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Fall might be our favorite time to get lost in the kitchen. (Chilly days + warm, delicious cooking = heaven.) But what to do when you need fresh recipes?
Enter this baker’s dozen of brand spankin’ new cookbooks hitting shelves this fall. Whether you’re in need of stress-reducing bakes to cope with the last months of 2020 or you’re looking for the perfect holiday gift, these books will bring a bountiful harvest of delectable eats to any table.
Staying In: Recipes and Stories from Isolation by multiple chefs
The title says it all. This pay-what-you-can e-book is truly a product of our current times — a collab between 30 chefs and food writers during lockdown to support Chefs in Schools, which helps provide weekly lunchboxes for kids learning remotely in the UK.
It contains more than 35 recipes donated by chefs and food writers and was photographed by Issy Croker (while in isolation herself). You’ll find recipes such as sourdough crumpets and roast chicken with salsa verde along with illustrated how-tos, playlists, and suggestions for simple swaps.
The Great Big Pumpkin Cookbook by Maggie Michalczyk
Is it really fall without pumpkin everything? We think not. This book from Maggie Michalczyk, creator of the popular Once Upon a Pumpkin blog, has 50+ recipes (pancakes, soups, breads, cakes, pastas, cookies, and more) you’ll want to enjoy on a chilly day.
Pumpkin ginger oat bowl, pumpkin doughnuts, pumpkin mac and cheese, or pumpkin turmeric hummus? Mmm. Many recipes are Paleo-friendly, gluten-free, dairy-free, or vegetarian.
Outlander Kitchen: To the New World and Back Again by Theresa Carle-Sanders
Read through the entire series and caught up on all episodes of the show? You might be yearning for a wee bit more of those Outlander vibes while you wait for the next season to be filmed (or for Clanlands to be released).
Or perhaps you dinna ken what to get that Outlander fan for the holidays (now you do). Either way, this second Outlander cookbook is full of delectable recipes. Plus, the foreword is written by Diana Gabaldon. Och, aye. Now that’s what we’re talkin’ about.
Ottolenghi Flavor: A Cookbook by Yotam Ottolenghi and Ixta Belfrage
Yotam Ottolenghi — beloved chef, influencer, and New York Times bestselling author of Plenty — has joined up with the Ottolenghi Test Kitchen’s Ixta Belfrage to reveal how flavor can be amplified in more than 100 inventive and delicious plant-based recipes.
They show you how to evolve your cooking through the three Ps: process, pairing, and produce. Readers are in for some spicy mushroom lasagna, stuffed eggplant in curry and coconut dal, and more.
The Full Plate: Flavor-Filled, Easy Recipes for Families with No Time and a Lot to Do by Ayesha Curry
Guava ginger ice cream, anyone? *raises hand* TV star Ayesha Curry knows what it’s like to “have a lot on your plate,” but she also knows the value of gathering for a home-cooked meal.
This book delivers the best of her home kitchen with 100 recipes that hit all the marks for flavor, flexibility, and ease (all recipes can be made in under an hour). We’ll take a hot honey chicken sandwich, too, please!
Friends: The Official Cookbook by Amanda Yee
We’re pretty sure this is the best thing since Smelly Cat — a whole book with more than 100 recipes inspired by the legendary sitcom! Cooks of all levels can enjoy making iconic dishes like Just for Joey Fries, Monica’s Friendsgiving Feast, Chandler’s “Milk You Can Chew,” and more.
This is the ultimate gift for the “Friends” fans in your life. Like your favorite Friendsgiving episode, It’ll always be there for you.
The Mexican Home Kitchen: Traditional Home-Style Recipes That Capture the Flavors and Memories of Mexico by Mely Martínez
This stunning cookbook from Mely Martínez, of the popular blog Mexico in My Kitchen, is full of the authentic homestyle dishes enjoyed every day in Mexican households, along with beautiful photography and stories from Mexico.
Recipes take influence from states like Tamaulipas, Nuevo León, Veracruz, Puebla, Estado de México, and Yucatán. You’ll get to re-create comfort foods like caldo de pollo, mole poblano, and pastel de tres leches using easy-to-find ingredients.
Oh She Glows for Dinner: Nourishing Plant-Based Meals to Keep You Glowing by Angela Liddon
If you’ve been anywhere near the food blogosphere in the past decade, you’ve probably heard of Oh She Glows. Angela Liddon returns with another plant-based beauty of a book, focusing on dinners bursting with plant-packed flavor.
Whether you’re vegan, vegetarian, or just interested in adding more healthful, energizing ingredients to your dinners so you can get your glow on, this is your new everyday cookbook. Plus, it’s full of helpful meal prep plans, holiday tips, and menus and has a handy label index so you can look up recipes based on allergies.
Xi’an Famous Foods: The Cuisine of Western China, from New York’s Favorite Noodle Shop by Jason Wang with Jessica Chou
If you think “noodles” when you hear the words “comfort food,” you’re not alone. This is the cookbook that fans of the iconic New York restaurant Xi’an Famous Foods have been waiting for. It’ll help you re-create dishes that people have lined up for since 2005, when the shop was just one stall in Flushing.
The shop now has 14 locations in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens, and the full story of how it grew into what it is today is revealed in these pages, along with never-before-published recipes.
Publication date: October 13, 2020. Order through Bookshop.
The Rise: Black Cooks and the Soul of American Food by Marcus Samuelsson
Bestselling author, chef, and TV star Marcus Samuelsson has put together 150 recipes that celebrate contemporary Black cooking. It’s about time more Black cooks and creators are recognized in the American culinary world.
It’s more than a cookbook — it’s a celebration. You’ll get the deets on how to make chilled corn and tomato soup in honor of chef Mashama Bailey, crab curry with yams and mustard greens for Nyesha Arrington, tigernut custard tart with cinnamon poached pears in praise of Toni Tipton-Martin, and more.
Publication date: October 27, 2020. Preorder on Amazon.
The Official Downton Abbey Christmas Cookbook by Regula Ysewijn
Did you smile just reading that title? Us too. If the sounds and imagined scents from Mrs. Patmore’s kitchen are a comfort to you, or if you just love traditional British holiday recipes, you’ll want to preorder a copy of this cookbook inspired by the popular PBS series “Downton Abbey.”
From recipes for everything from appetizers to desserts, plus photos of both finished dishes and favorite moments from the Christmas episodes, this one is sure to bring some holiday cheer to your table.
Publication date: October 27, 2020. Preorder on Bookshop.
Sam the Cooking Guy: Recipes with Intentional Leftovers by Sam Zien
Bored of your typical leftovers? YouTube cooking star and restaurateur Sam the Cooking Guy is here to save you from having the same dish four nights in a row. These meals are designed to turn bulk cooking anything but boring by using the leftovers in corresponding follow-up meals.
Publication date: November 10, 2020. Preorder on Bookshop.
The Book on Pie: Everything You Need to Know to Bake Perfect Pies by Erin Jeanne McDowell
Pie is pretty much an autumn staple in many households, and this book is all you’ll need to learn the basics. But you’ll learn so much more than how to mix pie dough for the perfect flaky crust.
You’ll get tips on storage, conversions, styling, and toppings, along with plenty of inspiring photography from this top food stylist. So, what’ll it be first? Caramel Pork Pie or a classic like apple or pumpkin? Decisions, decisions.
Publication date: November 10, 2020. Preorder through Bookshop.
Naomi Farr is the books editor and a copy editor at Greatist. She loves focusing on all things books, beauty, wellness, and mental health. She’s also a YA fantasy writer and bookstagrammer. You can find her (and her cat) @avioletlife.