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Look alive, people: it's cookbook season. From the beginning of September until the dawn of 2012, every restaurant, chef, food writer, academic, and person with an opinion on pork belly is going to be shoving their weighty tomes at you from all angles.

So what's trendy this fall? It seems like every chef on the planet has either written a home cooking cookbook or a collection of their restaurant's family meal recipes; see Mario Batali, Heston Blumenthal, Ferran Adrià, and John Besh. As far as US regional cookbooks go, there's been a decline in the obsession with the South (with the exception of Hugh Acheson's new book). More cookbooks are covering Texas, the West Coast, and the Midwest.

In the world of booze, it's all about the beer books, with wine and cocktails taking a backseat. Also: there are two books entirely devoted to sausage, and two devoted to mini-pies.

Below, the deluge of books to be released between August to December 31. If there's something missing, do let us know and we'll add it.

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· Chefs, Restaurants, and Other Famous Food Folk · Chefs Cooking at Home/Family Meals · Famous Cookbook Authors · Cookbooktestapants · Pastry/Bakeries/Sweets · Television · Magazines and Newspapers · The Blogs · American Regional · International · Single Subject · Meat · Professional/Reference/Science · Vegan/Vegetarian · Booze · Memoirs and Histories · General/Miscellaneous

Chefs, Restaurants, and Other Famous Food Folk

emp-cookbook-2.jpgEleven Madison Park: The Cookbook by Daniel Humm and Will Guidara.
Presenting your massive shiny restaurant cookbook of the year. Expect staggering photography, intricate and supremely technical recipes, and all kinds of food philosophizing.
Little, Brown and Company: November 11.

joebeef.jpgThe Art of Living According to Joe Beef: A Cookbook of Sorts by David McMillan, Frederic Morin, and Meredith Erickson.
This book, from the folks behind the Montreal restaurant David Chang calls his "favorite restaurant in the world," covers a fantastic range of topics. Sure, there are recipes, but there is also a history of the restaurants of Montreal, a paean to the trains of Canada, "Le Grand Setup de Caviar," a thirty ingredient smorgasbord, a martini recipe that calls for a Vienna sausage garnish, and plans for building a smoker yourself.
Ten Speed Press: October 11.

essential-pepin.jpgEssential Pepin: More Than 700 All-Time Favorites from My Life in Food by Jacques Pepin.
A greatest hits album from a master chef with 700 recipes from 60 years of cooking. If that doesn't spell instant classic, what does?
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: October 18.

next-paris-1906-ebook.jpgNext: Paris 1906 by Grant Achatz
Grant Achatz's Chicago restaurant Next is partnering with Apple to release a digital cookbook for iPads. The first version will focus on the restaurant's first menu, Paris 1906; include video and printer-friendly recipes; and will be available through iTunes on a pay-what-you-want model (with a suggested price of $4.99).
iBook: end of September.

Notable Mentions:

