We don’t know about you, but come fall we get a certain itch. It’s a particular inkling that finds us browsing farmers’ markets with increased vigor, embarking on new cooking projects, and standing over a pot of something rich and warm and flavorful for hours on end—and then devouring that something. In our October issue we highlight a handful of new L.A.-centric cookbooks that aid in our favorite seasonal activity, including works by New Yorker writer Dana Goodyear, confectioner Valerie Gordon, and Kogi king Roy Choi. Here, we showcase a few more of fall’s tastiest tomes. Happy cooking, everyone!
By Einat Admony
September 3, Artisan
Balaboosta is Yiddish for “perfect housewife,” and here, the New York chef and restaurateur explains how she manages to be exactly that, with witty stories interspersed between recipes for her restaurants’ most popular dishes including couscous and beef tartare with harissa.
Three Squares: The Invention of the American Meal
By Abigail Carroll
September 10, Basic Books
Abigail Carroll traces the history and evolution of the American meal, from lavish feasts to the TV dinner. With food as its medium, the book serves as a fascinating portrait of our national identity.
The New Midwestern Table: 200 Heartland Recipes
By Amy Thielen
September 24, Potter
The foods of the Midwest is the comfort cuisine for many of us. Thielen provides slightly-refined recipes for all of our favorites, from cheeseballs to pickled eggs to fried chicken and gravy.
The Scarpetta Cookbook
By Scott Conant
October 15, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
We’re lucky enough to have our own version of Scott Conant’s famed Italian restaurant in Beverly Hills. Finally, find out how he makes that simple pile of spaghetti so darn good.
Lidia’s Commonsense Italian Cooking: 150 Delicious and Simple Recipes Anyone Can Master
By Lidia Matticchio Bastianich and Tanya Bastianich Manuali
October 15, Knopf
The Grand Dame of Italian cooking strikes again with a compendium of so-called “commonsense” recipes, from oregano eggs to baked swordfish.
My Mexico: A Culinary Odyssey with Recipes
By Diana Kennedy
October, University of Texas Press
Diana Kennedy is a legend of Mexican cooking. The updated edition of her acclaimed My Mexico includes a more modern design and new photographs to accompany the James Beard Award winner’s regional recipes.
The Kinfolk Table: Recipes for Small Gatherings
By Nathan Williams
October 15, Artisan
Kinfolk magazine describes itself as a guide for “young food enthusiasts and adventure seekers.” The publication’s first book captures that hipster spirit with personal essays, gorgeous photography, and, of course, recipes for dishes appropriate for those intimate “small gatherings.”
Thomas Keller Bouchon Collection: Bouchon & Bouchon Bakery
By Thomas Keller
If you don’t already own both of these books, you’ve been missing out. Consider this your ultimate Thomas Keller gift pack.