15 Great Cookbooks for Fall

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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…

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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.

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

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

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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…

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

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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.

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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.

  1. I want them all! In fact i want to spend all this season at home cooking. Sadly, i have to work. Snif.
    Thanks for the recommendations!
    xx,
    E.
    http://www.theslowpace.com

  2. Michelle says:

    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.

  3. Jessica says:

    These all look fantastic. I especially excited about one bowl baking.

  4. Alice says:

    These all look great! I’m book shopping at the moment, so I might add some to my shopping cart. :)

  5. Yep, going to have to add all of these to my kitchen…

  6. Sara Jane says:

    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!

    1. Grace Bonney says:

      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 :)

      grace

  7. Jay says:

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

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