Although it's best-known for publishing beautiful cookbooks by international chefs like René Redzepi, Massimo Bottura, and Andoni Luis Aduriz, Phaidon is looking closer to its new home for new talent. "With Phaidon's new office in New York, we're building an exciting list of chefs and food writers from the Americas," says Emily Takoudes, Phaidon's executive commissioning editor for food. Phaidon's new American push will offer books by New York City, Los Angeles, and Central American chefs, publishing them both in the U.S. and globally (other recent American cookbooks published by Phaidon include Daniel Patterson's Coi and the upcoming Benu cookbook by SF's Corey Lee).
As previously announced, Phaidon is publishing Enrique Olvera's (Pujol, Mexico City; Cosme, New York) first English-language cookbook. The title will be Mexico From the Inside Out and the book will feature photography by Araceli Paz. It is slated for a 2015 publication, and last Eater learned the book would focus on Olvera's Pujol (Phaidon would not confirm at this point). Also for 2015: Toast by cookbook author and former Tasting Table editor Raquel Pelzel. Toast will be her first solo cookbook project and will feature photography by Evan Sung, plus it will be the second major cookbook released this year about putting pretty things on bread. Tacopedia is also slated for this year, and per Phaidon, it is "the first English edition of the Mexican smash publishing hit."
Here now are the new deals representing Phaidon's push to emphasize voices from the Americas (at this point, Phaidon cannot confirm the titles or publication dates for any of these yet): New York City chef Daniel Burns and Evil Twin's Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsoe will write a book that about "elevating beer to the level of wine in fine dining." The duo comes from the Michelin-starred Luksus and the Beard Award long-listed, beer-focused Tørst, which share space in Brooklyn. Burns and Jarnit-Bjergsoe are co-authoring the book with writer and Eater contributor Joshua David Stein.
Phaidon will also publish Los Angeles-based chef Jeremy Fox's first cookbook. Fox is the executive chef at the critically acclaimed Rustic Canyon Wine Bar and Seasonal Kitchen in Santa Monica. Fox garnered a Michelin star during his tenure as the executive chef of Ubuntu in Napa, California and made a name for himself prior to that as the chef de cuisine of Manresa. (Expect vegetable wizardry in the book's pages.) Star Peruvian chef Virgilio Martinez of Central in Lima (#15 on the World's 50 Best listand #1 on the Latin America's 50 Best list) has also scored a deal with Phaidon, but no word yet on whether the cookbook will focus on Central or on Peruvian cuisine more generally.
And in a major play it's remaining tight-lipped about, Phaidon tells Eater it has inked a deal for a Torrisi cookbook. Phaidon will not confirm whether this means the book will focus on Mario Carbone and Rich Torrisi's shared New York City restaurant empire — which includes Carbone, Dirty French, and the recently closed Torrisi Italian Specialties — or if it will focus on one of the restaurants specifically. Interestingly, Phaidon also will not confirm that both Carbone and Torrisi are involved with the project, but seeing as the two haven't parted ways, it seems likely the book is a joint effort. "For now we're just saying it's a Torrisi cookbook," says Takoudes.
Rounding out its new roster of American voices is a joint project from coffee obsessive Avidan Ross and coffee writer Liz Clayton on "the best places around the world to drink coffee," and a book by writer and Food + Wine Chef's Club curator Aaron Arizpe "on dishes that have changed gastronomy."