True Blood: Eats, Drinks, and Bites from Bon Temps
By Gianna Sobol
(Chronicle Books, $29.95)
Oh heck yes. Fans of HBO’s True Blood will love these recipes inspired by the show. There’s plenty to sink your…you know where we’re going with this.
Out September 5
MasterChef: The Ultimate Cookbook
By the contestants and judges of MasterChef
(Rodale Books, $25)
Recipes from the contestants and judges from the Gordon Ramsay-hosted Fox TV show. Yes, even from the losers.
Out September 18
Vietnamese Home Cooking
By Charles Phan
(Ten Speed Press, $35)
Ten Speed brings us another indispensable cookbook, this one from Bay Area Vietnamese superchef Charles Phan of the Slanted Door.
The Chew: Food. Life. Fun.
By Mario Batali, Gordon Elliott, and Carla Hall
Like that daytime food show on ABC? (For the rest of you, yes, there is one.) Here’s the cookbook. That’s all we’ll say.
Out September 25
The Dead Celebrity Cookbook Presents Christmas in Tinseltown: Celebrity Recipes and Hollywood Memories from Six Feet Under the Mistletoe
By Frank Decaro
Hands down the coolest cookbook we’ve heard of this year. Hollywood, death, and holiday cooking? We’re in!
Out October 1
My Beverly Hills Kitchen: Classic Southern Cooking with a French Twist
By Alex Hitz
TV chef Alex Hitz has a line of luxury prepared comfort food named, you guessed it, The Beverly Hills Kitchen. Here, he shares recipes inspired by both Beverly Hills, France, and his hometown of Atlanta.
Out October 2
Modernist Cuisine at Home
By Nathan Myhrvold and Maxime Bilet
(The Cooking Lab, $140)
Finally, a reason to cut your own grill in half! No, really, this single volume, home-cook spin on last year’s six-volume masterpiece, Modernist Cuisine, will be the foodie Christmas gift this year. It’s on our list, anyway.
Out October 8
LudoBites: Recipes and Stories from the Pop-Up Restaurants of Ludo Lefebvre
By Ludovic Lefebvre
The photos in the just-released Ludobites Cookbook, which chronicles chef Ludo Lefebvre’s famous pop-up sessions, were taken by bloggers. “Ludobites happened because of bloggers,” says the French chef, “but in 2007, I remember everyone taking pictures of their food and saying, ‘What are these people doing?’ ” You’ll also find recipes from each avant-garde menu as well as beach-read-worthy behind-the-scenes stories told in the chef’s own voice (read: curse-words abound).
Out October 9
By Thomas Keller and Sebastien Rouxel
We were lucky enough to score a Bouchon Bakery of our own in Beverly Hills recently. Bold enough to try and tackle signataure treats like TKOs and Oh Ohs for yourself? Here’s your guide.
Out October 23
Wineocology: Uncork the Power of Your Palate with Sensory Secrets from Hollywood’s Sommelier
By Caitlin Stansbury with Heidi Shink
Caitlin Stansbury has been a top sommelier around town for ages, including stints at Tasca Wine Bar and others. Here she walks you through how to choose and drink wine like a pro.
Out November 6
The Kimchi Cookbook
By Lauryn Chun
(Ten Speed Press, $19.99)
The founder of New York-based Mother-in-Law’s Kimchi has roots in L.A.—her mom ran a Korean restaurant in Garden Grove. Here she shares recipes for making kimchi and using kimchi. We love this one.
Out November 27