your dreams. This collection represents years of testing, adapting and refining of the recipes. I am always impressed with books from the Bourke Bakery team and this is no exception. 

I Heart Rome: Recipes & Stories from the Eternal City by Maria Pasquale is a love letter to Rome, with beautiful food and location photography, classic recipes, and stories from the heart of the Eternal City. In a country justifiably famous for its food, Rome boasts its own fascinating and unique cuisine that is intrinsically tied to its history. Influences from Ancient Rome through to more recent events are reflected in the food culture of the Eternal City today. And given the passionate nature of Romans as a people, it's no wonder that dining is taken so seriously. From carbonara recipes to artichoke-frying techniques, just about everything food-related is up for debate in Rome. 

Broadsheet Melbourne Food: What to Eat & Where to Get It and Broadsheet Sydney Food : What to Eat & Where to Get It are the definitive guides to each location's best produce and where to get it, from the most authoritative source, Broadsheet. Their 2015 cookbooks, Broadsheet Sydney Food and Broadsheet Melbourne Food where gifts to me from a friend a few years ago and both are stellar cookbooks. 

Maggie's Recipe for Life by Maggie Beer and Ralph Martins are the author's recipes for every day, for everybody, full of deep flavours and beautiful ingredients that will nourish you and your family. "Nobody wants to eat worthy food that tastes like cardboard. For me, food without flavour is unthinkable! And so is the notion of restricting whole food groups. My recipe for life is to have a healthy attitude to eating - it's all about balance, variety and choosing foods that give you the best chance of being in good health now and into your future. This is not a diet book - it's a way of life."

October 2017 Cookbook Roundup

October has arrived with a staggering number of cookbooks and food related titles. November will have a fair number of new releases as well and as hard as it is to imagine, we will soon be talking about Spring releases. Time is flying by - one roundup at a time.

As always, I have reviewed and selected the best new releases from around the world. This month there are 200 plus new titles and I will focus on the top releases while still giving you a list of other titles that might be of interest. 

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We have launched the Eat Your Books Cookbook Club - find out more here and come join us. In November we will be cooking from Half Baked Harvest or any Diana Henry recipe - almost 4,000 are in our complete recipe index. Our World Calendar of Cookbook Events shares author signings, classes, bookstore events and more. Deb Perelman, David Tanis, Gail Simmons, Lidia Bastanich and Ree Drummond are hitting the road to promote their new books along with many other authors.

We also have many great giveaways open and if you need help with entering the contests this post can help. As a reminder, we have tagged each promotion with the specific region to make those regions searchable. Once you have found your region's tag - bookmark that search and you will never have to scroll through the long giveaway list again. To further help, I have set out the tags below with links to the proper searches. #US, #UK, #NZ, #AU, #CA, #worldwide. Also, be sure to enter and check your email folders (spam and junk) for winning notifications. We will have promotions planned for many of the featured titles so check back regularly. We are working hard to include more countries in our promotions - due to the high cost of postage many publishers are unable to ship outside of their own territory.

As books are often released in many countries you may wish to browse through the entire roundup. The Buy Book button will show you the options available for online booksellers including Book Depository which offers free shipping worldwide. In this regard, all Phaidon books are released in the UK, US, Australia and Canada but information on these titles can be found in the UK section. 

This month's selections include many exciting books - I hardly know where to begin. To mention just a few gems, we have Robyn Eckhardt's Istanbul and Beyond, Deb Perelman's Smitten Kitchen Every Day, David Tanis' Market Cooking, Matt Jennings' Homegrown and Melissa Clark's Dinner in an Instant. A scrumptious assortment of baking books this month from Zingerman's Bakehouse, The Fearless Baker, and The Artful Baker. Restaurant cookbooks are plentiful as well and include The Grand Central Market, The Juhu Beach Club Cookbook, State Bird Provisions, Elizabeth Street Cafe, wd-50 and Pok Pok Drinking Food.

Let's dive in.


Zingerman's Bakehouse: Best-Loved Recipes for Baking People Happy by Amy Emberling and Frank Carollo is spectacular. Since 1992, Michigan's renowned artisanal bakery, Zingerman's Bakehouse in Ann Arbor, has fed a fan base across the United States and beyond with their chewy-sweet brownies and gingersnaps, famous sour cream coffee cake, and fragrant loaves of Jewish rye, challah, and sourdough. Now, for the first time, to celebrate their 25th anniversary, the Zingerman's bakers share 65 meticulously tested, carefully detailed recipes in a beautiful hardcover book featuring more than 50 color photographs and bountiful illustrations.

Smitten Kitchen Every Day: Triumphant and Unfussy New Favorites by Deb Perelman delivers more than 100 new, easy-to-cook, impossible-to-resist recipes from the beloved blogger (indexed here) and New York Times best-selling, award-winning author of The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook. In the movies, people always say that the sequel is never better than the original, the same can't be said about cookbooks and specifically this one. Recipes include Winter squash flatbread with hummus and za'atar, Parmesan Dutch baby with creamed mushrooms, and Pretzel linzers with salted caramel. Deb has an extensive tour scheduled so be sure to see if she is in your area. This title is being released both in the US and Canada this month and in the UK on December 7th.

Istanbul and Beyond: Exploring the Diverse Cuisines of Turkey by Robyn Eckhardt. With her husband, photographer David Hagerman, she takes readers on an unforgettable epicurean adventure, beginning in Istanbul, home to one of the world's great fusion cuisines. From there, they journey to the lesser-known provinces, opening a vivid world of flavors influenced by neighboring Syria, Iran, Iraq, Armenia, and Georgia. From village home cooks, community bakers, café chefs, farmers, and fishermen, they have assembled a broad, one-of-a-kind collection of authentic, easy-to-follow recipes - many of which have never before been published in English. I tested a few recipes from this title and they were delicious. Robyn has a number of events scheduled to celebrate this book.

Chefs & Company: 75 Top Chefs Share More Than 180 Recipes to Wow Last-Minute Guests by Maria Isabella delivers a never-before-assembled collection of recipes that offers a rare and exciting glimpse into the private home kitchens of 75 culinary superstars as they prepare show-stopping meals for their own last-minute guests in an hour or less. With more than 180 personal recipes, secret tips, inside advice, beverage pairings, and music playlists, plus gorgeous full-color photos, this book is a knock-out.

Sweet by Yotam Ottolenghi and Helen Goh is coming to the US this month and was released last month in the UK. The pastry chef turned international cooking sensation shares this book entirely filled with delicious baked goods, desserts, and confections starring his signature flavor profiles and ingredients including fig, rose petal, saffron, orange blossom, star anise, pistachio, almond, cardamom, and cinnamon. There are still a few tour dates up for the UK.

Super Tuscan: Heritage Recipes from Our Italian-American Kitchen by Debi Mazar and Gabriele Corcos shares over 100 tasty recipes, Debi and Gabriele share entertaining anecdotes, useful tips, and day-to-day life in their household with over 125 stunning photographs. Super Tuscan will inspire you to make cooking a daily experience in your family life and live la dolce vita wherever you are. I am a huge fan of Gabriele and Debi - their first book Extra Virgin - is amazingly good. I recently covered that title in a Friday Flashback piece. I've made dozens of recipes with no fails and many compliments and I can't wait to start cooking from Super Tuscan! Gabriele and Debi's events are on our calendar.

Feed the Resistance: Recipes + Ideas for Getting Involved by Julia Turshen is a practical and inspiring handbook for political activism - with recipes. As the millions who marched in January 2017 demonstrated, activism is the new normal. When people search for ways to resist injustice and express support for civil rights, environmental protections, and more, they begin by gathering around the table to talk and plan. These dishes foster community and provide sustenance for the mind and soul, including 30 of the healthy, affordable recipes Turshen is known for, plus 10 recipes from a diverse range of celebrated chefs. Julia is touring to promote her new title.

The Grand Central Market Cookbook: Cuisine and Culture from Downtown Los Angeles by Adele Yellin and Kevin West delivers over 85 distinctive recipes, plus spectacular photography that shows off the food, the people, and the daily bustle and buzz of the Market. Stories about the Market's vibrant history and interviews with its prominent customers and vendors dot the pages as well. This is another stunner of a book.

Market Cooking: Themes and Variations, Ingredient by Ingredient by David Tanis focuses on seeking out the best ingredient and exploring the best ways of cooking it, pulling from all the world's great cuisines. So whether it's Louisiana dirty rice, Persian jewel rice, Chinese sticky rice, Arroz Valenciana, or Italian risotto, you learn the qualities of each ingredient and the best methods and recipes for showcasing what makes it special. David has a full book tour planned. David has again published another gorgeous book. I have all his books and they are keepers.

Kristen Kish Cooking: Recipes and Techniques by Kristen Kish and Meredith Erickson shares more than 80 recipes from the Top Chef winner that celebrate impeccable technique and bridge her Korean heritage, Michigan upbringing, Boston cooking years, and more. This debut offering from Kristen is magnificent with detailed instructions and beautiful photographs. Rigatoni with walnuts, béchamel, sage and fried shallot; Slow-roasted pork loin with Korean melon, chorizo, Asian pear; and a Hazelnut cake with banana ice cream, whipped chocolate ganache, ras el hanout are some of the standouts in this book of standouts. The author is touring to promote this title.

The Cherry Bombe Cookbook by Kerry Diamond and Claudia Wu shares selected recipes from the writers of the quarterly Cherry Bombe. The Cherry Bombe team asked a list of influential women for their most meaningful recipes and the result is a beautifully styled and photographed collection that you will turn to again and again in the kitchen. The vibrant pink cover sets the tone for this impressive, fun title. The duo have a full line up of dates which are available on our calendar.

The Juhu Beach Club Cookbook: Indian Spice, Oakland Soul by Preeti Mistry brings the outsized opinions and culinary daring of the chef/owner of Oakland's Juhu Beach Club, to the page. This collection of street food, comfort classics, and restaurant favorites blends cuisines from across India with American influences to create irresistible combinations. Hip, fun and delicious all collide in this vibrant book that is organized by feeling rather than course. Pork momos in JBC kimchi broth, JBC fried chicken & doswaffle, and Manchurian cauliflower are a few examples of what lies between its covers.

Guerrilla Tacos: Recipes from the Streets of L.A. by Wesley Avila and Richard Parks III is the definitive word on tacos from native Angeleno, Wes Avila of Guerrilla Tacos, who draws on his Mexican heritage as well as his time in the kitchens of some of the world's best restaurants to create taco perfection.

The Artful Baker: Extraordinary Desserts From an Obsessive Home Baker by Cenk Sonmezsoy is a collection of more than 100 extraordinary desserts - all with photos and meticulous instructions - by the creator of the internationally acclaimed blog Cafe Fernando. This book is spectacular and will bring out the baking artist that is buried within each of us.

Lidia's Celebrate Like an Italian: 220 Foolproof Recipes That Make Every Meal a Party by Lidia Matticchio Bastianich and Tanya Bastianich Manuali gives us 220 fantastic recipes for entertaining with that distinctly Bastianich flare. From Pear Bellinis to Carrot and chickpea dip, from Campanelle with fennel and shrimp to Berry tiramisu - these are dishes your guests will love, no matter the occasion. Here, too, are Lidia's suggestions for hosting a BBQ, making pizza for a group, choosing the perfect wine, setting an inviting table, and much more. Lidia is touring and her schedule is available on our calendar.

State Bird Provisions: A Cookbook by Stuart Brioza, Nicole Krasinski and JJ Goode is the debut cookbook from one of the country's most celebrated and pioneering restaurants, Michelin-starred State Bird Provisions in San Francisco. In a month full of stellar cookbooks, State Bird holds its own with dishes that include Spicy yuba noodles with kimchi, crab, and tomalley butter, Porcini fried rice with balsamic spring onions, ramps, and porcini alioli, and Fried pork belly with plum, fish sauce, herbs, and long pepper. A four-page foldout on gourmet ice cream sandwiches made my heart skip a beat. I am crushing so hard on this stunning book. The authors are touring in support of this gorgeous book.

Downtime: Deliciousness at Home by Nadine Levy Redzepi blurs the lines between everyday and special occasion cooking, elevating simple comfort food flavors to elegant new heights. When you're married to Noma's Rene Redzepi you never know who might drop by for dinner. So Nadine has developed a stripped-down repertoire of starters, mains, and desserts that can always accommodate a few more at the table, presenting them in a stylish yet relaxed way that makes guests feel like family - and makes family feel special every single day.

Dinner in an Instant: 75 Modern Recipes for Your Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, and Instant Pot by Melissa Clark gives home cooks recipes for elevated dinners that never sacrifice convenience. Beloved for her flawless recipes, Clark turns her imagination to the countertop appliances that have won American hearts from coast to coast. Recipes include Fresh coconut yogurt, Japanese beef curry, Osso buco, Smoky lentils, Green Persian rice with tahdig, and Lemon verbena crème brulee. The book also provides instructions when possible for making the same dish on both the pressure cooker and slow cooker settings, allowing home cooks flexibility.  Symbols guide the reader toward Paleo, Vegan, Vegetarian, and Gluten Free dinners. I can't wait to get this book! 

wd~50: A Restaurant by Wylie Dufresne and Peter Meehan is the first cookbook from one of the world's most groundbreaking chefs and a pioneering restaurant on the Lower East Side of New York - the story of Wylie Dufresne's wd~50 and the dishes that made it famous. Do not put off by the adventurousness and high-tech reputation of this chef - the book is wonderful and will bring our cooking to new levels with an Everything bagel and crispy cream cheese, Busted foie: foie gras, fennel, malt, sherry vinegar jam, and Scallops, pine needle udon, grapefruit dashi, and Chinese broccoli.

Bringing It Home: Favorite Recipes from a Life of Adventurous Eating by Gail Simmons is the long-awaited book from the Top Chef judge. From her travels, where she tries different dishes and keeps detailed notes on them, to her culinary adventures with the world's most notable chefs on Top Chef, she is always thinking: "How can I bring this dish home to my kitchen?" She then makes the recipe approachable with accessible ingredients so it can be made in a short time for a family dinner. The author is touring extensively to promote this title.

Pok Pok: The Drinking Food of Thailand by Andy Ricker and JJ Goode is a cookbook featuring the rich and varied drinking food of Thailand (and the drinks it's consumed with), with 50 recipes and travelogue-like essays, inspired by Whiskey Soda Lounge, Ricker's Portland, Oregon, restaurant. I've been waiting for this since Pok Pok was published, which was a Flashback Friday feature. I love everything about this book from the photos, to the incredible and sometimes wild dishes, to the stories shared. 

Night + Market: Delicious Thai Food to Facilitate Drinking and Fun-Having Amongst Friends by Kris Yenbamroong shares the author's brash style of spicy, sharp Thai party food by stripping down traditional recipes to wring maximum flavor out of minimum hassle. Whether it's a scorching hot crispy rice salad, lush coconut curries, or a wok-seared pad Thai, it's all about demystifying the universe of Thai flavors to make them work in your life. Darcie's article shares more information on this title.

Autentico: Simply Delicious Recipes for Authentic Italian Dishes by Rolando Beramendi is a simply glorious book that reminds us of the pleasure of true Italian dishes. Details on how to make classic dishes from Spaghetti cacio e pepe to Risotto in bianco and Gran bollito misto as they are meant to be - not the versions that somehow became muddled as they made their way across the globe. Colored by the choicest ingredients from the shores of Italy and beyond, the pages of Autentico offer a rich taste of the Italy's history, brought to life in the modern kitchen.

Modernist Bread: The Art and Science by Francisco Migoya and Nathan Myhrvold is the bread baker's Disneyland in a five book set. The epic Modernist Cuisine set (that I am still waiting for a fairy godmother to make appear) is still taunting me. I was fortunate enough to see a digital copy of this masterpiece and all I can say is - spectacular. For more information on this title, see Darcie's article.

Eleven Madison Park: The Next Chapter (Deluxe Edition) by Daniel Humm and Will Guidara reflects on the last eleven years at Eleven Madison Park, the period in which this singular team garnered scores of accolades, including four stars from the New York Times, three Michelin stars, seven James Beard Foundation awards, and for Chef Humm, the 2015 chefs' choice award from a worldwide jury of his peers. In two highly appointed volumes, the authors share more than 100 recipes, stunning photographs, lush watercolor illustrations, and - for the very first time - personal stories from Chef Humm describing his unparalleled culinary journey and inspiration. Only 11,000 copies of this deluxe slipcase collection have been printed, and each edition is numbered and hand signed by the authors. This set makes it onto my wish list along with the Modernist Cuisine sets. 

Instant Pot Miracle: From Gourmet to Everyday, 175 Must-Have Recipes by The Editors at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is going to be a must have - not only because these recipes are approved by Instant Pot - but because one of my recipes is shared in this title!  Full of international flavor and anything but boring dinners, this is one of the Instant Pot titles you must buy this year. Next month we hope to bring a full promotion including an Instant Pot for one lucky member. 

The Fearless Baker: Simple Secrets for Baking Like a Pro by Erin Jeanne McDowell is the highly anticipated debut cookbook from one of Food52's most popular columnists. Erin is a top food stylist who shares her baking secrets and the science behind them. Erin's book tour dates can be found on our calendar.

Le Creuset (L'uh-cru-say) : A Collection of Recipes from Our French Table was created in Le Creuset's very own test kitchen, creating over eighty inspiring French recipes designed to empower home cooks to explore the timeless pleasures of the French table. It's filled with classics like Coq au vin, Boeuf Bourguignon, Croque madame, Clafoutis, and many more mouthwatering recipes and photos. We are excited to be bringing you a promotion on this beautiful book soon along with a giveaway for a stockpot from Le Creuset.

The Myrtlewood Cookbook: Pacific Northwest Home Cooking by Andrew Barton brings forth 100 recipes that amplify the tastes, colors, and textures of summer tomatoes, fall mushrooms, winter roots, and spring greens. You will gain nearly as much from reading these recipes as from cooking them. Whether you are inspired to make Nettle dumplings in sorrel broth, Candied tomato puttanesca, or Russet rye apple pie, be prepared to swoon under the spell of Myrtlewood. I reviewed this gorgeous book when it was published independently.

France is a Feast: Paul and Julia Child's Photographic Journey by Alex Prud'homme and Katie Pratt documents, through intimate and compelling photographs, Julia Child's discovery and mastery of French cooking and the French way of life.

S Is for Southern: A Guide to the South, from Absinthe to Zydeco by Editors of Garden and Gun and David DiBenedetto is a lively compendium of Southern tradition and contemporary culture. This is a bible devoted to all things Southern and while there are no actual recipes in this title it will be wonderful resource in any cook's kitchen. Be sure to enter our contest for a chance to win a copy of this book.

The Chef and the Slow Cooker by Hugh Acheson brings a chef's mind to the slow cooker, with 100 recipes showing readers how an appliance generally relegated to convenience cooking can open up many culinary doors. Poached eggs in romesco with potato chips, Braised shiitake mushrooms with tofu, Thai basil and chiles, and a Mexican-style sipping chocolate await us here. Over the last year, cookbooks devoted to slow or pressure cooker devices have morphed into artistic, must-have titles and this one surely fits that category.

Speaking of beautiful books devoted to slow cooking, Sarah DiGregorio's Adventures in Slow Cooking: 120 Slow Cooker Recipes for People Who Love Food is another such title. I wrote about this beautiful book in our promotion last month. Here, Sarah has reinvented dishes for a generation that cooks for fun and flavor, taking a fresh approach to reclaim this versatile tool without sacrificing quality or taste. For most cooks, it's not just about getting dinner on the table - we want to create delicious, healthful meals without giving up the enjoyment of a tasty experience. Sarah teaches us to use a slow cooker to make fabulous dinners like herb oil poached shrimp or the most perfect sticky toffee pudding for dessert.

The Sweet Spot: Dialing Back Sugar and Amping Up Flavor for Better Desserts by Bill Yosses and Peter Kaminsky is a game-changing collection of recipes that upend the very notion of "healthy" desserts by using sugar and fat as grace notes to enhance rather than dominate sweets. "Use sugar as you would salt: to enhance flavors, not be the main flavor itself," counsels former White House pastry chef Bill Yosses. More than 100 delectable sweets, including Kabocha persimmon pie, Matcha green tea roll with fresh berries and cream, Alfonso mango cake, Lemon kaffir semifreddo, and Coconut chocolate apricot cookies, are designed to bring diners to their bliss point more quickly. Complete with professional tips for ensuring that each confection is a treat for the eye as well, this title will have cooks thinking about dessert in a whole new way.

Duchess Bake Shop: French-Inspired Recipes from Our Bakery to Your Home by Duchess Bake Shop Ltd. and Giselle Courteau is an updated version of the 2015 title. Another beautiful baking book with step-by-step photographs, exquisite pastries and detailed instructions. For instance, The Duchess, a domed cake with multiple components is comprised of six pages of photos and instructions. How can we fail? Elaborate pastries to the simple Double ginger cookie are covered. By taking a look at the 2015 index, you will have a better idea of the recipes shared here. This title is being released in Canada as well. 

Patisserie: A Step-by Step Guide to Creating Exquisite French Pastry by Philippe Urraca, Michel Guérard and Cecile Coulier is a comprehensive and beautiful reference focusing on French baking containing step-by-step accessible instructions for the creation of wonderful pastries. 130 emblematic recipes that represent the best of French baking: croissants, millefeuilles, financiers, ParisBrest, eclairs, macarons, and more are outlined here. Basic recipes and techniques are explained with detailed step-by-step instructions as well as professional tips, making this book a helpful reference for both amateurs and pros.

Valerie's Home Cooking: Over 100 Delicious Recipes to Share with Friends and Family by Valerie Bertinelli is a celebrity cookbook that is both approachable and fun. In the realm of Cravings and Food Swings, it delivers recipes that both present beautifully and taste delicious. Rosemary and pepper crackers, Chicken with lemon-wine sauce, and Brown sugar sriracha bacon bites are just a few of the recipes that will become family favorites. Valerie comes from a long line of home cooks and her recipes work. Her Broccoli salad and Ricottta cookies with sour cream glaze are delicious. Valerie is touring to promote her title.

Cakes by Melissa by Melissa Ben-Ishay is vibrant, enjoyable and full of sugary delights that will be sure to please.  Peanut butter cup cupcakes and chocolate peanut butter cake (my son wants this cake now!), a Rainbow cookie cake, Neopolitan cake and a Cereal cake are examples of recipes you will find here. Toppings, icings (pretzel icing anyone?), batters, ultimate flavor combinations (Melissa is the queen of exciting flavors) and more are shared and are guaranteed to make any baker happy. I am gobsmacked by all the possibilities in this title! For a full review and a recipe to try now, along with a giveaway see our promotion post.

Cook Beautiful by Athena Calderone presents the secrets to preparing and presenting unforgettable meals. As the voice and curator behind EyeSwoon, an online lifestyle destination for food, entertaining, fashion, and interior design, Athena cooks with top chefs, hosts incredible dinners, and designs stunning tablescapes, while emphasizing the importance of balancing the visual elements of each dish with incredible flavors. This book is stunning and includes 100 recipes with step-by-step advice on everything from prep to presentation from artfully layering a peach and burrata salad to searing a perfect steak. Organized by season, each section closes with a tablescape inspired by nature, along with specific table décor and entertaining tips. Athena has a few book tour events scheduled - be sure to check our calendar.

America The Great Cookbook, edited by Joe Yonan, is a lovely collection of recipes from well-known chefs and TV personalities like Mario Batali and Carla Hall to culinary revolutionaries such as David Chang, Michael Voltaggio, and Dan Barber. 100 of America's top food personalities share their most treasured home recipes in America The Great Cookbook. Lavishly photographed with spectacular images of food and locations from across the United States, this gorgeous cookbook highlights what is the very best about America and its rich culinary traditions.

All-Time Favorite Sheet Cakes & Slab Pies: Easy to Make, Easy to Serve by Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Slab pies are the perfect flavor trifecta of flaky crust, jammy filling, and crumbly topping, while sheet cakes ensure that every bite of cake has a thick layer of frosting. Best of all, these delightful sweets are simple to make and can serve a crowd with ease. Whether you're looking for a timeless classic like Blueberry buckle or craving something simply indulgent like the Bacon-peanut butter cake with maple buttercream, with over 100 recipes inside you'll find the perfect dessert for every occasion. In addition to the cakes and pies there are also recipes for cheesecakes, Danish, coffee cakes, and more. 

Pioneer Woman Cooks: Come and Get It!: Simple, Scrumptious Recipes for Crazy Busy Lives by Ree Drummond shares more than 120 of the Food Network personality's best solutions for tasty, wholesome meals (with minimal fuss) for breakfast, lunch, dinner, desserts and snacks. Ree is touring to promote her book, check out her schedule here.

Dining In: Highly Cookable Recipes by Alison Roman shares 125 recipes that are tempting enough to attract seasoned cooks but easy enough for the novice. Roman is known for her keeper recipes and simple approach as well as for her fun, effortless style. 100 gorgeous photographs make this book pop along with recipes that include Crispy kimchi and cheddar omelette, Vinegar-braised chicken with farro and watercress and Turmeric-roasted carrots with seeds and labne. While all the recipes cry out to be made, one is screaming to me "Salted butter and chocolate chunk shortbread, or why would I make another chocolate chip cookie ever again?" I hear you, recipe, and I'm yours. Check our calendar for Alison's tour dates.

Modern French Pastry: Innovative Desserts Using Classic French Techniques by Cheryl Wakerhauser is another cookbook devoted to pastry this month and is a beauty. Cheryl focuses on innovative modern pastries that are elegant and show stopping. Recipes include a Concerto, a beautiful mini tart that contains components of coffee cream, fleur de sel caramel, coffee caramel glaze, phyllo decor with a chocolate almond dough - while there are multiple components each one in itself is doable and the end result is spectacular. 

Southern Girl Meets Vegetarian Boy: A Cookbook for Everyone at the Table by Damaris Phillips is a love story that made its way into a cookbook. Food Network personality, Darmaris, a Southern chef, meets an ethical vegetarian and the rest as they say is history. Not a vegetarian book in totality as Damaris offers carnivore options as well as providing two separate versions of family favorites - it is a book sure to please everyone. I recently did a piece for Books for Better Living that includes a recipe you can try now. 