  • Rustic Italian Food by Marc Vetri. Ten Speed Press: November 1.
  • The Meatball Shop Cookbook by Daniel Holzman, Michael Chernow and Lauren Deen. Ballantine Books: November 1.
  • The Mozza Cookbook: Recipes from Los Angeles's Favorite Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria by Nancy Silverton, Matt Molina, and Carolynn Carreno. Knopf: September 27.
  • Cooking Without Borders by Anita Lo and Charlotte Druckman. Stewart, Tabori & Chang: October 1.
  • The Best of Daniels Dish: Favorite Recipes From Elle Decor by Daniel Boulud. Filipacchi Publishing: November 2.
  • Martha's Entertaining: A Year of Celebrations by Martha Stewart. Clarkson Potter: October 25.
  • Laduree: The Savory Recipes by Michel Lerouet. Hachette Livre: November 16.
  • My Last Supper: The Next Course by Melanie Dunea. Rodale Books: September 27.
  • The Splendid Table's How to Eat Weekends: New Recipes, Stories, and Opinions from Public Radio's Award-Winning Food Show by Lynne Rossetto Kasper. Clarkson Potter: September 20.
  • Jamie Oliver's Meals in Minutes: A Revolutionary Approach to Cooking Good Food Fast by Jamie Oliver. Hyperion: October 4.
  • Neue Cuisine: The Elegant Tastes of Vienna by Kurt Gutenbrunner and Jane Sigal. Rizzoli: October 11.
  • Wild Flavors: One Chef's Transformative Year Cooking from Eva's Farm by Didi Emmons. Chelsea Green Publishing: October 14.
  • Cooking My Way Back Home: Recipes from San Francisco's Town Hall, Anchor & Hope, and Salt House by Mitchell Rosenthal and
    Mitchell Rosenthal. Ten Speed Press: October 18.
  • Bi-Rite Market's Eat Good Food by Sam Mogannam and Dabney Gough. Ten Speed Press: October 18.
  • Candle 79 Cookbook by Joy Pierson, Angel Ramos, and Jorge Pineda. Ten Speed Press: November 1.
  • Caseus Fromagerie Bistro Cookbook: Every Cheese Has a Story by Jason Sobocinski. Lyons Press: November 8.
  • Bocca: Cookbook by Jacob Kenedy. Bloomsbury USA: November 8.
  • Bluestem, The Cookbook by Colby and Megan Garrelts. Andrews McMeel Publishing: November 8.
  • Springbok & Spices: My Taste of Africa: Recipes From Shaka Zulu by Barry Vera. Elliott & Thompson: December 1.
  • Masala Farm: Stories and Recipes from an Uncommon Life in the Country by Suvir Saran, Raquel Pelzel, and Charlie Burd. Chronicle: December 14.
  • Dunne & Crescenzi: The Menu by Eileen Dunne. Mercier Press: December 28.


Chefs Cooking at Home/Family Meals

besh-cookbook.jpgMy Family Table: A Passionate Plea for Home Cooking by John Besh.
John Besh's last book, My New Orleans, hit that sweet spot so many cookbooks aim for and miss: an ode to a specific cuisine with moving stories, gorgeous photography, and useful recipes. Expect this volume to do the same thing for home cooking.
Andrews McMeel Publishing: November 1.

family-meal-adria.jpgThe Family Meal: Home Cooking with Ferran Adria by Ferran Adrià.
As one might imagine, the staff of elBulli took family meal like they took everything else: very seriously. Recipes are arranged by menu; pick this up and pretend you actually got around to staging at the now-shuttered world famous restaurant.
Phaidon Press: October 3.

Notable Mentions:

  • A New Turn in the South: Southern Flavors Reinvented for Your Kitchen by Hugh Acheson. Clarkson Potter: October 18.
  • Heston Blumenthal at Home by Heston Blumenthal. Bloomsbury: November 22.
  • Molto Batali: Simple Family Meals from My Home to Yours by Mario Batali. Ecco: October 25.
  • Home Cooking with Jean-Georges by Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Genevieve Ko. Clarkson Potter: November 1.
  • The Sweet Life: Diabetes without Boundaries
  • by Sam Talbot. Rodale Books: October 25.
  • Cooking In Everyday English: The ABCs of Great Flavor at Home by Todd English. Oxmoor House: October 11.
  • Made in America: Our Best Chefs Reinvent Comfort Food by Lucy Lean. Welcome Books: October 4.
  • Off the Menu: Staff Meals from America's Top Restaurants by Marissa Guggiana. Welcome Books: October 11.


Famous Cookbook Authors

food-of-morroco.jpgThe Food of Morocco by Paula Wolfert.
Cookbook author Paula Wolfert returns to the cuisine that made her name almost forty years ago: the foods of Morocco. This book has serious potential to become the definitive guide to the foods of the region.
Ecco: October 4.

paddle-great.jpgThe Great American Cookbook by Clementine Paddleford.
Clementine Paddleford is one of America's great classic cookbook authors, and she's about to get her due with this revised and updated volume of 500 regional American recipes.
Rizzoli: October 11.

ruhlman-20.jpgRuhlman's Twenty: 20 Techniques, 200 Recipes, A Cook's Manifesto by Michael Ruhlman.
It's all there in the title: food writer Michael Ruhlman goes through twenty different cooking techniques, providing a few example recipes for each. Pair this with his previous release Ratio and you've got a solid guide to the basics of cooking.
Chronicle Books: September 14.

