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Ah, fall: the air turns crisp, the leaves change colors, students head back to school, and publishers kill untold numbers of trees in order to drop a metric ton of cookbooks in stores, hoping you will be tempted to wrap one up and stick it under a tree come the holidays. This year is no exception, and there's plenty to be tempted by. We've rounded up as many as we could find, and singled out a few we're particularly excited about.

Big name chefs will roll out glossy doorstops as usual; René Redzepi's Noma is a particularly enticing addition to this category. Look out for Colman Andrews' biography of Ferran Adrià, an appearance from beyond the grave by Julia Child with a collection of letters, and Mark Bittman taking a stab at healthy and sustainable cooking.

As for trends? Follow-ups to last year's big books like Baked Explorations, Southern cookbooks, and lots of single-subject books on meat. Also of potential interest: Film critic Roger Ebert's rice cooker cookbook. And if you can't decide, Amanda Hesser's The Essential New York Times Cookbook probably has just enough of everything to keep you happy.

Chefs, Restaurants, and Other Famous Food Folk

noma-cookbook.jpgNoma: Time and Place in Nordic Cuisine by René Redzepi
This is the big-name chef cookbook everyone will be talking about when it comes out in early October, and for good reason: Danish chef René Redzepi is one of the most exciting names on the international restaurant scene, and his Copenhagen restaurant Noma has been named the 2010 S. Pellegrino #1 restaurant in the world. Sure to be full of luscious food porn, Noma will explore the restaurant's process and divulge the secrets of 90 dishes inspired by the singular flavor of Nordic ingredients and techniques.
(Phaidon: October 6th; Preorder at Amazon)

ferran-book.jpgFerran: The Inside Story of El Bulli and the Man Who Reinvented Food by Colman Andrews
Much hyped as the first biography of the famous Spanish chef of El Bulli, Ferran will be a nerdy culinary head-trip: that is, our kind of book. Despite the fact that Ferran Adrià churns out plenty of text on himself, having an outsider examine an area of cuisine that few of us will ever experience can only improve the field professionally — and increase our jealousy of those who have gotten to eat Adrià's food.
(Gotham: October 7th; Preorder at Amazon)

jamies-america.jpgJamie's America: Easy Twists on Great American Classics, and More by Jamie Oliver
Just in case Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution had led you to think the British chef only had bad things to say how Americans eat, here comes his exploration of the creative, delicious side of our cuisine. Following his travels throughout the US, Jamie's America will be interesting for its outsider perspective and Oliver's passion for eating well.
(Hyperion: October 5, 2010; Preorder at Amazon)

Notable Mentions:

  • Fresh from the Market: Seasonal Cooking with Laurent Tourondel by Laurent Tourondel and Charlotte March.
    (Wiley: September 7; Preorder at Amazon)
  • Ethan Stowell's New Italian Kitchen: Bold Cooking from Seattle's Anchovies & Olives, How to Cook A Wolf, Staple & Fancy Mercantile, and Tavolàta by Ethan Stowell and Leslie Miller.
    (Ten Speed: September 21; Preorder at Amazon)
  • Heston's Fantastical Feasts by Heston Blumenthal.
    (Bloomsbury USA: September 28; Preorder at Amazon)
  • Bottega by Michael Chiarello.
    (Chronicle: September 29; Preorder at Amazon)
  • The Four Seasons Book of Cocktails: Tips, Techniques, and More Than 1,000 Recipes from New York's Landmark Restaurant by Fred DuBose.
    (Sterling Innovation: October 5; Preorder at Amazon)
  • Speakeasy: The Employees Only Guide to Classic Cocktails Reimagined by Jason Kosmas and Dushan Zaric.
    (Ten Speed: October 12; Preorder at Amazon)
  • Heart of the Artichoke and Other Kitchen Journeys by David Tanis
    (Artisan: November 1st; Preorder at Amazon)
  • The Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival Cookbook: Recipes and Behind-the-Scenes Stories from America's Hottest Chefs by Lee Brian Schrager & Julie Mautner.
    (Clarkson Potter: November 16; Preorder at Amazon)

