The Eat Me Daily Fall 2009 Cookbook Preview
Autumn brings more than just falling leaves and the return of legitimate root vegetables: it's also when publishing houses drop their most ambitious cookbook offerings, hoping to tap into the spirit of cooking (and book-buying) that pervades the pre-holiday season.
And is this ever a good year for cookbooks: the next three months will see enough glossy shots of figs, doorstop culinary bibles, and sweet, quirky one-offs to shut down any concern over the future of culinary publishing. The season brings big names: Keller, Adria, and Bastianich all add more to their oeuvres, not to mention hotly anticipated game-changers from the likes of David Chang, Michael Psilakis, and Michael Symon. Our books editor Helen Rosner sifted through the hundreds of titles landing on shelves in the next few months and picked out the ones most worth paying attention to.
The Big Guns
The books everyone will be bragging about owning come 2009 year-in-review time
Coco by Ferran Adria, Mario Batali, Rene Redzepi, Alice Waters, Jacky Yu, Gordon Ramsay, Fergus Henderson, Shannon Bennett, Alain Ducasse, and Yoshihiro Murata
(Phaidon, October 2; preorder on Amazon)
Ten internationally renowned chefs pick 100 rising stars, each of whom is profiled, along with a recipe or three. Expect who makes it in and who doesn't to fuel plenty of interminable dinner-party conversation.
Momofuku by David Chang and Peter Meehan
Ad Hoc at Home by Thomas Keller
(Artisan, November 6; preorder on Amazon)
The third and most accessible of Keller's large-heavy-books-profiling-his-restaurants trifecta (following the fantastical French Laundry Cookbook and still-intimidating Bouchon).
Modern Gastronomy: A to Z by Ferran Adria
(CRC Press, December 3; preorder on Amazon)
An abecedarium of contemporary culinary terms and methods, with an introduction by Harold McGee — "spherification" is just the beginning. (Or, we suppose, since it's all in alphabetical order, somewhere towards the end.)
The cookbook authors both you and your parents have heard of.
Baking by James Peterson
(Ten Speed, September 29; preorder on Amazon)
The master of orderly, measured explanation turns his eye to the most precise and (if you're like us) intimidating branch of the culinary arts in this 400-page encyclopedia of technique. Expect most baking mysteries to be thoroughly demystified.
Get Cooking: 150 Simple Recipes to Get You Started in the Kitchen by Mollie Katzen
(HarperStudio, October 13; preorder on Amazon)
The grande dame of the Moosewood cookbooks goes back to basics, evangelizing the basic art of home cooking with simple, easy, vegetarian recipes.
The Lee Bros. Simple Fresh Southern: Knockout Dishes with Down-Home Flavor by Matt and Ted Lee
(Clarkson Potter, November 3; preorder on Amazon)
Tossing traditionally Southern low-and-slow simmers and braises in favor of lighter, faster cooking methods, the incorrigibly charming Lee Bros. continue to be incorrigibly charming — healthily!
Gourmet Today: More than 1000 All-New Recipes for the Contemporary Kitchen by Ruth Reichl (Editor)
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; September 22, 2009; preorder on Amazon)
Ruth Reichl's overhaul of the classic Gourmet cookbook, with a greater focus on healthy eating, vegetarian options, and a more culturally inclusive palate.
Bids For Greatness
One chef, one cookbook, one chance to be the next whoever the next big cookbook chef is.
New American Table by Marcus Samuelsson
(Wiley, October 19; preorder on Amazon)
The Ethiopia-born, Sweden-raised, New York-dwelling chef positions himself for national stardom with a veritable Culinary State of the Union, with 300 recipes from every facet of Americana.
How to Roast a Lamb: New Greek Classic Cooking by Michael Psilakis
(Little, Brown, October 28; preorder on Amazon)
Up-and-coming New York chef Michael Psilakis makes the case for haute Greek cuisine in an epic glossy recipe collection.
The Blackberry Farm Cookbook: Four Seasons of Great Food and the Good Life by Sam Beall
(Clarkson Potter, October 20; preorder on Amazon)
The French Laundry-trained Beall's chronicle of his family hotel's "foothills cuisine" is as much manifesto and art book as it is cookbook.