Notable Mentions:

  • The Cookiepedia by Stacy Adimando. Quirk Books: September 6.
  • The Happy Table of Eugene Walter: Southern Spirits in Food and Drink edited by Don Goodman. The University of North Carolina Press: September 12.
  • Lidia's Italy in America by Lidia Bastianich. Knopf: October 25.
  • The Intolerant Gourmet by Barbara Kafka. Artisan: November 10.
  • The Speedy Sneaky Chef: Quick, Healthy Fixes for Your Favorite Packaged Foods by Missy Chase Lapine. Running Press: December 27


Cookbooktestapants

girlinthekitchen.jpgGirl in the Kitchen: How a Top Chef Cooks, Thinks, Shops, Eats & Drinks by Stephanie Izard.
The chef of Chicago's Girl & the Goat and winner of Top Chef season four, Stephanie Izard has produced a cookbook that contains over 100 recipes with bonus tips on subjects like grocery shopping and wine/beer pairings.
Chronicle Books: October 5.

voltink.jpgVOLT ink.: Recipes, Stories, Brothers by Bryan and Michael Voltaggio.
Brothers Bryan and Michael Voltaggio bring their culinary powers together in this volume focusing on "ingredient-driven recipes." Sample ingredients: "Mammal," "Lily," "Nightshade," "Parsley."
Weldon Owen: October 25.


Pastry/Bakeries/Sweets

milkbar-cookbook.jpgMomofuku Milk Bar by Christina Tosi.
Here comes Christina Tosi with a tome of recipes from the fantastically popular Momofuku Milk Bar. Expect all the famously addictive, salty-sweet, quirky desserts that made the sweeter side of Momofuku (and, of course, Tosi herself) famous.
Clarkson Potter: October 25.

art-baking.jpgThe Art of French Baking by Ginette Mathiot.
This book draws from two cookbooks by Ginette Mathiot: I Know How to Cook, released in English in 2009, and I Know How to Make Pastries. Edited by blogger Clotilde Dusoulier, this will be the book this season for the macaron-and-souffle lover.
Phaidon: November 1.

Notable Mentions:

  • CakeSpy Presents Sweet Treats for a Sugar-Filled Life by Jessie Oleson. Sasquatch Books: October 11.
  • Sweet Auburn Desserts: Atlanta's "Little Bakery That Could" by Sonya Jones. Pelican Publishing: September 30.
  • Top Pot Hand-Forged Doughnuts: Secrets and Recipes for the Home Baker by Mark and Michael Klebeck. Chronicle Books: September 21.
  • The Rosie's Bakery No Apologies Butter, Cream & Sugar Baking Book by Judy Rosenberg. Workman: November 3.
  • One Sweet Cookie: Celebrated Chefs Share Favorite Recipes by Tracey Zabar. Rizzoli: October 4.
  • Cake Ladies: Celebrating a Southern Tradition by Jodi Rhoden. Lark Crafts: October 4.
  • The Butch Bakery Cookbook by David Arrick. Wiley: October 4.
  • Mini Pies by Morgan Greenseth and Christy Beaver. Ulysses Press: October 11.
  • The Treats Truck Baking Book by Kim Ima. William Morrow Cookbooks: November 1.
  • Austrian Desserts and Pastries by Dietmar Fercher and Andrea Karrer. Skyhorse Publishing: November 1.
  • Artisan Breads: Practical Recipes and Detailed Instructions for Baking the World's Finest Loaves by Jan Hedh. Skyhorse Publishing: November 1.
  • Cake Magic by Kate Shirazi and Emma Solley. Pavilion: November 11.
  • Adventures with Chocolate: 80 Sensational Recipes by Paul A. Young. Kyle Books: November 16.
  • The Fundamental Techniques of Classic Bread Baking by the French Culinary Institute. Stewart, Tabori & Chang: December 1.
  • Grace's Sweet Life: Homemade Italian Desserts by Grace Massa-Langlois. Ulysses Press: December 13.
  • Sweets on a Stick by Linda Vandermeer. Adams Media: December 18.
  • Handheld Pies: Pint-Sized Sweets and Savories by Rachel Wharton and Sarah Billingsley. Chronicle: December 28.