The Sioux Chef's Indigenous Kitchen by Sean Sherman and Beth Dooley provides a thorough introduction to the modern indigenous cuisine of the Dakota and Minnesota territories. Sherman delivers a vision and approach to this cuisine that travels well beyond those borders. Hominy cakes, Tatanka truck sunflower-crusted trout, and Bison tartare along with basics such as real wild rice and stocks. Along with the recipes and photographs, the authors provide the reader with a rich education to the ingredients used for centuries by the indigenous people.

Cooking in Season: 100 Recipes for Eating Fresh by Brigit Binns is the author's newest offering from the William Sonoma line of books. It is vibrant and with gorgeous seasonal dishes reflected in the photographs peppered throughout. I have the Potato & pancetta crostata with fresh rosemary, Walnut torte with chocolate-caramel sauce, and the Cider-braised chicken legs with fresh figs & cipollini onions marked to make. 

Hazana: Jewish Vegetarian Cooking by Paola Gavin delivers a symphony of beautiful photographs and crave-worthy dishes beginning with that stunning cover continuing throughout its pages until the very last recipe for Chocolate walnut balls. In Hebrew, the word "Hazana" refers to nourishment, a word that defines the role food and cooking play in Jewish life. Paola shares 140 traditional Jewish vegetarian dishes that have been passed down for generations taking us on a journey from Poland to Morocco, Italy, Lithuania, Turkey and more. 

Rasika: Flavors of India by Ashok Bajaj brings the famed Washington D.C. restaurants' dishes into our home kitchens. Stuffed saffron and almond chicken, Grilled eggplant and potato stacks with jaggery peanut sauce, and Grilled cashew cardamom lamb chops are a few examples of what is available here. I am looking forward to this title! 

Feasts by Sabrina Ghayour was released last month in the UK and comes to the US this month.  This title is the highly anticipated follow up to the award-winning Persiana and number one bestseller Sirocco. Here Sabrina shares a delicious array of Middle-Eastern dishes from breakfasts to banquets and the simple to the sumptuous. Sabrina is one of those authors whose books I must have and was the subject of a recent Flashback Friday. This book is incredible. 

Breaking Bread: A Baker's Journey Home in 75 Recipes by Martin Philip is an intimate tour of Philip's kitchen, mind, and heart. Through seventy-five original recipes and life stories told with incandescent prose, he shares not only the secrets to creating loaves of unparalleled beauty and flavor but the secrets to a good life. From the butter biscuits, pecan pie, and whiskey bread pudding of his childhood in the Ozarks to French baguettes and focaccias, bagels and muffins, cinnamon buns and ginger scones, Breaking Bread is a guide to wholeheartedly embracing the staff of life.

Chasing Bocuse: America's Journey to the Culinary World Stage by Philip Tessier shares the dramatic story of the American team's journey from obscurity to the silver-medal and ultimately the gold-medal win at the world's most renowned cooking competition, the Bocuse d'Or. It is told in riveting narrative, breathtaking photographs, and expert recipes from every stage of the process. We will have more information on this beautiful book in our promotion coming soon. 

Cooking Price-Wise: A Culinary Legacy by Vincent Price is a charming book of the actor's favorite recipes based on the Thames Television series he hosted in the 1970s, which showcased timeless international cuisine. Scores of easy-to-make dishes from around the world include soups, breads, main courses, side dishes, and desserts that can be made from ingredients readily available in supermarkets and food shops. Fascinating food-related historical tidbits add extra zest to the newly typeset recipes and numerous color and black-and-white photographs that enhance this handsome collectible edition.

How to Cake It: A Cakebook by Yolanda Gampp, popular You Tube cake artist, includes directions for making twenty-one jaw-dropping cakes that are gorgeous and delicious, including a few fan favorites with a fresh twist, and mind-blowing new creations. Yolanda shares her coveted recipes and pro tips, taking you step-by-step from easy, kid-friendly cakes (no carving necessary and simple fondant work) to more difficult designs (minimal carving and fondant detail) to aspirational cakes (carving, painting and gum-paste work). 

Meehan's Bartender Manual by Jim Meehan is acclaimed mixologist Jim Meehan's magnum opus - and the first book to explain the ins and outs of the modern bar industry. This groundbreaking work chronicles Meehan's storied career in the bar business through practical, enlightening chapters that mix history with professional insight. Meehan's deep dive covers the essential topics, including the history of cocktails and bartending, service, hospitality, menu development, bar design, spirits production, drink mixing technique, and the tools you'll need to create a well-stocked bar - all brought to life in over 150 black-and-white illustrations by artist Gianmarco Magnani.  

My Mother's Philippine Recipes: Filipino Cookbook Recipes from Asian in America by Elizabeth Ann Besa-Quirino is the follow up to How to Cook Philippine Desserts, Cakes and Snacks (this book is one of a kind and I can't wait to get my hands on this new title). Elizabeth Ann, born and raised in the Philippines, writes the popular blog Asian In America. In this title, she shares a special collection of her mother's recipes often cooked and served to family and friends who stopped by their home in Tarlac. Some family favorites in this cookbook include Sinigang na baka with lemongrass, Tokwa't lechon, Pancit palabok, Pork barbecue, Spanish cocido, Beef Kalitiran pot roast, and some new dishes like Salted-egg potato chips, Vegetable siomai, Kangkong salad with salted egg dressing, and Mango tempura.

The Art of the Pantry: Save Time and Money with 150 Delicious Meals Using Everyday Ingredients by Claire Thomson presents 150 dishes that offer everyday meal solutions, all with kitchen basics at their heart. An organized pantry makes meal planning painless. Knowing that you can always have a simple, healthy, delicious meal at your fingertips will revolutionize the way you cook and shop. Claire takes you through the essentials, from flours and grains, to pulses, pastas and spices, as well as dried fruits, nuts, and seeds for instant dessert or breakfast solutions. By combining kitchen staples with a little fresh produce, you can enhance your dinner or just make a pantry supper from scratch. With dishes including buckwheat crêpes, sour cherry and pistachio pilaf, firecracker noodles, Egyptian ful medames, date and semolina bars, and honey and nutmeg tea bread you can't go wrong.

The Cottage Kitchen: Cozy Cooking in the English Countryside by Marte Marie Forsberg is simply gorgeous. Here, the tastemaker and photographer, shares a glimpse into her idyllic life. Stunning photos of dishes that whisper comfort and elegance tempt you to drop everything and create them. Truffled Yorkshire pudding with onion gravy, Taleggio and potato pizza, and Orange and clove roast chicken with pears and butternut squash are examples of a few of the dishes. If you can't find me, I'll be buying a white apron for my new life in the English countryside.

Jamie's Christmas Cookbook by Jamie Oliver is available in the US this month, previously released in the UK in 2016.  Jamie says: "I've got all the bases covered with everything you need for the big day and any feasting meals over the festive period, as well as party fare, edible gifts, teatime treats, cocktails and of course, exciting ways to embrace and celebrate those leftovers. You'll also find all the deeply important technical info you need, such as cooking charts, and wherever possible, I've designed the recipes to be cooked at the same oven temperature, so you can be efficient with time and oven space, and it'll be super-easy for you to mix and match the different elements and build your own perfect Christmas meal. I haven't held back. This book is the greatest hits, all wrapped up in one Christmas parcel, and I hope you have fun looking through, picking your recipes, and building your own plan."

My Thai Cookbook by Tom Kime is an inspiring and beautifully photographed cookbook brings the vibrant and flavorful cuisine of Thailand to home cooks everywhere. Featuring a range of recipes that explore this beloved cuisine's four main groups of taste - hot, sweet, salty, sour - the author demonstrates how simple it is to prepare authentic Thai dishes in your kitchen. Sample recipes include: Hot & sour grilled beef salad shrimp, Sweet & crispy pork spare and Sesame-seared tuna with ginger. 

The Vermont Non-GMO Cookbook: 125 Organic and Farm-to-Fork Recipes from the Green Mountain State by Tracey Medeiros honors the state's mission to connect with its local organic farmlands and the farmers who nurture and care for them. It also serves as a guide for eating organically and non-GMO in Vermont. The book celebrates the region's esteemed organic food producers, farmers, cheesemakers, dairy farmers, and the chefs who partner with them to create delicious, innovative, organic, and non-GMO recipes. Recipes include Avocado, jalapeño, and cheddar cheese cornbread, Maple kale salad with toasted Almonds, parmigiano-reggiano cheese, and rustic croutons, Oven-roasted organic pulled pork sandwiches with spicy apple cider vinegar slaw, and Apple-raspberry pie.

Tupelo Honey Southern Spirits and Small Plates (Tupelo Honey Cafe) by Elizabeth Sims, E. Tyler Alford and Eric Gabrynowicz shares 70 unique cocktail and 30 delicious small plate recipes in this third title from the Tupelo Honey franchise. Among the made-from-scratch cocktails and small plates perfect for two or twenty are Johnny cakes with BBQ pulled pork and corn-jalapeño slaw, Goat cheese deviled eggs with country ham prosciutto, and Don't judge my okra obsession.

What Can I Bring?: Southern Food for Any Occasion Life Serves Up by Elizabeth Heiskell is based on the popular monthly feature "What Can I Bring?" in Southern Living magazine, no matter what the occasion, you'll have the perfect dish. From housewarming party to garden party, a new baby, a wake, a wedding, christening or anything in between, Elizabeth delivers over 100 delicious recipes, including appetizers, mains, sandwiches, desserts and more, that are sure to please a crowd, no matter how big or small. Additionally, these are all dishes that can be prepared in advance and travel well.

Feast with Sababa: Middle Eastern and Mediterranean Food by Tal Smith, owner of the popular Sea Point deli, Sababa, is back with new recipes in his second offering. This follows the incredible success of the first Sababa cookbook and the constant request for more recipes. This is a beautiful book full of delectable recipes featuring an array of meze, salads, risottos and meat recipes among others. I have purchased both of Tal's books and they are gorgeous.  

Stir Crazy: 100 Deliciously Healthy Stir-Fry Recipes by Ching-He Huang makes stir fry dishes approachable for novice cooks with enough flavor and punch to please established cooks. This title was released in the UK late last month and contains recipes from Chinese 'pesto' spring onion chilli noodles with kale and Taiwanese five spice peanut rice with carrot and edamame, to Chicken and green beans in spicy garlic sauce. 

In October, exclusively through Sur la Table, Jacques Pépin's My Menus: Remembering Meals with Family and Friends will be available. I had the pleasure of speaking with the master last month and more information about this work of art can be found in that interview. 

MUNCHIES: Late-Night Eats from the World's Best Chefs by JJ Goode and Helen Hollyman and Editors of MUNCHIES is based on the game-changing web series Chef's Night Out, features stories of the world's best chefs' debauched nights on the town, and recipes for the food they cook to soak up the booze afterwards. This book is also being released in the UK.

Other titles of interest include:


The Simple Bites Kitchen: Nourishing Whole Food Recipes for Every Day by Aimée Wimbush-Bourque shares the popular blogger's love of whole foods along with heart-warming kitchen stories and recipes that are nutritious, fairly simple to make, and utterly delicious. Aimée knows the challenges that come with feeding a family and tackles them head on by providing lunchbox inspiration, supper solutions and healthy snack options. Brown Eggs & Jam Jars, her first title, is a beautiful book.

Okanagan Table: The Art of Everyday Home Cooking by Rod Butters is a cookbook celebrating the local flavours: creating exceptional meals by connecting with the freshest, highest quality food. Featuring more than 80 illustrated recipes, the book is structured in the order in which we enjoy our meals: sunrise, midday, sunset, and twilight and showcases a collection of classic and signature recipes from the Okanagan Valley.

Flavours of New Brunswick: The Best Recipes from Our Kitchens by Karen Powell brings together the best-loved appetizers, entrées, soups, preserves, desserts, and more from Karen Powell's popular cookbooks. Featuring time-tested favourites like Fundy fog pea soup and crowd-pleasers like Fiddlehead fry and leek and salmon pizza, these delicious recipes are as fun to make as they are to share!

The Edgy Veg: 138 Carnivore-Approved Vegan Recipes by Candice Hutchings and James Aita shares 138 fun and exciting vegan recipes to your table. The YouTube sensation (with over 250,000+ subscribers and counting) created by the hilarious Candice and her husband Aita are on a journey to revolutionize vegan food as we know it.

Lure: Sustainable Seafood Recipes from the West Coast by Ned Bell and Valerie Howes features simple techniques and straightforward sustainability guidelines about Pacific species as well as 80 delicious recipes to make at home. You'll find tacos, fish burgers, chowders, and sandwiches - the types of dishes that fill bellies, soothe souls and get happy dinner table conversation flowing on a weekday night as well as elegant (albeit still simple-to-execute) dinner party options, such as crudo, ceviche, and caviar butter.

Duchess Bake Shop: French-Inspired Recipes from Our Bakery to Your Home by Duchess Bake Shop Ltd. and Giselle Courteau is an updated version of the 2015 title. By taking a look at the 2015 index, you will have a better idea of the recipes shared here. This title is being released in the US  as well.



New French Table: A Fresh Take on Classic Recipes by Emily Roux and Giselle Roux, mother-and-daughter team, share a completely fresh take on classic and contemporary recipes, creating a modern bible for today's lifestyle. Drawing upon their experience working in Roux restaurants and fond memories of cooking together, they prove that French food is not only easy and approachable, but light, fresh and bursting with flavour. From the provincial home cooking of the Ardeche to the sweet treats of Brittany, this unique collection of recipes shows how the French kitchen has evolved to suit a modern lifestyle. This title was released last month in the US and Canada.

The Palestinian Table by Reem Kassis weaves together a tapestry of personal anecdotes, local traditions, and historical context, sharing with home cooks her collection of delicious, easy-to-follow recipes that range from simple breakfasts and speedy salads to celebratory dishes fit for a feast - giving rare insight into the heart and hearth of the Palestinian family kitchen. Please remember Eat Your Book members receive 30% off Phaidon titles when using the link provided and all Phaidon books are released in the UK, US, Australia and United Kingdom.

Hong Kong Diner: Recipes for Baos, Buns, Hotpots and More by Jeremy Pang is the first cookbook to explore the east-meets-west diner food crossover of Hong Kong cuisine which draws on everything from classic Chinese to America's west coast to French Vietnamese. This book represents comfort food at its finest: Beef brisket noodle soup sits alongside Peanut butter French toast, Claypot rice beside Savoury doughnuts, Pineapple buns next to Milk tea, and he expertly brings together in this book the very best dishes that the city has to offer.

Saturday Pizzas from the Ballymaloe Cookery School: The essential guide to making pizza at home, from perfect classics to inspired gourmet toppings by Philip Dennhardt and Kristin Jensen shares the recipes from the small pop-up restaurant at the famous Ballymaloe Cookery School. The pizzeria has been going for nearly 10 years, and is considered something of an institution within Ireland. Due to high demand, Saturday Pizzas also sell their pizzas into local shops too.

River Cafe 30 by Ruth Rogers and Rose Gray is a celebration of an iconic restaurant on its thirtieth birthday. This bold and beautiful cookbook has over 120 recipes - revisiting favourites from the first iconic River Cafe blue cookbook, updated for home cooks today, and introducing 30 new recipes, with new tips and anecdotes.

The Modern Cook's Year by Anna Jones is the long-awaited new cook book from the rising food star who has authored A Modern Way to Eat and A Modern Way to Cook. The Modern Cook's Year will be filled with hugely-inventive, easy recipes that will continue to transform vegetarian main meals into vibrant, energising food that everyone wants to eat.

Elizabeth Street Cafe by Tom Moorman and Larry McGuire and Julia Turshen shares recipes from the French-inspired Vietnamese restaurant located in the cultural hub of Austin, Texas - recommended by everyone from locals to Bon Appetit to The New York Times. Please remember Eat Your Book members receive 30% off Phaidon titles using the link provided and all Phaidon books are released in the UK, US, Australia and United Kingdom. This book is exciting, approachable and inspirational all wrapped up in a gorgeous cookbook.

Comfort: Food to Soothe the Soul by John Whaite is a collection of enticing recipes will have you cooking up a comforting feast in the kitchen. Chapters are divided by comfort cravings, including Something Crunchy; Something Spicy; Something Pillowy; Something Cheesy and, of course, Something Sweet. Recipes include Breakfast ramen, Devil curry, Crab & sriracha mac'n' cheese, Lemon & pea barley risotto, Peanut butter brownies and Cinnamon knots.

Mary's Household Tips and Tricks: The Complete Guide to Home Happiness by Mary Berry is a wonderful, practical and comprehensive household how-to from national treasure, Mary Berry. "This book is a collection of what I've learnt about running a home over the years, along with all the helpful hints that friends and family have imparted to me. It's about helping you with life - not creating more work, or telling you what you should do. These are my tips, gleaned from years of practical experience, and I hope it will be a helping hand."

Catalonia: Spanish Recipes from Barcelona and Beyond by José Pizarro shows readers how to create some of the best-loved dishes from the Catalonian region at home. Dispelling the myth that creating tapas and traditional Spanish fare is scary, he shows us how to take the experience of eating in the little bars of Barcelona to your own kitchen. Set to the backdrop of the stunning views of Barcelona and the rest of Catalonia, you'll really feel like you're on a magical holiday in Spain. Basque, his first title is stunning and Catalonia follows suit. 

Igni: The First Year by Aaron Turner tells the story of IGNI, a high-end degustation restaurant in the backstreets of the Australian coastal city of Geelong. A striking title with black and white photographs dotted with a splash of color to jolt you, a fascinating story highlighting the peaks and valleys of opening a restaurant, and elegant recipes guarantees Turner a world of accolades from the cookbook world. The chef's story is told through diary entries, seasoned with recipes from Aaron's exquisite tasting menu and also includes a look into the development of his recipes, daily kitchen processes and the importance of local producers. One word - gorgeous. This title is also be released in the US and Australia. 

Recipes from an Italian Butcher: Roasting, Stewing, Braising by The Silver Spoon Kitchen shares 150 inspiring and authentic Italian recipes for meat, poultry, and game - from the world's most trusted authority on Italian cuisine. Please remember Eat Your Book members receive 30% off Phaidon titles when using the link provided and all Phaidon books are released in the UK, US, Australia and United Kingdom..

America: The Cookbook: A Culinary Road Trip Through the 50 States by Gabrielle Langholtz is the first book to document comprehensively - and celebrate - the remarkable diversity of American cuisine and food culture.  A unique state-by-state section features essays and menus from a 'who's who' of 100 foremost food experts and chefs. Please remember Eat Your Book members receive 30% off Phaidon titles when using the link provided.

MUNCHIES: Late-Night Eats from the World's Best Chefs by JJ Goode and Helen Hollyman and Editors of MUNCHIES is based on the game-changing web series Chef's Night Out, features stories of the world's best chefs' debauched nights on the town, and recipes for the food they cook to soak up the booze afterwards. This book is also being released in the US.

Lisboeta: Recipes from Portugal's City of Light by Nuno Mendes invites you to experience the author's favourite places, and the incredible food you will discover there. Sharing recipes inspired by the dishes that he loves, Nuno takes you through a typical day in Lisbon.

The Christmas Chronicles: Notes, Stories and Essential Recipes for Midwinter by Nigel Slater features everything you need for the winter solstice. Written as a diary, and starting in September, this is the story of Nigel Slater's love for winter, its fables and its family feasts.

Modern British Food: Recipes from the Parlour by Jesse Dunford Wood is a delightfully wacky, delicious and irresistible collection of British classics with a twist and a turn, based around the premise that food should be fun and that flavour is key.

Hawksmoor: Restaurants & Recipes by Huw Gott and Will Beckett is an essential read for anyone interested in the realities of restaurants, revealing the trials and tribulations faced along the way, as well as the people, places and plates that have made it so successful. From refined, tweaked and perfected Hawksmoor favourites like Mac 'n' cheese to the Steak slice that caused a social media storm, and from a light and elegant Lobster slaw to big carnivorous sharing feasts, this book will make you look at the classics anew and fall in love with a whole new collection of dishes for the first time. 

Hook Line Sinker: A Seafood Cookbook by Galton Blackiston is a seafood cookbook from Michelin-starred chef Galton Blackiston featuring recipes created through his lifelong love affair with fish and shellfish.Galton's seafood dishes have always turned heads. He has a knack of taking simple ingredients and pairing them with techniques and flavours that allow the flavours to remain pure whilst bringing a sense of fun to the occasion. Cooking seafood is an art and in this book, Galton shows you how to master it. The book features over 90 recipes divided into five chapters - Quick and Easy, Small Plates, Stress-Free, Spicy Seafood and Main Courses.

Cooking Tonight: Simple recipes to put the joy back into weekday suppers by Alex Hollywood is an exciting new cookery book for anyone whose heart sinks at the question: 'What shall we have for dinner tonight?'.  Alex is a busy working mum who faces all the usual challenges: not enough time, too much to do, wanting to feed her family good home cooked food but bored by endless food shopping. Guided by her fuss-free approach to cooking and drawing on the recipes from her popular Twitter feed, this book is based around the staple ingredients we all buy in our weekly shop, showing us how to throw them together to create delicious and easy home cooked suppers.

Tanya's Christmas by Tanya Burr shares tips and strategies for having the perfect Christmas. From finding the perfect gift, decorating your home and hosting a party to remember, to cooking roast turkey with all the trimmings, baking indulgent festive treats and her own hair and make-up tips. Presented as a countdown to the main event and into the new year, this beautiful book has over 50 sumptuous recipes and thoughtful craft projects. At every step, bestselling author Tanya suggests easy ways for you, your family and friends to create special memories together that will last a lifetime.

Home Baking by Rachel Allen is filled with over 140 easy-to-follow recipes to cater to your every baking need or whim. Whether you're after something traditional like the perfect Birthday cake, the crispest Brandy snaps or the crumbliest Cheese swirls, Rachel has a fail-safe recipe. Or perhaps you're looking for something a bit more unusual, in which case you'll find undiscovered gems such Pashtida with aubergine, feta and mint (an Israeli quiche), Cardamom butter biscuits and a Tarte de Saint Tropez.

Leon Happy Soups by Rebecca Seal and John Vincent brings together 100 all-new, all-smiles soup recipes for all the family. Whether you're looking for a bright soup with which to dazzle your friends, or a simple soup to take to the office, this book is a must-have kitchen staple. Alongside the recipes, the book is packed with tips and tricks for added extras. Leon is the future of fast food, and it's clear that vegetables are a big part of that future.

What's Cooking? by Joshua David Stein tackles the world of cookery with his signature quirk and charm. From the practical ("Can I fry a scoop of gelato?") to the playful ("Do frozen peas grow on frozen trees?"), each vignette features an engaging question and a satisfying reveal, all revolving around the preparation of food. The simple yet sophisticated hand-drawings by Julia Rothman provide authenticity and a balance of seriousness to the silliness at hand. Incorporating humor, word play, logic and illogic, foreign foods, and even some cookbook vocabulary, this read-aloud book offers children facts to share and maybe even the impetus to get involved in the kitchen. Please remember Eat Your Book members receive 30% off Phaidon titles when using the link provided and all Phaidon books are released in the UK, US, Australia and United Kingdom.

Lasagne by Sandra Mahut is a beautiful little book devoted to - what else - lasagne. From Curried crab to Lamb and pea, there is something for everyone in this fun title with 30 different recipes for the layered pasta favorite.

Crumbles by Sabrina Fauda-Role shares sweet and savoury recipes for crumbles. Whether you want a sweet bite of comfort with butter, cinnamon and fruit or a meal time crumble - 30 versions are included in this book.  

Les Abats: Celebrating the Whole Beast by Michel Roux Jr is geared toward teaching us the benefits and delicious qualities of the whole animal. From the simple sweetbreads Michel's mother fed him as a child, to the more adventurous dishes in the style served at his award-winning restaurants. Dishes range from La Salade Aveyronnaise (Warm salad with sweetbreads and Roquefort) or Soupe aux abattis (Giblet soup), to Cervelle de veau zingara (Calves' brains with zingara) or Langue de boefu au persil et cares (Salted ox tongue with caper parsley sauce).

Cheese by Michel Roux is the third title this month from the prolific Roux family, this one devoted to something less adventurous - cheese. The author guides us through classic recipes and techniques and inspires with a multitude of inventive ways to make the most of fantastic international and easy-to-find cheese varieties in cooking. With over 120 dishes including cheese straws, Normandy onion soup, Greek salad, lobster gratin, even the greatest ever ravioli and pizza, orange cheesecake, and of course the perfect soufflé and raclette, the recipes feature suggestions for alternatives depending on what's available or whether you prefer a stronger or milder tasting variety.

Rick Stein: The Road to Mexico by Rick Stein brings the author's unrivaled enthusiasm and trusted expertise to the fresh, flavorful food of Mexico and California. No one better captures the food essence of a country and brings the best recipes into our kitchens than Rick. Starting in San Francisco and Baja California, and working his way down to the southernmost tip of Mexico, Rick Stein cooks, eats and experiences Mexican food at its very best and most diverse. Packed with vegetables, centred around fresh ingredients and always high on flavour, Mexican and California cooking is naturally healthy and satisfying - from the incredible seafood of the north Pacific coast and the mole of Oaxaca, to the spices and salsas of Yucatan and Quintana Roo. 

Salted Caramel Dreams: Over 60 Incredible Caramel Creations by Chloe Timms brings over 70 irresistible salted caramel recipes for fudges, toffees, brownies, cookies, cakes and more, and fail-proof techniques that anyone can achieve to our kitchen. From golden, crispy Bocaditos (South American caramel cornflake clusters) to luxurious Salted caramel truffles, to more experimental recipes such as Miso sesame caramels and spicy Mexican cajeta - the possibilities are endless in this decadent book.

The Grammar of Spice by Caz Hildebrand is a practical resource for cooks that also changes the way we understand the role spices play in defining not only our food but also our place in the world. Featuring custom stunning illustrations for each of the more than sixty spices featured this beautiful, informative book that celebrates the world of flavors that spices open up to us. 

