Sweet, Quick & Classic: Cookbook Previews: Oct. 2021, Pt. 5 | Prepub Alert

Five essential cookbooks as the holidays loom. 

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Bastianich, Lidia Matticchio & Tanya Bastianich Manuali. Lidia’s a Pot, a Pan, and a Bowl: Simple Recipes for Perfect Meals. Knopf. Oct. 2021. 224p. ISBN 9780525657408.cover of Greenspan's Baking with Dorie $29.95. COOKING

Greenspan, Dorie. Baking with Dorie: Sweet, Salty & Simple. Houghton Harcourt. Oct. 2021. 400p. ISBN 9780358223580. $35. BAKING

Jinich, Pati. Pati Jinich Treasures of the Mexican Table: Classic Recipes, Local Secrets. Rux Martin: Houghton Harcourt. Oct. 2021. 416p. ISBN 9780358086765. $35. COOKING

Ramsay, Gordon. Dinner in 10. Grand Central. Oct. 2021. 256p. ISBN 9781538707814. $32. COOKING

Ray, Rachael. This Must Be the Place: Dispatches and Recipes from the Home Front. Ballantine. Oct. 2021. 352p. ISBN 9780593357217. $32. COOKING

As the title implies, James Beard Award–winning Bastianich’s Lidia’s a Pot, a Pan, and a Bowl will get you cooking Italian with just a few ingredients and a few utensils (skillet lasagna, anyone?). Baking with Dorie—the dream of every fan of five-time James Beard award winner Greenspan—offers more than 150 recipes that include twisty classics like a s’mores ice cream cake (60,000-copy first printing). Even if you're new to Mexican food (really?), you’ll want to investigate Pati Jinich Treasures of the Mexican Table; Epicurious and Bon Appétit have named her one of the "100 Greatest Cooks of All-Time" (40,000-copy first printing). A three-Michelin-star chef with millions of social media and television fans and over 34 restaurants worldwide, Ramsay shows you how to do Dinner in 10—no more than ten minutes to prep and ten minutes to cook. During the pandemic, Ray broadcast her cooking show not from her New York City television studio but from her home kitchen in upstate New York; This Must Be the Place plays off her shelter-in-place experience with 125 homey recipes and personal essays on coping.

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Barbara Hoffert (bhoffert@mediasourceinc.com, @BarbaraHoffert on Twitter) is Editor, LJ Book Review; past chair of the Materials Selection Committee of the RUSA (Reference and User Services Assn.) division of the American Library Association; and past president of the National Book Critics Circle, to which she has just been reelected.

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