Television

beekman-book.jpgThe Beekman 1802 Heirloom Cookbook by Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Dr. Brent Ridge.
This cookbook from the stars of The Fabulous Beekman Boys on Planet Green TV features seasonal, homey recipes centered around heirloom fruits and vegetables.
Sterling Epicure: October 4.

goodeats2.jpgGood Eats 3: The Later Years by Alton Brown.
The third in a series, Alton Brown's latest offers up information from the last few seasons of the show. Topics covered include "pomegranates to pretzels, mincemeat to molasses." Bonus: instructions for making your own sock puppet.
Stewart, Tabori & Chang: October 1.

Notable Mentions:

  • Fresh by Tyler Florence. Rodale: December 6.
  • Cook Like a Rock Star: 125 Recipes, Lessons, and Culinary Secret by Anne Burrell. Clarkson Potter: October 4.
  • Money Saving Meals and Round 2 Recipes by Sandra Lee. Hyperion: October 4.
  • The Complete America's Test Kitchen TV Show Cookbook. America's Test Kitchen: October 2011.
  • The Neelys' Celebration Cookbook: Down Home Meals for Every Occasion by Pat and Gina Neely. Knopf: November 1.
  • The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook: Inside the Kitchens, Bars, and Restaurants of Mad Men by Judy Gelman and Peter Zheutlin. Smart Pop: December 6.
  • Maya's Secrets: 100 Delightful Latin Dishes for a Healthier You by Maya León-Meis, Malena Perdomo and Martín Limas-Villers. American Cancer Society: December 29.


Magazines and Newspapers

cook175.jpgThe Cook's Illustrated Cookbook: 2,000 Recipes from 20 Years of America's Most Trusted Cooking Magazine by the editors of Cook's Illustrated.
Every single one of the 2,000 recipes in this book has been meticulously tested and compared to other, similar recipes, which means you know they'll work.
Cook's Illustrated: October 1.

Notable Mentions:

  • The Art of Eating Cookbook: Essential Recipes from the First 25 Years by Edward Behr and James MacGuire. University of California Press: October 11.
  • Food & Wine Best of the Best Cookbook Recipes: The Best Recipes From The 25 Best Cookbooks of the Year by the editors of Food & Wine. Food & Wine: October 4.
  • Southern Living The Heirloom Recipe Cookbook: The Food We Love From The Times We Treasure by the editors of Southern Living. Oxmoor House: September 20.
  • The Best of Relish Cookbook by the editors of Relish. Countryman Press: December 5.


The Blogs

food52cookbook.jpgThe Food52 Cookbook: 140 Winning Recipes from Exceptional Home Cooks by Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs.
Consider these the best of Food52: 140 recipes, every single one a winner of the website's recipe contests.
William Morrow Cookbooks: October 25.

Notable Mentions:

  • The Homesick Texan Cookbook by Lisa Fain. Hyperion: September 13.
  • Wreck the Halls: Cake Wrecks Gets "Festive" by Jen Yates. Andrews McMeel Publishing: October 18.
  • What the F*@# Should I Make for Dinner?: The Answers to Life's Everyday Question by Zach Golden. Running Press: September 27.
  • Serious Eats: A Comprehensive Guide to Making and Eating Delicious Food Wherever You Are by Ed Levine and the Serious Eats staff. Clarkson Potter: November 1.
  • Scanwiches by Jon Chonko. powerHouse Books: November 1.


American Regional

ilim.jpgIlimpa'chi' (Let's Eat!): A Chickasaw Cookbook by JoAnn Ellis and Vicki May Penner.
A collection of recipes from the Chickasaw people, who were originally from an area that covers parts of Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee but now largely live in Oklahoma. Contains forty recipes and, as a bonus, a Chickasaw cooking glossary.
Chickasaw Press: November 15.

edible-brooklyn.jpgEdible Brooklyn: The Cookbook compiled by Rachel Wharton.
A portrait of one of the buzziest restaurant neighborhoods in the country, this cookbook has the potential to be a time capsule of a moment in Brooklyn's history.
Sterling Epicure: October 4.

