14 New Fall Cookbooks We Can’t Wait to Get Our Oven Mitts On
We’re always sorry to see summer go, but we admit that autumn has a few distinct advantages: cute sweaters, pumpkin-spice everything (sorry, not sorry) and chilly days made for hunkering down in the kitchen and cooking. To help with the last bit, here are 14 new cookbooks already on our wish list.
The Fearless Baker: Simple Secrets For Baking Like a Pro by Erin Jeanne McDowell
PureWow’s very own recipes editor, Erin McDowell, knows a thing or two (or three) about incredible desserts, and now she’s revealing her secrets in her new cookbook designed to make baking less intimidating. #piefails? Nope. Not this Thanksgiving.
Bringing It Home: Favorite Recipes From a Life of Adventurous Eating by Gail Simmons
The first cookbook from our favorite Top Chef judge (sorry, Tom) is charming, down-to-earth and full of sophisticated family favorites—we’ll be making the Banana-Cardamom Upside Down Cake immediately. Gail, please pack your knives and move into our kitchen already.
The Juhu Beach Club Cookbook: Indian Spice, Oakland Soul by Preeti Mistry
Mistry’s Oakland restaurant is known for its bold flavors and slightly irreverent takes on Indian street food (we have dreams about the fried chicken and dosa waffle). And in her first book—which is every bit as fun as the restaurant—the London-born, U.S.-raised, second-generation Indian chef shares her secrets.
Sweet: Desserts from London’s Ottolenghi by Yotam Ottolenghi and Helen Goh
Have you been to a dinner party in the last decade? Yeah, you’ve probably been served something from one of Yotam Ottolenghi’s terrific, vegetable-forward cookbooks. Now he tackles the dessert course, incorporating his signature arsenal of Israeli flavors (figs, honey, saffron and cinnamon galore).
Dinner in an Instant by Melissa Clark
It’s official: the Instant Pot (a combination pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker and general miracle worker) has taken over the Internet. New York Times food writer Melissa Clark caught on to the trend and wrote a column about it last winter, which quickly became one of her most popular pieces. She decided to turn it into a much-needed book—and if that means fall-off-the-bone short ribs or saucy pulled pork in an hour, sign us up.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner…Life! by Missy Robbins
Lilia, known for its otherworldly homemade pastas, has been one of New York’s hottest restaurants since it opened in 2016. But if you can’t get a reservation (and if you can, take us, please?), chef Missy Robbins’s first cookbook is the next best thing. In addition to the Italian dishes that earned her a Michelin star, she includes homey favorites like chicken soup and dumplings, lots of veggies and even some Asian recipes inspired by international travel.
F*ck, That’s Delicious: An Annotated Guide to Eating Well by Action Bronson
Rapper-slash-chef-slash-TV-host Action Bronson is a multi-hyphenate, and so is his seriously entertaining new book. The memoir-cookbook hybrid sends us on a hilarious (and unsurprisingly, uncensored) journey through his favorite food memories, from sampling cheap eats in New York City to dining in the fanciest restaurants in the world. F*ck, we’re buying two.
Guerilla Tacos: Recipes From the Streets of L.A. by Wesley Avila and Richard Parks III
We’re always looking to up our Taco Tuesday game, and the folks at Guerilla Tacos have our back. The super-popular truck is consistently voted the best in L.A. (where it’s basically illegal not to have a taco truck on every city block), thanks to surprising ingredients like sweet potatoes and corn nuts, yellowfin tuna and white miso, and prosciutto with heirloom tomatoes.
Smitten Kitchen Every Day by Deb Perelman
If you haven’t already climbed aboard the Deb Perelman train, please don’t waste another second. Go to her blog, buy her first cookbook, coo over her adorable children, marvel at the utter perfection of every single one of her recipes and then wait impatiently along with the rest of us for her second book to hit shelves. She simply knows what you need to make, every single day.
The Chef and the Slow Cooker by Hugh Acheson
If you’re still using your slow cooker only for retro favorites like chili and beef stew, Chef Acheson is here to rock your world. The master of Atlanta fine dining uses his culinary pedigree to totally rethink the old kitchen workhorse, without sacrificing any of the convenience. Wake up to authentic ramen broth or homemade marmalade, or come home after a long day of work to brisket with soy, orange, star anise and ginger. In a word, yum.
WD~50 by Wylie Dufresne
Dining at WD~50, Wylie Dufresne’s palace of molecular gastronomy, wasn’t just a meal; it was a magic show. Alas, the New York City restaurant is now closed, but Dufresne’s cutting-edge culinary techniques live on in his new book. (Warning: Unless you’re a master of dry ice, you probably won’t be making many of these in your home kitchen. But it’s always fun to see what’s behind the curtain.)
Milk Street by Christopher Kimball
As the editor-in-chief of Cook’s Illustrated and founder of America’s Test Kitchen, Kimball perfected the art of obsessive recipe testing. So rest assured, the recipes in his new cookbook are appealing, manageable and totally on point. Rum-soaked chocolate cake, anyone?
Meehan’s Bartender Manual by Jim Meehan
There’s nothing more impressive (or necessary) than the ability to whip up a perfect cocktail at home. Jim Meehan, the longtime bartender at Gramercy Tavern and the Pegu Club in New York City, can tell you how to do just that, from stocking your bar (go ahead and throw away that plastic bottle of sour mix) to mixing techniques to menu pairing.
Eleven Madison Park: The Next Chapter by Daniel Humm
The New York City institution was officially named the world’s best restaurant this year, which means that everything it does is just a little…extra. Reservations are taken a month in advance, the menu is eight courses and dinner for two will run you well over a grand. So it’s no real surprise that this limited-edition cookbook is hand-numbered and signed, with a $250 price tag. Is it too early to start buying Christmas gifts for ourselves?