Gino's Italian Escape: A Taste of Italy from the Aeolian Islands to Elba by Gino D'Acampo takes us on a journey of discovery, sailing along the stunning coast of Italy to explore delicious, local food by the sea. Off the beaten track and into the markets, kitchens and restaurants where the very best authentic, seasonal Italian ingredients and culinary traditions can be found - Gino visits tiny fishing villages and hidden beaches, as well as bigger bustling seaside resorts. And just because he's by the sea, it's not all about fish and seafood, although that's obviously a big part of the story. Gino also discovers there are plenty of other recipes to try from mouth-watering pastas, fresh salads and sumptuous desserts.

Andina: Healthy, Fresh Food From Peru by Martin Morales follows up on the success of his first cookbook, Ceviche. This new beautiful title reveals the unique dishes of the Andes region of Peru, an area where quinoa, maca and naturally healthy eating reign supreme. Featuring over 120 recipes, chapters cover breakfasts, snacks, superfood salads and healthy desserts, power shakes and protein-packed main courses. This book will be released in the US next month. 

Other titles that may be of interest:


A Sense of Home by Helen James is a book that combines design advice for optimising your living space - outdoors and in - including home decor, recipes, gardening tips, and every aspect of your house and home. From leading Irish designer and food blogger, Helen James, comes a beautiful book for all who enjoy making their house a home. Room by room, Helen shares her distinctive design sensibility inspired by the natural world, as she considers the spaces where we spend so much of our time - indoor and out - from a sensory perspective: taste, sight, scent, touch and sound. Combining over 60 delicious, homely recipes - from bedroom feasts to 'movie-night' suppers - with essential design principles, natural beauty products, gardening plans and more, this title is stunningly illustrated throughout. A sumptuous journey that is as pleasurable to browse as it is to put into practice - and the ideal gift.

Neven Maguire's Perfect Irish Christmas: 100 Recipes for all of your Christmas Celebrations by Neven Maguire shares recipes and advice to help you deliver the perfect Christmas. Packed with all the classics you need for the big day, like Neven's famous Buttermilk turkey, Perfect roast potatoes and traditional Christmas desserts, you'll also find lots of inspiration for the whole festive season: from a Snowman cake to make with the kids and St. Stephen's Day leftovers, right through to a festive New Year's Eve dinner. In addition, you'll find lots of fun ideas for edible gifts, party food and all the little extras that help make Christmas as special as it can be.


Corsica: The Recipes by Nicolas Stromboni celebrates all that is Corsican - the people, the geography and, most importantly, the food. And with around eighty incredible Corsican recipes designed to be prepared in the home kitchen, you'll be transported to the island in no time.

Mr & Mrs Wilkinson's How it is at Home by Matt Wilkinson and Sharlee Gibb is food for people aspiring to prepare healthy, seasonal food, whether it be for family, friends, special occasions or evenings of mid-week craziness. In all, it offers more than 100 delicious and fuss-free recipes covering off the myriad occasions that arise for busy families in any typical week.

Thai Food Made Easy by Tom Kime takes us on a culinary adventure, from building your store of essential Thai ingredients and making your own curry pastes and marinades to sticky rice, rice noodles. From there, on to classic Thai staples such as Pad Thai fried noodles, Thai stir fry beef and Coconut fish curry and authentic dishes that are the go-to recipes for die-hard Thai food fanatics who love delicious, healthy food that is easy to cook and impressive to serve.

Cornersmith: Salads and Pickles: Vegetables with More Taste & Less Waste by Alex Elliott-Howery and Sabine Spindler is the follow-up to the bestselling self-titled cookbook, with a focus on seasonal salads, pickles and preserving. Including dozens of simple ideas for fresh ingredients that might otherwise be thrown away, this is your handbook to putting vegetables at the centre of the way you eat.

The Vegetable: Recipes that Celebrate Nature by Caroline Griffiths and Vicki Valsamis is spectacular. It is filled to the brim with stunning photographs and delectable recipes. I am working on a full review with a promotion to be shared soon. 

delicious.daily: 101 Simply Brilliant Twists on Classic Recipes by delicious. Magazine is an essential collection of more than 100 new recipes, each with a genius twist. Fill your kitchen with the gorgeous aromas of simply great food and shake up your recipe repertoire with this book full of fantastic twists on your go-to favourites. With cook's tips and creative variations from the team at delicious. magazine, these tried-and-tested recipes will inspire you from breakfast to bedtime with sensational dishes to make every day of the week.

I Heart Rome: Recipes & Stories from the Eternal City by Maria Pasquale is a love letter to Rome, with beautiful food and location photography, classic recipes, and stories from the heart of the Eternal City. Through quirky local stories and glorious pictures, this gorgeous title takes you on an inspiring journey through the Rome that tourists rarely get to see.

Ferment: A Practical Guide to the Ancient Art of Making Cultured Foods by Holly Davis is a book that will not only help you understand fermented food - it will have you creating the beautiful recipes and incorporating more healthful choices in your daily diet. Gorgeous photographs, incredible recipes and great information make this book a keeper. 

Igni: The First Year by Aaron Turner tells the story of IGNI, a high-end degustation restaurant in the backstreets of the Australian coastal city of Geelong. A striking title with black and white photographs dotted with a splash of color to jolt you, a fascinating story highlighting the peaks and valleys of opening a restaurant, and elegant recipes guarantees Turner a world of accolades from the cookbook world. The chef's story is told through diary entries, seasoned with recipes from Aaron's exquisite tasting menu and also includes a look into the development of his recipes, daily kitchen processes and the importance of local producers. One word - gorgeous. This title is also be released in the US and UK.

New Zealand

New Zealand Restaurant Cookbook by Delaney Mes introduces us to new and iconic restaurants throughout the country and shows how to recreate some of the most popular dishes from their menus. Fifty celebrated chefs share recipes for their favourite dishes in this follow-up to the bestselling New Zealand Café Cookbook. Winery restaurants, breweries, neighbourhood bistros and fine dining establishments all make an appearance, with recipes that draw from a broad range of cooking styles and international cuisines.

Black Barn: Portrait of a Place by Gregory O'Brien and Jenny Bornholdt is a fitting tribute to the Hawke's Bay landmark. Lavishly photographed by Brian Culy, with text and poetry contributed by Gregory O'Brien and Jenny Bornholdt, and recipes from the Black Barn Bistro menu, it's the next best thing to being there yourself.

New York Christmas: Recipes and Stories by Lisa Nieschlag and Lars Wentrup is a getaway to the magical New York of the pre-Christmas period: when coloured lights decorate the buildings, Jingle Bells rings out everywhere and culinary delicacies tempt you to indulge. With 50 recipes for Blueberry brownies, Maple glazed ham and an unforgettable cheesecake, this cookbook allows you to share the dream of a New York White Christmas in your own kitchen. 

September Cookbook Roundup

August ushered in the first wave of cookbooks signaling the annual pre-holiday cookbook palooza, otherwise known as Cookbooktober. September follows with even more craveworthy books. As always, I have reviewed and selected the best new releases from around the world.

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This month's selections include new books from Nigella Lawson, Giorgio Locatelli, Alice Waters and Christopher Kimball. A scrumptious assortment of baking books from popular blogger Baker's Royale, plus Erin Bakes Cake, The Soulful Baker, Food & Wine Desserts and others. Restaurant cookbooks are plentiful this month and include Bäco, Federal Donuts, Cheers to the Publican, and The Sportsman. Let's get to it!


Mexico: A Culinary Quest by Hossein Amirsadeghi is a stunning book that captures the essence and spirit of Mexican food history as well as a wide range of contemporary cooking styles. The lively texts are accompanied by more than 1000 specially commissioned photographs celebrating not only the cuisine but also the rich culture of this beautiful country. The book does not contain recipes; it delivers a comprehensive study of the food, culture, people and landscape of Mexico.

Bäco: Inspired Recipes from the Heart of Los Angeles by Josef Centeno and Betty Hallock is from the chef credited with capturing the myriad tastes of Los Angeles on the plate. Recipes span from simple to show stopping, exploring sauces, soups, mains, salads, and desserts, too. Vibrant, perfectly presented dishes fill this book which is broken down by flavors starting with spicy, salty, pickled, preserved as the first chapter and ending with bubbly, sweet, sour and vivid with a world of flavors and textures sandwiched between. Josef has a few events scheduled to promote this fun book.

Myers + Chang at Home: Recipes from the Beloved Boston Eatery by Joanne Chang shares recipes that are bursting with flavor, are meant to be shared, and anyone can make them at home - try Dan dan noodle salad, Triple pork mushu stir-fry, or Grilled corn with spicy sriracha butter from the popular Boston hotspot.

A Grandfather's Lessons: In the Kitchen with Shorey by Jacques Pépin shares recipes that the world famous chef has taught his most charismatic pupil, his granddaughter - "food that is plain, but elegant, and more than anything, fun." Jacques' events are now on our calendar for both signings and Sur la Table events. This book is absolutely gorgeous with step-by-step photographs and the love of a granddaughter and grandfather shining through in every page. Don't forget to enter our promotion for Jacques' My Menus book and an apron from his Sur La Table collection. Our promotion also shares a conversation with the master himself.

The Half Baked Harvest Cookbook: Recipes from My Barn in the Mountains by Tieghan Gerard shares the popular blogger's fresh take on comfort food, stunning photography, and charming life in the mountains. Tieghan has a knack for punching up the ordinary and transforming it into something special. This book is absolutely gorgeous - I want to cook the whole book and learn how to present food as beautifully. 

Federal Donuts: The (Partially) True Spectacular Story by Michael Solomonov, Steven Cook, Tom Henneman, and Bob Logue and Felicia D'Ambrosio shares the story of how Federal Donuts was created along with recipes. Strawberry lavender, guava poppy, pomegranate Nutella, and salted tehina are just a few of the imaginative flavors featured in this book. Also included are all the tips needed for making foolproof donuts at home. There is even a bonus recipe for the other specialty of "Fednuts": shatteringly crisp Korean-style fried chicken. Check out the author's tour dates for this title.

The Home Cook: Recipes to Know by Heart by Alex Guarnaschelli is an all-in-one cooking bible for a new generation with 300 recipes for everything from simple vinaigrettes and roast chicken to birthday cake and cocktails. This book is a keeper - with recipes that appeal to a wide range of tastes and are totally approachable. Check out Alex's tour dates to see if she is appeariing near you.

JapanEasy: Classic and Modern Japanese Recipes to (Actually) Cook at Home by Tim Anderson offers an introduction to the world of Japanese cooking via some of its most accessible dishes. I am a fan of Anderson - and love his first book Nanban. In his new title, Anderson shares everything we need to know to make authentic Japanese food at home which, in turn, eliminates all the reasons ("excuses") that we come up with for not doing so. The photos are killer, the instructions spot on and the recipes and diagrams will have us all whipping out gyoza (including making our own wrappers) in no time. Fried prawns with shichimi mayo, Japanese fried chicken, the Best miso soup, and Crab cream croquettes are a few examples of what you will find here. Also included are Sushi, Sukiyaki, Hot Pots and more with tips, tricks and Anderson's expertise to guide us. This title is also being released in the UK.

My Rice Bowl: Korean Cooking Outside the Lines
by Rachel Yang and Jess Thompson is a cookbook with 75 recipes based on the author's deeply comforting Korean fusion cuisine, inspired by cultures from around the world. As co-owner of the popular Seattle restaurants, Joule, Trove, and Revel, and Portland's Revelry, chef Yang delights with her unique Korean fusion - think noodles, dumplings, pickles, pancakes, and barbecue. In the cookbook you'll find the restaurants' kimchi recipe, of course, but there's so much more - Seaweed noodles with crab and crème fraîche, Tahini-garlic grilled pork belly, Fried cauliflower with miso bagna cauda, Chipotle-spiked pad thai, Korean-taco pickles, and the ultimate Korean fried chicken (served with peanut brittle shards for extra crunch). I am in love with this book.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner... Life!: Recipes and Adventures from My Home Kitchen by Missy Robbins and Carrie King shares her favorite cook-at-home recipes, inspired by her year off from professional cooking. A collection of recipes that Robbins created in her tiny West Village kitchen while she rediscovered life outside of the restaurant world. It is absolutely stunning! Be sure to check out Missy's tour dates. This is another title that is worthy of our collections.

Cheers to The Publican, Repast and Present: Recipes and Ramblings from an American Beer Hall by Paul Kahan and Cosmo Goss and Rachel Holtzman is the highly anticipated narrative-rich cookbook by Chicago's superstar chef whose destination restaurant, The Publican, is known for its incredibly delicious pork- and seafood-centric, beer-friendly cooking. I'm sitting on the edge of my seat waiting for this book to arrive - I've heard good things from people I trust.

Erin Bakes Cake: Make + Bake + Decorate = Your Own Cake Adventure! by Erin Gardner share a delicious, time-saving secret about cakes: they're all the same. Why play the guessing game of sifting through dozens of recipes when all you need are just a few that contain hundreds of variation - 572, to be exact! The cakequations in Erin Bakes Cake teach you how to combine her cake, buttercream, cookie, and candy recipes in endless mouth-watering ways. Read more about this book and enter our giveaway on our promotion page.

Oklava: Recipes from a Turkish-Cypriot kitchen by Selin Kiazim celebrates the culinary delights of the Mediterranean, Southern Europe and the Middle East in a way no cookbook has done before. Oklava translates simply as 'rolling pin' and for Selin the owner and chef of Oklava restaurant in London, this word conjures up memories of her Turkish-Cypriot grandmother: a rolling pin was never far from her hands, which meant a delicious meal was imminent. These sensational recipes will take you on a journey from home-cooked meals and summers spent in North Cyprus to an exciting interpretation of modern Turkish-Cypriot cooking in London. This book was published in the UK in May.

Baker's Royale: 75 Twists on All Your Favorite Sweets by Naomi Robinson is full of desserts, but not just any desserts - they're modernized classic recipes for all seasons and occasions. In 75 recipes, the popular blogger turns familiar desserts on their heads: macarons get a s'mores treatment; pavlova is gilded with Snickers and brownies; profiteroles are a canvas for pecan and caramel crunch. Naomi's debut cookbook does not disappoint - absolutely stunning.

Maison Kayser's French Pastry Workshop by Éric Kayser shares more than 125 recipes and includes his bakery bestsellers - Raspberry macaroons, Lemon curd meringue tartlets, Epiphany cake, Yule logs, Financiers, Chocolate and hazelnut tarts, among others. Hundreds of photos show the beautiful pastries, as well as provide step-by-step instructions for anything tricky. A pictogram system helps readers distinguish any recipe's level of difficulty.

Beekman 1802: A Seat at the Table: Recipes to Nourish Your Family, Friends, and Community by Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell delivers more than 115 recipes to share with your friends and family for building new traditions. Written by the founders of the Beekman 1802 lifestyle brand, and peppered with profiles and recipes from the community that surrounds, inspires, and supports them.

Osteria: 1,000 Generous and Simple Recipes from Italy's Best Local Restaurants by Slow Food Editore shares the best traditional recipes from osterie, the humble local taverns that preserve the heritage of true Italian cooking. This cookbook is the culmination of that research - 1,000 compelling recipes that highlight ingenuity with rustic ingredients and the generous hospitality of these off-the-beaten-track gems where we all dream of dining.

Sicilia: Sicilian Traditions, Food and Wine by Elisa Menduni is a gastronomic tour of Sicily featuring delicious recipes, wine pairings, and beautiful photographs of the Mediterranean island's landscapes. From urban cuisine to traditional folk meals and the home cooking of the countryside, each dish becomes an excuse to explore Sicily's heritage, and to share stories of its life, people, and places.

QUESO!: Regional Recipes for the World's Favorite Chile-Cheese Dip
by Lisa Fain features a mix of down-home standards and contemporary updates, from historical, regional, and Mexican quesos to vegan and dessert quesos, including Chile verde con queso, Squash blossom queso fundido, Pulled pork queso blanco, and Sausage queso biscuits. This is the third title from the popular blogger whose other two titles - The Homesick Texan's Cookbook and The Homesick Texan's Family Table and her blog are indexed for members.

Christopher Kimball's Milk Street: The New Home Cooking
by Christopher Kimball, the first cookbook connected to Milk Street's public television show, delivers more than 125 new recipes arranged by type of dish: from grains and salads, to a new way to scramble eggs, to simple dinners and twenty-first-century desserts. This book is a beauty and I love the addition of international flavors throughout - Za'atar chicken cutlets, Vietnamese caramel fish, and Burmese chicken are a few examples. I cannot wait to make the Tangerine-almond cake with bay-infused syrup. This book is reflective of the Milk Street Magazine which is indexed for our members.

Coming to My Senses: The Making of a Counterculture Cook by Alice Waters retraces the events that led her to Chez Panisse and the tumultuous times that emboldened her to find her own voice as a cook when the prevailing food culture was embracing convenience and uniformity. This book is on my nightstand to read next.

Desserts: Over 130 of Our Most Beloved Recipes
by Editors of Food & Wine is a drool-inducing collection of dessert recipes just in time for the holidays. Recipes that will shine at the holiday table such as Poached peaches with baked ricotta or Dark chocolate bark with roasted almonds and seeds to delight a hostess or stuff in a stocking. This book is deserving of your attention - whether the Chocolate peanut butter Swiss rolls call to you or the Seaweed shortbread is more your thing.

Holiday Cookies: Showstopping Recipes to Sweeten the Season by Elisabet der Nederlanden is another book that will spruce up your holiday baking. Read more about this beautiful title in our promotion, try a recipe for Glazed eggnog madeleines and be sure to enter our giveaway.

Modern Jewish Baker: Challah, Babka, Bagels & More by Shannon Sarna is a book where homage is paid to tradition while reinvigorating recipes with modern flavors and new ideas. One kosher dough at a time, she offers the basics for challah, babka, bagels, hamantaschen, rugelach, pita, and matzah. Never one to shy away from innovation, Sarna sends her readers off on a bake-your-own adventure with twists on these classics.

Tasty. Naughty. Healthy. Nice.: Whole Food Made Sinfully Delicious by Susan Jane White focuses on discovering true food bliss with over 135 recipes that are anything but restrictive. Let Susan Jane, in her own hilarious fashion, show you the tasty way to a healthier you. Tasty dishes such as Chocolate chili con carne with coconut yogurt; Simple salmon with asparagus soldiers, and Pumpkin falafel are a few examples of the recipes here. This a reissue of her previous book The Extra Virgin Kitchen.

Sally's Cookie Addiction: Irresistible Cookies, Brownies, and Bars for Your Sweet-Tooth Fix by Sally McKenney shares over 75 brand-new cookie, bar and brownie recipes. This title is fully illustrated and features dozens of exciting cookie flavors like butterscotch, peanut butter, s'mores, coconut, and lemon.

Simple Fare: Fall and Winter by Karen Mordechai is the third book from the Sunday Suppers' author. I love Karen's recipes and my only problem with the Spring and Summer and Fall and Winter is the formating of the books themselves - it is somewhat like an extra large magazine - the dishes are beautiful, the recipes perfect but the physical book is awkward. That being said - the content is worth this slight inconvenience.

Slow Cook Modern: 200 Recipes for the Way We Eat Today by Liana Krissoff is what all slow cooker cookbooks should be. Liana delivers one crave-worthy dish after another such as Kasoori methi chicken (with a recipe for Boy choy brown basmatic rice as an accompaniment), Curried pork loin, and Garlicky pork ribs soup with tamarind and greens. The author also shares many tips and advice on slow cooker food safety, ways to round out a meal, other tools you will need to be a star in the kitchen, and a wealth of meals that will keep your family and friends happy and full. I made the Tarragon and Crème Fraîche Chicken which was incredible.

Hot Mess Kitchen: Recipes for Your Delicious Disastrous Life by Gabi Moskowitz and Miranda Berman is high octane fun geared toward the millennial. Recipes range from Quarter-life crisis queso to I created a relationship in my mind cupcakes. The hot mess cook can stop calling out for delivery and start cooking up some quirky named dishes that are guaranteed to be delicious. For more information on this title check out our promotion open to members in the US and Canada, The authors also have events that are shared on our calendar.

Easy Soups from Scratch with Quick Breads to Match: 70 Recipes to Pair and Share by Ivy Manning arrived to the temperature in Colorado dropping from 90 degrees to 40 this weekend. A large pot of soup on the stove and bread in the oven with leaves twirling out the kitchen window is my idea of heaven. Ivy starts with the three B's: broths, beans, and one versatile bread dough. Tasty combinations include Spicy roasted poblano and potato chowder to be paired with either Quinoa, apple and cheddar muffins or Blue corn and maple skillet bread; and Friulian bean and sauerkraut soup with either Everything rye muffins or Olive and prosciutto rolls. Beautiful photographs, measurements both in volume and weight and unique and flavor packed combinations make this book a ten.

Preservation Pantry: Modern Canning from Root to Top & Stem to Core by Sarah Marshall includes recipes for whole-food canning and preserving locally grown, organic produce that helps fight food waste by transforming roots, tops, peels, seeds, skins, stems, and cores into beautiful, delicious dishes.. When the author started her hot sauce business, Marshall's Haute Sauce, she noticed that too much of her produce was getting thrown away, so she decided to make it her mission to learn creative uses for food parts that have normally been tossed aside. Through simple, approachable steps, readers will be guided through the process of canning and preserving produce and using parts like carrot and strawberry tops, fennel fronds, beet stems, onion skins, apple cores, Brussels sprout stalks, lemon rinds, and more to make 100 plus unique and delicious recipes.

Feed Your People: Recipes for Big-Hearted, Big-Batch Cooking by Leslie Jonath and 18 Reasons shares recipes for generous family-style, big-batch cooking by chefs, cooks, and big-hearted people with each recipe including specific and helpful strategies, including make-ahead plans, freezing, equipment, and scaling and serving instructions as well as how to "make it to take it" (i.e., make a second batch of soup, cookies, Bolognese, etcetera for takeaway)!

Bean-to-Bar Chocolate: America's Craft Chocolate Revolution: The Origins, the Makers, and the Mind-Blowing Flavors by Megan Giller invites fellow chocoholics on a fascinating journey through America's craft chocolate revolution. Learn what to look for in a chocolate bar and how to successfully pair chocolate with coffee, beer, spirits, cheese, and bread. This comprehensive celebration of chocolate busts some popular myths (like "white chocolate isn't chocolate") and introduces you to more than a dozen of the hottest artisanal chocolate makers in the US today. You'll get a taste for the chocolate-making process and how chocolate's flavor depends on where the cocoa beans were grown - then turn your artisanal bars into unexpected treats with 22 recipes from master chefs.

Distillery Cats: Profiles in Courage of the World's Most Spirited Mousers by Brad Thomas Parsons tells the tale of the historical role of cats and their evolution from organic pest control to current brand ambassadors and features 15 cocktails to enjoy. James Beard Award-winning author (and noted cat enthusiast) Parsons profiles 30 of the world's most adorable and lovable distillery cats, featuring "interviews," a hand-drawn portrait of each cat, plus trading card-style stat sheets with figures like "super-power" and "mice killed." Brad has several talks and signing dates scheduled in October.

The Science of Cooking: Every Question Answered to Perfect Your Cooking by Dr. Stuart Farrimond handles all your cooking science questions, and helps us to cook tastier, more nutritious food using fundamental principles, practical advice, and step-by-step techniques. Using full-color images, stats and facts through infographics, and an engaging Q&A format to show you how to perfect your cooking, This title brings food science out of the lab and into your kitchen. Topics include meat and poultry, seafood, dairy, pulses and grains, fruits, vegetables, spices, herbs, baked goods, and more, making it perfect for perfecting everyday cooking as well as for special meals.

Recipe Shorts: Delicious Dishes in 140 Characters by Andrea Stewart is a collection of fast, fun, and easy recipes. Based on the premise of Twitter, the recipes are extra concise, written in 140 characters, or fewer. Some people think cooking is complicated and takes too much time, then resort to store-bought meals and takeout. This book aims to break down those barriers and show those that think cooking is too challenging how easy it can be.

Short Stack Vol 29: Pears by Andrea Slonecker brings the pear into the spotlight with her recipes in this latest Short Stack volume. The result, like the understudy turned leading role, is magical, so much so that you'll be waiting impatiently for that next pear to ripen.

The Dinner Plan: The Keepers Guide to Mastering Weeknight Meals and More by Kathy Brennan and Caroline Campion offers five meal strategies-Make-Ahead, Staggered, One-Dish, Extra-Fast, and Pantry - that will make weeknight dinners effortless. Each of the 135 recipes, from main dishes to sides to salads and "lifesaver" condiments, provide lots of practical Monday through Friday options whether time is super-tight, the fridge is empty, or everyone is coming home at a different time. And all of the recipes are "keepers" brag-worthy, reliable, crowd-pleasing preparations that you'll confidently turn to again and again from the authors of Keepers.

The Lincoln Del Cookbook by Wendi Zelkin Rosenstein and Kit Naylor celebrates the Minneapolis version of Cheers - at the Del everybody knew your name. Folks hardly minded waiting in line for the fresh caraway rye, the cabbage borscht, the corned beef sandwiches, or the towering strawberry shortcake because every visit was like a family reunion, complete with warm embraces, recounted stories, boisterous jokes, and plenty of amazing food. This book not only gathers coveted recipes for blintzes and challah, coleslaw and Chicken matzo ball soup but also family lore and patrons' memories, with photographs, menus, and memorabilia that will bring you right back to the Lincoln Del - or make you wish you'd been around to experience its delights in person.

Delightful Desserts: The Secrets to Achieving Incredible Flavor in Your Sweet Treats by Jane Soudah, winner of the Food Network's Spring Baking Championship, shows readers how to create 60 incredibly delicious desserts with unexpected and amped up flavors. You can learn the secrets to boosting the flavors in your baking, with each recipe demonstrating a tip from Jane's many years of experience. The adventurous tastes come from utilizing multiple aspects of flavor, from juices and zests to citric acid, aromatic bitters, alcohol and extracts. Learn to balance and bring out the true flavors of the desserts, while adding new flavors to create root, herbal and floral notes, too. Recipes include Yuzu key lime pie, Orange bitters olive oil cake with aperol glaze, Blackberry-rose geranium pound cake and Chinese five spice snickerdoodles.