Notable Mentions:

  • Big Ranch, Big City Cookbook by Louis Lambert and June Naylor. Ten Speed Press: September 6.
  • The Northern Heartland Kitchen by Beth Dooley. Univ Of Minnesota Press: September 23.
  • Lone Star Chefs: 13 Texas Masters Share Their Culinary Creations by John DeMers and Julie Soefer. Bright Sky Press: October 1.
  • Cooking the Wild Southwest: Delicious Recipes for Desert Plants by Carolyn Niethammer. University of Arizona Press: October 1.
  • The Shamrock and Peach: A Culinary Journey from the North of Ireland to the American South by Judith McLoughlin. Ambassador International: September 14.
  • Notes from a Maine Kitchen: Seasonally Inspired Recipes by Kathy Gunst. Down East Books: September 16.
  • The Bay Area Homegrown Cookbook: Local Food, Local Restaurants, Local Recipes by Aaron French. Voyageur Press: November 1.
  • Dishing Up Oregon: 145 Recipes That Celebrate Farm-to-Table Flavors by Ashley Gartland. Storey Publishing, LLC: November 5.
  • Seattle Chef's Table: Extraordinary Recipes from the Emerald City by James O. Fraioli. Lyons Press: December 20.


International

country-italy.jpgCountry Cooking of Italy by Colman Andrews.
Andrews' last effort, The Country Cooking of Ireland, picked up the Beard Award for Best Cookbook of the Year; here, he tries his hand at Italian food.
Chronicle Books: October 19.

Notable Mentions:

  • Signature Dishes from Around the World by Paolo Paci and Roberto Mottadelli. White Star Publishers: September 6.
  • French Brasserie Cookbook: The Heart of French Home Cooking by Daniel Galmiche. Duncan Baird: September 6.
  • Kokkari: Contemporary Greek Flavors by Erik Cosselmon. Chronicle Books: September 7.
  • Food France: A Journey Through the Country of Taste by Marianna Mordenti. TECTUM PUBLISHERS: November 1.
  • A Cook's Year in a Welsh Farmhouse by Elisabeth Luard. Bloomsbury USA: November 8.
  • Hong Kong and Macau Magic by Jan Bartelsman. Fotostudio Jan Bartelsman BV: November 15.
  • Modern Moroccan: Ancient Traditions, Contemporary Cooking by Ghillie Basan. Anness: November 16.
  • The Italian Table: Eating Together for Every Occasion by Ron Suhanosky. Kyle: November 16.
  • Rustic Italian by Domenica Marchetti. Weldon Owen: December 6.
  • The Food & Cooking of India by Mridula Baljekar. Anness: December 16.


Single Subject

extra-virginity-olive-oil.jpgExtra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil by Tom Mueller.
Can olive oil truly be scandalous? You might be surprised: Tom Mueller dives deep into the history and science of the oil, "not just as food but also as medicine, a beauty aid, and a vital element of religious ritual."
W. W. Norton & Company: December 5.

Notable Mentions:

  • Spices by Fabienne Gambrelle. Flammarion: September 13.
  • Wild Edible Mushrooms: Tips and Recipes for Every Mushroom Hunter by Hope Miller. FalconGuides: October 4.
  • The Cheesemonger's Kitchen: Celebrating Cheese in 75 Recipes by Chester Hastings. Chronicle Books: October 5.
  • The Complete Book of Mushrooms by Peter Jordan. Anness: October 16.
  • The Apple Lover's Cookbook by Amy Traverso. W. W. Norton & Company: September 26.
  • Jams and Preserves by Anneka Manning. Thunder Bay Press: September 27.
  • Home Canning and Preserving by Janet Cooper. Skyhorse Publishing: November 1.
  • Cooking With Quinoa: the Supergrain by Rena Pattern. New Holland Australia: November 1.
  • Simply Truffles: Recipes and Stories That Capture the Essence of the Black Diamond by Patricia Wells. William Morrow Cookbooks: November 8.
  • Good Old-Fashioned Pies & Stews by Laura Mason. National Trust: December 1.
  • Bean By Bean: A Cookbook by Crescent Dragonwagon. Workman: December 14.
  • The Illustrated World Encyclopedia of Apples by Andrew Mikolajski. Anness: December 16.
  • A Miscellany of Garlic by Trina Clickner. Adams Media Corp: December 18.
  • Garnish and Decorating Made Easy by Georg Hartung. Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.: December 28.


