Fall Cookbook Preview

Valerie Gordon, Roy Choi, and more L.A.-based writers put it in writing.

Make room in your bookcase (and stomach) for fall’s influx of delicious L.A. page-turners.


(October, Artisan Books, 344 pages, $35)
By Valerie Gordon
An affinity for L.A. history shows in the chocolatier’s first cookbook, which—along with tips for making everything from petits fours to brownies—includes recipes for Scandia’s Apple Cake and Bullocks Wilshire Coconut Cream Pie.

The A.O.C. Cookbook
(October, Alfred 
A. Knopf, 448 pages, $35)
By Suzanne Goin
The chef’s 3rd Street restaurant and wine bar is celebrating ten years of business with a compendium of small-plates recipes adapted into home cook-friendly portions. It wouldn’t be A.O.C. without wine, and Goin’s business partner, Caroline Styne, has provided geographically flexible pairing notes for each dish. (October, Alfred 
A. Knopf, 448 pages, $35)

L.A. Son
(November, Anthony Bourdain/Ecco, 352 pages, $30)
By Roy Choi
How many times can you squeeze the F-word into a cookbook? The Kogi king puts himself to the challenge in this assemblage of fusion recipes, such as a kalbi plate, pork fried rice, and $4 Spaghetti That Tastes Almost as Good as $24 Spaghetti.

Anything That Moves: Renegade Chefs, Fearless Eaters, and the Making of a New American Food Culture
(November, Riverhead Books, 272 pages, $28)
By Dana Goodyear
The L.A.-based New Yorker writer includes some of her best works—from her profile of critic Jonathan Gold to her probe into Venice’s Rawesome Foods—in a portrait of American foodie-ism today.

The Lemonade Cookbook
(October, St. Martin’s Press, 256 pages, $30)
By Alan Jackson and Joann Cianciulli
Cafeteria recipes? Sure, when they’re from local comfort food minichain Lemonade. Try your hand at staples such as Green Curry Chicken, BBQ Brisket, and, of course, lemonade.