Michael Symon's Live to Cook: Recipes and Techniques to Rock Your Kitchen by Michael Symon and Michael Ruhlman
(Clarkson Potter, November 3; preorder on Amazon)
Iron Chef (and generally beloved food personality-about-town) Michael Symon's bid to become a brand, via a basic guide for the beginner cook who's interested in making low-fuss high-impact food.
From small screen to hardcover
Top Chef: The Quickfire Cookbook by the Creators of Top Chef
(Chronicle, September 30; preorder on Amazon)
Recreate Top Chef at home with actual quickfire recipes from the show ("Leah's Grilled Bread With Bacon and Quail Egg") and other delightful bits of trivia.
Mad Hungry: Feeding Men and Boys by Lucinda Scala Quinn
(Artisan, October 16; preorder on Amazon)
Martha Stewart Omnimedia's head of all things food turns her head to the business of cooking up a lot of meat for the testosteronifically inclined.
Lidia Cooks from the Heart of Italy by Lidia Matticchio Bastianich
(Knopf, October 20; preorder on Amazon)
A peripatetic culinary journey through Italy: Lidia starts cooking in the north, and works her way down all the way to Sicily, overlooking nary a region.
The Deen Bros. Take It Easy: Quick and Affordable Meals the Whole Family Will Love by Jamie Deen and Bobby Deen
(Ballantine Books; September 8, 2009; preorder on Amazon)
Abandoning the show-driven format of their first book, Paula's sons present a recession-baiting fast-quick-cheap concept.
The Comfort Table: Recipes for Everyday Occasions by Katie Lee
(Simon Spotlight, October 20; preorder on Amazon)
Katie Lee (she's dropped the Joel, what with the divorce and all) is back with more of her "seriously guys, I'm a cook!"
Nigella Christmas by Nigella Lawson
(Hyperion, November 1; preorder on Amazon)
The world's hottest purveyor of softcore British food porn turns her ample talents to Christmas, with butter-laden results.
Jamie's America by Jamie Oliver
(Michael Joseph Ltd; September 3, 2009; preorder on Amazon)
Another American culinary wander structured state by state, this time through the eyes of Britain's outspoken proponent for healthy, sustainable eating. (Available in the UK only.)
Good Eats: The Early Years by Alton Brown
(Stewart, Tabori & Chang; October 1, 2009; preorder on Amazon)
The first of a planned two companion books for Brown's hit tv show, supplementing the trivia and recipes with Alton gossip and behind-the-scenes trivia.
It's the blogger wet dream: start a website, get famous, land a book deal, live happily ever after.
The Foodie Handbook by Pim Techamuanvivit
(Chronicle, August 26; order on Amazon)
An investigation into what, exactly, comprises a "foodie" (whether you hate the word or not is irrelevant), including lessons in eating, drinking, cooking, and chatting with famous chefs.
The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl by Ree Drummond
(William Morrow, October 27; preorder on Amazon)
Country-inspired cooking accompanied by Drummond's achingly pretty photography — not just food, but her ranch, family, and life in general.
This Is Why You're Fat by Jessica Amason and Richard Blakeley
(HarperStudio, October 27; preorder on Amazon)
The gut-harrowing items featured on the World's Most Popular Tumblr (tm) get fleshed out (har har) with backstory and the occasional recipe.
Awesome-sounding cookbooks that defy categorization.
The Astronaut's Cookbook: Tales, Recipes, and More by Charles T. Bourland and Gregory L. Voight
(Springer, October 13; preorder on Amazon)
OH YES: "Recipes in this book are extracted from the NASA food specifications and modified for preparation in a normal kitchen. In addition, astronaut home favorite recipes and NASA quarantine food recipes are included."
I Heart Macarons by Hisako Ogita
(Chronicle, November 11; preorder on Amazon)
A charming, quirky, single-topic cookbook dedicated to that most ephemeral and frustrating of cookies.
Cookin' With Coolio: 5-Star Meals at a 1-Star Price by Coolio
(Atria, November 17; preorder on Amazon)
After hitting it big as a hip hop star, rapper Coolio started a catering business. This cookbook is the logical next step.