Meat

whole-beast.jpgWhole Beast Butchery: The Complete Visual Guide to Beef, Lamb, and Pork by Ryan Farr.
San Francisco meat man Ryan Farr illustrates the art of butchery with step-by-step photography. Unleash the rock star butcher within.
Chronicle: November 16.

sausage-book-2.jpgThe Sausage Book: The Complete Guide to Making, Cooking & Eating Sausages by Nick Sandler and Johnny Acton.
Into what Anthony Bourdain once called "gleaming, tumescent and enlightening forms of mutant hot doggery"? Get this book, make 'em yourself at home.
Kyle Books: November 16.

odd-bits-175-2.jpgOdd Bits: How to Cook the Rest of the Animal by Jennifer McLagan.
Food writer Jennifer McLagan's single-subject cookbooks, like Fat and Bones, are always a treat. This time, she turns her attention to offal with Odd Bits.
Ten Speed Press: September 13.

  • The Whole Hog Cookbook: Chops, Loin, Shoulder, Bacon, and All That Good Stuff by Libbie Summers. Rizzoli: September 13.
  • The Brisket Book: A Love Story with Recipes by Stephanie Pierson. Andrews McMeel Publishing: October 4.
  • Sausages: Mouthwatering Recipes from Merguez to Mortadella by Paul Gayler. Lyons Press: October 4.
  • Tripe: A Most Excellent Dish by Marjorie Houlihan. Prospect: November 30.
  • Testicles: Balls in Cooking and Culture by Blandine Vie, translated by Giles MacDonogh. Prospect: November 30.
  • All About Roasting: A New Approach to a Classic Art by Molly Stevens. Norton: November 1.
  • Poulet by Cree LeFavour. Chronicle Books: November 2.
  • The Venison Cookbook by Kate Fiduccia. Skyhorse Publishing: November 1.
  • Sunday Roasts by Betty Rosbottom. Chronicle Books: September 21.


Professional/Reference/Science

neuro.jpgNeurogastronomy: How the Brain Creates Flavor and Why It Matters by Gordon Shepherd.
Time to get nerdy: explore how the brain interprets flavor with Yale neurobiology professor Gordon M. Shepherd. All kinds of topics are covered, from addiction to obesity to Proust's madeleine.
Columbia University Press: December 2.

Notable Mentions:

  • The Professional Chef by the Culinary Institute of America. Wiley: September 13.
  • Fast Food and Junk Food: An Encyclopedia of What We Love to Eat by Andrew Smith. Greenwood: December 31.
  • The Lexicon of Real American Food by Jane and Michael Stern. Lyons Press, September 1.
  • The Culinarian: A Kitchen Desk Reference by Barbara Ann Kipfer. Wiley: October 11
  • Culinary Reactions: The Everyday Chemistry of Cooking by Simon Field. Chicago Review Press: November 1.

Vegan/Vegetarian

occveg.jpgThe Occasional Vegetarian: 100 Delicious Dishes That Put Vegetables at the Center of the Plate by Elaine Louie.
Elaine Louie writes the "Temporary Vegetarian" column for the New York Times. Here, she collects recipes that will satisfy both the passionate vegetarian and the dedicated carnivore.
Hyperion: October 11.

