15 Great Cookbooks for Fall

by Grace Bonney


Spending my time with someone who works in cookbook writing and testing has made me look at books in a whole new way. My own experience with books made me appreciate the hard work that goes into the organization, but to see first-hand how much testing and skill goes into each recipe makes me have a whole new level of respect for cookbook authors. We’ve been so fortunate to see some gorgeous books come across our desk at work lately, so I thought I’d share some of my personal favorites that I plan to be cooking from over the holiday break. I tend to lean heavily on sweets, so many of these are dessert books (not sure if I should apologize or celebrate that fact) which I hope will still work for everyone. If not, we’ve got an in-depth post coming up tomorrow about a great new recipe book that celebrates the savory as much as the sweet. Happy cooking! xo, grace

Image above:  Four and Twenty Blackbirds Pie BookThe Beekman 1802 Heirloom Dessert CookbookThe Kinfolk Table, and Roberta’s Cookbook (where I host my radio show every week!).

11 more cookbooks continue after the jump…

Sweet by Valerie Gordon: Baked goods are my weakness and I got a preview of this from our shared publisher. It is a gorgeous book full of decadent desserts I will most definitely be eating.

Tartine Book No. 3: I’ve never met a pastry or piece of bread I didn’t like.

Ivan Ramen: Come to think of it, I’ve never met a noodle I didn’t like, either.

Toro Bravo: This was one of my favorite places to eat dinner in Portland. Delicious small plates and it happened to be where the cast of Portlandia ate seemingly every weekend. I may have had a crush on one of the stars and figured that out. May have.

Pok Pok: My favorite place to eat in Portland. Maybe in the whole world. Andy is my hero. Those wings are to die for.

The Southern Living Pie Book: I trust this magazine for pies. Southern people know a good pie when they taste one. Not that other areas of the country don’t, but man, do Southerners love a good pie.

Southern Italian Desserts: Amy’s family is originally from (and some of them still live in) Puglia, so I’m dying to learn some of these recipes and make them with her.

Thomas Keller Bouchon Bakery Cookbook: I went through a serious sad gir phase two years ago where I would take the subway to Columbus Square and eat Bouchon baked goods at the Time Warner Center. By myself. Every week. I thought it was pretty sad at the time, but now I’m thinking that was a pretty great way to spend my weekend days. Could be worse than eating a cupcake and watching people rush by with fancy bags and coats…

One Bowl Baking: My kind of baking. Enough said.

Jenny McCoy’s Desserts for Every Season: The cover drew me in to this book originally, but the layer cake recipes kept me coming back. So so tempting.

The Model Bakery Cookbook: This Napa institution is a favorite among my friends in the Bay Area. It’s the only one I haven’t cracked open in depth yet, but after a few flips I already have 10 pages dog-eared. Always a good sign. Also, those treats on the cover are enough to draw any serious sweet tooth in for more.

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  • Thanks! I didn’t even know Pok Pok had a cookbook.

    Would add Cooking With Italian Grandmothers to this list–the recipes are great and it’s good fall reading, too.

  • Is the Thomas Keller book only dessert and pastry recipes? Or are there savory recipes too? They just put out a Bouchon Bakery cookbook last year. There wasn’t really a description of this book on Amazon, but it did say it is 760 pages and weighs 12 pounds!

    • sara jane

      it’s primarily pastry. i saw a galley copy (he has the same publisher as the d*s book) so i’ll double check there wasn’t any savory stuff i missed :)


  • Just discovered Mr. Wilkinson’s Favourite Vegetables by Matt Wilkinson. We’ll worth a look and I highly recommend this book.