Famous Cookbook Authors

oaxaca.jpgOaxaca al Gusto: An Infinite Gastronomy by Diana Kennedy
Diana Kennedy is one of the last great, old school 20th century food writers still working. The expert on Mexican cuisine turns her attention to the state of Oaxaca this time, and explores a diverse cuisine that revolves around the three pillars of chiles, chocolate and corn. Yes, please.
(University of Texas Press: September 15th; Preorder at Amazon)

harold-mcgee.jpgKeys to Good Cooking: A Guide to Making the Best of Foods and Recipes by Harold McGee
Where On Food and Cooking explored the history and science of food, Keys to Good Cooking will offer Harold McGee's methodical approach to more practical matters. Offering tips on how to spot faulty recipes as well as safety tips and general rules of cooking, this could be an invaluable companion to your cookbook collection.
(Penguin: October 28; Preorder at Amazon)

Notable Mentions:

  • Good Meat: The Complete Guide to Sourcing and Cooking Sustainable Meat by Deborah Krasner.
    (Stewart, Tabori & Chang: September 1; Preorder at Amazon)
  • Rose Elliot's New Complete Vegetarian by Rose Elliot.
    (Sterling: September 7; Preorder at Amazon)
  • Encyclopedia of Jewish Food by Gil Marks.
    (Wiley: September 14; Preorder at Amazon)
  • The Food Matters Cookbook: 500 Revolutionary Recipes for Better Living by Mark Bittman.
    (Simon & Schuster: September 21; Preorder at Amazon)
  • The Pot and How to Use It: The Mystery and Romance of the Rice Cooker by Roger Ebert.
    (Andrews McMeel: September 21; Preorder at Amazon)
  • Around My French Table: More Than 300 Recipes from My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan.
    (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: October 8; Preorder at Amazon)
  • Meat: A Kitchen Education by James Peterson.
    (Ten Speed: October 19; Preorder at Amazon)
  • As Always, Julia: The Letters of Julia Child and Avis DeVoto edited by Joan Reardon.
    (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: December 1; Preorder at Amazon)


baked-cookbook.jpgBaked Explorations: Classic American Desserts Reinvented by Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito
We'd be excited about any sequel to last year's Baked, the quirky cookbook based on the authors' Brooklyn bakery. We're pretty sure we'd get Baked Exploration without having seen its predecessor, though. Containing 75 twists on classic American desserts — and let's be honest, people go nuts for that kind of thing — it will be a great read not only for its content but also as the inspiration to invent your own crazy treats.
(Stewart, Tabori & Chang: October 1; Preorder at Amazon)

Notable Mentions:

  • Fat Witch Brownies: Brownies, Blondies, and Bars from New York's Legendary Fat Witch Bakery by Patricia Helding.
    (Rodale: September 14. Preorder at Amazon)
  • Bake!: Essential Techniques for Perfect Baking by Nick Malgieri.
    (Kyle: September 16; Preorder at Amazon)
  • Tartine Bread by Chad Robertson.
    (Chronicle: September 29; Preorder at Amazon)
  • Dylan's Candy Bar: Unwrap Your Sweet Life by Dylan Lauren.
    (Clarkson Potter: October 5; Preorder at Amazon)
  • Chocolate Unwrapped: Taste & Enjoy the World's Finest Chocolate by Sarah Jane Evans.
    (Pavilion: October 7; Preorder at Amazon)
  • Intensely Chocolate by Carole Bloom.
    (Wiley: October 11; Preorder at Amazon
  • Sarabeth's Bakery: From My Hands to Yours by Sarabeth Levine.
    (Rizzoli: October 19; Preorder at Amazon)
  • Clinton St. Baking Company Cookbook: Breakfast, Brunch & Beyond from New York's Favorite Neighborhood Restaurant by DeDe Lahman, Neil Kleinberg and Michael Harlan Turkell.
    (Little, Brown: November 8; Preorder at Amazon)


avec-eric.jpgAvec Eric by Eric Ripert
Based on his PBS show of the same name, Avec Eric follows the Le Benardin chef on his travels around the world, and includes recipes. It's a simple enough premise, but we're looking forward to it on the basis of the quality of Ripert's previous books and the fact that we don't mind a little French chef in our travel porn.
(Wiley: November 1st; Preorder at Amazon)