Notable Mentions:

  • Fresh: New Vegetarian and Vegan Recipes from the Award-winning Fresh Restaurants by Ruth Tal and Jennifer Houston. Wiley: November 8.
  • Welcome to Claire's: 35 Years of Recipes and Reflections from the Landmark Vegetarian Restaurant by Claire Criscuolo. Lyons Press: December 20.
  • The Tipsy Vegan: 75 Boozy Recipes to Turn Every Bite into Happy Hour by John Schlimm. Da Capo: November 22.
  • Vegan Junk Food: Sweet, Salty, and Scrumptious Treats for the Ultimate Pig-Out! (Pig Not Included) by Gold Lane. Adams Media: December 15.
  • Barefoot and in the Kitchen by Ashley Rowe. Microcosm: December 15.
  • Veganist: Lose Weight, Get Healthy, Change the World by Kathy Freston. Weinstein Books: December 27.

Booze

pdtbook.jpgThe PDT Cocktail Book: The Complete Bartender's Guide from the Celebrated Speakeasy by Jim Meehan and Chris Gall.
Jim Meehan made a name for himself at New York speakeasy PDT (which stand for "Please Don't Tell") and in his first cocktail book, the barmaster explains how to make the drinks that made the bar famous. Look for The PDT Cocktail Book as the subject of the next round of Eater's Behind the Cookbook series.
Sterling Epicure: November 1.

aletrail.jpgThe Great American Ale Trail by Christian DeBenedetti.
Friend-of-Eater Christian DeBenedetti hit the road to find the best places to drink beer across the country. From microbreweries to craft beer bars to beer festivals, DeBenedetti's got the guide for wear to find the best brews.
Running Press: September 6.

Notable Mentions:

  • The Oxford Companion to Beer by Garrett Oliver. Oxford University Press: October 7.
  • The American Cocktail: 50 Recipes That Celebrate the Craft of Mixing Drinks from Coast to Coast by the editors of Imbibe. Chronicle Books: October 19.
  • North Star Cocktails: Johnny Michaels and the North Star Bartenders' Guild by Johnny Michaels. Borealis Books: November 1.
  • The Craft of Stone Brewing Co.: Liquid Lore, Epic Recipes, and Unabashed Arrogance by Greg Koch, Steve Wagner, and Randy Clemens. Ten Speed Press: September 27.
  • Vintage Cocktails: Retro Recipes for the Home Mixologist by Amanda Hallay. Skyhorse Publishing: November 1.
  • Brooklyn Brew Shop's Beer Making Book: 52 Seasonal Recipes for Small Batches by Erica Shea and Stephen Valand. Clarkson Potter: November 1.
  • Brewed Awakening: Behind the Beers and Brewers Leading the World's Craft Brewing Revolution by Joshua M. Bernstein. Sterling Epicure: November 1.
  • Boston's Official Bartender's Guide: 75th Anniversary Edition by Boston's. Wiley: November 8.
  • The Home Distiller's Handbook: Make Your Own Whiskey & Bourbon Blends, Infused Spirits and Cordials by Matt Teacher. Cider Mill Press: November 29.
  • The Seasonal Cocktail Companion: Recipes and Projects for Four Seasons of Drinking by Maggie Savarino. Sasquatch Books: December 13.
  • Vintage Moquegua: History, Wine, and Archaeology on a Colonial Peruvian Periphery by Prudence M. Rice. University of Texas Press: December 15.
  • Artisan Beer: A Complete Guide to Savoring the World's Finest Beers by Gary Monterosso. Burford Books: December 16.
  • The Economics of Beer by Johan F.M. Swinnen. Oxford University Press: December 20.


Memoirs and Histories

menu-design-in-america.jpgMenu Design in America: 1850-1985 by Steven Heller and John Mariani.
Combination art book and history, this gorgeous collection of menu art covers 135 years of American restaurants. It features almost 800 images of menus from all over the country; both restaurant history buffs and design nerds will flip.
Taschen: August 15.