The Farmhouse Chef: Recipes and Stories from My Carolina Farm by Jamie DeMent offers 150 recipes for every occasion, from down home to downright elegant, inspired by her farm's yield through the four seasons. DeMent's cooking style highlights no-nonsense approaches using great ingredients combined with easy preparations for supercharged flavor. Accompanying the recipes are DeMent's deliciously observant stories that illuminate what life is really like on a working farm.

The German-Jewish Cookbook: Recipes and History of a Cuisine (HBI Series on Jewish Women) by Gabrielle Rossmer Gropman and Sonya Gropman features recipes for German-Jewish cuisine as it existed in Germany prior to World War II, and as refugees later adapted it in the United States and elsewhere. Because these dishes differ from more familiar Jewish food, they will be a discovery for many people. With a focus on fresh, seasonal ingredients, this indispensable collection of recipes includes numerous soups, both chilled and hot; vegetable dishes; meats, poultry, and fish; fruit desserts; cakes; and the German version of challah, Berches. These elegant and mostly easy-to-make recipes range from light summery fare to hearty winter foods. The Gropmans have honored the original recipes, while updating their format to reflect contemporary standards of recipe writing. Six recipe chapters offer easy-to-follow instructions for weekday meals, Shabbos and holiday meals, sausage and cold cuts, vegetables, coffee and cake, and core recipes basic to the preparation of German-Jewish cuisine.

Sicilian Summer: An Adventure in Cooking with My Grandsons by Mary Taylor Simeti welcomes us to the Simeti farm in western Sicily, and to the dinner table where three generations of her family gather each summer to celebrate their multicultural heritage with good food and great affection.

The Moosewood Restaurant Table: 250 Brand-New Recipes from the Natural Foods Restaurant That Revolutionized Eating in America by The Moosewood Collective contains 250 of their most requested recipes completely updated and revised to reflect the way they are cooked now - increasingly vegan and gluten-free, benefitting from fresh herbs, new varieties of vegetables, and the wholesome goodness of newly-rediscovered grains.

Other titles that may be of interest include:


Farm to Chef: Cooking Through the Seasons by Lynn Crawford takes us on a year-long journey with 140 original recipes, organized by season. You'll discover how easy it is to prepare fresh market ingredients, with a range of the chef's favourite fruits and vegetables: peas and rhubarb in the spring, summer berries and corn, leeks and pears in the fall, and parsnips and squash in the winter months. This book is absolutely gorgeous with recipes that are both appealing, approachable and comforting.

The Redpath Canadian Bakebook: Over 200 Delectable Recipes for Cakes, Breads, Desserts and More by Redpath Sugar Ltd. is a stunning title filled with recipes for the classics with twists to make our favorites new again. Cappuccino nanaimo bars, No-bake fig and coconut bars, and Nut crusted shortbread cookies are a few examples. This is a must have book for any baker. Decorating instructions with step-by-step photographs will guide us to presenting our bake goods like a pro. 

Best of Bridge Sunday Suppers: All-New Recipes for Family and Friendsby Elizabeth Chorney-Booth and Sue Duncan and Julie Van Rosendaal is an all-new collection of recipes will tempt family and friends to the table for Sunday supper, or for a home-cooked dinner any day of the week.

Arab Cooking on a Prairie Homestead: Recipes and Recollections from a Syrian Pioneer by Habeeb Salloum shares over 200 recipes and the author's childhood recollections to tell the story of a little-known group of early immigrants to the prairies - the Syrians. There was a significant Syrian community in Saskatchewan during the Depression, and their traditional foods and crops were well-suited to the dryland farming that the drought of the 1930s demanded. Readers will delight in the author's childhood recollections and his tales of encounters with food around the world. Cooks will be inspired by his love of cooking, by his deep appreciation for his culinary heritage, and by his enthusiasm for new discoveries in food through his travels.


Made at Home by Giorgio Locatelli is a colourful collection of the food that the world famous chef loves to prepare for family and friends. With recipes that reflect the places he calls home, from Northern Italy to North London or the holiday house he and his wife Plaxy have found in Puglia, this title is a celebration of favourite vegetables combined in vibrant salads or fresh seasonal stews, along with generous fish and meat dishes and cakes to share.

Sweet by Yotam Ottolenghi and Helen Goh brings fresh, evocative ingredients, exotic spices and complex flavourings - including fig, rose petal, saffron, aniseed, orange blossom, pistachio and cardamom - to indulgent cakes, biscuits, tarts, puddings, cheesecakes and ice cream in 110 innovative recipes. Check out our calendar for the author's book tour dates. This book is being published October 17 in the USA.

Feasts by Sabrina Ghayour is the highly anticipated follow up to the award-winning Persiana and number one bestseller Sirocco. Here Sabrina shares a delicious array of Middle-Eastern dishes from breakfasts to banquets and the simple to the sumptuous. Sabrina is one of those authors whose books I must have and was the subject of a recent Flashback Friday.

At My Table: A Celebration of Home Cooking by Nigella Lawson shares fuss-free, delicious dishes in this, her newest title. Nigella says it best: 'Our lives are formed by memories, and the focus of mine is the food I've cooked and the people I've cooked for, the people who have sat at my table, as well as the other tables I've eaten on, from the blue formica of my childhood, to the mottled zinc that is the nexus of my life now. This book, like all the books I've written and all the cookery books I've read, is not just a manual, but a collection of stories and a container of memories.' Nigella is touring to promote her title

sketch by Mourad Mazouz and Pierre Gagnaire is finally being released - I've been waiting for this book for a while now. Unique cuisine is at its heart, world-renowned three-Michelin-star chef Pierre Gagnaire showcases the best 85 recipes from sketch's kaleidoscopic menus. Interlaced throughout are artistic interpretations of the recipes, contributed by an array of people involved in all elements of sketch, ultimately creating a sensual feast in a book.

The Sportsman by Stephen Harris shares the UK's #1 restaurant's age-old and modern techniques to perfect 50 British classics. It is an absolutely stunning book and I am enjoying reading the stories that accompany the recipes. Please remember Eat Your Book members receive 30% off Phaidon titles when using the link provided. 

Soulful Baker: From highly creative fruit tarts and pies to chocolate, desserts and weekend brunch by Julie Jones uses natural and colourful ingredients, considered decoration and a variety of intricate and delicate designs with pastry, fillings and decoration, Julie provides ideas on how to make considered bakes that beg to be beautifully presented, in a way that feeds your soul as well as your stomach. This book is stunning and bakers everywhere should rejoice!

Vivek Singh's Indian Festival Feasts by Vivek Singh is a gorgeous book from the chef of London's Cinnamon Club. Chapters include the most popular festivals celebrated around the world, such as Holi, Onam and Diwali, covering all religions and geographical areas within India, with Vivek's very own take on the recipes most associated with them. As well as these brand new recipes, the history and culture surrounding each festival will be explored in colourful detail.

The Wholefood Pantry: Change the Way You Cook with 175 Healthy Toolbox Recipes by Amber Rose your essential guide to restocking your kitchen "toolbox" with simple, wholesome, and tasty recipes for stocks, sauces, spice mixes, butters, flavored oils, and more. Learn how to create your own sriracha or plum ketchup, and discover how to create butter from coconut, tortillas from cauliflower, and ice cream from bananas. With a wealth of marinades and dressings you can customize your meats and create delicious, healthy salads. There is also a Sweets section, filled with sumptuous fruit butters, homemade raw chocolate, and fragrant syrups and cordials.

Dinner & Party: Gatherings. Suppers. Feasts. is another gorgeous title from Telegraph journalist, Rose Prince. Whether you're a beginner looking for simple, impressive recipes or a seasoned host you'll find all you need in here. Rose's stance on entertaining is that the cook shouldn't be banished to the kitchen; cooking for friends and family needn't be fussy or hard to juggle, but instead made up of dishes that can be prepared in advance, dressed up to impress last minute and enjoyed by everyone.

Cook Yourself Happy by Caroline Fleming is firmly embedded in the Danish concept of 'hygge' or 'cosiness' - the recipes and ingredients that Caroline uses are drawn from classic Danish origins and influences, and are designed to improve your quality of life and sense of wellbeing. The Danish 'hygge' will be emphasized throughout, reflected in Caroline's personal and nurturing approach to life and cooking, and her desire to share her food with family and friends.

Grow Cook Nourish: A Kitchen Garden Companion in 400 Recipes by Darina Allen draws on the author's more than 30 years of experience gardening at Ballymaloe to take you through an extensive list of vegetables, herbs and fruits with each entry including explanations of different varieties, practical information on cultivation, growing and maintenance, plus instructions for the best ways to cook produce as well as preserve and utilise a glut. With more than 400 recipes, including a variety for every ingredient, Darina shows how to use your harvest to its full potential. Vegetables range from annual crops such as chicory, radishes and kohlrabi to perennials like asparagus and spinach. Fruits cover apples, currants and peaches plus the more unusual and interesting myrtle berries, loquats and medlars. Plus a comprehensive list of herbs, edible flowers and foraged foods such as samphire, wild garlic and blackberries.

Aperitivo: Drinks and Snacks for the Dolce Vita by Kay Plunkett-Hogge brings together 80 recipes from across Italy, and tells the stories behind the food and the drinks that shape the aperitif hour. The book opens with the aperitivi themselves - Campari and Aperol - as well as recipes for classic Italian cocktails (including the perfect Negroni) and a guide to Italian wine. Kay then introduces simple recipes for Antipasto and Pinzimonio; Tramezzini; Bruschette and Crostini; Seafood; Meat and Fowl; Vegetables, Dairy and Eggs; Bread and Baking; and Dolci.

Herbs: Delicious Recipes and Growing Tips to Transform Your Food by Judith Hann shares recipe inspiration for more common herbs and how to use those herbs that aren't so readily available in the supermarket. Judith shares a huge collection of recipes that have been tried and tested at her herb cookery school - from simple herb sauces and salads to more ornate dishes, such as Guinea fowl with lovage and lime, or Spare ribs with plum, chilli and sage sauce.

Half Hour Hero by Rozanna Purcell will show you how tasty and healthy whole foods can be - and how easy it is to fit them into a busy lifestyle. Using readily available ingredients and store cupboard essentials, Roz's whole foods recipes are quick, simple, nutritious and most of all, delicious. In less than thirty minutes, you can prepare, cook, and enjoy natural food that helps you look and feel healthier and happier. With over 100 easy to follow recipes, this title will prove that healthy eating can be fuss-free. From tasty breakfasts, hearty dinners, indulgent desserts, to snacks and tonics to enjoy on the go, Roz will show you how to cook quick dishes that will put natural whole foods at the heart of any life, no matter how hectic. Eating well has never been so simple.

Wild Honey and Rye: Modern Polish Recipes by Ren Behan is a refreshing approach to Polish cuisine that takes us on a journey to discover the new tastes of the food blogger's beloved culinary heritage. The food of eastern Europe, long misunderstood in the West, is changing - the focus is swinging away from heavy dumplings and stews towards lighter, healthier, fresh and seasonal recipes, served in contemporary ways. In this beautiful collection of recipes, Ren brings us the very best of the Polish kitchen, inspired both by the food of her childhood and by the new wave of flavours to be found in the trendy restaurants, cafes and farmers markets of modern Poland. No book on Polish food would be complete without pierogi, the classic dumplings, and of course they are here, with other substantial dishes such as meatballs, goulash and cutlets, as you might expect, but you will also see them in a new light - filled with strawberries and served with honey and pistachios. Pink sauerkraut adorns vegan pastry rolls, ribs are slowly-braised with honey and vodka, a fresh cucumber salad with sour cream and dill sets off a homely dish of meatballs, and Polish charcuterie sits atop the darkest rye bread.

The Art of the Larder: Good food from your storecupboard, every day by Claire Thomson presents 150 dishes that offer everyday meal solutions, all with store cupboard basics at their heart. An organized, methodical and economical kitchen cupboard can be life-changing. Knowing that you can always have a simple, healthy, delicious meal at your fingertips will revolutionise the way you cook and shop. Food writer Claire Thomson takes you through the essentials, from flours and grains, to pulses, pastas and spices, as well as dried fruits, nuts and seeds for instant dessert or breakfast solutions. By combining larder staples with a little fresh produce, you can enhance your dinner or just make a storecupboard supper from scratch.

The Modern Kebab by Le Bab delivers recipes from chefs who trained in Michelin starred kitchens and wanted to share their love of the flexibility and flavours of the kebab. A modern restaurant in Soho, Le Bab shares their gourmet recipes for fresh, accessible and delicious kebabs. Le Bab is a kebab renaissance project founded by Stephen Tozer and Ed Brunet. Originally a street food operation, they have since opened a restaurant off Carnaby Street in London. They have reinvigorated kebabs with provenance, seasonality and technique honed in Michelin starred kitchens.

River Cottage Much More Veg! by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall delivers more irresistible recipes, and this time, takes things one step further in this highly anticipated follow up to Veg Every Day. Fuelled by his passionate belief that plant foods should be the dominant force in our kitchens, Hugh has put cheese, butter, cream, eggs, and refined flour and sugar firmly to one side. Instead, he uses veg, fruit, wholegrains, nuts, seeds, spices and cold-pressed oils to explore the length and breadth of what can be achieved with natural, unprocessed plant foods. The recipes are easy, utterly foolproof and delicious. All but a handful are gluten-free, and at least half the dishes require 20 minutes (or less) hands-on work time. With recipes such as Roast squash and chickpeas with spicy apricot sauce, Blackened cauliflower with pecans and tahini, Spiced beetroot, radicchio and orange traybake, Celeriac and seaweed miso broth, Seared summer cabbage with rosemary, chilli and capers, and Baked celery agrodolce, this new title demonstrates how easy it is to make versatile, plentiful and delicious vegetables the bedrock of your diet.

Nørth: How to Live Scandinavian by Bronte Aurell is full of inspiration and ideas, how-tos and recipes to help you experience the very best of Scandinavian design, philosophy, cookery and culture, this honest behind-the-scenes look at the culture provides an invaluable insight into the wonderful and visually stunning world of Scandinavia.

Kirstie's Real Kitchen: Simple recipes for modern families by Kirstie Allsopp, Britain's favourite homemaker, presents her debut cookbook, featuring family meals that everyone will enjoy. 'Most of the dishes I cook are big dishes as we are a family of six, my partner Ben and myself, my stepsons, Hal and Orion, and our sons Bay and Oscar.' As someone who didn't learn to cook at her mother's apron strings, Kirstie has had to learn as she's gone along. Luckily she's been blessed with great advice from the cooks, bakers and chefs she's worked with and recipes inherited from friends and families over the years. In this her first cookbook, she brings together her favourite recipes - the ones she relies on to feed her family, and whoever else happens to be around.

The Flexible Vegetarian by Jo Pratt shows us how to ace a handful of classic recipes and offers two solutions for her recipes: they can be served as completely vegetarian meals, or with the addition of a simple meat, chicken or fish recipe, making them suitable for meat-free days and meat-eaters alike. Recipes cover international flavours, from spiced poke to peashoot and asparagus gnudi, and they are all simple, quick, packed with protein and well-balanced.

The Sourdough School: Learn How to Make Delicious and Healthy Bread at Home by Vanessa Kimbell starts with with creating your own starter from scratch, then covers basic breadmaking techniques accompanied by step-by-step photography so you can master the basics before going on to experiment with different flavours for delicious and healthy breads. Laced with an abundance of flavour options and inspiring cultural notes, this title celebrates the timeless craft of artisan baking.

Orange Blossom & Honey: Magical Moroccan Recipes from the Souks to the Sahara by John Gregory-Smith details the author's travels into the heart of the High Atlas Mountains to learn the secrets of traditional lamb barbecue, then his journey north, through the city of Fes, where the rich dishes of the Imperial Courts are still prepared in many homes. From here he continued on to the Rif Mountains, where rustic recipes are made with the freshest seasonal produce. I am a huge fan of Gregory and am excited that another book is coming our way.

Other UK titles of interest include:


Cook Well, Eat Well by Rory O'Connell, Ballymaloe Cookery School teacher and author of Master It (winner of the prestigious Andre Simon Food Book Award), is back with his second cookbook, which contains the recipes from his popular RTE TV show, How to Cook Well, and focuses on seasonal, balanced three-course meals for elegant eating and entertaining. Recipes are divided by season and include Beetroot and autumn raspberries with honey, Mint and labna; Sashimi of mackerel with crisped radishes and scallions; Roast hazelnut panna cotta with chocolate and caramel sauce and Duck leg curry with cider vinegar. Each perfectly balanced meal caters for 4-6 people, and one of the meals is entirely meat-free. In addition, every season includes a menu for entertaining a large group of people - from a summer alfresco lunch to a Christmas feast. Complete meals can be replicated for elegant entertaining, or individual dishes can be tried for simple and pleasing lunches or dinners.


Ramen-topia: 40 slurp-tastic recipes by Jack Campbell is all about the unprocessed, original Japanese comfort food not the two minute microwave college staple. Chapters cover the four main types of ramen - tonkotsu, shoyu, miso, and shio - as well as making toppings, noodles, and broths from scratch. With classic, well-loved recipes and more modern adaptions - including curry ramen, no-stock ramen, ramen made with vegan stock, as well as making gluten-free noodles from scratch.

The Healthy Convert: Delicious Dairy-Free, Vegan and Gluten-Free Recipes by Nicole Maree helps those with food intolerances to enjoy the delicious treats that they often miss out on. By healthily converting recipes using allergy-friendly alternatives, the author introduces ways to enjoy food while taking account of intolerances. This title also offers guidance on how to use substitutes for refined sugar, bad fats, wheat flours, dairy, eggs, nuts, and gluten. With as many as one in five people suffering from various intolerances, this book will be an indispensable guide on how to use alternative ingredients to create your favourite treats. Nicole has developed a range of 60 delicious recipes for those with food intolerances by converting recipes we all love, and finding healthy replacement ingredients to create the same delicious treats that those with food intolerances can't usually enjoy.

New Zealand

Coming Un Stuck Recipes to get you back on track by Sarah Tuck is a stunning book chock full of dishes that will kickstart your desire to get into the kitchen. More information can be found in our promotion along with a recipe and giveaway for NZ and AU members.

Eat by Chelsea Winter provides inspiration for delicious home cooking full of goodness and flavour. Whether you're planning a barbecue, a quick mid-week dinner or a hearty slow-cooked meal you can count on Chelsea to deliver recipes everyone will love. Eat is packed with dishes that are destined to become new favourites in your household, plus a bumper collection of sides, sauces and sweet treats. No complicated instructions or hard-to-find ingredients, just real food with real flavour made with love.

Let's: 100+ Favourites mostly healthy, always delicious by Nadia Lim is the author's seventh cookbook, with all of her previous cookbooks being best sellers. She was the winner of MasterChef NZ in 2011, and has since been a guest judge on both MasterChef and My Kitchen Rules. Nadia is known for her down-to-earth, realistic approach to eating real food, that's tasty and good for you. Nadia is touring through November 16th.

August 2017 cookbook roundup

It's the end of August - yes, already! Each month I am amazed by the speed at which time is flying by. I'm starting to mark time in cookbook releases and roundups.

August starts with a trickle of books foreshadowing the steady stream of highly anticipated titles that September ushers in. Again, I have reviewed stacks of cookbooks, selecting and reviewing all the best new releases from the US, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and other countries.

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This month's selections offers a varied selection of books including Stella Parks' Bravetart, Jamie Schler's Orange Appeal, Hello! Tasty! from the team at Tasty N Sons, Figure1 Publishing's Portland Cooks and Toronto Eats, Martha Stewart's Slow Cooker and a slew of international titles that take us from the Caribbean to Vietnam. Michael Twitty's The Cooking Gene has hit the shelves to rave reviews as well.

Let's get started!


Hello! My Name Is Tasty: Global Diner Favorites from Portland's Tasty Restaurants by John Gorham and Liz Crain, the authors of the Toro Bravo cookbook, shares recipes from Tasty n Sons and Tasty n Alder the Portland restaurants that reinvented the brunch scene (and then every eating hour after that) with supremely satisfying dishes. This book is amazeballs - yes I said amazeballs and my youth has long since faded. Craveworthy recipes include Molten butterscotch cakes, Tasso hash with onion cream and eggs, and Burmese red pork stew with rice and eggs. I want to make everything in this book and now.

The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African-American Culinary History in the Old South
by Michael W. Twitty offers a fresh perspective on our most divisive cultural issue, race, in this illuminating memoir of Southern cuisine and food culture that traces his ancestry - both black and white - through food, from Africa to America and slavery to freedom. Twitty is a renowned culinary historian and I am excited to read this fascinating work - my copy just arrived. Check out our calendar for the author's events.

The Food Stylist's Handbook: Hundreds of Tips, Tricks, and Secrets for Chefs, Artists, Bloggers, and Food Lovers by Denise Vivaldo and Cindie Flannigan is a revised and updated edition of Denise's 2010 guide. Denise and Cindie are experts in their field, stylists to the stars and well sought after. They are incredibly generous with their time and talent and this is all reflected in their book. I have a copy of the original and it has helped me immensely in my food photographs (when I want to take the time to style them).

Made in Vietnam: Homestyle Recipes from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh by Tracey Lister and Andreas Pohl is being released in the US, UK and Australia. This title covers the three main culinary regions of the country: the heart food of the north, dishes from the centre (in the tradition of the cuisine of the imperial city Hue), and the sweeter, spicier food of the tropical south. In addition to the recipes, it looks at different aspects of the country's food history and its absorption of various culinary influences, including the extensive French and Chinese influence, long-established coffee culture, and the casual style of dining. Interwoven throughout the food photography are shots of the markets, landscapes and people.

Gather, Cook, Feast: Recipes from Land and Water by Jessica Seaton is a cookbook that celebrates seasonal eating, and the landscapes that produce it, from the co-founder of the lifestyle brand Toast. Gather, Cook, Feast celebrates the connection between the food that we eat and the land where we live, in over 120 recipes. This title was released earlier this year in the UK and comes to the US this month. It is a beautiful book with photographs throughout celebrating wholesome food with local ingredients. Lettuce & lovage soup, Gooseberry & fennel pie, and a radiant Lentil, green peppercorn & salt-baked vegetable warm salad are a few examples.

Orange Appeal: Savory & Sweet by Jamie Schler is a title that I tested recipes for and those recipes were incredible (which was the same feedback from others who tested.) A few examples of the recipes herein are Orange fig sauce, Orange braised Belgian endive with caramelized onions and bacon, Beef in bourbon sauce, Glazed apple and orange braid, and Chocolate orange marmalade brownies. This is a must have book if you love all things orange.

BraveTart: Iconic American Desserts by Stella Parks is the book the baking world has been waiting for with bated breath. Stella is the pastry genius at Serious Eats and this book is epic, sharing recipes that are perfected and updated for all our favorite classics. This debut book is approachable and a must have for any level baker. This book rocks and so does Stella who will be all over the country promoting this title.

The Perfect Cookie: Your Ultimate Guide to Foolproof Cookies, Brownies, and Bars by America's Test Kitchen will be one of the go-to books for cookie baking this holiday season. 448 pages of perfected cookie classics and new and unique recipes await us in this cookie bible from the well respected America's Test Kitchen.

Ready or Not!: 150+ Make-Ahead, Make-Over, and Make-Now Recipes by Nom Nom Paleo by Michelle Tam and Henry Fong is a new cookbook from the James Beard Award nominated creators of Nom Nom Paleo, the wildly popular blog, app, and New York Times bestselling cookbook! Ready or Not makes healthy Paleo home cooking a breeze, no matter if there's time to prepare or just minutes to spare. Check out our calendar for the author's events.

Adam's Big Pot: Easy Meals for Your Family and The Zen Kitchen by Adam Liaw are being released here in the United States after initial publication in Australia. Liaw shot to fame in 2010 after winning Masterchef and has written a total of five cookbooks which are all on my bookshelf. His victory is still the most watched non-sporting television event in Australian history. In 2016, the Japanese government appointed Adam as an official "Goodwill Ambassador of Japanese Cuisine". His recipes are approachable, healthy and work. Adam's Big Pot is a collection of various Asian dishes all perfect for weeknight meals. The Zen Kitchen contains strictly Japanese meals all geared toward the home cook.

The Beauty Chef: Delicious Food for Radiant Skin, Gut Health and Wellbeing by Carla Oates is another title previously released in the UK. It is a stunning book with beautiful photographs and recipes that will appeal to all of us. Sticky black rice with mango, strawberries and coconut cream, Chicken congee with soft-boiled egg and Brussels sprout and kale fritters with nut cheese and avocado, pea and mint smash are a few examples.

From the Source - Mexico and From the Source - France by Lonely Planet are two gorgeous books for the food lover and traveler (both are sub-titled Authentic Recipes From the People That Know Them the Best). Gorgeous photographs, authentic recipes and more await you in these titles. From street-food vendors to Michelin-starred chefs, the best local cooks share their passion for food and their region's classic recipes. I have the entire collection of From the Source books and they are treasures.

Homemade Pasta Made Simple: A Pasta Cookbook with Easy Recipes & Lessons to Make Fresh Pasta Any Night by Manuela Zangara is your all-in-one pasta cookbook for truly easy, stress-free pasta making at home. This title contains over 65 pasta recipes, 30 sauce recipes for mixing and matching with your freshly made pasta and helpful tips for the proper techniques and fundamental equipment.

For the Love of Pie: Sweet and Savory Recipes by Felipa Lopez and Cheryl Perry arrives in time for fall baking from the owners of Brooklyn's Pie Corps. Here they share their pie-making expertise and delicious recipes in their first cookbook. Boasting sophisticated and contemporary flavors in pies made using traditional techniques as well as explaining the science and art behind baking a perfect piecrust, the book also offers a variety of crust recipes, from all butter to chocolate crumb. Paired with the crusts are recipes for dessert pies, pot pies, hand pies, meat pies, and tarts. Several of the Pie Corps' signature recipes, such as Apple crumb pie with rosemary-caramel sauce and Buttermilk-fried chicken pie with buttermilk gravy and sautéed greens, are in the cookbook along with other mouth-watering options like Lemon thyme blackberry mini tartlets, Picadillo hand pies, and Honey-lavender custard pie.