Notable Mentions:

  • Sandra Lee Semi-Homemade The Complete Cookbook: 1,001 Easy Everyday Recipes for “The Way We Cook Today" by Sandra Lee.
    (Wiley: Oct 11; Preorder at Amazon)
  • Bobby Flay's Throwdown: More Than 100 Recipes from Food Network's Ultimate Cooking Challenge by Bobby Flay, Stephanie Banyas, and Miriam Garron.
    (Clarkson Potter: October 12; Preorder at Amazon)
  • Nigella Kitchen: Recipes from the Heart of the Home by Nigella Lawson.
    (Hyperion: October 12; Preorder at Amazon)
  • Tyler Florence Family Meal by Tyler Florence.
    (Rodale: October 12; Preorder at Amazon)
  • Barefoot Contessa How Easy Is That?: Fabulous Recipes & Easy Tips by Ina Garten.
    (Clarkson Potter: October 26; Preorder at Amazon)
  • Rachael Ray's Look + Cook by Rachael Ray.
    (Clarkson Potter: November 2; Preorder at Amazon)

Magazines and Newspapers

nyt-cookbook.pngThe Essential New York Times Cookbook: Classic Recipes for a New Century by Amanda Hesser
This book, if nothing else, will be an archival gem: food writer Amanda Hesser went through the backlog of New York Times recipes (which goes back 150 years) and updated over a thousand of them. It sounds like it has the potential to be one of the rare cookbooks that will satisfy a wide variety abilities and interest levels.
(Norton: October 25, Preorder at Amazon)

Notable Mentions:

  • The Good Housekeeping Cookbook: 1,275 Recipes from America's Favorite Test Kitchen by the editors of Good Housekeeping
    (Hearst Books: October 5; Preorder at Amazon)
  • The Sunset Cookbook: Fresh, Flavorful Recipes for the Way You Cook Today by Sunset Books and Margo True.
    (Oxmoor House: October 19; Preorder at Amazon)
  • The Simple Art of EatingWell by Jessie Price and the EatingWell Test Kitchen.
    (Countryman: December 6; Preorder at Amazon)


  • Eat Tweet: 1,020 Recipe Gems from the Twitter Community's @cookbook by Maureen Evans.
    (Artisan: September 16; Preorder at Amazon)
  • City Cook by Kate McDonough.
    (Simon & Schuster: November 16; Preorder at Amazon)
  • A Slice of Cherry Pie by Julia Parsons.
    (Absolute Press: December 1; Preorder at Amazon)
  • Ideas in Food: Great Recipes and Why They Work by Aki Kamozawa and Alexander H. Talbot.
    (Clarkson Potter: December 28; Preorder at Amazon)

American Regional

south-cook.jpgThe Southern Foodways Alliance Community Cookbook edited by Sara Roahen and John T. Edge: Last year was glutted with books on Southern cuisine, and this year promises to be no different. So why are we excited about yet another Southern cookbook? By sourcing recipes from spiral-bound community cookbooks and then testing and adapting them for modern kitchens, this collection of recipes has the potential to become the standard reference on the topic. Add to that the research power of the Southern Foodways Alliance and its director John T. Edge, and this book could be unstoppable.
(University of Georgia Press: October 1. Preorder at Amazon)

Notable Mentions:

  • Fresh From Maine by Michael Sanders and Russell French.
    (Table Arts Media: September 1; Preorder at Amazon)
  • Southern Pies by Nancie McDermott.
    (Chronicle: September 1; Preorder at Amazon)
  • The Complete Southern Cookbook by Tammy Algood.
    (Running Press: September 28; Preorder at Amazon)
  • The Southern Plate: Classic Comfort Food That Makes Everyone Feel Like Family by Christy Jordan.
    (Morrow: October 5; Preorder at Amazon)
  • The Mitsitam Cafe Cookbook: Recipes from the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian by Richard Hetzler.
    (Fulcrum: November 1; Preorder at Amazon)


india-cookbook.jpgIndia: The Cookbook by Pushpesh Pant: Indian cuisine is getting the big, heavy Phaidon treatment in this volume by Indian cookbook author Pushpesh Pant. With over a thousand recipes from all over India, we're hoping this will be a nice compliment to Phaidon's lovely but honestly rather European stable of cookbooks.
(Phaidon: October 27; Preorder at Amazon)