Notable Mentions:

  • Lost Restaurants of New Orleans by Peggy Laborde and Tom Fitzmorris. Pelican Publishing: October 15.
  • The Great American Cereal Book: How Breakfast Got Its Crunch by Martin Gitlin and Topher Ellis. Abrams Image: October 1.
  • Harry's Bar: The Life and Times of the Legendary Venice Landmark by Arrigo Cipriani. Arcade Publishing: October 1.
  • Canadians at Table: Food, Fellowship, and Folklore: A Culinary History of Canada by Dorothy Duncan. Dundurn: October 10.
  • Balzac's Omelette: A Delicious Tour of French Food and Culture with Honore'de Balzac by Anka Muhlstein. Other Press: October 11.
  • Stirring It Up with Molly Ivins: A Memoir with Recipes by Ellen Sweets. University of Texas Press: October 1.
  • Educated Tastes: Food, Drink, and Connoisseur Culture by Jeremy Strong. University of Nebraska Press: November 1.
  • The Captain's Table: Life and Dining on the Great Ocean Liners by Sarah Edington. Conway: November 1.
  • A Spoonful of Promises: Stories & Recipes from a Well-Tempered Table by Susan Chang. Lyons Press: November 8.
  • Dining with the Washingtons: Historic Recipes, Entertaining, and Hospitality from Mount Vernon by Stephen McLeod. University of North Carolina Press: November 11.
  • Food and Faith in Christian Culture by Ken Albala and Trudy Eden. Columbia University Press: December 20.
  • Cocatrice and Lampray Hay: Late Fifteenth-Century Recipes from Corpus Christi College Oxford translated by Constance Hieatt. Prospect Books: December 31.


General/Miscellaneous

deadceleb.jpgThe Dead Celebrity Cookbook: A Resurrection of Recipes from More Than 145 Stars of Stage and Screen by Frank DeCaro.
Because sure, why not: here's a collection of recipes from dead celebrities. Haven't you always wanted to make Bea Arthur's Good Morning Mushroom Tomato Toast or Jerry Orbach's Trifle? Of course you have.
HCI: October 3.

Notable Mentions:

  • They Draw and Cook: 107 Recipes Illustrated by Artists from Around the World by Nate Padavick and Salli Swindell. Weldon Owen: October 4.
  • Girl Hunter: Revolutionizing the Way We Eat, One Hunt at a Time by Georgia Pellegrini. Da Capo Lifelong Books: December 13. because ladies can kill their own food too dagnabbit
  • Stoner Snacks: Meals & Munchies, Baked & Fried by Dr. Seymour Kindbud.
    Cider Mill Press: November 29.
  • Home Made by Yvette van Boven. Stewart, Tabori and Chang: September 1.
  • Cook This Now: 120 Easy and Delectable Dishes You Can't Wait to Make by Melissa Clark. Hyperion: October 4.
  • At the Kitchen Table: The Craft of Cooking at Home by Greg Atkinson. Sasquatch Books: October 11.
  • Farmstead Chef by Lisa Kivirist and John Ivanko. New Society Publishers: September 13.
  • What Chefs Feed Their Kids by Fanae Aaron. Lyons Press: November 8.
  • The Veuve Cliquot Celebrations Cookbook: A Social Cookbook by Stephane Gerschel. Rizzoli: November 8.
  • Simply Divine: A Guide to Easy, Elegant, and Affordable Entertaining by Lisa Vanderpump. Running Press: November 8.
  • Reel Cuisine: Blockbuster Dishes from the Silver Screen by Nami Iijima. Vertical: November 8.
  • The Game Cook: Recipes Inspired by a Conversation in My Butcher's Shop by Norman Tebbit. Lyons Press: November 8.
  • Loukoumi's Celebrity Cookbook by Nick Katsoris. Nk Pubns: November 10.
  • Inn Love: Recipes for Romance by Pamela Lanier. Lanier: November 16.
  • The Unofficial Hunger Games Cookbook: From Lamb Stew to "Groosling" by Emily Ansara Baines. Adams Media: December 1.
  • Cook With Kids by Robert Kirby. Absolute Press: December 1.
  • Comfort Food: Just Like Mother Used to Make by Bridget Jones. Anness: December 16.
  • The Newlywed Cookbook: Fresh Ideas and Modern Recipes for Cooking With and for Each Other by Sarah Copeland and Sara Remington. Chronicle: December 21.


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