Spring is the time of year traditionally associated with rebirth, when much of the country shakes off months of deep chill to emerge, wide-eyed, into a world that seems ripe for remaking. But in the world of popular culture, it’s autumn — with its slate of new shows jostling for attention, books eager to populate readers’ wish lists, and restaurateurs shaking off the summer slump — that feels like the true season of new beginnings.
In this now-annual tradition, Eater breaks down the best views, reads, and bites of the upcoming months. Those looking to add new restaurants to their to-do lists should consult the 16 restaurant openings that will likely come to define American dining in 2017 — and the hundreds of brand-new options that entice at the local city level. Home cooks and memoir-lovers will want to read up on the 70+ must-have cookbooks of the season, which range from deep, nerdy dives into single food topics to sprawling attempts at capturing centuries-old cuisines. And fans of Anthony Bourdain, Andrew Zimmern, and Amy Sedaris — not to mention the one-named wonders Martha and Snoop — have a lot to look forward to this fall, as favorite shows return to the (old-fashioned!) airwaves.
Everywhere you’ll want to eat this season, from tasting menus to noodle bars
You’ve got a lot of watchin’ to do — from Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown to A Chef’s Life
Including new books from Modernist Cuisine, Smitten Kitchen, Massimo Bottura, and Yotam Ottolenghi
The most anticipated restaurants from New York to San Francisco
Editors: Hillary Dixler Canavan, Erin DeJesus, Daniela Galarza, Greg Morabito
Art direction by Brittany Holloway-Brown
Cover image: Photos by Evgeni Dinev Photography/Getty; Aniko Hobel/Getty; Nonesuch; Dylan James Ho; photo-illustration by Brittany Holloway-Brown
Special thanks to: Whitney Filloon, Carolyn Alburger, Sonia Chopra, Missy Frederick, Esra Erol, Mary Hough, James Park, Jesse Sparks, Bill Addison, Emma Alpern
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