Notable Mentions:

  • Beyond the Pasta by Mark Leslie.
    (Gemelli: September 1; Preorder at Amazon)
  • The Big Book of Curries: 365 Mouth-Watering Recipes from Around the World by Sunil Vijayakar.
    (Duncan Baird: September 1; Preorder at Amazon)
  • Rabbits & Wrinkles: Cooking with Italian Grandmothers by Jessica Theroux.
    (Welcome Books: September 28; Preorder at Amazon)
  • Swedish Breads and Pastries by Jan Hedh.
    (Skyhorse: October 6; Preorder at Amazon)
  • The Arabian Nights Cookbook: From Lamb Kebabs to Baba Ghanouj, Delicious Homestyle Arabian Cooking by Habeeb Salloum.
    (Tuttle Publishing: October 10; Preorder at Amazon)
  • French Cooking: Classic Recipes and Simple Techniques by Hubert Delorme and Vincent Boue.
    (Flammarion: October 26; Preorder at Amazon)

Single Subject

salted.jpgSalted: A Manifesto on the World's Most Essential Mineral, with Recipes by Mark Bitterman
If only because Bitterman seems to know a good deal more about salt than we were aware there was to know about it, this book could be a fascinating read. A "selmelier" at Portland, Oregon gourmet specialty store The Meadow, Bitterman just really wants you to care more about salt. The book contains recipes, history, and a guide to artisanal salts.
(Ten Speed: October 12; Preorder at Amazon)

Notable Mentions:

  • Good Meat: The Complete Guide to Sourcing and Cooking Sustainable Meat by Deborah Krasner.
    (Stewart, Tabori & Chang: September 1; Preorder at Amazon)
  • The Meat Lover's Meatless Cookbook: Vegetarian Recipes Carnivores Will Devour by Kim O'Donnel.
    (Da Capo Lifelong: September 14; Preorder at Amazon)
  • Primal Cuts: Cooking with America's Best Butchers by Marissa Guggiana.
    (Welcome: October 12; Preorder at Amazon)
  • Seared to Perfection: The Simple Art of Sealing in Flavor by Lucy Vaserfirer.
    (Harvard Common: October 16; Preorder at Amazon)

Professional and Reference

modernist-cuisine-cover.jpgModernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking Nathan Myhrvold, Chris Young, and Maxime Bilet
A staff of twenty has been working on this epic undertaking for years, and it comes with a $625 price tag to match. Modernist Cuisine will either be an unparalleled, invaluable documentation of the process of molecular gastronomy or a huge loss on what was already a big gamble. From the looks of what we've seen so far, we're going with the former.
(The Cooking Lab: December 1; Preorder at Amazon)

Notable Mention:

  • The Flavor Thesaurus: A Compendium of Pairings, Recipes and Ideas for the Creative Cook by Niki Segnit.
    (Bloomsbury: November 9; Preorder at Amazon)


boozehound-cookbook.jpgBoozehound: On the Trail of the Rare, the Obscure, and the Overrated in Spirits by Jason Wilson: Jason Wilson, the spirits columnist for The Washington Post, is funny, smart, and just irreverent and critical enough that you trust every word he writes. And he likes the sauce? Sounds like our kind of writer. Boozehound follows Wilson on liquor-related travels around the world.
(Ten Speed: September 21; Preorder at Amazon)

Notable Mentions:

  • Matt Kramer on Wine: A Matchless Collection of Columns, Essays, and Observations by America's Most Original and Lucid Wine Writer by Matt Kramer.
    (Sterling Epicure: September 7; Preorder at Amazon)
  • A Taste for Absinthe: 65 Recipes for Classic and Contemporary Cocktails by R. Winston Guthrie and James F. Thompson.
    (Clarkson Potter: September 21; Preorder at Amazon)
  • Let Me Tell You About Wine: A Beginner's Guide to Understanding and Enjoying Wine by Oz Clarke.
    (Sterling Epicure: October 5; Preorder at Amazon)

This list is extensive, but not exhaustive. Did we miss anything? Let us know in the comments.

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