We are on the brink of fall cookbook release season which, for us at Kitchn, is more exciting than Starbucks' annual "The Pumpkin Spice Latte Is BACK" announcement. Just like fall fashion magazines, which are typically the biggest issues of the year (TBT to when I'd wait by the door to see who was on the cover of my September issue of Seventeen), fall cookbooks feature the best of the best.
Speaking of the best, these are the cookbook titles we are patiently awaiting. But these aren't just our predictions for best-sellers — while we're certain that everyone is going to be clamoring for Ina Garten's Cook Like a Pro and Chrissy Teigen's latest Cravings: Hungry for More (so are we), we wanted to feature a few books that caught our eye for other reasons too (yes, there's an Instant Pot cookbook). Here's our list.
1. Cook Like a Pro: Recipes & Tips for Home Cooks by Ina Garten (October 23)
If Ina's cookbook isn't at the top of a best cookbooks list, something is wrong. (We're kind of kidding but also not.) As with everything else Ina has ever produced, this flawless book (her 11th!) is filled with trustworthy recipes that taste delicious and don't require a culinary degree to make (just a few of her pro tips). Once you make it to the end, all of Ina's helpful hints for prepping, cooking, serving, and hosting will be permanently ingrained in your mind. #Goals.
2. Season: Big Flavors, Beautiful Food by Nik Sharma (October 2)
We can't wait to get our hands on Nik Sharma's first cookbook. The creator of the award-winning food blog A Brown Table and columnist at the San Francisco Chronicle has been a friend of Kitchn for years now (see his kitchen tour!) and we couldn't be more excited to flip through the pages of this gorgeous number.
Marked with his signature hands-on cooking tutorials and dramatic-light photography, this book contains inspiring recipes that you're going to want to add to your regular rotation. Sharma's unexpected flavor combinations will feel like a welcome hug.
3. Ottolenghi Simple: A Cookbook by Yotam Ottolenghi (October 16)
Fans of this master of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine will be pleased to learn that you can cook like Ottolenghi in under 30 minutes or in one pot (!!!) without skimping on flavor. And you can, of course, expect his signature veggie-forward dishes. One can only hope that he'd include a recipe for his Peppa Pig cake, but we're not holding our collective breath.
4. Now & Again: Go to Recipes, Inspired Menus + Endless Ideas for Reinventing Leftovers by Julia Turshen (September 4)
Julia Turshen is at it again with a new book for the thrifty-minded home cook who loves to entertain. With this book in your arsenal, you will never feel at a loss about what to do with leftovers ever again.
5. Skinnytaste One and Done by Gina Homolka (October 9)
It is a truth universally acknowledged that a home cook in possession of an Instant Pot must be in want of a cookbook filled with delicious ways to use it. The creator behind the wildly popular blog Skinnytaste took that idea and ran with it, including chapters on sheet pan, Dutch oven, skillet, slow cooker, and air fryer ideas for the calorie-minded cook.
6. Cravings: Hungry for More by Chrissy Teigen and Adeena Sussman (September 18)
Remember when Chrissy Teigen, on a quest to perfect her banana bread recipe, sourced six brown bananas from her Twitter followers (in exchange for a signed cookbook and pair of John Legend's underwear)? Well, now you can get your hands on that mysterious banana bread recipe! Plus a whole lot more where that came from.
7. Everyday Dorie: The Way I Cook by Dorie Greenspan (October 23)
Dorie returns with a cooking (not baking!) book this fall. We could all stand to cook a little more like Dorie Greenspan. She's known for spicing up tired classics by mixing in surprise ingredients to make them feel a lot more special and make the expected unexpected. We're particularly excited to see what Dorie "really" cooks day to day with this cookbook.
8. Israeli Soul: Easy, Essential, Delicious by Michael Solomonov and Steven Cook (October 16)
Are you noticing a theme here? (Because we are.) Legendary restaurant chefs like Solomonov of Zahav are making their recipes feel way more accessible to home cooks, and that's huge. This one includes step-by-step how-to instructions and detailed close-ups of finished dishes so you can be sure that you're on the right track.