Martha Stewart's Slow Cooker: 110 Recipes for Fast-Prep, Flavorful, Foolproof Dishes, Plus Test-Kitchen Tips and Strategies by Editors of Martha Stewart Living is outstanding. The 110 recipes in this book make the most of the slow cooker's assets (low heat, hands-off cooking), while also uncovering its hidden potential. Readers will find that they can not only braise cuts of meat until meltingly tender and let soups and stews simmer away untended, but also gently poach fish, cook up creamy scalloped potatoes, and bake a perfect cheesecake.

Offal Good: Cooking from the Heart, with Guts by Chris Cosentino and Michael Harlan Turkell shares 140 recipes that show that offal cuts are arguably the best parts of the animal to cook and enjoy. It is a comprehensive guide to nose to tail cooking that shows the reader not only how to prepare these cuts but also how to let creativity fly, with recipes that bring out the incredible flavors and textural qualities of pork, beef, chicken, lamb, and duck offal. Confession time, I have never tried offal of any type but this cookbook may help me get over my fears. Cracklins cacio e pepe, Braised back fat, potatoes and capers and Chile & bones with capers, garlic and mint may be my gateway into this world. The other recipes really look offal good (I'm here all night) but I may be making them with protein substitutions.

Peter Callahan's Party Food: Mini Hors d'oeuvres, Family-Style Settings, Plated Dishes, Buffet Spreads, Bar Carts, and More by Peter Callahan shares brand-new signature hors d'oeuvres and expands his repertoire for the first time to offer ideas for tablescapes, buffets, seated dinners, and bars. Peter brilliantly breaks down his high-end serving style with simplifications and shortcuts, enabling you to throw the coolest of parties.

Passione: Simple, Seductive Recipes for Lovers of Italian Food by Genarro Contaldo is the new book from the Italian legend who taught Jamie Oliver all he knows about Italian cooking. This cookbook features photographs from Gennaro's childhood, alongside stunning food and travel photography. Over 100 recipes, and delightful personal recollections, share the secrets of Gennaro's love affair with Italian food and will inspire cooks of all abilities to taste the true flavors of the Italian coastline.

Open Faced: Crostini, Tartines, and Other Single-Slice Sandwiches by Karen Kaplan crosses international borders to bring fresh, creative flavors to your breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner. Discover butterbrote, montaditos, smørrebrød, and other open-faced sandwiches that capture the essence of Germany, Spain, Scandinavia, France, Italy, and more. I was a recipe tester for Karen on this title and made at least six dishes - all were hits.

Real Food Heals: Eat to Feel Younger and Stronger Every Day by Seamus Mullen has rewritten the old rule that healthy can't be delicious. (Major props to many chefs who are also following this pattern of introducing healthy recipes that are totally craveworthy). Seamus's powerful transformation came out of his own health crisis - to change the way he cooked at home and at his restaurant. This book is packed with 125 easy-to-prepare, Paleo-inspired, and nourishing recipes packed with delicious whole food ingredients, including Kefir scrambled eggs with grated garlic; Nori rolls with olive oil, tuna, avocado, and sprouts; and Fig almond cacao nib bars. Complete with a 21-day jump-start meal plan, this unique cookbook will help everyone prepare healthy, irresistible food with big flavors every day and put them on the path to total wellness.

The Asheville Bee Charmer Cookbook: Sweet and Savory Recipes Inspired by 28 Honey Varietals and Blends by Carrie Schloss is a charming (pun intended) collection featuring 130 recipes, 20 honey varietals, and 8 special Bee Charmer blends from the Asheville Bee Charmer. With a color, aroma, and tasting guide to honey varietals and dishes like Bee pollen nut brittle, Chipotle honey-marinated skirt steak, and Milk and honey dinner rolls, this cookbook proves that honey is the best way to season or sweeten your next meal. This is a beautiful book that focuses on one of my favorite ingredients.

Tasting Georgia: A Food and Wine Journey in the Caucasus With over 80 Recipes by Carla Capalbo is a collection of recipes and gathered stories from food and winemakers in stunning but little-known country. Both a cookbook and a travel guide to such a special place on the world's gastronomic map. This title was released in the UK in June and Interlink Publishing is releasing it here in the US this month. It is a gorgeous book that captures the beauty of this area in photos and recipes.

The Culinary Bro-Down Cookbook by Josh Scherer is full of irreverent essays and anecdotes and more than seventy creations broken into the ten "brossential" food groups like: Beer, Fried Things, Tacos, and Struggle Snacks (because money is hard). Josh, a journalist and blogger, shares recipes that range from Beer-poached bratwurst party subs and Mac 'n' cheese nachos to "hella-classy"  dishes like Broccolini with burnt lemon hollandaise and Pork belly tacos with fish sauce caramel. While I was reading through this cookbook, my emotions ran the gamut from "I would only eat this when I was drunk and White Castle is 500 miles away" to "Hot diggity that looks awesome." There are recipes that use processed ingredients and others that don't -  I may find myself indulging in Josh's bro food albeit under the cover of darkness.

The Complete Cook's Country TV Show Cookbook (2017), 10th Anniversary Edition: Every Recipe and Every Review From All Ten Seasons by America's Test Kitchen captures all ten seasons of the show into one colorful volume that's like a treasured recipe box brought to life. This special anniversary edition debuts the show's new cast and features an all-new design with plenty of fun behind-the-scenes photography.

The Marley Coffee Cookbook: One Love, Many Coffees, and 100 Recipes by Rohan Marley, Maxcel Hardy and Rosemary Black offers flawless recipes and expert guidance on the best way to infuse a dish with coffee flavor and makes this book a very special addition to any cookbook collection. While no longer a coffee drinker, I love the flavor that coffee adds to both sweet and savory dishes. In this book, Rohan Marley kicks off each chapter offering anecdotes about growing up as the son of legendary musician Bob Marley, who to this day is revered by music lovers young and old. Many chapter names reference Marley's music, and a chapter of vegetarian recipes starts like this: "One Love  is one of my father's biggest songs, and I wanted the coffee that I named One Love not just to be a standout single origin coffee, but to really resonate with people."

Toast & Jam: Modern Recipes for Rustic Baked Goods and Sweet & Savory Spreads by Sarah Owens is the second title from the James Beard award winning author of Sourdough. Sarah's new title is a charming book with innovative recipes such as Strawberry & Meyer lemon preserves, Buckwheat milk bread, Watermelon jelly, Gingered sweet potato butter, Spiced carrot levain and more. There are a number of events on the calendar that Sarah has planned.

Coastline: The Food of Mediterranean Italy, France, and Spain by Lucio Galletto and David Dale is being published by Interlink this month with a different cover than the Australian and UK editions published earlier this year. Coastline is is a collection of stories, debates, beautiful images and delicious Mediterranean recipes covering salads, pasta sauces, pizza and pies, soups and stews, feasts and desserts from the fishing villages, farms and cobbled squares around the golden crescent.

Vinegar Revival: Artisanal Recipes for Brightening Dishes and Drinks with Homemade Vinegars by Harry Rosenblum teaches us all how to use homemade (the taste is incomparable to store-bought) or store-bought vinegar - made from apple cider, beer, wine, fruit scraps, herbs, and more - to great effect with more than 50 recipes. Earlier, I mentioned honey as being a favorite ingredient and with equal passion I love vinegar. As I learn more about cooking, I find the addition of vinegar can transform a dish. Harry is the co-founder of The Brooklyn Kitchen and has few events scheduled to promote this book.

Acid Trip: Travels in the World of Vinegar: With Recipes from Leading Chefs, Insights from Top Producers, and Step-by-Step Instructions on How to Make Your Own by Michael Harlan Turkell takes readers on a fascinating journey through the world of vinegar. An avid maker of vinegars at home, Turkell traveled throughout North America, France, Italy, Austria, and Japan to learn about vinegar-making practices in places where the art has evolved over centuries. This richly narrated cookbook includes recipes from leading chefs including Daniel Boulud, Barbara Lynch, Michael Anthony, April Bloomfield, Massimo Bottura, Sean Brock, and many others.

A History of Cookbooks: From Kitchen to Page over Seven Centuries (California Studies in Food and Culture) by Henry Notaker provides a sweeping literary and historical overview of the cookbook genre, exploring its development as a part of food culture beginning in the Late Middle Ages. Studying cookbooks from various Western cultures and languages, the author traces the transformation of recipes from brief notes with ingredients into detailed recipes with a specific structure, grammar, and vocabulary. In addition, he reveals that cookbooks go far beyond offering recipes: they tell us a great deal about nutrition, morals, manners, history, and menus while often providing entertaining reflections and commentaries. This innovative book demonstrates that cookbooks represent an interesting and important branch of nonfiction literature.

The Essential Instant Pot Cookbook: Fresh and Foolproof Recipes for Your Electric Pressure Cooker by Coco Morante is a book authorized by Instant Pot and filled with beautiful photographs and more than 75 simple, well-tested comfort food recipes, this indispensable book is the ultimate collection of delicious weekday meals. Don't forget we have a giveaway for the 3 quart Mini Duo here at Eat Your Books.

The Art of Flavor: Practices and Principles for Creating Delicious Food by Daniel Patterson and Mandy Aftel helps home cooks get a little guidance in the art of flavor. In this trailblazing guide, they share the secrets to making the most of your ingredients via an indispensable set of tools and principles such as: The Four Rules for creating flavor; A Flavor Compass that points the way to transformative combinations; "Locking," "burying," and other aspects of cooking alchemy; The flavor-heightening effects of cooking methods; and The Seven Dials that let you fine-tune a dish. With more than eighty recipes that demonstrate each concept and put it into practice, this guide is food for the imagination that will help cooks at any level to master flavor.

The Modern Jewish Table: 100 Kosher Recipes from around the Globe by Tracey Fine and Georgie Tarn brings the self-proclaimed Jewish Princesses' fun, upbeat, and infectious brand of energy to the kitchen. Writing from the point of view of the average home cook, the authors dish out their witty know-how and inspire amateur cooks to create simple and hip recipes, with all the short cuts included, even as they entice "professional" home cooks to revitalize traditional Jewish fare with uniquely global flavors.

Wholefood Heaven in a Bowl: Vegetarian and Vegan Recipes from London's Popular Food Truck by David & Charlotte Bailey delivers mindful vegetarian and vegan dishes. The couple are the owners of Wholefood Heaven, one of London's most popular food trucks, where the flavors they discovered on their international travels make it to their menu and into this book. This book was published in the UK in April.

Made in Vietnam: Homestyle Recipes from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh by Tracey Lister and Andreas Pohl is based on memorable meals eaten at street food stalls, family gatherings and countryside eateries, Made In Vietnam covers the three main culinary regions of the country: the heart food of the north, dishes from the centre (in the tradition of the cuisine of the imperial city Hue), and the sweeter, spicier food of the tropical south. This book is a reprint of Real Vietnamese Cooking.

Other titles of interest include:


Toronto Eats: 100 Signature Recipes from the City's Best Restaurants by Amy Rosen is one of the two Figure1 Publishing titles being released in Canada and the US this month. Previous titles in this series have been well done, beautiful and the recipes all worked. Their Eats and Cooks series are my favorites, taking me to the best restaurants in each city - all without leaving my home.

The second title from Figure1 this month is Portland Cooks: Recipes from the City's Best Restaurants and Bars by Danielle Centoni. The book presents 80 recipes from 40 of Stumptown's most popular restaurants and bars. From the most modest and unassuming cafes to eclectic neighborhood joints to late-night cocktail bars, the book celebrates the pioneers, game-changers, upstarts, and torch-bearers who helped put Portland on the culinary map.


Baking School: The Bread Ahead Cookbook: Mastering bread and pastry at home, from sourdough to pizza, croissants to doughnuts by Matthew Jones, Justin & Louise Gellatly is being released in the UK this month and it appears as the ebook version will be available in the US. Best known for Justin's world-famous doughnuts, the Bread Ahead Bakery in Borough Market is also home to their Bakery School, where thousands have learned to make sourdough, croissants, Swedish ryebread, pizza and much more besides. Now, using this book, you can too, from the comfort of your own home. I have Justin's previous book and love it!

Kaukasis the Cookbook: The Culinary Journey Through Georgia, Azerbaijan & Beyond by Olia Hercules is being released in the UK in August and coming to the US in October. This title is a celebration of the food and flavours of the Caucasus - bridging Europe and Asia and incorporating Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Iran, Russia and Turkey. Olia Hercules introduces us to more than 100 recipes for vibrant, earthy, unexpected dishes from across the region. Olia wrote the beautiful Mamushka as well.

5 Ingredients: Quick & Easy Food by Jamie Oliver is being released in the UK and US in August. Jamie wants to make good food, super-simple. Every recipe uses just five key ingredients, ensuring you can get a plate of food together fast, whether it's finished and on the table super-quickly, or after minimal hands-on prep, you've let the oven do the hard work for you. Each recipe has been tried and tested (and tested again!) and well, it's Jamie.

Fresh and Simple by Leyli Mustafaeva and Reinna Lavery is the debut title from the owners of the café Brown and Rosie located in the heart of South Kensington. The café is known for bringing a slice of Australian breakfast and brunch culture to London. For those of us unable to make the trip to either land, the Fresh and Simple cookbook offers the chance to recreate the delicious sophistication of Brown and Rosie café at home with 100 recipes.

Bee's Adventures in Cake Decorating: How to Make Cakes with Wow Factor
by Bee Berrie is a bold, fun, easy-to-follow cake deco compendium packed full of over 30 recipes. Including recipes for brilliant cakes and frostings, from Bee's favourite vegan banana cake, to her punchy Jamaica ginger cake, with countless options for creating gluten and dairy free variations on both cake recipes and frostings, including a fantastic vegan chocolate and avocado icing recipe that just has to be tried! This book is a follow up to her first title Bee's Brilliant Biscuits.

Mary Berry's Complete Cookbook by Mary Berry is an updated edition of Mary's million-selling cookbook and is the Mary Berry book that no kitchen should be without. Every delicious recipe is accompanied by beautiful photography to inspire your cooking, with an eclectic mix of traditional dishes, exotic flavours, and classic Mary Berry recipes.

Joel Serra's Modern Spanish Kitchen by Joel Serra shares eighty recipes that offer both a beginner's guide to eating and drinking like a local with fresh takes on Spanish favourites such as Fideua with squid ink, Allioli, Pulpo gallego and Leche merengada, as well as plenty of inspiration for those looking to experiment.

The Flavours of Andalucia by Elisabeth Luard is being reissued by Grub Street this month. Winner of the 1992 Glenfiddich Award for Food Book of the Year, this is a cookery book with a strong travel bias, dealing with each of Andalucia's eight provinces in turn to provide a personal, geographical and culinary survey of the area.

Supper Love: Comfort Bowls for Quick and Nourishing Suppers by David Bez is the third cookbook from the king of salads. Here you will find 130 supper bowls for any season and every appetite. The options are endless and vary from light, raw and fresh, to hot, filling and wholesome. Every recipe in this stunning book is ultra simple and can be adapted to suit a different diet, such as vegan or vegetarian.

National Trust Family Cookbook by Claire Thomson is packed with delicious and colorful recipes for lunches and suppers as well as healthy (and indulgent) breakfast ideas, lunchbox alternatives, and food for Sunday roasts and summer barbecues. It's divided into timescale sections: quick lunches and suppers that take around 10 minutes, 20 minute reliable recipes, savvy family stalwarts that take 40 minutes at most, and unhurried and imaginative recipes that take between 45 minutes and an hour.

Meet Your Matcha: Over 50 Delicious Dishes Made with this Miracle Ingredient by Joanna Farrow delivers recipes to use matcha which is rich in nutrients and antioxidants, and gives a slow-release caffeine boost through the day. From smoothies to salads, main meals to munchies, there's more to matcha than just another cup of tea. Learn how to use it to flavour rice, in sauces, as a marinade, in frostings and so much more. Try Rack of lamb with a matcha crust, snack on great Green granola or treat yourself to a Pistachio & sultana green tea cake and discover the benefits of this miracle ingredient and how to truly make the most of it.

Veggie Desserts + Cakes: Carrot Cake and Beyond by Kate Hackworthy shares 60 original recipes, including vegan options, virtuous snacks and lighter ways to bake cakes. This book is not about sneaking veggies into recipes, but celebrating them as hero ingredients and making them as much a part of dessert as they are of dinner. Recipes include: Kale and apple cake with apple icing, Butternut squash spiced muffins, Black bean chocolate brownies, Avocado key lime tarts, Turmeric, carrot and orange ice lollies, and Cauliflower chocolate churros.

C is for Caribbean and M is for Mexican by Rukmini Iyer are the two new additions to the alphabet cooking series from Quadrille. These fun books each share a collection of 50 of the most on-trend dishes from around the world.

Posh Kebabs: Over 70 Recipes for Sensational Skewers and Chic Shawarmas by Rosie Reynolds shares over 70 simple recipes for everything from brochette to shashlik to souvlaki and takes you on a global tour of flavours and ingredients.

Pimp My Noodles: Turn Instant Noodles and Ramen into Fabulous Feasts by Kathy Kordalis delivers over 50 imaginative noodle upgrades for fast meals. Not sure what to have for dinner? Why not whip-up the 10-minute ramen, topped with a yolky soft-boiled egg. Transport yourself to Italy with the Cacio e pepe noodles or conquer your hanger with street food favourite, the Ramen burger.

The Kilner Cookbook by Kilner is the first cookbook from the famous makers of our favorite clip top jars. Here you will find 100 tasty recipes for: classic and creative pickles, preserves, chutneys and jams; speedy salad, soup and breakfast recipes, perfect for picnics or on-the-go; tempting sweet treats and desserts for sharing and gifting; refreshing cordials and tasty cocktails for all-year-round celebrations.

The Big Family Cooking Showdown by BBC was released earlier this month in the UK based on the hit TV programme. Each dish from the show has been simplified with clever shortcuts and advice to make every recipe fuss-free. With original recipes from Rosemary Shrager and helpful tips from the competing families, it is the ultimate recipe book from anyone who wants to bring their family together around the kitchen table.

My Virgin Kitchen: Delicious Recipes You Can Make Everyday by Barry Lewis focuses on exciting recipes that all the family will love - all made easily, with simple ingredients. His recipes are healthy and delicious and focus on giving everyone the confidence to get stuck in. Whether you're looking for a quick dinner for everyone such as Coconut Crumbed Chicken or Mac 'n' Cheese; fantastic new ideas for pizzas or flapjacks; international influences like Cod Tagine; or hidden veggies in Carrot Cake Cupcakes or Pasta Bake - here is a wonderful collection of recipes to use again and again. If you're a virgin in the kitchen, you're in great company!


Ostro: The Pleasure of Slowing Down and Cooking with  Simple Ingredients by Julia Busuttil Nishimura guides us through the uniquely satisfying experience of making pasta or pizza dough from scratch, with recipes such as Ricotta tortelloni with butter, sage and hazelnuts or Taleggio and potato pizza. This book also shares plenty of flavourful salads and simple meals for days when time is scarce, such as Roasted cauliflower and wheat salad or Tray-roasted chicken with grapes, olives and walnuts. Baking and desserts, too, needn't be overly complicated. As Julia shows us, some of the best recipes are those that have been passed down the generations and streamlined to perfection along the way, such as the perfect Lemon olive oil cake. But we also need the odd show-stopper like a Chocolate layer cake with espresso frosting on standby for special occasions!

The Blue Ducks in the Country: Over 90 Awesome Dishes that Celebrate Growing, Foraging, Munching and all of Nature's Best Bits by Darren Robertson and Mark LaBrooy is filled with the very best recipes that celebrate the two chefs' mutual love for good food: from simple salads and veggie dishes with bold flavours, to the ultimate barbecue recipes that will have you building your own fire in no time. There are recipes for foraged foods that showcase the true bounty that the Australian land and coast have to offer, while the Ducklings chapter will keep the little ones quiet, even if just for a while. Those with a sweet tooth can indulge in the Ducks' finest cakes and desserts from their sweets cabinet, and you can toast the success of your new culinary creations with some of the most inventive cocktails around.

New Zealand

Little Bird Goodness: Nourishing Plant Recipes to Help You Feel Good from the Inside Out by Megan May shares more than 130 thoroughly irresistible, mostly raw plant-based recipes from her award-winning Little Bird Unbakery Cafes and home kitchen. You'll find recipes for almost every meal to enhance your health, make you feel great and benefit the environment in the process. Ranging from decadent healthy desserts to green smoothies, plus staples such as nut milks, nut cheeses and probiotic-packed fermented foods, including kimchi and kombucha, these dishes will inspire you to fill your plate with an abundance of beautiful plant-based wholefoods. All of the recipes are suitable for a vegan diet and are gluten- and dairy-free.

Tell me in the comments which titles you are most excited about this month?

July 2017 Cookbook Roundup

As usual, I have waded through piles (albeit it smaller piles this month) of glorious cookbooks, selecting and reviewing all the best new releases from the US, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and other countries. This month again is light but that doesn't mean there aren't fantastic books to tempt us.

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This month offers a glorious selection of books from the UK - I am a fan girl of UK titles (who am I kidding? I'm a fan girl of all cookbooks) but the UK books always bring something special to the table for me - perhaps because I love London so much. We have some restaurant cookbooks that are truly spectacular this month as well as a book from Candice Brown (Great British Bake Off contestant and no spoilers because the show is airing now in the US) which I am obsessing over. I made the Peanut Butter Marshmallow Blondies from that title this weekend and my family was very pleased. Preserving books are making an appearance again this month as well as a nice selection of international titles to woo us. Let's get started!


The Joys of Jewish Preserving: Modern Recipes with Traditional Roots, for Jams, Pickles, Fruit Butters, and More--for Holidays and Every Day by Emily Paster is the author's second title. Her first book Food Swap was such a beautiful surprise with helpful information for swapping and the best salted caramel sauce ever. There are 75 recipes in her new title from fruit jams and preserves, to pickles and other savory preserves, and recipes to use the preserves you make in other dishes. Emily has a number of events planned which we have highlighted on our calendar.

Bianco: Pizza, Pasta, and Other Food I Like by Chris Bianco brings us a full-color, fully illustrated cookbook illuminating the fundamentals of pizza making, from the basics of flour and water to the philosophy behind Bianco's cooking. The book features recipes for his signature pies as well as strategies and techniques for translating chef's methods to the home kitchen.

The Desserts of New York: (And How to Eat Them All) by Yasmin Newman is another title I am anxious to get my hands on. New York - oh how I miss you. This book is a travel journal featuring the desserts of New York City with 44 recipes from all the hottest sweet spots from number one voted old school Jewish chocolate babka to the infamous cronut - she covers them all. The book is being released in Australia and the UK as well.

Ball Canning Back to Basics: A Foolproof Guide to Canning Jams, Jellies, Pickles, and More by Ball Test Kitchen focuses on the building block techniques and classic recipes that every canner should know. The book begins with in-depth information on the equipment you need, preparing your fruits and vegetables, and food safety guidance. Each canning and preserving method is thoroughly explained with step-by-step photographs and beginner-friendly tutorials highlighting key steps. Packed with 100 foolproof recipes for the modern pantry, a wealth of variation ideas for low-sugar and flavor change-ups, and time-tested tips.

Peppers of the Americas: The Remarkable Capsicums That Forever Changed Flavor by Maricel E. Presilla is a stunning visual reference to peppers showcasing nearly 200 varieties (with physical descriptions, tasting notes, uses for cooks, and beautiful botanical portraits for each). Following the cook's gallery of varieties, more than 40 on-trend Latin recipes for spice blends, salsas, sauces, salads, vegetables, soups, and main dishes highlight the big flavors and taste-enhancing capabilities of peppers.

Short Stack Vol 28: Cucumbers by Dawn Perry is the latest addition to the Short Stack series. Get to know this summertime staple in new and exciting ways, from inspired salads to simple and delicious cooked centerpieces (yes, you can cook a cucumber!). This edition will turn you into a cuke connoisseur through recipes like Soy & Wasabi-Glazed Cucumbers with Crab & Lemon and Cucumber-Honeydew Paletas.

Deepa's Secrets: Mouthwatering, Slow-Carb New Indian Recipes by Deepa Thomas is part cookbook and memoir. Deepa's Secrets introduces breakthrough slow carb and gut-healing recipes that are simple and nutrient-packed, without sacrificing its rich South Asian flavors. On a mission to demystify and make healthy an "exotic" cuisine, Deepa shares shortcuts and techniques that will make "New Indian" everyday fare.

Graze: Inspiration for Small Plates and Meandering Meals by Suzanne Lenzer is full of tips to help you prepare healthy, wholesome, and appetizing food without spending hours in the kitchen. Lenzer is a food stylist and often this is how she entertains by making small plates or tapas where one can go from plate to plate trying a little of everything.

What She Ate: Six Remarkable Women and the Food That Tells Their Stories by Laura Shapiro takes on six famous women through the lens of food and cooking - what they ate and how their attitudes toward food offer surprising new insights into their lives. It's a lively and unpredictable array of women; what they have in common with one another (and us) is a powerful relationship with food. They include Dorothy Wordsworth, whose food story transforms our picture of the life she shared with her famous poet brother; Rosa Lewis, the Edwardian-era Cockney caterer who cooked her way up the social ladder; Eleanor Roosevelt, First Lady and rigorous protector of the worst cook in White House history; Eva Braun, Hitler's mistress, who challenges our warm associations of food, family, and table; Barbara Pym, whose witty books upend a host of stereotypes about postwar British cuisine; and Helen Gurley Brown, the editor of Cosmopolitan, whose commitment to "having it all" meant having almost nothing on the plate except a supersized portion of diet gelatin.

