In June, I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to have the opportunity to attend Book Expo America. If you’ve never heard of it before, it’s a big trade conference for the publishing industry. There is a lot of promoting of authors and books – including cookbooks. Many publishing companies hand out advanced reader copies of upcoming books at BEA, but the popular thing for cookbooks seemed to be “book samples”. Essentially, they’re like a mini-book with the upcoming book’s cover and a recipe or two. It’s enough to give you a little taste of the book and decide if it’s something you might like.
I grabbed quite a few of these, and just recently really sat down to go through them. There are so many interesting cookbooks coming out in the next few months that I wanted to share with you some that caught my eye. I know I’ll be adding a few to my Christmas list!
In the interest of full disclosure, I got these samples free while attending Book Expo America. The publishers are not paying me for posting about them and the opinions are my own.
Unbelievably Gluten-Free! by Anne Byrn
Expected publication: November 2012
Anne Bryn is more widely known as the “Cake Mix Doctor”. Her style is very much accessible, at home cooking and this book is no different. This is not going to be anything ground breaking – one of the sample recipes is for lasagna and calls for pre-packaged gluten-free noodles and gluten-free sauce – but it would be a good resource for someone who is trying to cut gluten out of their diet and is in need of some simple, easy ideas.
The Liddabit Sweets Candy Cookbook by Liz Gutman and Jen King
Expected publication: October 2012
If you have a sweet tooth – and like to make your own treats – this is a great book to check out. The sample full of a punchy sense of humor and beautiful photography. The opening section is titled “Candy 101″ and really outlines the basics (and when you get to a step like, “tempter the chocolate”, the book refers you back to the page where that was explained). There’s also a list of special equipment needed for each recipe and step-by-step pictures (both super helpful if you’re a beginning candy maker).
In the Kitchen with David: QVC’s Resident Foodie Presents Comfort Foods That Take You Home by David Venable
Expected publication: October 9, 2012
I’m not familiar with David or his appearances on QVC, but I was intrigued when, on the first page, he describes himself as an accomplished home cook, not a chef. His recipes are written like something I’d get from my Mom: straightforward and easy to understand. It includes the basics – caesar salad – and some more fancy, yet doable, dishes – summer squash fritters with garlic dipping sauce.
A Baker’s Field Guide to Doughnuts by Dede Wilson
Expected publication: September 18, 2012
Part of the Baker’s Field Guide series, this isn’t as showy as some of the other cookbooks, but it’s packed with delicious looking recipes. There are no short-cuts here – these are the types of recipes they’d make in a bakery. It’d be a fun book to have, but a number of the recipes also looked pretty intimidating so it might not be best for a beginner.
Canal House Cooks Every Day by Christopher Hirsheimer and Melissa Hamilton
Expected publication: October 23, 2012
I’m sort of in love with this preview. The book is broken down into sections by season so you can concentrate on eating what’s fresh at the market and they also have a section that features staples you can make at home – ricotta, vinaigrette, tomato sauce. The pictures are seriously drool-worthy. This is one I really want to pick up when it comes out.
The Sweet Magnolias Cookbook by Sherryl Woods
Expected publication: August 28, 2012
This is a collection of southern recipes sharing its name with Woods’ series of popular novels. I’ve never really cooked southern cuisine, but it always appeals to me. It’s full of traditional dishes – corn chowder, a low country boil and includes a whole section dedicated to cocktails and cocktail snacks. The notes and stories throughout the sample really gave it a fun personality.
There’s such a wide range of books there, but they all look interesting! Are there any upcoming cookbooks you’re looking forward to?