Cookbooks Coming Soon

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For the last two years, I’ve had the opportunity to attend Book Expo America – a publishing-industry conference. I go as a reader: meeting authors, grabbing copies of books I want to read and generally fan-girling over all of the books. Each year, I also pick up some cookbook previews. Unlike novels, they don’t seem to hand out advanced copies of cookbooks at BEA – instead, they offer shortened versions that give you a taste of what the whole book will be like.

I wanted to share some thoughts on some of the previews I picked up. These eight books are ones that caught my eye at BEA – and ones I’m still interested in checking out after looking through the previews.

Nom Nom Paleo: Food For Humans by Michelle Tam and Henry Fong
Expected publication: December 17, 2013

If you’re a fan of the blog, I think you’ll love the book. It looks like it stays very true to the voice and style of the blog, which is sometimes hard to do in book-form.

Quick & Easy Paleo Comfort Foods by Julie and Charles Mayfield
Expected publication: September 24th, 2013

The recipes and photos in here look delicious and totally accessible. It also includes little graphics on each recipe page that shows on a clock how much hands on time and how much total time they take – which makes it easy to pick something when you’re time-crunched.

Gluten-Free Breakfast, Brunch & Beyond by Linda J. Amendt
Expected publication: October 15, 2013

Breakfast seems the hardest for gluten-free recipes for me because I love all the baked goods. This looks like it’ll give some great alternative options.

Sweet Debbie’s Organic Treats: Allergy-Free & Vegan Recipes from the Famous Los Angeles Bakery by Debbie Adler
Expected publication: October 29, 2013

If you or someone you bake for has food allergies, this would be a great book to check out. The recipes are free of gluten, eggs, dairy, soy, sugar and nuts – and they all look amazing. The salted caramel apple muffins are going on my short-list to make this fall!

Pickles, Pigs & Whiskey: Recipes from My Three Favorite Food Groups (and then some) by John Currence
Expected publication: October 1, 2013

I picked this one up because I loved the name. It’s full of down-home style recipes – think: NOLA-style BBQ shrimp with creole gream cheese grits and pork fat beignets with bourbon caramel. There’s also a whole chapter on pickling and canning.

Balaboosta: Bold Mediterranean Recipes to Feed the People You Love by Einat Admony
Expected publication: September 3, 2013

I honestly didn’t think I’d be particularly interested in this one, but once I started looking through I changed my mind. The recipes are unusual, but not inaccessible. And they all look easier than I was expecting.

Sweet by Valerie Gordon
Expected publication: October 8, 2013

This is a book of fancy desserts. They all make me want to lick the page, but I think they’re fancier than I’d make at home. I did like that it includes a section encouraging you to mix-and-match recipes.

The Kinfolk Table: Recipes for Small Gatherings by Nathan Williams
Expected publication: October 15, 2013

The preview for this reads like a fashion magazine – the photography is gorgeous. It’s based on the Kinfolk magazine and includes recipes and profiles of different food people. I wasn’t particularly struck by any of the recipes in the preview, but I’m interested in checking out the full book.

Are there any cookbooks coming out soon that you’re looking forward to?


Weekend Review: Amish Cooks Across America

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Amish Cooks Across America:
Recipes and Traditions from Maine to Montana

Written by: Kevin Williams and Lovina Eicher
Published by: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Publication Date: May 28, 2013

Review copy provided by Andrews McMeel Publishing via NetGalley

 

 

Half cookbook and half cultural history, Amish Cooks Across America gives a peak into Amish life in different regions of the US, and what they’re cooking in each place. Accessable recipes are interspersed with profiles of different Amish communities and some really striking photography of their area.

When I first started flipping the pages, I was expecting some old fashioned, down-home recipes. I wasn’t disappointed. Broken up by region (East, Midwest, South and West), each section highlights what’s popular and traditional for the Amish in each area. Obviously, these aren’t strictly Amish specialties – seafood is popular in Deleware and apples in New York whether you’re Amish or not – but the Amish recipes have that great this-could-have-come-from-my-grandma feel. They’re not trying to be fancy or trendy, they’re just trying to taste good.

 

This is much more than a cookbook, though. Within each section, there are profiles of the communites the recipes come from, complete with notes about when they were established and how many church districts they encompass. The profiles focus on food traditions within the communities so by the time you move on to the recipes, you have an understanding of why these are important or routine for each group. Also included throughout are tidbits about Amish life in general - like how to make lye soap or how the old-order Mennonites different from other groups.

The photography in the book is simple, but gorgeous. So pretty, in fact, that I didn’t notice my first go-through that every recipe did not have a picture with it. This is something I really prefer in my cookbooks, but it didn’t feel lacking in this one. I think the simple dishes and the daily-life photography fill what otherwise would have been a short-coming.

This would be a great cookbook for anyone who loves classic, homemade recipes or recipes with a history.