The Vibrant Table: Whole Recipes from a Food Stylist's Kitchen by Clara Luboff features a collection of over 80 original, wholesome and nutritionally balanced recipes that are a reflection of author's time spent living in South America, Australia and Asia. Straightforward and packed with flavor, Clara's recipes turn everyday cooking into an easy task and are a boon for time-starved home-cooks. Her unique food styling tips and entertaining menus will also appeal to avid foodies and party hosts.

Fair Foods: The Most Popular and Offbeat Recipes from America's County Fairs by George Geary is an illustrated cookbook featuring 120 of the recipes of the most popular and offbeat food served at state and county fairs across the USA.

Fabulously French Cooking: 70 Simple, Classic, and Chic Recipes for Every Occasion by Cathleen Clarity shares twelve fabulous menus and seventy refined dishes to help you conjure the taste of France in your home kitchen. Here, you will find French foods for every occasion as well as instructions and professional advice on prepping, cooking, and flawlessly (and easily!) entertaining year-round.

The Complete Make-Ahead Cookbook: From Appetizers to Desserts--500 Recipes You Can Make in Advance by America's Test Kitchen helps you to take back your kitchen with a collection of 500 foolproof recipes for everything you would ever want to make ahead of time.

FOOD & WINE Best Weeknight Meals by The Editors of Food & Wine shares more than 100 practical, delicious, get-it-on-the-table-now hacks and recipes are featured in this new special edition from the pages of everyone's favorite cooking magazine.

The Smart Dinner: Clever and Versatile Ways to Use What You've Got on Hand by Betty Crocker provides more than 125 recipes, with tips and techniques for creating dinners everyone will love and that make the most of on-hand ingredients. With genius tips for cooking with fresh, wholesome fixings, the book empowers home cooks to become more resourceful, accomplished, and eco-friendly.

Egg on the Menu by Luc Hoornaert is the second book in the On the Menu Series. Chicken on the Menu came first and is an incredibly beautiful book. I am anxious to get my hands on this title. Luc Hoornaert has collected 60 recipes from his travels around the world. What are the classics? How do other cultures use egg in the kitchen? How do top chefs make dishes based on eggs?

Other titles released this month include:



Italy: Recipes for Olive Oil and Vinegar Lovers by Emily Lycopolus includes recipes for appetizers, soup and salad, pasta, mains, and sweets, and also offers five full menus for planning a pitch-perfect dinner party. You'll find all your favourite classic rustic Italian dishes here, including bruschetta, panzanella salad, cioppino, polenta, fresh pasta, meatballs, biscotti, panna cotta, and many more--all accompanied by stunning photography.



Two Kitchens: Family Recipes from Sicily and Rome by Rachel Roddy, the award-winning Guardian Cook columnist and winner of the Andre Simon and Guild of Food Writers' awards, delivers a glorious book highlighting the food that comes from her two kitchens in Sicily and Rome. Rachel's first title Five Quarters is on my bookshelf and I cannot wait to have this title join it. I had the privilege of reviewing the electronic version and it is spectacular - Rachel's beautiful writing, stunning photographs and scrumptious recipes makes this title a must have. Because we index every recipe from the Guardian Cook, you can add any of Rachel's 135 recipes from there to your Bookshelf. That's like a whole free cookbook!

Sabor: Flavours from a Spanish Kitchen by Nieves Barragan Mohacho shares the food that the Basque-born chef likes to cook when she's off duty; the food that she grew up eating and the food that she still makes for friends and family. The recipes range from hearty dishes such as braised Iberian pork ribs and chorizo and potato stew, to lighter fare such as seafood skewers, clams in salsa verde and stuffed piquillo peppers, and a wealth of other recipes, from grilled hispi cabbage to baked cauliflower with salted almonds, chilli and shallots. This is the chef's second book - her first, Barrafina named after the world famous tapas bar where she was chef, is a must-have as well.

Veneto: Recipes from an Italian Country Kitchen by Valeria Necchio shares the food and flavors at the heart of the Veneto region in North Eastern Italy. Veneto includes lovingly written recipes that capture the spirit of this beautiful and often unexplored region, and Valeria's memories of the people and places that make the Veneto so special. The title will come to the US in December.

Trullo: The Cookbook by Tim Siadatan is being released simultaneously in the US and UK in July. London restaurant Trullo, and its baby sister, Padella, are taking the food world by storm with modern Italian recipes with a British twist. Siadatan, who was the youngest head chef ever to work at Jamie Oliver's Fifteen, takes the best of Italian cooking and combines it with British produce to create innovative original dishes.

Chai Chaat & Chutney: a street food journey through India by Chetna Makan. Chetna is back with another title - this time focusing on street food. She is the author of one of my favorite books The Cardamom Trail which I had previously reviewed in May of 2016. Chai Chaat & Chutney will be released in the US in September. For this new title, the author traveled to all four corners of India - Mumbai, Kolkata, Delhi and Chennai - sampling the extreme varieties of street food available. Each area has subtle differences in ingredients and techniques, making the cuisine completely unique and full of character. From her journey, she has taken inspiration and created delicious recipes that are simple to cook at home.

Comfort : Delicious Bakes and Family Treats by Candice Brown delivers the recipes Candice learned to bake from her nan and mum, recipes close to her heart, that should be served up as a big generous slice - and preferably on a vintage plate if you have one. Candice's recipes are easy to make, no nonsense and hearty. I had to order this book because (remember fan girl) and it is so wonderful. I had it only one day and made the Peanut Butter Marshmallow Blondies which disappeared in minutes.

Nadiya's British Food Adventure : Over 120 Delicious and Diverse Recipes to Celebrate the Land we Call Home by Nadiya Hussain features mouth-wateringly delicious recipes from her BBC programme. Famed for her fantastic cookery skills and adventurous flavour choices, she sets off on a journey around the country to meet some of the finest growers, producers and pioneers. Her travels were the inspiration for the British Bake-Off winner to create over 120 easy and enticing new recipes that mix the local ingredients she encountered with her very favourite flavours: a nod to her Bangladeshi roots.

Crave: Brilliantly Indulgent Recipes by Martha Collison is the second book from Sunday Times bestselling author and Great British Bake Off contestant (Twist was her first). Using brilliant food science and delicious flavour combinations, she provides go-to recipes incorporating 8 of those things we so often hanker for: citrus, fruit, nut, spice, chocolate, caramel, cheese - and alcohol! There are 'Instant' recipes such as Lemon Cheesecake Pots - your super quick treats to be rustled up in next to no time. There are 'Soon' recipes that are ready to snaffle in under an hour, like Chilli Chocolate Churros. And you'll find 'Worth the Wait' recipes, too. Think Olive & Preserved Lemon Focaccia and Caramelised White Chocolate Cake - a collection of bakes where patience yields intense flavours and sumptuous textures. This book is coming to the US in June of 2018.

The National Trust Book of Scones: 50 Delicious Recipes and Some Curious Crumbs of History by Sarah Clelland gathers 50 scone recipes from National Trust experts around the country, and is a quirky guide to 50 National Trust places to delight and entertain you while you bake or eat those blissful treats. Includes dual measures.

15 Minute Vegan: Fast, Modern Vegan Cooking by Katy Beskow uses ingredients that are available in supermarkets to deliver recipes that are as easy as can be - from shopping to cooking to serving. Starting with advice on the equipment you need to make cooking go faster, plus essential pantry ingredients, chapters cover Breakfast, Light Bites, Mains, Essentials and Sweet Stuff. Katy also offers straightforward recipes and tips about preparation, freezing and storing.

Milly's Real Food: 100+ easy and delicious recipes to comfort, restore and put a smile on your face by Nicola 'Milly' Millbank is all about going back to basics and creating tasty classics from scratch with a modern twist, making food a pleasure; both the ritual of cooking and the joy of eating. Recipes that embrace sustainable and accessible ingredients, easy methods and a refreshingly fad-free approach to home cooking.

Miguel Barclay's Fast & Fresh One Pound Meals by Miguel Barclay is the must-have second book by the bestselling One Pound Meals' author. Over 80 delicious super-simple recipes that will save you both time and money.

Ella's Kitchen: The Easy Family Cookbook by Ella's Kitchen is packed with more than 100 easy-to-make and delicious family recipes that bring everyone together to share in life's food adventures. In chapters organized by mealtime, each recipe has been carefully developed to ensure that it's perfectly balanced and lip-smackingly tasty for little ones and grown-ups alike.

Eat Well For Less: Family Feasts on a Budget by Jo Scarratt-Jones delivers everything from quick and healthy breakfasts to delicious snacks, simple but hearty dinners to indulgent puddings, all 80 recipes are easy to follow and use only widely available ingredients.

Dinner Deconstructed by Annabel Staff features 35 recipes as you've never seen them before, broken down into their individual ingredients and photographed in stylish still-life arrangements.

The Street Food Secret: The World's Most Exciting Fast Food in Your Own Kitchen by Kenny McGovern celebrates classic dishes enjoyed every day by generations of people the world over, as well as more modern fusion food creations, this book is packed full of exiting recipes ideal for sharing with friends and family. 

A Passion for Pasta by Carmela Sophia Sereno takes a delicious trip down Italy, from top to toe, led by the author also known as the pasta queen. With stunning photographs throughout, Carmela guides you through making speciality pasta dishes from each Italian region. 




Yemek by Isabel Lezmi, Lisa Rienermann and Veronika Helvacioglu shares authentic recipes, from mezze to desserts, which are surprisingly simple to re-create in any home kitchen and call on the iconic fresh ingredients and spices, all easy to source, that define Turkish cooking. This title was originally released in the German language in 2015 and at last is being published in English in Australia and the UK. It will be available in December for US members.

Healthy Made Easy: More than 140 Fast and Delicious Recipes to Make you Look and Feel Your Best by Luke Hines features over 100 recipes, this time with a focus on simple and quick dishes for those short on time but who still strive to eat well. Luke makes eating healthily as easy as possible for people, regardless of how much time they have or how much experience they have in the kitchen.

Elsa's Wholesome Life: Eat Less from a Box and More from the Earth by Ellie Bullen writer of the hugely popular blog Elsa's Wholesome Life is a veritable explosion of colour, sunshine, coastal living and delicious plant-based recipes. Her first cookbook features more than 100 of her go-to dishes, from nutritious granolas and powerhouse smoothies to flavour-packed salads and soups, hearty curries and burgers, and drop-dead delicious sweets. A qualified dietitian and nutritionist, Ellie explains everything you need to know about adopting a plant-based diet, including how to: - get enough iron, vitamin B12 and calcium - achieve the right balance of carbs, proteins and good fats - shop smarter and get more organised in the kitchen - enjoy a lifestyle that is better for you and the environment Ellie's food is fresh, flavoursome, nutrient-dense and - above all - fun.

Chefs Eat Toasties Too: A Pro's Guide for Reinventing Your Sandwich Game by Darren Purchese is a celebration of that most enduring of comfort foods, the toasted sandwich - but taken to new heights. While crafting elaborate dessert and pastry confections by day, by night Darren secretly perfects the art of the toasted sandwich. In this book, he reveals 50 of his masterful creations: from the perfect Maple Bacon, Pear & Camembert on Sourdough, to his Pulled Pork, Fennel Slaw & Chilli Mayo Sliders on Brioche Buns. He has also developed sweet recipes for the ultimate in comforting indulgence, such as Dark Chocolate, Olive Oil & Salt on Olive Bread, Apple, Vanilla & Lemon Parcels and Salted Caramel on Sourdough. For those wishing to take their toasties to truly cheffy heights, there are even recipes to make the condiments from scratch, including pear dressing, pickled onions & chutney, chilli caramelised onions, vanilla cherries and rose raspberries. Chefs Eat Toasties Too caters for all manner of cooking methods: from grill, to pan, to sandwich press, to oven.


Annabel Langbein Cheap Thrills: Save Money Save Time Eat Well by Annabel Langbein will guide the beginner baker and busy homemaker through an irresistible array of baked treats - biscuits, slices, cakes, muffins and more. This brilliant book will ensure everyone, no matter what their age or cooking ability, achieves baking success - every time! Simple one-pot mixes and no-bake treats will cater to the novice (or nervous) baker, while no-fail cakes and simple to prepare slices are guaranteed to become favorites with busy homemakers searching for interesting new ways to fill the tins.

June Cookbook Roundup

Here we are at the end of June already! As usual, I have waded through piles of glorious cookbooks, selecting and reviewing all the best new releases from the US, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and other countries. This month is light in comparison to the last few, but that doesn't mean there aren't fantastic books to tempt us.

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We have promotions planned for many of these titles so check back regularly. This month's offerings include books on international cuisines - Lisbon, Mexican Ice Cream, Junk Food Japan, some great Asian titles and more. We also have a few great vegetarian titles - Vegetarian Heartland and Vegetables on Fire -  to make use of the bounty we find at the farmer's markets. 

Lately, in the publishing market books are being released in the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand that are also available in the US - so you may wish to browse through the entire roundup (since it isn't a killer one). The Buy Book button will show you the options available for online booksellers including Book Depository which offers free shipping worldwide 


Wabi-Sabi Welcome: Learning to Embrace the Imperfect and Entertain with Thoughtfulness and Ease by Julie Pointer Adams invites readers into artful, easygoing homes around the world - in Denmark, California, France, Italy, and Japan - and transforms the generous act of getting together into the deeper art of being together. This title shares thoughtful ideas and recipes from around the world; tips for creating an intimate, welcoming environment; guidelines for choosing natural decor for the home; and inspiring photographs from homes where wabi-sabi is woven into daily living. More of a lifestyle focus than cookbook but still a beauty. 

L.A. Mexicano by Bill Esparza is far more than a cookbook - it is an in-depth look into the Mexican culture of Los Angeles - including recipes, profiles of chefs, bakers, cocktail makers and vendors; along with neighborhood guides that point readers to the best markets, taco trucks, restaurants, bars and more. All this along with 100 stunning photographs of the people and food of Los Angeles. 

Eat Right: The Complete Guide to Traditional Foods, with 130 Nourishing Recipes and Techniques by Nick Barnard will help us find true nourishment and pleasure in the discovery, preparation and eating of real food. Techniques include making your own butter, yogurt, ghee, lard, broth, dairy and water kefir, kombucha, coconut water, kimchi, sauerkraut, sourdough, as well as sprouting grains and activating nuts and seeds. And there are also 100 wholesome recipes that encourage the use of good animal fats, well-fed meat, sprouted grains, local and seasonal produce. If you picked up this book without the cover, you wouldn't think that it was a "health" focus title - it is packed with tempting photographs and dishes.

Julie Taboulie's Lebanese Kitchen: Authentic Recipes for Fresh and Flavorful Mediterranean Home Cooking by Julie Ann Sageer shares 125 recipes including learning how easy it is to make such Lebanese staples as fresh labneh (strained yogurt) and how to put together your own delicious, multi-purpose spice mixes. Every chapter includes a multitude of dishes for eaters of all kinds and preferences, from meat-lovers to veggie-heads and everything in between. This is a fun and beautiful title that will please any level of cook - familiar with Lebanese fare or not. Julie has a few events planned and we will keep you updated if other events are  scheduled.

Kitchen Matters: More than 100 Recipes and Tips to Transform the Way You Cook and Eat--Wholesome, Nourishing, Unforgettable by Pamela Salzman shares the recipes that have won the praise of Nicole Richie, Rashida Jones, Audrina Patridge, and other mega-fans. Customizable for vegetarian, vegan, and grain-free diets, the recipes rely on accessible veggie-forward ingredients that are anti-inflammatory and nutrient-dense. Both practical and elegant, this title offers a roadmap for new and busy home cooks to begin including more wholesome foods every day, for meals as nourishing as they are unforgettable. Pamela has a few events planned to promote her book.

Adventures in Starry Kitchen: 88 Asian-Inspired Recipes from America's Most Famous Underground Restaurant by Nguyen Tran chronicles the evolution of the little underground restaurant that could. As the author tells his story, he also shares eighty eight easy-to-follow pan-Asian recipes including Claypot Striped Bass, Buttermilk Beer Beignets, Singaporean Chili Crab, Double-Fried Chicken Wings and, of course, Starry Kitchen's trademark Crispy Tofu Balls. Read more this fascinating book in my review and be sure to enter our giveaway.

101 Asian Dishes You Need to Cook Before You Die: Discover a New World of Flavors in Authentic Recipes by Jet Tila shares the author's best recipes to impress your friends and family, not to mention all sorts of chef-y tips on flavor, technique, history and ingredients that will make you a better cook. Here are some of the recipes you'll learn to master Korean BBQ Short Ribs on Coke, Beef Pho, Sweet Chili Sriracha Hot Wings and it's said that Jet's killer Sriracha recipe will change your life. The photographs, the recipes - everything about this cookbook is super cool.

Vegetarian Heartland: Recipes for Life's Adventures by Shelly Westerhausen is a cookbook of approximately 85 recipes for vegetarian comfort food delivered from a new point of view. Recipes are organized by 'adventure' and each features a drink, salads, soups, main courses, and desserts. This book will appeal to vegetarians everywhere, especially in the Midwest, as well as home cooks looking for more creative recipes to add to their repertoire. 

Mexican Ice Cream: Beloved Recipes and Stories by Fany Gerson, the New York baker and sweets maker, showcases the diverse flavors of Mexican frozen treats. Quince Sorbert, Rose Petal Ice Cream, and White Corn Ice Cream are a few of the delicious flavors that await you in this book. Fany is the author of two other titles My Sweet Mexico and Paletas both of which are on my bookshelf. Check our calendar for events for dates the author has scheduled - she tells me more will be coming soon.

Mastering Stocks and Broths: A Comprehensive Culinary Approach Using Traditional Techniques and No-Waste Methods by Rachael Mamane is the comprehensive guide to culinary stocks and broths from the self-taught cook and owner of small-scale broth company Brooklyn Bouillon. Her book takes us on culinary journey into the science behind fundamental stocks and the truth about well-crafted bone broths, and offers over 100 complex and unique recipes incorporating stocks as foundational ingredients while also focusing on zero waste. Rachael has events planned to promote her book. 

The Savvy Cook by Izy Hossack is the second book from the young blogger behind Top with Cinnamon and it is filled with recipes that focus on maximum flavor for minimum effort all with an eye on the budget. Lime-Chile Corn and Crispy Onions, Carrot Ribbon, Cinnamon & Halloumi Salad, Cauliflower Miso Mac & Cheese, and a Lemon, Blueberry & Corn Cake are examples of the creative dishes herein. 

The Harvest Baker: 150 Sweet & Savory Recipes Celebrating the Fresh-Picked Flavors of Fruits, Herbs & Vegetables by Ken Haedrich serves up 150 delicious baked goods that are full of fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs and go far beyond zucchini bread and carrot cake. From Bacon, Cheddar, and Fresh Corn Muffins to Fresh Fennel and Italian Sausage Pizza, Spaghetti Squash and Parmesan Quiche, and Brown Sugar Rhubarb Tart Squares, these scrumptious recipes add nutrition plus amazing flavor to every meal of the day. 

This Cheese is Nuts!: Delicious Vegan Cheese at Home by Julie Piatt is a stunning collection of flavorful nut-based cheeses. Here she shares seventy-five recipes using almonds, cashews, and other nuts to create cheeses anyone can make right at home. They remarkably simple to prepare (all you need are a few simple ingredients and a basic dehydrator - a Vitamix is recommended as a food processor may leave some of the cheeses grainy). Some recipes include Raw Beet Ravioli with Cashew Truffle Cream, Country Veggie Lasagna with Fennel and Brazil Nut Pesto, French Onion Soup with Cashew Camembert, and more.

The Artisanal Kitchen: Pasta: Simple, Seasonal Recipes to Make Any Night of the Week; The Artisanal Kitchen: Vegetables: Essential Italian Recipes for Seasonal Deliciousness; and The Artisanal Kitchen: Pizza: From the Essential Dough to the Tastiest Toppings by Andrew Feinberg and Francine Stephens and Melissa Clark are part of the new artisanal series from Artisan. The recipes from this first series are pulled from Franny's Simple Seasonal Italian. This Fall they are putting out three additional titles focused on the holidays The Holiday Kitchen: Cookies, Party Food and Cocktails. The Artisanal Kitchen cookbook series brings together great chefs and appealing subjects to add an easy level of pleasure and expertise to home cooking.

Vegetables on Fire: More Than 60 Recipes for Vegetable-Centered Meals from the Grill by Brooke Lewy features 60 recipes that bring the sweetness of caramelized vegetables into satisfying, flavor-forward meals. Cauliflower "steaks," broccoli burgers, and beets that slow-smoke like a brisket are just three of the meatless meals to base a great cookout around. More than 30 stunning images showcase the beauty and variety of these recipes, each of which includes instructions for charcoal and gas grilling as well as using a grill pan on the stovetop or under the broiler. For vegetarians, those who love to grill, and anyone looking for more creative ways to prepare vegetables, this is the book for you.

Impatient Foodie: 100 Delicious Recipes for a Hectic, Time-Starved World 
by Elettra Wiedemann is the popular blogger's debut cookbook. Eletrra (Isabella Rossellini's daughter) has written 100 recipes for tight schedules and unambitious cooks. Geared toward the true novice, instructions are given on "how to read a recipe" and how to use the tools the author recommends as favorites. Recipes for savory items are plentiful, and are often from scratch; however, desserts rely on boxed mixes and store-bought ingredients. There are plenty of impressive main dishes as miso-braised eggplant, Chou's vinegar chicken, and harissa lamb chops with mashed cauliflower. 

The Turquoise Table: Finding Community and Connection in Your Own Front Yard by Kristin Schell tells the story of how an ordinary picnic table painted turquoise started a life changing journey for the author. She began inviting friends and neighbors to join her. Alongside personal and heartwarming stories, Kristin gives you: stress-free ideas for kick-starting your own Turquoise Table, simple recipes to take outside and share with others, stories from people using Turquoise Tables in their neighborhoods, encouragement to overcome barriers that keep you from connecting and new ways to view hospitality.

Toss Your Own Salad: The Meatless Cookbook with Burgers, Bolognese, and Balls by Eddie McNamara wants to show people how easy it was to cook delicious meatless meals for themselves. That's how his popular tumblr "Toss Your Own Salad" got started and now morphed into this awesome meatless cookbook that will get you to rock out over 100 recipes for dishes like The Green Inferno Salad, Dr. Devash's Shakshuka, Nihilistic Frittata and Penne Tikka Masala with an Eddie-curated soundtrack that spans the musical range from Metallica's "Creeping Death" to Gene Vincent's "Be-Bop-a-Lula". 

Vegan Food for the Rest of Us: Recipes Even You Will Love by Ann Hodgman is full of brilliantly original culinary discoveries that the author tested and re-tested until her husband asked for seconds. In her usual honest and funny style she delivers vegan recipes that we will all enjoy.

The Wildcrafted Cocktail: Make Your Own Foraged Syrups, Bitters, Infusions, and Garnishes; Includes Recipes for 45 One-of-a-Kind Mixed Drinks by Ellen Zachos shows us just how easy it is to make delicious, one-of-a-kind mixed drinks with common flowers, berries, roots, and leaves that you can find along roadsides or in your backyard. Foraging expert Ellen Zachos gets the party started with recipes for more than 50 garnishes, syrups, infusions, juices, and bitters, including Quick Pickled Daylily Buds, Rose Hip Syrup, and Chanterelle-infused Rum. You'll then incorporate your handcrafted components into 45 surprising and delightful cocktails, such as Stinger in the Rye, Don't Sass Me, and Tree-tini. 

Two in One Desserts: Cookie Pies, Donut Shakes, and More Clever Concoctions by Hayley Parker offers desserts using cake and brownie mixes, ready-made doughs and crusts, and other make-it-simple shortcuts, Parker comes up with the most deviously delicious desserts imaginable, including: Chocolate Chip Cookie Cheesecake Bars, Cupcake Pie, and Donut Bread Pudding. 

Everyday's A Sundae by Stephen Collucci with Adrienne Gagnier shares over 100 recipes of wonderful flavors. Wonderful but not over the top, looking for attention, flavors. Colluci one of the outstanding Pastry Chefs in New York, having worked in some of the best kitchens around the country including several of Tom Colicchio's restaurants has a knack for honoring modern classics putting his own personal stamp on an idea, yet never overthinking it to the point of unfamiliarity.

Recipes from the Herbalist's Kitchen: Delicious, Nourishing Food for Lifelong Health and Well-Being by Brittany Wood Nickerson reveals how the kitchen can be a place of true awakening for the senses and spirit, as well as deep nourishment for the body. With in-depth profiles of favorite culinary herbs such as dill, sage, basil, and mint, Nickerson offers fascinating insights into the healing properties of each herb and then shares 110 original recipes for scrumptious snacks, entrées, drinks, and desserts that are specially designed to meet the body's needs for comfort, nourishment, energy, and support through seasonal changes. Check our calendar for Brittany's tour dates.

Neighborhood: Hearty Salads and Plant-Based Recipes from Home and Abroad by Hetty McKinnon is a must-have collection of show-stopping yet simple vegetable-packed global recipes, delivered against a backdrop of charming stories of food, family, and friendship. Hetty has a number of dates scheduled to promote the US release of her book. The Australian version was published last year and based on the gorgeousness of Neighborhood, I ordered her first title Community

Other titles that may be of interest:



The Mediterranean Table: Vibrant, Delicious and Naturally Healthy Food for Warm Days Beside the Sea shares a tempting selection of 150 recipes, full of sunshine flavours that will transport you to a summer holiday state of mind. The only cookbook you will need this summer provides all the inspiration you need to create memorable occasions in the warmer months. Mediterranean food is known for its punchy yet warm flavours of garlic, fresh herbs, chilli, olive oil and lemon. It is renowned for its naturally healthy ingredients and quick and easy methods - from cured meat and fresh seafood to salty cheeses, olives, anchovies and roasted vegetables.

