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The Biggest New Cookbooks of 2016

Ina, Bourdain, Sqirl, and so many, many more

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Fall is cookbook season, when the majority of famous faces, trailblazing restaurants, and next big things hit bookstores and kitchens across the country. 2016 is looking to be an especially exciting year. Like, thick slabs of Sqirl toast exciting. Bourdain sounding off on home cooking exciting. Ina Cooking for Jeffrey exciting. This year's fall cookbooks appeal to budding restaurant historians, technique-obsessed cooks, pop culture enthusiasts, and even novice chefs. Everyone — yes, including you — should make room on those bookshelves.


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Restaurants in Book Form

The range of American restaurant culture is on full display in this year's two biggest releases: Jessica Koslow of Sqirl's Everything I Want to Eat and the long-awaited book from high-end temple of pasta Del Posto. Other standouts you'll want to snap up include Raleigh empire-builder Ashley Christensen's take on her iconic diner, Poole's, Atlanta chef Asha Gomez's My Two Souths, and a visually stunning release from Chicago sensation Fat Rice.
See fall 2016's most important restaurant-inspired cookbooks >


Power Players

This year, cooking by even the most well-known personalities skews toward the (hyper-cultivated) intimacy of Instagram. Ayesha Curry is the latest celebrity to make a bid for domestic goddess-hood, based on her family life with her basketball-star husband. Cultishly loved culinary figures Ina Garten and Anthony Bourdain, who both could sell bonkers amounts of books with little more than their names on the cover, aim to connect with readers by focusing on recipes they cook at home for their loved ones.
See fall 2016's cookbooks from your favorite big names >


Deep Dives

Even if you're not looking to get to know a known (or unknown) cook through their recipes, there are still plenty of exciting books to pick up this fall. Lucky Peach throws down the vegetable-cooking gauntlet, Fuchsia Dunlop dives into Jiangnan cuisine, and finally someone offers an answer as to why, exactly, we are in the midst in a craft cocktail revival.
See the fall 2016 cookbooks to take your cooking to the next level >


Header photos: Helen Rosner
Editors: Hillary Dixler and Meghan McCarron

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