Here, now, essential updates from the cookbook world. First up, the coolest Pope ever is getting his own cookbook! Or, well, the guardians of the Vatican are publishing a cookbook called The Vatican Cookbook: Presented by the Pontifical Swiss Guard. This is an English language release of a Swiss cookbook originally published in 2014. Still, Catholics and Pope fans will no doubt be excited to learn the recipes of "the elite protectors of the Popes and Defenders of the Faith for more than 500 years," which include instructions and ingredients for all meals, from "everyday staples to holiday feasts" including "classics served at Vatican tables for centuries." So if you don't care for what this current Pope eats, you can go back in time and try something from another Pope's table. The book hits stores on April 5.
A bit further off, Eater alum and Epicurious senior editor and Cookbook Critic Paula Forbes is writing her first book, Austin TX. To be published by Abrams, it's all about the food and restaurant scene in Texas's capital city. Forbes promises to explore the "deep traditions of Texas cooking, including world-famous barbecue, tacos, and Tex-Mex, along with German, Czech, Southern, and Asian influences." Look for it in the spring of 2018.
There will likely be a few Italian recipes in the new Vatican cookbook, but in case you want to take a deep dive into Italian ingredients consider Marcella Hazan's latest (and last?) cookbook, to be published posthumously: Ingredienti: Marcella's Guide to the Market. Hazan was widely thought to be a matriarch of Italian cuisine in America before her death in 2013. This new book was compiled by Hazan's husband, Victor, from "the handwritten notebooks filled with her thoughts on how to select the best ingredients... her notes were "translated and transcribed" into "vignettes on how to buy and what to do with the fresh produce used in Italian cooking, the elements of an essential pantry, and salumi." Hazan fans can pre-order the book now; it hits shelves mid-June.
Oh boy, oh boy there's a cover for Gwyneth Paltrow's newest cookbook, It's All Easy: Delicious Weekday Recipes for the Super-Busy Home Cook, look: