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Chef Edward Lee Is Writing a Book on the Melting Pot of American Cuisine

Plus, comprehensive new books on Japanese and Cuban food, and more

Hillary Dixler

• Southern chef and Mind of a Chef star Edward Lee has a second book in the works, and it’s not a cookbook: Titled Buttermilk Graffiti: A Chef’s Journey to Discover America’s New Melting Pot Cuisine, it will feature 16 chapters on “the rapidly evolving story of American cuisine,” plus original recipes to accompany them. It hits shelves on April 17.

• Major art and cookbook publisher Phaidon has several noteworthy books slated for the next six months: In April, pastry chef wizard Will Goldfarb will make his cookbook debut with Room for Dessert. Also coming in April is Nancy Singleton Hachisu’s Japan: The Cookbook, showcasing400 authentic home cooking recipes that demystify one of the world’s oldest and most revered culinary cultures.” Then in May it’s Aska, the debut cookbook featuring recipes from Swedish chef Fredrik Berselius’s two-Michelin-starred Nordic restaurant in Brooklyn. In June comes Cuba: The Cookbook from Madelaine Vázquez Gálvez and Imogene Tondre, with 350 recipes for Cuban home cooking. June will also bring Yardbird from Canadian chef Matt Abergel, with recipes from his popular Hong Kong yakitori restaurant by the same name.

• Cocktail nerds, take note: Enigmatic Spanish chef Ferran Adria’s El Bulli Foundation is preparing to publish its latest book, a second volume of its compendium on beverages. (Behold the contents of volume one here.)

• The creator of the Noodler app is going analog: Illustrator Michele Humes is working on a book called The Noodle Soup Oracle, “a mix-and-match illustrated gift book showing readers how to make hundreds of Asian soups”; release date TBA.

• Cool book alert: Leave Me Alone With the Recipes is a gorgeously illustrated cookbook from one of the most influential graphic designers of the 20th century, Cipe Pineles, who was also the first female art director at Conde Nast. The book, which features Eastern European recipes, was published last month after a handmade first version from 1945 was discovered at an antique book fair.

• Austin food truck-turned-restaurant the Peached Tortilla is working on a cookbook. Get Peached: Recipes and Stories From Peached Tortilla will hit shelves in spring 2019 and feature recipes from chef-owner Eric Silverstein like Hainanese chicken and rice, banh mi tacos, and the signature Japajam burgers.

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