Cookbooks for the Cooking Season | Wyatt's World

Now is the time to put cookbooks on display and talk with patrons about the pleasures of reading and preparing from them. Here are five key titles to know and share.

The year winds down with hot times in kitchens across the country, as national holidays and religious observances place food at the center of celebrations with family and friends. Now is the time to put cookbooks on display and talk with patrons about the pleasures of reading and preparing from them. Here are five key titles to know and share.

 

  • Carla Hall’s Soul Food: Everyday and Celebration by Carla Hall with Genevieve Ko (Harper Wave).
    Looking for some new dishes to liven up the dinner table and incorporate into weekly meal plans? Fan favorite Hall offers a range of choices that amp up home cooking, serving holiday possibilities, too, such as parsnips with honey-orange glaze, spoonbread dressing, and nutmeg eggnog buttermilk pie.
  • Ottolenghi Simple: A Cookbook by Yotam Ottolenghi (Ten Speed: Crown).
    Famed Ottolenghi is known for producing cookbooks that are better to read than as a source for dinner on a frantic weekday. Here, he changes his approach with recipes designed to be cooked (and savored) in this perfect guide for the run up to any holiday. Another great choice for getting good food on the table is Ina Garten’s Cook like a Pro: Recipes and Tips for Home Cooks (Clarkson Potter: Crown). For those with a focus on the sweet end of the meal, don't miss Lisa Ludwinski’s Sister Pie: The Recipes and Stories of a Big-Hearted Bakery in Detroit (Lorena Jones: Crown).
  • Season: Big Flavors, Beautiful Food by Nik Sharma (Chronicle).
    This story-rich debut, born from Sharma’s blog, is getting a lot of buzz for its strong writing, arresting images, and eclectic mix of Indian, California, and Southern flavors. For starters, try the apple masala chai cake, the turmeric and lime mussel broth, and butternut squash and tea soup. Another key title from Chronicle this year is Julia Turshen’s Now & Again: Go-To Recipes, Inspired Menus + Endless Ideas for Reinventing Leftovers.
  • Israeli Soul: Easy, Essential, Delicious by Michael Solomonov (Rux Martin: Houghton Harcourt).
    The chef and owner of Zahav Restaurant, one of the most revered eateries in the nation, offers a grand cookbook for creating and enjoying some of the best food in the world—the cuisine across Israel. Make the hummus, the falafel, and consider the carrots with dukkah. Other top choices this season include Dorie Greenspan’s Everyday Dorie: The Way I Cook, Rose Levy Beranbaum’s Rose’s Baking Basics: 100 Essential Recipes, with More Than 600 Step-by-Step Photos, and Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book, 17th ed.
  • SOUL: A Chef's Culinary Evolution in 150 Recipes by Todd Richards (Southern Living: Oxmoor House).
    Released in May, Richards's Southern cookbook remains a buzzy title and perfect for adventurous cooks seeking inspiration. Full of history, it’s also rich with recipes that would complement Thanksgiving tables across the country. Think stuffed onions with sausage, to begin.
     
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Neal Wyatt is LJ's reader's advisory columnist. She writes The Reader's Shelf, RA Crossroads, Book Pulse, and Wyatt's World columns. She is currently revising The Readers' Advisory Guide to Genre Fiction, 3d ed. (ALA Editions, 2018). Contact her at nwyatt@mediasourceinc.com.

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