Hibiscus by Lope Ariyo, the rising star of African cooking, presents her first book packed with delicious dishes. An energetic and supremely talented cook, Lope creates fresh, fuss-free meals that are full of flavour. With chapters including Fruits, Vegetables & Tubers; Grains & Pulses; Meat & Poultry and Baking & Desserts, there's something for every occasion and for everyone. Nigerian-inspired flavours and cooking methods can transform everyday dishes into something spectacular. Whether it's experimenting with new ingredients (Hibiscus Chicken), reimagining old favourites (Grapefruit and Guava Cheesecake; Baked Kuli Kuli Cod with Cayenne Yam Chips; Lagos Mess), exploring different techniques (Cheat's Ogi, Chin Chin) or finding alternatives to everyday staples (Plantain Mash with Ginger, Corn and Okra Gravy; Nigerian Roast Veg), Lope will help you discover all that modern Nigerian food has to offer. I ordered this book and just received it - it is truly special.

Plenty: Good, uncomplicated food by Diana Henry is a stunning book from one of our favorite UK authors. This book is a reissue of the 2010 edition. This is a book about pleasure, about creating great, satisfying food without spending a fortune. By planning ahead, shopping carefully, using value cuts, cooking seasonally and making the most of left-overs, beloved food writer Diana Henry shows that less can be more and flavor still plentiful. This book is packed with 300 recipes from around the world and as usual with Diana's books is stunning.

Ice Creams Sorbets and Gelati: The Definitive Guide
by Caroline Weir and Robin Weir is the biggest selling book on Ices: The Definitive Guide that has ever been published. It is universally regarded as the bible on the subject. Since its first publication, over a decade of research and millions of calories went into the new edition which was published in 2010. Now for the first time since then the book is being issued in a paperback edition. The book has over 400 recipes covering ice creams, gelato, graniti, bombes, parfaits, instructions on making wafers, biscuits, punches, even ice creams for diabetics and vegans. All the recipes are written in the clearest terms in Metric, cup measurements and Imperial weights and measures. All techniques are described in the simplest terms and all your questions are covered in this comprehensive book.

Cooking for Family and Friends: 100 Lean Recipes to Enjoy Together by Joe Wicks. The Body Coach presents this gorgeous book featuring more than 100 delicious and nutritious recipes that are perfect for sharing with the special people in your life. Joe has helped hundreds of thousands of people to transform their bodies and feel amazing with his effective workouts and simple recipes. All of the recipes in Cooking for Family and Friends are organised into reduced-carb and post workout chapters, just like Joe's first three Lean in 15 cookbooks. This makes it a brilliant addition for those already familiar with Joe's eating structure (carbs following workouts or on active days) but the meals are also enjoyable and tasty for all, whether you are following Joe's plan or not. 

Elly Pear's Let's Eat : Simple, Delicious Food for Everyone, Every Day by Elly Pear shares over 90 of her new pescatarian recipes all centering around vegetables, grains, pulses and dairy. Her approach to food and cooking perfectly suits the modern-day cook and is packed with innovative fresh flavours, interesting textures and a strong garnish game to boot. Elly believes that food should be simple and special, whatever the occasion - the two go hand-in-hand.

Caravan: Dining All Day by Laura Harper-Hinton, Miles Kirby and Chris Ammermann is the debut cookbook from London's award-winning, hugely popular collection of restaurants, famous for bringing all-day dining to the UK. It begins with morning brews, healthy breakfasts and unbeatable brunches; next up are fresh lunchtime salads, soups, vegetables and grains, then a pause for afternoon bakes, before rounding the day off with stunning dinners, puddings and of course cocktails on the side. Founded by New Zealanders (the authors), Caravan embodies an antipodean, 'well-travelled' food culture and with this book you can get exactly what you are craving at any time of day. The ethos is bold flavours and global influences, relaxed and approachable recipes, vibrant and healthy ingredients.

East London Food: The people, the places, the recipes by Rosie Birkett shares in-depth interviews and lavish photography, following forty people at the heart of London's culinary phenomenon.

Lisbon: Recipes from Portugal's Beautiful Southern Region by Rebecca Seal and Steven Joyce is a collection of her favorite recipes from her travels. This beautiful book features over 80 dishes along with stunning photography of the food, people and landscape of this special area of the world. Chorizo Pate, Roasted Octopus with Smoked Paprika, Parsley & Lemon, and Pork with Clams are a few dishes to whet your appetite for Portugal. Then to sweeten the deal the famous Milk Tarts are included in this book along with Bread of God - little fluffy rolls topped with sweetened coconut and many more desserts. As with all of Seal's books, they are must haves to add to your collections.

Junk Food Japan: Addictive Food from Kurobuta by Scott Hallsworth (ex-Nobu head chef) showcases the food that is making his restaurant, Kurobuta, one of the most talked-about restaurants in London. He has reworked the "Iazakaya" Japanese pub style of relaxed eating and drinking serving both incredibly inventive yet comfortingly familiar food. The restaurant's signature dishes - BBQ Pork Belly in Steamed Buns with a Spicy Peanut Soy Sauce, Tea Smoked Lamb and Kombu, and Roasted Chilean Seabass are shared. Here you will find 100 of the brilliant chef's re-imagined classics along with new and exciting dishes. I love this book - it is crazy good.

The Spice Tree by Nisha Katona will show you what spices and ingredients go together in the Indian kitchen. Everything you need to know to cook authentic Indian is found within these pages and explained beautifully and simply. 

Tasting Georgia: A Food and Wine Journey in the Caucasus by Carla Capalbo is a collection of recipes and gathered stories from food and winemakers in this stunning but little-known country. Both a cookbook and a travel guide to such a special place on the world's gastronomic map. This title is being released in the UK this month.

The Savvy Cook by Izy Hossack is the second book from the young blogger behind Top with Cinnamon and it is filled with recipes that focus on maximum flavor for minimum effort all with an eye on the budget. Lime-Chile Corn and Crispy Onions, Carrot Ribbon, Cinnamon & Halloumi Salad, Cauliflower Miso Mac & Cheese, and a Lemon, Blueberry & Corn Cake are examples of the creative dishes herein. 

Zoe's Ghana Kitchen by Zoe Adjonyoh has updated a collection of Ghanaian dishes for today's cook in this gorgeous book. Zoe lives in South-East London and her pop-up restaurant and supper club has been all the rage in the foodie scene both in London and Berlin. Recipes from Lamb Cutlets with Peanut Sauce, Jollof Fried Chicken to a Honey & Plantain Ginger Cake will have you craving Zoe's Ghanaian cuisine that brings the traditional flavours of Ghana to our kitchens. 

Cook. Eat. Love. by Fearne Cotton provides over 100 recipes that will have you eating happily and healthily at every meal time. A pescatarian herself, who cooks meat for her family, Fearne includes recipes that can cater for both and be packed with goodness either way. You'll also find plenty of ideas for elevenses, afternoon treats, baked goods and desserts that use plenty of natural ingredients to make those sweet treats guilt-free and just as satisfying. From Thai Coconut Soup to Quick and Healthy Pizzas; Roast Chicken Cashew and Chilli salad to Salted Caramel Chocolate Slice and Beetroot Cupcakes, Cook. Eat. Love is guaranteed to bring joy to your kitchen and beyond. 

Laura Santtini's Pasta Secrets: Over 70 Delicious Recipes, from Authentic Classics to Modern and Healthful Alternatives by Laura Santtini includes over 70 mouth-watering recipes, from authentic Italian classics to vibrant and contemporary dishes. Italian born, Santtini, is an author with one foot in the rich culture and heritage of Italian cooking, and another in the truly modern understanding of methods and ingredients popular with home-cooks today.

Seaweed: A Global History (Edible) by Kaori O'Connor shares the history of seaweed, the world's oldest and newest superfood. 

Raw and Rare: Delicious Raw, Lightly Cured and Seared Dishes - from Sashimi and Ceviche to Carpaccio and Tartare by Lindy Wildsmith is raw gastronomy for the home cook, inspired by simple age-old culinary traditions. It provides in-depth ideas on how to use healthy, seasonal raw fruit, vegetables and salads as well as fish, seafood and meat to prepare fresh, highly nutritious, top-quality and stunningly presented dishes.

The World is Your Burger: A Cultural History by David Michaels is an encyclopaedic, eye-catching tribute to one of the world's most popular foods - the humble hamburger Celebrate the classic hamburger with this unprecedented collection of essays, photographs, and ephemera - a colourful look at the burger's origins and impact, assembled by a true burgerphile whose passion has taken him around the globe. Perfect for home cooks and pop-culture addicts alike, the book is chock-full of original research, exclusive interviews with culinary icons, never-before-seen archival photographs from brands such as McDonald's and White Castle, and twelve delicious recipes. Please remember Eat Your Book members receive 30% off Phaidon titles when using the link provided.

The Ivy Now: The Restaurant and its Recipes by Fernando Peire contains all the dishes, secrets and stories behind the famous Ivy's success. Charismatic Director and former maître d Fernando Peire tells the story the history, the theatre, the celebrities and the scandal and with classic recipes from Executive Chef Gary Lee, including the Ivy's signature shepherd's pie, Asian-inspired salads, desserts and cocktails, this is the must-have book for a new generation of Ivy fans.


Natural Born Feeder: Whole Foods, Whole Life by Roz Purcell is being reissued in paperback this month. The book features over 170 easy-to-follow, delicious recipes. Try Spiced Apple Pancakes for a special breakfast or Serene Green Soup for a nutritious and filling lunch. Share Roz's Butter Bean and Sundried Tomato Dip with friends or indulge without guilt in her Chocolate Orange Tart. This version will be available in the UK in August. 

Good Food, No Stress by Tara Walker is full of simple, tasty and healthy ideas under the headings 'Brunch', 'Monday Night Meals', 'Healthy, Wholesome and Hasty', 'Ditch the Take-away', 'Fast, Fresh Fish', 'Casual Suppers for Friends', 'Stress-Free Sunday Roasts', 'Meal-in-a-Bowl', 'Super Soups', 'Cooking with Kids', 'Snacking on the Couch', 'Desserts and Baking', 10-Minute Meals, 'Barbecue' and 'Catering for a Crowd'. This book is also available in the US and will be released in the UK in July. 



So French So Sweet: Delectable Cakes, Tarts, Cremes and Desserts by Gabriel Gaté is a love letter to patisserie, baking and sweet treats. An irresistible collection of French classics and Gabriel's most treasured sweet recipes, it brings together exquisite cakes and tarts, refreshing sorbets and fruity desserts, scrumptious ice creams, mousses and cremes and heavenly warm desserts. With a focus on fresh seasonal ingredients and home-style cooking, Gabriel shows just how simple it is to create classic French desserts at home. This title will be released in the UK in August and will come to the US in 2018. 

Simple Every Day: Easy Meals and Time-Saving Tips for Every Night of the Week by Justine Schofield answers the age-old question how to get dinner on the table quickly and easily without sacrificing flavour. The popular cookbook author, food writer and cooking show host is coming to the rescue to make life easier in the kitchen, giving us more time to enjoy both the preparation and the delicious results.

It's Always About the Food by Monday Morning Cooking Club is the third offering from the ladies of Sydney and shares the result of a two year search for recipes from the global Jewish diaspora - those much-loved dishes that have nurtured a community and have been feeding family and friends for years. This book is all about the food, flavours and the most delicious family recipes - not from a restaurant or a test kitchen, but from the heart of the home. This title continues the tradition of books one and two, Monday Morning Cooking Club and The Feast Goes On delivering quality, nurturing recipes wrapped up in a wonderful story. Check out our calendar for any events they have scheduled.

Tuck In: Good Hearty Food Any Time by Ross Dobson is a cookbook for every occasion. With recipes for simple weekday fare, special meals for friends and family, dishes to roll out at weekend barbecues and mouth-watering desserts - all the bases covered. From revamped old favourites to international taste sensations, these are easy, delicious recipes that you'll be sure to return to again and again. 

I'm Just Here for Dessert by Caroline Khoo, of the highly successful dessert business Nectar and Stone, blends her talent for creating simple yet delicious desserts with her love of beauty and sophistication to provide the reader with the skills and tools needed to shape their own personal style of dessert design along with styling tips and much more.

May 2017 - Cookbook Roundup

It seems as if we were just here talking about the 150 cookbooks that were released in April and here we are again. I have waded through piles of cookbooks, selecting and reviewing all the best new releases from the USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and other countries. The only thing left for you to do is to add them to your Bookshelf. 

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Now to the roundup - we have promotions planned for many of these titles so be sure to check back. This month's offerings include books on international cuisines such as Bangkok, Syria, Sri Lanka, Crotia, Lebanese and Persia. A Top Chef trifecta with John Tesar's Texas Steakhouse cookbook; Knife, Fabio Viviani's 30 Minute Italian, and So Good from Richard Blais. Brilliant titles devoted to elegant but homespun offerings - from The Lost Kitchen, Full Moon Suppers, and Green Plate Specials. Phaidon's tome to all things Vegan is out this month along with other vegetarian and vegan offerings. A few great titles on fermenting which seems to be hot right now and we have books devoted to dessert - Cake, I Love You, Lamingtons and Lemon Tarts and All The Sweet Things. And last but not least, Amy Thielen's marvelous memoir Give a Girl a Knife is out this month. Let's get started...


To say Six Seasons: A New Way with Vegetables by Joshua McFadden is an incredible cookbook is an understatement. McFadden is chef and owner of renowned trattoria Ava Gene's in Portland, Oregon and has been given the moniker of vegetable whisperer. McFadden finds the perfect balance between farmer and chef, highlighting the attributes of vegetables throughout their growing seasons. Each chapter begins with recipes featuring raw vegetables at the start of their season. As weeks progress, the author turns to grilling and steaming, then moves on to sautés, pan roasts, braises, and stews. 225 innovative and absolutely stunning recipes await us in this sure-to-be an award winner of a cookbook. This book isn't just for the vegetarian in your life - this book is for the food lover in all of us. McFadden has a tour scheduled so be sure to see if he is in your area. 

Barbecue Sauces, Rubs, and Marinades, Bastes, Butters & Glazes, Too: Over 200 Finger-Licking Recipes by Steven Raichlen, released this month, contains portions of his Barbecue! Bible Sauces, Rubs, and Marinades published in 2000. This edition has 200 recipes for chile-fired rubs, brines, glazes and more as well as complete dishes - such as Char Siu Chicken Thighs, BBQ Titans' Brisket, Persian Saffron Lamb Chops and Spice-Grilled Pineapple with Smoky Whipped Cream. I've made the Pork Steaks in Vinegar Sauce and they were incredible (we will be sharing that recipe with you in our promotion).

In My Greek Family Table: Fresh, Regional Recipes, Maria Benardis describes her summers of cooking at her grandmother's elbow on the Greek island of Psara, and places an emphasis on eating for health and well-being. For more information on this cookbook, please see our review post, which shares a recipe for Lamb Filo Parcels and be sure to enter our giveaway open to US and Canada members. Maria has an event planned in New York on the 27th of June, more information can be found on our calendar.

Full Moon Suppers at Salt Water Farm: Recipes from Land and Sea by Annemarie Ahearn is the debut title from the New York City chef who left her job in the big city and started a cooking school for home cooks in Maine. Salt Water Farm, her school, shares menus that reflect the treasures of each season and also the spirit of the celebrated moon. For instance, May's Full Flower Moon has the table adorned with azaleas and daffodils and the meal starts with a fried chive blossom. A beautiful homey but elevated cookbook that shares recipes such as Marmalade Cake with Crème Fraîche, Red Wine Braised Chicken with Chicken of the Woods, Bacon and Savory Herbs, and Cinnamon Rice Pudding with Cara Cara Oranges, Medjool Dates, and Wildflower Honey. Annemarie has a full tour planned to promote her debut book.

Shake Shack: Recipes and Stories by Randy Garutti, Mark Rosati and Dorothy Kalins is here!  Burger lovers rejoice. This is the first book from the you-must-eat-burger-joint that has taken the world by storm. The book contains 70 recipes and plenty of stories, fun facts, and pro tips for the home cook and ShackFan, as well as 200 photographs. A little history of Shake Shack, a lot of interesting stories and a whole bunch of good food can be found between the covers of this one. One event is coming up in NYC on May 31st.

Bangkok: Recipes and Stories from the Heart of Thailand by Leela Punyaratabandhu is absolutely gorgeous and shares 120 recipes that capture the true spirit of the city - from heirloom family dishes, restaurant classics, everyday street eats to modern cosmopolitan fare - this book has it all. The author's first book, Simple Thai Food: Classic Recipes from the Thai Home Kitchen, is wonderful but here she has hit all the notes with both a beautiful and delicious ode to Thailand.

Cake, I Love You: Decadent, Delectable, and Do-able Recipes by Jill O'Connor offers 60 divinely decadent recipes for home bakers. Organized by flavor profile (banana, coconut, chocolate, caramel, spice, fruit) and level of difficulty, this cookbook from baking master, Jill O'Connor, presents only one problem that I can see - you will want to make each and every cake. As I started to go through the recipes, I found myself saying "I need to make this one" "and this one" and "this one". Absolutely gorgeous photographs and exquisite flavor combinations make this a must have for any level baker. White Chocolate Lemon Walnut Cake, a stunner of a Lemon Bomb Cake, and a Pink Lady Applesauce Cake with Apple Cider Caramel Glaze are just a few examples. You may ask - do we really need another cake cookbook - and the answer is yes, irrefutably yes, you need this one. 

Red, White, and 'Que: Farm-Fresh Foods for the American Grill by Karen Adler and Judith Fertig is the new title from the authors of The Gardener and the Grill. The team is backyard grilling like never before, with an emphasis on the fruits and vegetables usually neglected in favor of meat. Each recipe makes the most of seasonal American ingredients and flavors like bourbon, bacon, blackberries, country ham, maple syrup, pomegranates, craft beer, pecans, and sweet onions. Judith has a number of events and classes scheduled, check out our calendar.

Lamingtons & Lemon Tart: Best-Ever Cakes, Desserts and Treats from a Modern Sweets Maestro by Darren Purchese focuses on the classics recasted with the author's trademark flair for the home cook who might be ambitious, but also wants to feel that the recipes are within their grasp. Alongside this line-up of classics, he includes a selection of his favorite modern creations, from caramelized white chocolate mousse to explosive raspberry wagon wheels; lemon meringue pie éclair; canneles; passionfruit clouds; and his big-selling popcorn and honeycomb rubble. I love this book so much I purchased his Sweet Studio title as well. Darren is coming to the states to promote the US release of this book and more dates will be added later. This is the US release of the book published last October in Australia. The author has another title coming out in Australia in July - Chefs Eat Toasties Too: A Pro's Guide for Reinventing Your Sandwich Game

Knife: Texas Steakhouse Meals at Home by John Tesar shares the Top Chef alum's secrets to cooking the most delicious steak you've ever tasted. The first eighty pages are devoted to all things steak providing the reader a thorough education. Following the primer on beef, the author serves up recipes for other proteins as well as his signature sides: Roasted Okra, Avocado Fries, and Bacon Jam. This is a bible devoted to Texas steakhouse classics and how to experience them at home.  

Praise the Lard: Recipes and Revelations from a Legendary Life in Barbecue by Mike and Amy Mills covers everything from "must knows" to sides, desserts and boozy laden drinks. The Burnt Ends recipe and photo almost made me tear up from joy. Although not a huge fan of beef - but for beautiful burnt ends - I would sing karoake in front of a packed stadium. If the ends made me tear up, the Savory Cheesecake, Grits and Collard Parfaits, and Mike's From-Scratch Baked Beans made the angels sing. I will be cooking through this title for Memorial Day and will have a full review in our promotion shortly thereafter. The couple's first title was Peace, Love and Barbecue which is indexed for our members and proudly is one of a small number of barbecue books I will not part with. 

So Good: 100 Recipes from My Kitchen to Yours by Richard Blais, another Top Chef alum, winner and now judge, hit the shelves this month. This book follows the success of his first title, Try This at Home, with more creative but unfussy recipes. Improved classics, options for adventurous cooking, nose-to-tail cooking and new favorites of his family are all shared. 

Farm-to-Table Desserts: 80 Seasonal Organic Recipes Made from Your Local Farmers' Market by Lei Shishak demonstrates how baking with locally sourced, organic ingredients is a satisfying and delicious habit. With more than eighty seasonal recipes, this title shows readers how to create simple desserts using fresh and local ingredients at their prime. Recipes include a sweet corn panna cotta and a blood orange pot de crème that sound amazing. Lei has written two other titles Beach House Baking and Beach House Brunch that are truly lovely. 

Master Recipes: A Step-by-Step Guide to Cooking Like a Pro by The Editors of Food & Wine will be the perfect bridal shower gift this season. I would say I am an experienced cook - and I am loving the content herein. Recipes included are the Ice Cream Birthday Cake, Pork and Crab Dumplings, Tempura, Hand Cut Noodles and more. Making a turkey for the first time - it's here, fried chicken, sauerkraut and even ramen - present as well. Food & Wine does it again with a book that will please any level of cook - those that wish to learn the craft and those who wish to perfect their skills. 

The Lost Kitchen: Recipes and a Good Life Found in Freedom, Maine by Erin French is a heartwarming book with comforting seasonal recipes and gorgeous photographs. French turned her small catering jobs into a secret supper series in her apartment. Her fork-to-field dinners were then taken on the road in her souped-up trailer. Eventually, she returned to Freedom, Maine and built her dream restaurant, The Lost Kitchen, in a restored 1834 gristmill. It is hard to verbalize the feeling these pages and recipes convey - it's a combination of warmth, home and comfort and if that is what she was going for - she hit the nail on the head. 

Green Plate Special: Sustainable, Healthy, and Delicious Recipes by Christine Burns Rudalevige is filled with the author's wealth of knowledge on how we can eat greener - in the sustainability sense - and take advantage of more local fare. The style of the recipes and how they are written, the quality and uniqueness of the recipes and the photographs all appeal to me. Bacon Bubble and Squeak Cakes, Savory Double Dutch Baby, Grilled Lemon Thyme Buttermilk Biscuits with Strawberries and Cream, and Bulgogi Burgers with Quick Pickles and Spicy Mayonnaise are a few examples of what you have to look forward to in this exciting new book. Christine has a few events planned this summer.

Ugly Little Greens: Gourmet Dishes Crafted From Foraged Ingredients by Mia Wasilevich, well-known foraging expert, is for the adventurous cook and is anything but ugly. Mia shares her vast experience on how to forage for, and cook with, nettles, cattail, watercress and more. Over 80 recipes as well as maps, color photos, and key identifying tips are all outlined in this vibrant get back to nature title. Lambsquarters Marbled Bread (a green that tastes like spinach), Nettles Benedict, and Cattail Pollen Madeleines are a few examples of the types of recipes found here. Elevated dishes, with less than elevated but still, delicious ingredients. 

Spanish Made Simple: Foolproof Spanish Recipes for Every Day by Omar Allibhoy was released back in September in the UK and now this gorgeous chef's equally gorgeous cookbook has arrived stateside this month. Vibrant colors pop from each recipe which include Spiced Mashed Potatoes with Crispy Pork Belly, Slow-Cooked Pork Belly with a Sweet, Spicy and Sour Sauce, Piquillo Peppers Stuffed with Mushrooms (I thought I'd better get off the pork belly fixation and throw a veg in this list), and Orange and Almond Creme Caramel. The author's first book Tapas Revolution: 120 Simple, Classic Spanish Recipes is a happy member of my cookbook collection. 

Beirut to Boston: A Cookbook: An Immigrant Chef's Journey Told Through Amazing Recipes by Jay Hajj is packed with not only recipes, but stories of perseverance and success. This title documents Hajj's journey from a small boy in Beirut, embroiled in the Lebanon Civil War, to his family's move to Boston in 1978.  Now the chef and owner of Mike's City Diner in Boston's South End, this title provides the recipes that made his diner one of America's best - along with heaping doses of inspiration. Boston Maple-Whiskey Steak Tips are served right along Lebananese Meat Pie - and the Southern-style breakfast that stole Bill Clinton's heart is shared as well.

The Beach House Cookbook by Mary Kay Andrews shares easy, breezy recipes with a Southern acacent. From an early spring dinner of cherry balsamic-glazed pork medallions to her New Year's Day Open House menu of roast oysters, home-cured gravlax, grits 'n' greens casserole, and lemon-cream cheese pound cake, this cookbook will supply ideas for menus and recipes designed to put you in a permanently carefree, coastal state of mind all year long. The author's schedule can be found on our calendar.

Coastline: The Food of Mediterranean Spain, France and Italy by Lucio Galletto and David Dale was released in Australia back in March and is being released in the US this month. This book is a collection of stories, debates, beautiful images and delicious Mediterranean recipes covering salads, pasta sauces, pizza and pies, soups and stews, feasts and desserts from the fishing villages, farms and cobbled squares around the golden crescent. Each recipe is inspired by traditional dishes plucked straight from Mediterranean towns and communities. Learn to cook up Pizza al'Andrea which is topped with tomatoes and anchovies; Pisciarada (Potato and parmesan pie); Suquet of shrimp with toasted almond sauce (fish stew from Costa Brava); Red mullet with potatoes and onions (Cassis); and Bunuelos (bunyols/beignets/zeppole) donuts with aniseed. This is an absolutely gorgeous book.

The Cast Iron Skillet Cookbook: A Tantalizing Collection of Over 200 Delicious Recipes for Every Kitchen by Dominique DeVito comes complete with gorgeous, full-color photographs and a wide range of over 250 recipes covering breakfast, lunch, dinner, and everything in between (even desserts!), this definitive cast iron skillet cookbook is a must-have. While the broad variety of original recipes will appeal to seasoned chefs, chapters dedicated to the care and keeping of your cast iron skillet make this cookbook perfect for newcomers to this cast iron cookery. 

Feed the Man Meat: 70 Mantastic BBQ Recipes by Oscar Smith comes to the US just in time for Father's Day. It was previously released in Australia and New Zealand last August. This book is your guide to all things grilling - including vegetarian and dessert options.

Fabio's 30-Minute Italian: Over 100 Fabulous, Quick, and Easy Recipes by Fabio Viviani proves that 30 minute meals can be delicious and packed with flavor. The adorable Top Chef favorite shares a Beef Pizzaiola with Burrata and Peppers, Oven-Fried Chicken with Balsamic Chile Ketchup and White Chocolate Soufflés with Milk Chocolate Sauce as a few options for quick dinners and desserts. 

