One perk of winter is the imperative to stay in, stay warm. Indoor activities. Some use the winter to catch up on Netflix, others learn a new skill (I'm lookin at you, ukulele in the corner of my apartment), and others finally slog through a reading list they've been adding to since high summer.
Me? I can't wait to cook! And along with it, spend some extra time luxuriating in a good cookbook. I'm looking forward to diving into the below titles for my holiday cooking adventures, pouring over each before giving them as a gift, or enjoying them as a bedtime snack of a read.
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Adventures in Chicken: 150 Amazing Recipes from the Creator of AdventuresInCooking.com, by Eva Kosmas Flores (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, October 4)
Think chicken for dinner, think ho hum? Think again. Eva Kosmas Flores' vibrant cookbook dresses up an American staple for any season. Her photography is almost as inspiring as her recipes, though it's hard to top titles like Chicken Marsala with Balsamic Caramelized Onions and Pork Belly or Korean Barbecue Drumsticks with Ginger-Pear Sauce.
A Recipe for Cooking, by Cal Peternell (William Morrow Cookbooks, October 25)
Cal Peternell's latest is a casually triumphant call to arms to get cooking! The classically-trained painter takes an artistic approach to guiding your culinary endeavors, mapping out the key elements of a meal with equal parts discipline and humor.
Cook Korean!: A Comic Book with Recipes, by Robin Ha (Ten Speed Press, July 5)
Part graphic novel, part cookbook, Cook Korean! makes it easily thrilling to try the techniques of what may be a new cuisine. Each recipe is a one to three-page comic that's simple to follow, but a delight to explore. Vibrant, humorous imagery make this book great for kids of all ages.
Far Afield: Rare Food Encounters from Around the World, by Shane Mitchell (Ten Speed Press, October 25)
A coffee table kind of cookbook packed with vibrant photos of farmers and their staple crops from around the world. This book is a far-flung feast.
Forest Feast Gatherings: Simple Vegetarian Menus for Hosting Friends & Family, by Erin Gleeson (Harry N. Abrams, September 27)
Erin Gleeson offers a menu for all types of feasts, artfully bringing together the crops she finds in her California CSA. Her watercolor-ed pages are a treat to read, and all recipes are delivered with helpful party hints and artful flair.
Italian Street Food: Recipes From Italy's Bars and Hidden Laneways, by Paola Bacchia (Smith Street Books October 4)
You can make spaghetti and eggplant parmesan, but how's your arancini or aperol gelato game? Allow Australia's most popular Italian food blogger to take you on a guided tour through the streets of Italy, stopping for fritters, polpettine, and conversation along the way.
Lucky Peach Presents Power Vegetables!: Turbocharged Recipes for Vegetables with Guts, by Peter Meehan (Clarkson Potter, October 18)
Punk rock vegetables. Funky ferments. Hustling flavors. Lucky Peach's latest is sure to shake things up in your kitchen, fearlessly pushing you to poo poo meat to try everything the plant kingdom has to offer, from Braised Cold Celery Hearts Victor to Roasted Cabbage with Banana Blossom Dressing.
Simple: Effortless Food, Big Flavors, by Diana Henry (Mitchell Beazley, September 8)
Trust a woman who says: “Sometimes I don’t know when to stop...but I love it, I suck life up. I wish I had 48 hours instead of 24 in every day because there’s still so much to learn.” Diana Henry riffs on global flavors to spruce up your home kitchen, celebrating the everyday in this lovely cookbook. We could all use a little more practical, edible glamour.
Small Victories: Recipes, Advice + Hundreds of Ideas for Home Cooking Triumphs, by Julia Turshen (Chronicle Books, September 6)
The title alone has me hooked on this book already, for what is life in New York City other than the minor daily triumphs of surviving your rush hour commute, puffs of garbage-smelling air in the summer, and that just-rounded-the-corner blast of wind in the winter? Julia Turshen's book applauds anything that keeps your leftovers out of the trash and your sanity intact.
Ten Restaurants That Changed America, by Paul Freedman (Liveright, September 20)
This is the best gift for your biggest food nerd friend. Trace the threads of history to find out how Howard Johnson's shaped your road trip cuisine today, or how The Four Seasons made the power lunching A Thing. Take a deep dive into America with this slice of history.
The Artists' and Writers' Cookbook: A Collection of Stories with Recipes, by Natalie Eve Garrett (powerHouse Book, October 11)
With a front cover like a children's book, this modern day take on a 1961 book is instantly inviting, drawing us and our wintertime animal brains to simple pleasures of food and stories. A rich guide to the way our favorite artists think about food, The Artists' and Writers' Cookbook is a collection you'll revisit again and again, either for the perfect weeknight side dish or a meditation to take us through a tough week.
The London Cookbook: Recipes from the Restaurants, Cafes, and Hole-in-the-Wall Gems of a Modern City, by Aleksandra Crapanzano (Ten Speed Press, October 11)
Alesandra Crapanzano's so-called "over-researched" book is a modern love letter to London cuisine, lifting up its soggy reputation to new international heights. It features over 100 recipes from the city’s best restaurants, dessert boutiques, tea and coffee houses, cocktail lounges, and hole-in-the-wall gems in a fine blend of home cooking meets armchair adventure.
The Short Stack Cookbook: Ingredients That Speak Volumes, by Nick Fauchald and Kaitlyn Goalen (Harry N. Abrams, October 18)
Not sure what to do with all your frozen hot peppers from this CSA season? Unclear about how to transform the lowly Brussels sprout into a thing of beauty? The Short Stack Cookbook riffs on its original series of single-ingredient culinary 'zines to allow your favorite (or least favorite) ingredients to shine in your favor, all with a graphically gorgeous flourish.
The Spice Companion: A Guide to the World of Spices, by Lior Lev Sercarz (larkson Potter, November 1)
Sure you cook with salt and pepper, but wouldn't it be handy to know what pairs with berbere, galangal, or lovage? Take a deep dive into the flavors that give a dish its signature taste with this book from the founder of La Boîte.
The Superfun Times Vegan Holiday Cookbook: Entertaining for Absolutely Every Occasion, by Isa Chandra Moskowitz (Little, Brown and Company, November 16)
Vegan goddess extraordinaire Isa Chandra Moskowitz is back in time to save our latkes! With a sassy tone and stunning photos, this book is sure to keep everyone at your celebration tables absolutely delighted. Forget Tofurkey or nut loaves; Isa will save your holidays with recipes like Candy Cane Fudge Cookies, Seitan and Waffles, and Chipotle Mac and Cheese with Roasted Brussels Sprouts.
Ultimate Appetizer Ideabook: 225 Simple, All-Occasion Recipes, by Kiera and Cole Stipovich (Chronicle Books, September 1)3
These aren't your mother's hors d'oeuvres, featuring all kinds of finger foods like Brown Sugar and Cardamom Pecans, Roasted Grape Tomato Spread, and Shrimp and Grits Griddlecakes. A neat light bite for every occasion!
...and one non-cookbook book, for good measure:
Atlas Obscura: An Explorer's Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders, by Joshua Foer, Dylan Thuras, and Ella Morton (Workman Publishing Company, September 20)
Finally, 2016 is good for something: you're now able to travel the world without leaving your home! All you have to do is crack open a book. Atlas Obscura is a recipe for a great life, taking you around the globe to see a fire that's been burning in the Turkmenistan desert for 40 years, the self-mummifying monks of Japan, or a baobob tree in South Africa that's so large it has a pub inside where 15 people can drink comfortably - to name just a few.