9. The Complete Indian Instant Pot Cookbook by Chandra Ram (September 22)
Chandra Ram acknowledges that Indian cooking can seem intimidating, daunting, and time-consuming. Enter: the Instant Pot, the gadget that's poised to reduce all of those barriers to entry. Make dried lentils or chickpeas without soaking them, rice in 10 minutes, and homemade yogurt sauce with ease. This book opens a whole new world of Instant Pot cooking. We can't wait to take it for a spin!
10. Modern Baking by Donna Hay (October 23)
Make space on your cookbook shelf for the latest title from Donna Hay. No, seriously, make space — this book is over four pounds! Not so surprisingly, considering its whopping size, this cookbook is an ode to baking in every way, shape, and form and features over 250 recipes for all things sweet.
This cookbook is a little bittersweet because Donna Hay magazine announced that it was ending its partnership with News Corp in April. Donna Hay plans to launch its own publishing business and offer a magazine to subscribers. In the meantime, this baking tome will have to substitute.
Even More Cookbooks to Get Excited About This Fall
Heads up: These aren't the only cookbooks coming out this fall. There are tons of new titles to keep an eye out for. Here are the larger categories we've noticed about this fall's new releases.
Make way for more cooking gadgets.
If you find that the only recipes you want to make these days involve your Instant Pot, you're in luck because now there are more (tested) recipes out there than ever. As a matter of fact, there are tons of cookbooks coming out this fall featuring all of the latest gadgets we're learning to cook with (think: air fryers, pressure cookers, and sous vide).
- Air Fry Every Day by Ben Mims (August 28)
- Sous Vide for Everybody: The Easy Foolproof Cooking Technique That's Sweeping the World by America's Test Kitchen (September 25)
- Comfort in an Instant by Melissa Clark (October 16)
- The Instant Pot Bible by Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough (October 2)
- The Fresh and Healthy Instant Pot Cookbook by Megan Gilmore (October 9)
- Sous Vide Made Simple: 60 Everyday Recipes for Perfectly Cooked Meals by Lisa Q. Fetterman, Scott Peabody, and Meesha Halm (October 9)
Turn on your ovens and get baking.
It's pretty clear that cookbook publishers are going BIG on baking this fall. Learn from modern-day baking legends like Christina Tosi, pick up tips from YouTube star Rosanna Pansino, and find inspiration in stories from bakeries across the country.
- All About Cake by Christina Tosi (October 23)
- Red Truck Bakery Cookbook: Gold Standard Recipes from America's Favorite Rural Bakery by Bryan Noyes (October 23)
- Baking All Year Round by Rosanna Pansino (October 23)
- Sister Pie: The Recipes and Stories of a Big-Hearted Bakery in Detroit by Lisa Ludwinski (October 2)
- Food52 Genius Desserts: 100 Recipes That Will Change the Way You Bake by Kristen Miglore (September 4)
- Rose's Baking Basics: 100 Essential Recipes, with More Than 600 Step-by-Step Photos by Rose Levy Beranbaum (September 25)
Get back to basics in the kitchen.
The best recipes are the rare combination of absolutely delicious and simple to make (with the right guidance, of course). This fall's cookbook authors are really driving that idea home with their best recipes for everyday cooking (not just impressive dishes for entertaining or special occasions). A lot of the cookbooks in this category (Ina! Turshen!) can be found in our top 10 list above.
- Almonds, Anchovies, and Pancetta by Cal Peternell (September 25)
- Carla Hall's Soul Food: Everyday and Celebration by Carla Hall (October 23)
- Milk Street: Tuesday Nights: More than 200 Simple Weeknight Suppers that Deliver Bold Flavor, Fast by Christopher Kimball (October 16)
Master restaurant food at home.
We don't talk about restaurants a ton at Kitchn because our readers span the entire country, but restaurant cookbooks are a different story. This fall, a whole bunch of highly acclaimed restaurant chefs are helping readers bring their flavors into their own kitchens. Here are a few we're excited about.
- Estela by Ignacio Mattos and Gabe Ulla (October 23)
- Emily: The Cookbook by Emily Highland (October 16)
- Bestia: Italian Recipes Created in the Heart of L.A. (October 30)