Everyday Vegetarian: A Delicious Guide for Creating More Than 150 Meatless Dishes by The Editors of Cooking Light Magazine isn't just for vegetarians. It's for anyone who wants to add more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains to their meals and omit meat - without sacrificing flavor - even if it's just once or twice a week. Recipes include Fried Egg and Crunchy Breadcrumb Breakfast Salad, Roasted Asparagus and Tomato Penne Salad with Goat Cheese, Avocado, Sprout, and Cashew Spread Sandwich and Risotto Primavera. 

Food Processor Perfection: 75 Amazing Ways to Use the Most Powerful Tool in Your Kitchen by America's Test Kitchen is a book of 75 smart ideas where the food processor is the star of every recipe. It will transform how you use this appliance, streamline everyday cooking and baking, and open doors to projects you would never have considered tackling by hand.

Give a Girl a Knife: A Memoir by Amy Thielen is a treasure to read and reflects her down-to-earth spirit. It will keep you turning pages well into the early morning hours. Find out more about this must-read memoir and enter our giveaway to win your own copy to learn how many times the word butter is used in this book! Amy has a book tour to celebrate - see if she is in your area. 

Fiery Ferments: 70 Stimulating Recipes for Hot Sauces, Spicy Chutneys, Kimchis with Kick, and Other Blazing Fermented Condiments by Kirsten K. & Christopher Shockey shares more than 60 recipes for hot sauces, mustards, pickles, chutneys, relishes, and kimchis from around the globe. Chiles take the spotlight, with recipes such as Thai Pepper Mint Cilantro Paste, Aleppo Za'atar Pomegranate Sauce, and Mango Plantain Habañero Ferment, but other traditional spices like horseradish, ginger, and peppercorns also are included. The authors have numerous events planned around the country, check out their details on our calendar.

Gumbo Love: Recipes for Gulf Coast Cooking, Entertaining, and Savoring the Good Life by Lucy Buffett (Jimmy Buffett's little sister) includes recipes from all over the Gulf Coast. The dishes incorporate Caribbean, Cajun, Cuban, Mexican, Old Florida, and Creole influences. Lucy proves through her collection of recipes that the Gulf Coast has its own distinct flavors and traditions that make it a coastal destination year after year. Lucy combines over one hundred new recipes with old favorites. This is Lucy's second title, her first was A Taste of the Gulf Coast Good Life. Lucy's book tour information can be found on our calendar.

Kale & Caramel: Recipes for Body, Heart, and Table by Lily Diamond, the writer of the blog Kale & Caramel delivers this beautifully photographed and written cookbook presenting eighty recipes for delicious vegan and vegetarian dishes featuring herbs and flowers, as well as luxurious do-it-yourself beauty products. Each chapter celebrates an aromatic herb or flower, including basil, cilantro, fennel, mint, oregano, rosemary, sage, thyme, lavender, jasmine, rose, and orange blossom. Lily has a few events booked, check out the calendar for more information.

Love Real Food: More Than 100 Feel-Good Vegetarian Favorites to Delight the Senses and Nourish the Body by Kathryne Taylor, writer of America's most popular vegetarian food blog, Cookie and Kate, offers over 100 approachable and outrageously delicious meatless recipes complete with substitutions to make meals special while diet-friendly (gluten-free, dairy-free, and egg-free) whenever possible. Her book is designed to show everyone us all how to eat and feel well. Sweet Potato - Black Bean Veggie Burgers with Cabbage-Pepita Slaw, Fresh Greek Nachos with Herbed Tahini Sauce, and a Roasted Broccoli, Bell Pepper, and Tofu Bowl with Peanut Sauce (the extra crispy baked tofu looks amazing) are examples of the dishes in this vibrant book that will surprise even the meat lover.

The Lemonade Stand Cookbook: Step-By-Step Recipes and Crafts for Kids to Make...and Sell! by Kathy Strahs arrives just in time for summer to keep the kids happy and off the video games (although I would also require a priest and holy water to separate my child from video games). Step-by-step illustrations and full-color photographs of each recipe and craft make each page easy and fun to dive into. Find delicious drinks, such as Classic Lemonade and Cold-Brew Iced Tea, sweet treats such as Polka Dot Blondies and Chocolate-Dipped Marshmallow Pops, grab-and-go snacks such as Owen's Cheddar Chompers and Sunflower Crunch Balls, and creative crafts such as Hayley's Flower Pencils and Friendship Bracelets. Tips for setting up a successful stand, packaging ideas, cooking technique tutorials, and real-life "stand stories" from kids themselves are sure to inspire kids everywhere to "give life a squeeze."

PNW Veg: 100 Vegetable Recipes Inspired by the Local Bounty of the Pacific Northwest by Kim O'Donnel, the first Meatless Monday blogger on record, gives us a collection of 100 recipes offering satisfying, approachable ideas for every meal to incorporate more veggies into our diets. Sweet Corn and Red Lentil Soup, Baked Pasta and Greens Casserole, Rhubarb Salsa, and Kate's Asparagus and Morel Galette are just a few of the tasty dishes you will find here. Beautiful photographs and crave-worthy food await you this ode to the Pacific Northwest.

NYC Vegan: Iconic Recipes for a Taste of the Big Apple by Michael Suchman and Ethan Ciment brings New York's fabulous foods to the plant-based table. The book was written by native New Yorkers as a tribute to the city they love. From the diners and delis of Brooklyn to the traditions of Little Italy and Chinatown, the foods of New York are the foods of the world. The recipes include New York-style pizza, New York-style cheesecake, soft pretzels, zeppoles, Brooklyn egg creams, knishes and more. 

My Modern American Table: Recipes for Inspired Home Cooks by Shaun O'Neale presents his take on modern American cuisine with international influences. It's experimental, it's edgy, and it's full of big flavors. This book is not your average home cook's cookbook. The Masterchef winner encourages you to push your own personal cooking boundaries and teaches you that home-cooked food can be elevated to fine-dining quality with ease. You will be inspired to try new recipes, new techniques, and new flavors, and you will learn that beautiful, high-end plating and presentation is never too complicated.

Showdown Comfort Food, Chili & BBQ: Untraditional Recipes Inspired by Brooklyn Cooking Competitions by Jenn de la Vega is not your average barbecue book. Jenn is known on the competition circuit and on her blog, Randwiches, for creating uniquely flavorful and approachable barbecue. Make eccentric, yet mouth-watering barbecue with or without a smoker, including the specialty side dishes, sauces and pickles that go along with them. This competition cook goes one step further to provide recipes for what to do with the leftovers, too. The book delivers 100 recipes and beautiful photographs with such offerings as Tomato Salt, Peanut Curry Mazemen, Ham Butter, and Bacon Chili Oil - all of which you might not find in a barbecue cookbook. Cherry Chocolate Meatballs, Carne Asada, Lemongrass Chicken and many more meaty dishes will tempt you in this title.

Sugar, Butter, Flour - The Waitress Pie Cookbook offers an array of showstopping pies, each with a twist that puts it over the top; from rum-spiked cookie crusts to hidden layers of passion fruit preserves, these are familiar favorites with hidden depths. The cookbook's stated "author" is the main character of the show which is obviously not a real person so the publisher developed the recipes with the assistance of Southern baker and cookbook author Sheri Castle. Darcie provides more information in an article published earlier this month.

The Southern Cast Iron Cookbook: Comforting Family Recipes to Enjoy and Share by Elena Rosemond-Hoerr offers heirloom recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation. This cast iron cookbook also serves as a reflection of the past and the future of Southern cooking. So whether you're new to cast iron cooking or you're a "seasoned" veteran, you'll enjoy 100 Southern recipes that include beloved staples and new classics alike.

The Perfect Omelet: Essential Recipes for the Home Cook by John E. Finn provides instructions for four master recipes - the classic French or rolled, American or folded, flat (frittata) and soufflé along with variations on each, including: Omelet Bonne Femme (potatoes, bacon, and onion), Many Mushrooms Omelet, Tortilla with Caramelized Onions and Serrano Ham and Chocolate Soufflé Omelet. Filled with illustrations and background on the humble egg, this book contains everything you need to perfect an omelet. 

Taste and See by Shana Bailey is a collection of recipes from family and friends as well as many original recipes. Also included are the recipes from Pink Cookie Box, Shana's cake and cookie business that she had for several years. This book tells the story of the wonderful heritage that Shana came from. She gives honor and recognition to her parents and grandparents for the many things that they have taught her, both in the kitchen and in life.

Tina Nordström's Recipes for Young Cooks: Kid-Friendly Tips and Tricks to Cook Like a Master Chef by Tina Nordstrom is another title perfect to help get your kids in the kitchen this summer. In this book, children and their parents will learn how to prepare delicious meals that will astound friends and family. Tried-and-true cooking tips and recipe advice will have chef hopefuls chopping onions and mixing dressings with recipes that haven't been "dumbed down" for kids.  Spaghetti with Bolognese sauce,  stuffed pork tenderloin, and crème brûlée are just a few examples of the dishes you and your children will master. 

YumUniverse Pantry to Plate: Improvise Meals You Love_from What You Have!_Plant-Packed, Gluten-Free, Your Way! by Heather Crosby shares 30 recipe templates to help you freestyle plant-packed, gluten-free meals and snacks on the fly plus 100 delicious recipes that show the templates in action, from Maple-Spiced Pear & Toasted Pecan Parfait (based on the Coconut Yogurt template) to Pesto Chickpea & Quinoa Scramble (based on the Scrambles template).

Traditionally Fermented Foods: Innovative Recipes and Old-Fashioned Techniques for Sustainable Eating by Shannon Stonger shows readers how to preserve food using traditional fermentation techniques, often without refrigeration. An alternative to canning and freezing, traditionally fermented foods do not require modern technology to preserve. You will learn how fermented foods work, how to make fermented foods and how to use fermented foods in recipes. This book contains over 80 recipes including Gluten-Free Sourdough English Muffins, Five Ingredient or Less Kimchi Noodles, and Triple-Ferment Potato Salad.

The Potlikker Papers: A Food History of the Modern South by John T. Edge is a people's history of the modern South, told through its food. Beginning with the pivotal role cooks and waiters played in the civil rights movement, noted authority John T. Edge narrates the South's fitful journey from a hive of racism to a hotbed of American immigration. He shows why working-class Southern food has become a vital driver of contemporary American cuisine. 

Betty Crocker Entertaining with Betty by Betty Crocker is an authentic reproduction of the classic 1959 book (Betty Crocker's Guide to Easy Entertaining) and gives you a nostalgic snapshot of an earlier era - and a mother lode of party tips, etiquette advice, and recipes that have stood the test of time.

Vegetarian Any Day: Over 100 Simple, Healthy, Satisfying Meatless Recipes by Patricia Green and Carolyn Hemming is filled with cooking tips, preparation techniques, as well as valuable know-how in setting up a vegetarian pantry. You'll be covered at mealtimes with 100 delicious recipes like Baked Eggplant Parmesan over Homemade Sourdough Noodles, Avocado, Pink Grapefruit and Savoy Cabbage Salad with Sumac, Hot Barbecue Veggie and Superslaw Sandwiches, Roasted Red Pepper and Pumpkin Lasagna, Spicy Farro Enchiladas with Monterey Jack Cheese, Zucchini-Tomato Pasta with Garlic Thyme Cashew Cream and so many more!

MeatMen Cooking Channel: Hawker Favourites: Popular Singaporean Street Foods (The Meatmen Series) by The MeatMen share the authors take on 30 all-time hawker favourites, from bak chor mee and chai tow kway  to sambal stingray and BBQ chicken wings, in this inaugural MeatMen Cooking Channel cookbook. With no need for fancy tools, equipment or even special skills to put these dishes together, all you need is a passion for good food!

Other titles of interest being released in the US this month are:


All the Sweet Things: Baked Goods and Stories from the Kitchen of SweetSugarbean by Renée Kohlman is full of delectable desserts and wholesome baked goods. With wit and warmth doled out in equal measure, Renée acknowledges that baking can be intimidating, but assures you that whether you're a beginner baker or a seasoned pro, each recipe is doable and delicious. This title is being released in the US as well.



Sri Lanka: The Cookbook by Prakash K Sivanathan and Niranjala M Ellawala shares feather-light hoppers, fiery sambols, subtly spiced curries and unique 'vada' (fried snacks) in this definitive collection of Sri Lanka's most authentic and vibrant recipes. Dig into 100 recipes that celebrate the island's wonderful ingredients, from okra and jackfruit to coconut and chillies, and explore its culture through original travel photography of the country, its kitchens and its people. 

Around the World in Salads: 120 Ways to Love Your Leaves
 by Katie and Giancarlo Caldesi delivers salads that are perfect for any time of day and occasion from around the globe. The duo even cover sweet salads such as Roast Black Fruit Salad or Raspberries & Redcurrants with Whipped Ricotta for a healthier alternative to an indulgent dessert.

Vegan: The Cookbook by Jean-Christian Jury is inspired by cuisines around the world and brings vegan home cooking to new levels of deliciousness. Featuring dishes from countries ranging from Albania to Zambia, it showcases the culinary diversity of vegan cuisine, highlighting regional fruits and vegetables, traditional cooking techniques, and universally delectable flavours. This book may also be a Guinness world record breaker as one recipe the Gargouillou of young vegetables has a whopping 103 ingredients. Jury has meticulously tested these recipes for accuracy and ease of use. Each of the 450 recipes features ingredients that are readily available, the country of origin, basic step-by-step instructions, prep time and cooking time. Please remember Eat Your Book members receive 30% off Phaidon titles when using the link provided.

Prime: The Beef Cookbook by Richard H. Turner, the king of meat, shares 150 recipes devoted to meat cookery. Turner was trained by the Roux brothers, Pierre Koffmann and Marco Pierre White - and now his talents are present in several of London's restaurants - Pitt Cue Co., Hawksmoor, Foxlow and more - as well as being one half of Turner & George - the best-quality butcher/supplier of British rare breed meat. He is also the man behind the famed Meatopia festival. The man is the king of meat. There are so many recipes in this title that appeal to me (remember, I'm not the biggest beef lover by any means) - Burmese Beef Curry, Bone Marrow Dumplings, and Sichuan Beef. Turner's vault of experience is spread throughout the pages between recipes and photographers that might tempt even the die-hard vegetarian.

Sofreh: The Art of Persian Celebration by Maryam Khosrowshahi and Willem Floor and Parviz Tanavoli is a one-of-a-kind book that examines Persian celebrations from their earliest incarnations to their present state. Glossy full-color photographs capture the spirit of these ancient traditions in the modern day 'Sofreh' is Persian for 'spread' - referring to the colorful arrangements of flowers, condiments and objects of spiritual or cultural importance that are displayed at Persian ceremonies. This title will also be released in the US. 

Vegan Recipes from the Middle East by Parvin Razavi is a beautiful book that takes the fresh and varied cuisines of Iran, Armenia, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Morocco and Turkey and makes them accessible in one book. The cooking of vegetables is treated with reverence in the lands that make up the rich and varied tapestry of the Middle East. The people depend on the grains and pulses, nuts, vegetables and fruits of the region for their daily food. Here are warm and spicy stuffed vegetables, cool and fragrant soups, delicate preserves, pilafs, breads, pickles, relishes and pastries. 

30 Minute Curries by Atul Kochhar shows readers how to create simple curries in their own homes in just 30 minutes, transforming boring weeknight dinners. Dishes included showcase Atul's trademark mix of using the best and freshest British produce and his modern Indian style, and ensure that this book is one you will cook from time and time again. This is a book for curry lovers everywhere, with each of the 90 curries featured accompanied by stunning photography by Mike Cooper.

The Complete Indian Regional Cookbook: 300 Classic Recipes From The Great Regions Of India is a vibrant award-winning cookbook that takes you on a regional tour of India, introducing you to classic local recipes and world-renowned dishes. Try a famous Assamese 'tenga' - fish, tomatoes, lime and whole spices - or street snacks ranging from Central Indian Parsnip Patties to the melt-in-the-mouth kababs of Hyderabad. Punjabi dishes include Spiced Mustard Greens, a sizzling dish of pungent roots and hot chillies. Mughal influence is evident in the stately poultry and meat dishes, and sweet dishes include Saffron Rice, Sweet Samosas and Kulfi. Evocative images and clear step-by-step recipes will guide you to discover India's unsurpassed cuisine. This is a reprint of the 2013 original.

The Legendary Cuisine of Persia by Margaret Shaida is an original and fascinating cookery book which will provide stimulation to all the senses. The book won the Glenfiddich award and was first published by Grub Street in 2000, has never been out of print, and is justly regarded as a classic. It is now re-issued in an updated and revised edition with colour photographs throughout. Persian cooking is one of the oldest and greatest cuisines of the world and a true passion of mine. 

Smoked: A Beginner's Guide to Hot and Cold Smoked Meat, Fish, Cheese and Vegetables by Charlotte Pike takes us back to a primeval way of cooking with over 80 smoky, succulent and mouthwatering recipes. Dishes such as Asian Smoked Mackerel Salad and Smoked Pork Belly Feijoada appear alongside a recipe for Smoked Mozzarella Parmigiana. There are also vegetable dishes such as Smoked Onion Tart and Smoked Sweetcorn Fritters with even some sweet options to finish your meal choose from Smoked Butter Fudge or Smoked Sea Salt ChocolateTruffles. 

On Eating Insects: Essays, Stories and Recipes by Joshua Evans, Nordic Food Lab, Roberto Flore and Michael Bom Frøst is a compelling first-hand look at one of today's most fascinating food trends - the practice of cooking with and eating insects. The concept of eating insects has taken off in recent years in the West, with media coverage ranging from sensationalist headlines to passionate press pieces about the economic benefits. Yet little has been written about how they taste, how diverse they are as ingredients, and how to prepare them as food until now. Please remember Eat Your Book members receive 30% off Phaidon titles when using the link provided.

Deja Food: Second Helpings of Classic British Dishes by Mary-Anne Boermans is a return to the food of times past. It is how we used to eat, being inventive with the less expensive cuts of meat, using richly flavoured leftovers to create stunning new dishes, making the most of seasonal ingredients served simply and deliciously in ways we have forgotten. It's frugal, but full of flavour, deliciously different, yet proudly traditional. This delectable collection includes recipes for meat, poultry, game, offal, vegetable and fish. There are skinks, hashes, puddings and pies. Goose, shrimp, parsnips et al will be potted, stewed and fricasseed into hearty, flavourful food that stands up to the best modern recipes along with sharing the fascinating stories behind these dishes.

London: The Cookbook by Cara Frost-Sharratt gives us a taste of the history and culture of London. From haute cuisine to traditional greasy spoons, this title tells the story of this vibrant city through the food most beloved by its inhabitants. London's top chefs offer up recipes for signature dishes alongside traditional fare from local favourites. Part recipe collection and part travel guide, the book takes a tour of London's foodie hotspots,from Borough Market to Brixton, classic restaurants and the new world-beaters. Features 50 recipes from London's best restaurants, including classics like The Ivy, The Wolseley, Bentley's and Sweetings, and new classics including Portland, Koya, Caravan, Lyles and Barafina.

Lemons and Limes: More Than 65 Bright and Zesty Ways to Enjoy Cooking with Citrus by Ursula Ferrigno delivers a glorious selection of dishes that all celebrate the unique sharp and aromatic burst of lemons and limes. From fresh seafood to luxurious pasta and heavenly desserts. Lemon and mozzarella focaccia bites, pork dumplings in lime leaf broth and limoncello gelato in brioche buns are a few examples of the delicious dishes herein. 

The Salad Garden by Joy Larkcom is a guide to growing more than 200 salad plants, and covers all you need to know, from site preparation to harvesting, detailing special planting techniques, advice on the best varieties (for growing and for flavour) and plenty of tips and tricks for bountiful crops. The author also shows you how to create a beautiful potager garden, with tips such as training tomatoes up attractive spiral supports, planting for theatrical height and edible seed pods.

Round to Ours: Setting the Mood and Cooking the Food: Menus for Every Gathering by Alice Levine and Laura Jackson is for the person that loves to plan menus, style their home for a party and spends laid back time in the kitchen. Supper club superstars Jackson & Levine like to keep it simple. They do all the hard work for you, offering over 24 ready-made menu ideas that celebrate the pleasures of cooking for friends and family. This cookbook has the perfect combination of menu ideas and recipes for every occasion. It is the home cook's ultimate secret weapon; whether you're throwing a dinner party for six on a Friday night or are putting on a festive Boxing Day spread for the family, this one-stop-shop will tell you how to set the mood, cook the food and create a truly memorable gathering.

Syria: Recipes from Home by Itab Azzam and Dina Mousawi, friends and passionate cooks, is a testament to the role food plays in keeping Syrians rooted to their homes and clinging to hope. Itab and Dina met Syrian women in the Middle East and Europe to collect together the very best recipes from one of the world's greatest food cultures. They spent months cooking with them, learning their recipes and listening to stories of home. From hot yoghurt soup with turmeric to cherry meatballs, this is a delicious celebration of the unique taste, culture and food of Syria - and a celebration of everything that food and memory can mean to an individual, to a family and to a nation. Truly a beautiful book that inspires our souls and our culinary adventures.

Other recipes of interest being released in the UK:


Dalmatia: Recipes from Croatia's Mediterranean Coast by Ino Kuvacic celebrates and offers traditional recipes that capture the fresh, simple cuisine of the Dalmatian region. The title page has a stunning aerial view of the coast line that captures my heart immediately - any place this mesmerizing surely must be home to beautiful cuisine as well. Until I can walk along these shores, I will be content to prepare and sample the dishes of this magical locale. Scampi in Garlic, White Wine and Tomato, Cabbage Sausages, and Croatian Apple Cake along with other sweets unlike any I have come across await us. 

Spirit House by Helen Brierty and Annette Fear is a continuation of Annette's proven successful recipe formula - easily sourced ingredients, clear instructions, frequent chef's tips and techniques, suggestions for serving, background explanations of the more exotic spices and ingredients, together with a useful guide to preparation and cooking times. With recipes from easy to moderate to challenging there are delicious recipes for every home cook to explore the balance of sweet, sour, salty and spicy Thai flavours and to feel confident about successfully presenting these dishes to their family & friends. This latest cookbook is sure to become another long serving Spirit House classic.

A Modern Italian Table: The Bible of Italian Cooking by Veronica Lavenia presents more than 100 natural, healthy recipes that embody the beauty and goodness of simple, sustainable food, made with unrefined ingredients, with a true Italian twist. With a world increasingly awakening to the viability of sustainability, natural cuisine is no longer the 'snob alternative' but an ever-expanding new era in food. True Italian modern cuisine has always favoured natural, simple cuisine - rich in fruits and vegetables in season, you won't find anything 'processed' in this book. This book is also being released in the US.

Monster Shakes by Vicki Valsamis shares 50 over-the-top and out-of-this-world milkshake recipes (including a whole bunch of dairy-free options). Filled with delicious sugary goodness, there are no rules and no limits to what can be added: cupcakes, muffins, donuts, pretzels are all fair-game, not to mention sauces such as dulce de leche, salted caramel, or rich chocolate glazes. 

Grains, Seeds & Legumes: 150 Recipes for Every Appetite by Molly Brown provides an in-depth catalogue to the world of these edible grains, including step-by-step directions to deal with even the most esoteric staple. Molly Brown backs this information up with delicious, healthy and diverse recipes catering to gluten free diets and those wanting to find unique and delicious ways to work ancient and whole grains into your everyday eating. With gorgeous colour photography and pages full of delicious recipes - from Sunday breakfasts (Oat, Ricotta and Berry Pancakes with Thyme honey) to morning tea (Apple, sour cream and cinnamon crunch muffins), healthy salads (Mango, asparagus and wild rice salad) to heartier fare (Cassoulet) - you're sure to find something to satisfy any appetite. This is a reprint of the 2013 original, the ebook of which is member indexed.

From the Garden by Hattie Klotzshares over 100 recipes from the Pashley Manor broken down into chapters including: Leeks, onions garlic and shallots; courgettes, squash and cucumbers; tomatoes and potatoes, roots; greens; salads; tree fruits and so much more. This title introduces you to delicious recipes using fresh produce and will make a beautiful gift for anyone who loves to cook with fresh fruit and vegetables. 

Ferment for Good: Ancient Food for the Modern Gut: Discover the Slowest Kind of Fast Food by Sharon Flynn is a how-to guide to the basics (why do it; what you need; and what you'll get), the book offers sections on wild fermented vegetables (including sauerkraut, kimchi and brine ferments); drinks (water kefir, kombucha, Jun tea, pineapple wine, mead); milk and dairy (including yoghurt and milk kefir), condiments and breads (such as mustard, spreads, dosa and injera); and Japanese ferments (including miso & tamari, soy sauce, sake kasu and pickled ginger). 

Travels Through Dali: With a Leg of Ham by Mei Zhang shares the author's love of ham from her native province of Yunnan, China. Growing up in Dali on the banks of the Xi'er River, Mei relished the morsels of ham her father would toss into a dish of spicy green peppers and onions. Over time she learned that the true magic of Yunnan ham lies not just in its salty-sweet taste, produced by an intricate curing process, but also in its ability to bring people together and carry on a time-honoured way of life. Now a successful entrepreneur, Mei returns to her childhood home, finds a leg of ham and travels with it through the cultural and culinary cradle of Dali. Her edible companion becomes a calling card that takes her into the history and traditions of the region and unveils the unique stories and recipes of those who call it home


Shanghai in 12 Dishes: How to Eat Like You Live There by Leanne Kitchen is not a cookbook but a guide to eating your way through Shanghai. Aimed at travelling food lovers, this book assumes you're visiting Shanghai for a limited period and don't have time to waste. You don't need to be overwhelmed with endless listings, options and recommendations; you just want a reliable entree into the local dining scene so you can cut right to the chase. You want authenticity. You want dining experiences that are meaningful. You want to rub shoulders with locals.
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