There’s no better time to get reacquainted with the culinary arts than fall. The weather is cooler, the days are shorter, and a fragrant bubbling stew warming on the stove makes the house feel comfy and cozy. However, if you’re lacking inspiration, it can be hard to answer the perennial “What should I make for dinner?” question. When that’s the case, head to the local bookstore and pick up a new cookbook. It always seems like the best cookbooks come out in fall (perhaps because it’s a lead up to the holidays), and this season is no different. There are so many awesome cookbooks coming out that it’s too difficult to just pick one or two—that’s why I’m highlighting all the cookbooks we’re dying to get our hands on, below.
Kitchen Gypsy by Joanne Weir ($20)
Joanne Weir has written over 15 cookbooks, many of which are branded by Williams-Sonoma, but her latest masterpiece, Kitchen Gypsy, is a work from the heart. It’s a memoir of sorts that looks back at her culinary career, with recipes and photos from different parts of her life. From her younger years at Chez Panisse during its heyday to her role as restaurateur and chef of Sausalito’s Mexican favorite Copita, Kitchen Gypsy is filled with tantalizing dishes and fascinating insider tidbits.
Drinking the Devil’s Acre by Duggan McDonnell ($15)
Duggan McDonnell was a pioneer of the San Francisco craft cocktail movement who opened his Latin-inspired beverage lounge, Cantina, in 2007. Since then he’s launched an award-winning pisco, Campo de Encanto, and now he’s added author to his résumé. His book, Drinking the Devil's Acre, looks at the history of spirits and drinks in San Francisco and is sure to be a hit among cocktail geeks.
Gjelina by Travis Lett ($20)
One of the best restaurants in L.A. is Gjelina. Not only is the eatery’s rustic Italian cuisine delicious, but it’s also a great spot for celebrity sightings—the food is that good. Chef Travis Lett specializes in rustic salads, toasts, vegetables, pizza, and grain dishes. Everything on the hot spot’s menu is scrumptious—I can’t wait to re-create the dishes at home.
Brodo by Marco Canora ($16)
Marco Canora’s Salt to Taste is one of my all-time favorite cookbooks, so when I heard he was coming out with a book devoted to the bone broth trend, I immediately added it to my Amazon cart. He’s credited with starting the nourishing liquid frenzy in New York City, so his cookbook is bound to be filled with helpful hints.
Lidia's Mastering the Art of Italian Cuisine by Lidia Bastianich ($21)
If you’re in need of an all-encompassing book of traditional Italian food, you’ve got to get Lidia Bastianich’s new cooking manual. Written with her daughter, Tanya, the book features over 400 recipes, ingredient breakdowns, preferred tools, and technique how-tos.
Made in India by Meera Sodha ($22)
I’m the first to admit that I find Indian food somewhat intimidating to make at home. However, Meera Sodha’s book, Made in India, hopes to show home cooks like me just how easy and quick Indian food can be. Sodha believes that the best Indian food is cooked and eaten at home, and she’s sharing her most beloved family recipes with the world.
My Kitchen Year by Ruth Reichl ($24)
When Condé Nast shut down Gourmet six years ago, everyone, including the magazine’s editor in chief, Ruth Reichl, was stunned. Reichl didn’t know what to do with herself, so she found solace in her kitchen. Her new book chronicles that time in her life, the year after Gourmet shuttered, and features recipes, stories, and even Twitter dialogues.
Food52 Vegan by Gena Hamshaw ($13)
In August, my father had to go on a vegan diet—doctor’s orders. Since then, I’ve been trying to cook more vegan food but often lack inspiration. Enter Food52’s new cookbook. From New Veganism column creator Gena Hamshaw, the book is full of beautiful photos and accompanying recipes that run the gamut from breakfast to dessert.
Happy Cooking by Giada De Laurentiis ($22)
Food Network’s Giada De Laurentiis recently went through a divorce, so it’s no surprise that she is focusing on happy cooking with her latest cookbook. In it, the television personality highlights ways to save time, eat healthy, and “make every meal count without stressing out.”
The Mission Chinese Food Cookbook by Danny Bowien ($24)
Storytelling and culinary direction come together in the Mission Chinese Food Cookbook by Danny Bowien. Bowien is the mastermind behind the cult-favorite Mission Chinese Food, a crazy-good restaurant that began in San Francisco and expanded to New York City. In the book, you’ll find recipes for some of his most beloved dishes, like sizzling cumin lamb and kung pao pastrami.
The Dead Rabbit Drinks Manual by Sean Muldoon and Jack McGarry ($16)
Dead Rabbit Grocery & Grog is an award-winning bar in lower Manhattan. The duo behind the madness is Sean Muldoon and Jack McGarry, and this is their first collection of cocktails. The book is filled with inventive drink recipes, from toddies to fizzes, and lots of handsome photos. It’s a must for the mixologist in your life.
Simply Nigella by Nigella Lawson ($20)
If you miss seeing the seductress Nigella Lawson in a stir-and-stand instructional cooking show, you’re not alone. I miss her too, which is why I can’t wait until her latest cookbook, Feel Good Food, comes out. Recipes range from slow-cooked Asian-flavored short ribs to toasty olive oil granola to chicken traybake with bitter orange and fennel, so there is something for everyone in this uncomplicated collection.
Near & Far by Heidi Swanson ($17)
Heidi Swanson’s cookbooks are always full of mouthwatering vegetarian dishes, and her latest, which is inspired by home and travel, is sure to be just as crowd-pleasing.
Heart & Soul in the Kitchen by Jacques Pépin ($24)
Chef Jacques Pépin has been cooking for over 60 years, and now, at the tender age of 79, he’s launched his final PBS television cooking series, Jacques Pépin Heart & Soul in the Kitchen. This book is the show’s accompanying cookbook and has 200 recipes of Pépin’s classic French-inspired cuisine.
What cookbook are you dying to get?